Bosch is changing the way pros manage power with a system that powers tools virtually anywhere: in a moving vehicle or between jobs or tasks – with the battery on the tool or off.
Currently, mobile service/repair technicians depend on finding a plug at their next stop or cumbersome and chaotic in-vehicle solutions for charging batteries. Jobsite trades need to hunt around for outlets on the various floors they work on. Mechanics and other shop professionals lose track of where they left their tool or spare batteries and cluttered charging stations take up space with batteries all over. Every time an assembly line or manufacturing professional has to leave their station for a spare battery, that is lost productivity. And don’t forget the buckets of backup batteries and charging stations each invests in to be sure they don’t run out of power. Each case not only wastes time and money, but also represents a major source of frustration every time a battery runs dead.
With the new wireless charging system, the entire process is nearly effortless. For example, when working in between tasks, simply set the entire drill/driver, battery and all, right on the charger pad to top off the charge and never worry about a dead battery. Need to drive to your next service call? Wallor shelf-mount the charger within either the WC18H mobile tool holster or WC18F charger frame to not only store your tool, but charge it at the same time. It takes up less space and makes the entire process more efficient. And for those on jobsites, job box charge stations, cart mounting or even traditional applications can ensure tools and batteries are always power ready where you store them.
Initial system components include a charger, docking frame, 2.0Ah 18V Li-ion battery, and – exclusive to the U.S. – a mountable holster for on-the-go charging, which also represents the industry’s first customized charging and storage system.
The wireless charging technology is based on the concept of contactless energy transfer. When the charger is plugged in and the battery is placed on it, the charger begins wirelessly transmitting an alternating magnetic field. The battery, featuring an internal copper coil, acts as receiver. As the magnetic field penetrates the coil, voltage is induced and charging current flows to the cells until full. The wireless charger will charge the wireless battery 80 percent in approximately 30 minutes and 100 percent in 50 minutes (from empty) for a 2.0Ah battery.
Chargers also feature Foreign Object Detection, which detects when any other object besides the compatible battery is on the charging pad and prevents it from heating up. Batteries are also equipped with industry-leading Bosch CoolPack technology, which improves heat dissipation and extends battery live twice as long over packs without it. As part of the brand’s Flexible Power System, the new battery is compatible with all Bosch 18V Lithium-ion power tools and chargers for maximum flexibility.
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