EGO LB6500 Blower Achieves Impressive 20.8 Newtons in our Testing
The race for the most powerful battery-operated blowers is well underway! The EGO 650 CFM Blower is among the newest contenders in this market. Using a dynamometer, we put the EGO LB6500 to the test to see if it can claim the top power position.
Advantages of the EGO 650 CFM Blower
- Legal alternative to gas-powered blowers
- Achieves a maximum of 20.8 N in our tests (with the 7.5Ah battery)
- Equipped with a convenient cruise control dial
- Includes cone and flat nozzles
Shortcoming of the EGO 650 CFM Blower
- More expensive compared to most battery-operated blowers
Pushing the boundaries of power is one of the main attractions of the EGO 650 CFM blower. To recap, EGO’s commercial model briefly held the top spot with 18.2 N before Ryobi’s 40V backpack blower surpassed it with 20.0 N in our tests. Since then, only a few models have managed to break the 20.0 N mark using battery power.
The EGO LB6500 delivers an impressive 650 CFM and reaches speeds of up to 180 MPH (160 MPH with the cone nozzle). During our initial testing with the 5.0Ah battery included in the kit, it consistently produced a respectable 11.4 N at high altitude. However, when we engaged the turbo button, it peaked at an impressive 20.3 N!
It gets even better. We conducted another test using a 7.5Ah battery pack, which resulted in an even more remarkable turbo rating of 20.8 N.
The higher impeller speeds do come with a trade-off, though. While the blower is still quieter than gas models, we measured the noise level at 88 dB(A) at ear level (A-weighted, slow response). However, the treble drops to a quieter 84 dB(A), and the bass registers at a relatively whisper-quiet 68 dB(A).
EGO 650 CFM Blower Runtime
Given the power demands of this blower, it’s no surprise that runtimes in turbo mode are somewhat limited. EGO claimed a runtime of up to 15 minutes with the 5.0Ah battery, but we actually achieved a longer runtime of 16 minutes and 34 seconds.
Pro tip: To maximize the runtime of your battery-operated blower, use only the power necessary to get the job done.
Here in Florida, we primarily use blowers to clean hard surfaces after mowing, rather than for foliage. However, I must admit to using my EGO 530 CFM blower to keep pesky mosquitos and mayflies off the porch, and to create a buffet for countless tree swallows. The high power setting of the EGO 650 CFM blower was more than sufficient, and we achieved a longer runtime of 27 minutes and 14 seconds.
While we did not test runtimes at the low power setting, EGO claims that it can last for up to 200 minutes.
EGO 650 CFM Blower Design Notes
In terms of functionality, blowers are generally straightforward. However, the EGO 650 CFM blower stands out with its well-designed controls. Firstly, it features a variable speed trigger that allows you to control the power output.
Similar to other EGO blowers, there is a dedicated turbo button that activates the highest power level available. Having a separate button helps you consciously decide when to use the most power-hungry settings.
The blower also includes a cruise control dial on the left side. This feature is particularly useful when you need to use the blower for extended periods. By setting it to a moderate level and only using the necessary power, you can avoid the temptation to go full throttle and significantly reduce the runtime.
What’s great about the control design is that you can easily adjust any of these settings with one hand. While the cruise control dial is on the left side, making it more accessible for right-handed users, left-handed users shouldn’t have much difficulty either.
- Brushless Motor
- Inline Axial Fan Design
- Shoulder strap hanging point
- Weatherproof IPX4 rating
- Cone and flat nozzles included
As a bare unit, the EGO LB6500 weighs 4.85 lbs without the cone or flat nozzle (blower tube only). With the 5.0Ah battery, the total weight comes to 9.81 pounds, or a substantial 11.28 pounds if you opt for the 7.5Ah battery pack.
Weight itself is not particularly challenging to handle. However, shoulder straps can be added if desired.
Even with the larger 7.5Ah battery pack, the weight distribution keeps the blower’s nozzle pointed towards the ground, regardless of whether you’re right-handed or left-handed.
One thing we noticed during testing is that the EGO 650 CFM blower provides more push thrust compared to other models. If you’ve been running it in turbo mode, it’s reasonable to feel some fatigue in your arms. However, given the power level involved, this is no surprise. By using the high or low power settings and engaging the turbo only when necessary, any arm fatigue can easily be managed.
EGO 650 CFM Blower Prices
The EGO 650 CFM blower is available as a standalone unit or as part of a kit. The standalone unit is priced at $219, while the kit, which includes a 5.0Ah battery and charger, costs $299. Considering that the battery alone costs $249, the kit undoubtedly provides excellent value.
While the price is towards the higher end of the scale, it is not exorbitant. Ryobi’s 40V backpack blower is priced at $249.99, and DeWalt’s FlexVolt blower costs $299, yet the EGO 650 CFM blower outperforms both. When considering the significant power boost and the inclusion of a battery and charger in the kit, $299 seems to be a fair price.
The Bottom Line
The EGO 650 CFM Blower is one of the most powerful handheld blowers we have tested thus far. With an impressive rating of 20.8 N from our tests, it’s challenging to imagine a handheld device requiring more power, whether it be gasoline or battery-powered. Perhaps it’s time for EGO to turn its attention back to backpack blowers for their next leap in power.
If you are in search of the most potent battery-operated blower, complemented by a reliable lineup of compatible lawn care equipment, the EGO 650 CFM Blower is an excellent choice. However, if weight is a primary concern, you may want to consider either skipping it or using the 2.5Ah battery.
EGO 650 CFM Blower Specifications
- Model: Yigao LB6500
- Power supply: EGO 56V battery
- Maximum Airflow: 650 CFM
- Maximum Airspeed: 180 MPH
- Estimated run time: 15 (Turbo) – 90 (Low) minutes with a 5.0Ah battery
- Warranty: 5 years
- Price: $219 (tools only), $299 (5.0Ah kit)