Black & Decker LDX112C Cordless Drill
This time we review a 12-Volt powered cordless drill. With this in mind, we know we can’t expect such a power delivery like the bigger models (18-Volt or 24-Volt cordless drills do), but what is this drill enough for? We search the answer on that question in the next review.
The power is supplied by a Lithium-Ion battery. In case you don’t know why it is important then try to hold an old school Ni-Cd battery and a Li-Ion the same time. You might notice a weight difference. This difference gets more important after a long workday when drilling for hours. A lighter tool can increase the productibility greatly. Also Lithium batteries hold the charge better and provide more recharge cycles before they loose peak capacity.
This Black and Deccer drill is quite comfortable and ergonomic in hands, this paired with the Li-Ion battery provides a surprisingly light tool for work. This drill is also fitted with a 11-position clutch which prevents screw stripping but we missed the 2 speed gearbox which comes handy when doing some heavy duty jobs and would be expecially useful because of the lower power of this 12-Volts drill. The low speed – high torque setting would be great to compensate the power.
The Black & Decker LDX112C also features a LED light which slowly gets a must have feature most of the cordless drills. The LED is not super-strong, to avoid fast battery drain but is good enough for illuminating the work space and make the job a bit easier in poor light conditions.
This cordless drill has a surprisingly nice feature added, an on-board bit storage. This combined with a 3/8-inch chuck makes the drill bit changes easy and comfortable. Nothing will take the attention away from the task at hand. The package also contains aside the cordless drill / screwdriver a Lithium-Ion battery, a charger and a double-ended bit-tip.
The best thing about the B&D LDX112C cordless drill is its price. We expected a much worse quality because of the low amount of money it costs and we were nicely surprised that it makes things fairly well. Not as well as the big expesive drills like the Bosch DDS181-2 does, but if you look at the price tag you will see why.
When researching the reviews sent in by other users we noticed a positive taste in the consumers tone. Even after knowing this isn’t a high end drill they were satisfied with this tool and even the 12-Volts is more than enough for most drilling scenarios. Maybe it wouldn’t be enough for professional contractors but it is definitely usable around the house, hanging artwork, fixing furniture and drilling and driving screws in wood, plastic and even some metals. Not the best cordless drill we ever tested but one of the best for the money you can find if we take the low price into the consideration.