Q: Competitors boast about their 9.0 Ah battery. Doesn’t a 9.0 Ah battery have longer runtime than CORE18V’s 6.3 Ah?
- A 9.0 Ah battery will have a longer runtime than a 6.3 Ah battery. The Amp-hour rating of a battery is like a gas tank. The larger the capacity of the gas tank, the further the vehicle will travel, because there is more gas in a larger tank. Similarly, a 9.0 Ah battery will be larger and more cumbersome than a 6.3 Ah battery because it will be larger to accommodate the additional capacity of energy.
Q: How does CoolPack 2.0 increase the lifetime of the battery by 135%?
- Heat is detrimental to the life of a battery. CoolPack 2.0 prevents the battery from reaching temperatures (typically above 158◦ F [70◦ C]) that are devastating to battery life. CoolPack 2.0 therefore extends battery life by limiting life-threatening heat to a minimum. Testing has shown a 135% improvement in battery life, i.e. number of charges until end of life.
Q: Once I invest in the CORE18V System, will I have to replace all my tools to work with the battery?
- No. The first Lithium-ion battery introduced by Bosch – an 18V, 1.3 Ah battery – can still be used on existing 18V tools today. Similarly, CORE18V is completely backward and forward compatible. CORE18V can be used on predecessor 18V tools and chargers, the current 18V portfolio and all future 18V products.
Q: Will I see a difference in power in all my tools once I switch to the CORE18V battery?
- The difference in power will be situational. Both tools and batteries come with protection to prevent over-discharging the battery and overloading the tool. Check the user manual for your tool to understand its advanced electronics protection. Going forward, Bosch will optimize cordless tools to be able to take full advantage of the additional power and runtime that CORE18V has to offer.
Q: CORE18V is constructed with copper on both sides of the battery. Will the copper begin to corrode over time as compared to galvanized steel?
- After a while, the galvanized coating will begin to wear off, subjecting the steel to rust. Oxygen can also react with the galvanized coating to cause corrosion issues. This problem does not exist with copper since it does not corrode or rust over time. This is the same reason that galvanized pipes are being replaced with copper pipes in homes today.
Q: Are there any shipping restrictions on CORE18V due to Lithium-ion and Watt hour (Wh) ratings?
- The CORE18V is a 113 Wh Lithium-ion battery. The United States Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (http://phmsa.dot.gov/hazmat) and the International Air Transport Association (http://www.iata.org/lithiumbatteries) have strict regulations in place concerning the shipment of Lithium-ion batteries that exceed 100 Wh. Consult both of these agencies prior to shipping any Lithium-ion batteries.