Cordless drills FAQ
What is a good voltage for a cordless drill?
“Heavy 36V drills exist but typically 18V is best for a home drill,” says Carl Bubb, category manager for Screwfix. “12V is also an option; they are generally lighter and more compact, and some people simply don’t need high torque levels for the jobs they intend to do. Higher voltage basically means more torque.”
What is the best torque for a cordless drill?
“The higher the torque (measured in Newton-meters), the more rotating force it can deliver without putting as much strain on the battery,” Carl says. “30-45 Nm would be ideal for most jobs but greater torque is required for more serious drilling.”
What is the best battery for a cordless drill?
“Batteries are a key part of the cost,” Carl says. “Typically they vary from 1.5 amp hours up to 5ah, but they can go as high as 8ah and even 12ah. Amp hours measure how long the tool will run before needing to be charged. Pay attention to charge times, too: high-end drills need faster chargers, vital for busy…