ORLANDO, FL -- The Craftsman brand debuted a one-of-a-kind, time-saving technology for its cordless line of 12-volt lithium-ion NEXTEC power tools last week at the 2011 International Builders' Show. With its new QuickBoost™ Charger, Craftsman does something that no other major brand can--bring a completely dead battery back up to a 25 percent charge in three minutes, providing the extra "boost" needed to finish up the job at hand. The new charger hits store shelves this spring.
"The new Craftsman NEXTEC QuickBoost Charger is the first product of its kind and was developed in response to our customers' desire for innovative time-saving solutions," said Kris Malkoski, vice president and general manager of the Craftsman brand. "When a battery runs out of power, it can be frustrating to have to wait 30 minutes or more for a charge when the project is almost complete. Now the user only has to wait three minutes and can get back to work right away."
The intelligent circuit board reacts to user commands, and at the push of a button, the charger harnesses all its energy for a three minute quick boost charge or a full charge can be completed in about 30 minutes. While in use, the charger's on board diagnostics clearly monitor the battery's progress, indicating the battery's status in the process including "charged", "charging", "complete" and "over temperature" using red, yellow and green LED lights.
The QuickBoost Charger works with all of the products in the Craftsman NEXTEC product line, including the innovative Hammerhead™ Auto Hammer, Multi-Tool, Circular Saw, TrueFinish™ Sander, Drill/Driver, LED Light and the newest addition to the NEXTEC line, the Right Angle Impact Driver. The Right Angle Impact Driver provides access to tight spaces where an ordinary drill or screwdriver cannot fit, thanks to its unique 90 degree head shape. A three minute quick boost charge of the Right Angle Impact Driver will allow the user to drive an additional 70 1.25 inch screws.
•Charge time: three minute quick charge; 30 minute full charge
•Max watts: 43
The Craftsman NEXTEC QuickBoost Charger will hit shelves in May 2011. It will be sold separately and as part of selected NEXTEC kits that include the tool, battery and charger.