Although wireless charging is nothing new (it’s been around for years for home and mobile phones), the Power Ready system from Bosch is a first in the tool sector.
As of this writing, the system includes only the WCBAT612 18-volt thin-pack 2Ah battery ($89), which is backward-compatible with all of the company’s 18V lithium-ion tools. But a press release states that this spring Bosch will introduce fat-pack 4Ah batteries to the wireless lineup. (Both will also charge on a traditional charger.)
I was skeptical at first, because you do, after all, still have to find a plug for the charger (WC18C; $59) and remember to put the tool atop it. But I used the system in the shop for a few weeks, and (after I trained myself to put it back where it belongs) it really is faster and more convenient than switching out the batteries…and hoping your backup battery is charged.
A benchtop charger frame (WC18F; $12) keeps the battery properly aligned to charge, but if you don’t use the frame (I did not) pay attention to the light display; green means it’s working – and without the frame, it’s a little fussy to align things correctly. There’s also a holster-style frame (WC18H0l; $49) available to mount the charger and a drill on the wall (or in a work truck).
Blog: Read more about this system and see it in action here
From the April 2015 issue, #217