The DeWalt PowerStack Battery and Technology have revolutionized the power tool industry with their groundbreaking design. Instead of using cylindrical cells, DeWalt has opted for a stacked pouch cell design in their 20V Max battery. According to DeWalt, this new technology offers more power in a smaller and lighter package. The first model, the DeWalt DCBP034 PowerStack 1.7Ah battery, showcases the impressive capabilities of this innovation.
UPDATE: DeWalt PowerStack vs. DeWalt 2.0Ah Battery Test
In a head-to-head test, we pitted the DeWalt PowerStack battery against the standard 20V Max 2.0Ah battery. The results were eye-opening. Using a DCF850 impact driver to install 8″ GRK Fasteners RSS screws into stacked OSB, we found that the PowerStack outperformed the 2.0Ah battery consistently. Although it fell short when compared to the larger 5.0Ah battery, the PowerStack still showcased its superiority. We further tested the PowerStack using a DCD797 compact hammer drill with a 3/4″ auger bit on double-deck 2×4 studs. The PowerStack performed exceptionally well at high speeds and even held its ground in low gear.
The Advantages of Stacked Pouch Cells
The key to DeWalt’s PowerStack batteries lies in the use of stacked Li-ion polymer pouches instead of traditional cylindrical cells. By employing stacking technology, DeWalt has achieved lower internal resistance, longer battery life, and better space utilization. This means that the PowerStack battery pack can deliver the same power as its counterparts while being more compact. Additionally, the higher energy density allows for potential advancements in power output and longer battery life cycles.
DeWalt PowerStack DCBP034 vs. DCB203 Compact Battery Specifications
When comparing the DeWalt PowerStack DCBP034 against the DCB203 Compact battery, we examine factors such as weight, size, and capacity. The PowerStack boasts a 1.7Ah capacity and a 30.6Wh rating, while the DCB203 Compact battery offers a 2.0Ah capacity and a 36Wh rating. In terms of dimensions, the PowerStack measures 4.1 inches in length, 2.5 inches in width, and 1.7 inches in height, whereas the DCB203 is slightly larger at 4.625 inches in length, 2.95 inches in width, and 1.875 inches in height. The PowerStack weighs 0.7 lbs, while the DCB203 weighs 0.8 lbs. The PowerStack also boasts an estimated 1000 charge cycle compared to the DCB203’s 500 cycles.
The Difference in Size
One of the remarkable features of the PowerStack battery is its compactness. By examining the photos provided, it is evident that the PowerStack battery is significantly smaller than the DCB203 Compact battery in terms of length and width.
DeWalt PowerStack Battery Pricing and Availability
DeWalt offers several options for the PowerStack battery pack, providing flexibility to consumers. The DCBP034 Compact Battery is priced at $119. The DCBP034C Compact Battery Starter Kit, which includes a DCB112 Charger, is priced at $149. For those looking for a bundle, the DCBP034-2 (2-pack) is available for $179. The DeWalt PowerStack 20V Max Compact Battery (DCBP034) is set to release in North America on December 1, 2021, with a global release planned for the spring of 2022.
DeWalt’s PowerStack Battery and Technology have the potential to redefine the power tool industry. The focus on power, size, and charge cycles sets the PowerStack apart from traditional batteries. While runtime may still be a limitation, the advantages of the PowerStack, such as increased charge cycles and compactness, make it an exciting innovation for professionals and DIY enthusiasts alike.
Note: For more information, please visit the DeWalt website.