Dewalt are one of the biggest and most well respected power tool brands in the world. With the release of 'FLEXVOLT' they have broken new ground.

Dewalt Flexvolt? What is it?

FLEXVOLT, or XR FLEXVOLT is a battery platform that offers the power of corded with the mobility of cordless. The 54v battery platform delivers never before seen energy outputs which powers the FLEXVOLT tool range.

This battery offers 54 volts of energy, which when you consider most cordless tools run 18v and site generators pump out 110v, you can see the gap is being bridged rapidly.

Not only does this new platform start to close the gap between corded and cordless but also has a unique feature. The FLEXVOLT 54v battery is fully compatible with standard 18v XR tools so it can be used with your existing range of 18v li-ion tools and chargers.

Flexvolt Batteries
Flexvolt Mitre Saw

What is Flexvolt used for?

Dewalt explain that the idea of FLEXVOLT is to offer better heavy duty performance to their already existing 18v range. Cordless tools are great for convenience and usability, but when it comes to shear power, there are certain jobs that are still much better accomplished with mains machines.

Dewalt have made it their mission to start making cordless tools that ARE able to stand up to the toughest challenge. They set out to create tools that can saw, cut, chisel, and hammer through those heavier materials without the need for a cord.

Looking at the inital range of tools on the FLEXVOLT production line (see below) Dewalt are ticking off their high drain low performance 18v range like Grinders and Circular Saws. ITS can't wait to see where DeWALT take this new range.

Can I use Flexvolt? on my current Dewalt tools

As long as your tools are part of the 18v XR li-ion range (Take a look at the labels on the batteries/tools) then yes!

The FLEXVOLT battery is completely backwards compatible and upon connection to an 18v tool it becomes a 6.0Ah 18v Battery. Take a look at the 5.0Ah DCB184 battery which is Dewalt's leading 18v battery currently.

So If you get a FLEXVOLT battery you’ll have the same performance but increased runtimes! The Flexvolt batteries can be charged using conventional XR chargers too (Charge times will increase over the 5.0Ah).

Flexvolt Collection

Summary of XR Flexvolt

Multi Voltage

Battery automatically switches voltage between 18v and 54v depending on tool

Backwards compatible

Flexvolt batteries can be used in Dewalt 18V tools or the Flexvolt 54V range.

No more cords

Heavy duty tools such as Mitre Saws can be powered with Flexvolt, meaning the end of cords on site.

Extreme Power

54 Volts gives more power for high drain tools and heavy duty applications.