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The Bosch Pocket Driver should be a prerequisite for all IKEA furniture assembly

  • Apr 19, 2011
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I was in the market for a cordless power drill, but I was overwhelmed by the variety of options and features even within a single brand's product line.  Fortunately, @ had already done all the homework and hooked me up for my birthday.

I'll admit, when I first saw the Bosch Pocket Drill, I was a little underwhelmed.  All the other drills I'd been looking at were much bigger and came with giant battery packs.  I didn't see how the little Bosch would keep up.  My initial concerns were immediately put to rest.

POWER

Despite the 12V rating, the Bosch has been up to every task.  I've used it to drill holes in our new vanity cabinets for the hardware knobs,  assemble Ikea furniture, hang towel racks, tighten just about any loose drawer pull or hinge I could find in the house.  I basically wandered around the house looking for any screws which looked like they could use a little extra torque and I topped them off.  At no point did I ever feel like I need more power.

TORQUE

The drill has several "torque" settings so you can adjust how much force is applied to the screw you are driving.  This is very helpful when you have plastic pieces that could break if you tighten them too much.  Just set the drill to "1" for a gentle caress all the way to "10" for a solid how-do-ya-do.  And if you're making holes instead of filling them, it has a "drill" setting as well.

BATTERY

With all the projects I listed above, I'm still on the initial charge on the first battery!  Yet my iPhone can barely stream Pandora for a few hours.  What kind of magic is in these batteries??  The Bosch comes with a charger and a spare battery.  From my non-scientific tests, that should be enough to build about 1 1/2 armed and fully operational Death Stars.

SHE'S SMALL BUT SHE'S STRONG

The Bosch's small size makes it really easy to maneuver in tight spaces.  I'm sure there's still places that would be tough to reach with it, but in those cases, a standard screwdriver would be equally challenged.  Even small things like opening up computer cases or the impenetrable battery door on all children's toys are just effortless with the Bosch.  And it still has enough power to put some holes through solid wood when necessary.

Before you drop by Lowes to pick up a screwdriver set, just pony up the extra cash and get this instead.  Why not save yourself the wear and tear on your wrists?  I feel like the tiny allen wrench you get with all Ikea furniture is just Sweden's way of saying eff you.  With the right bit set and the Bosch, you can crank through the Swedish torture exercises  without breaking a sweat or subjecting yourself to premature carpal tunnel syndrome.

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Forty percent lighter and 33% more productive than any other ultra-compact drill/driver currently on the market, the Bosch PS20-2A 12-Volt Max Lithium-Ion Pocket Driver with Two Batteries offers big power in a small package. Ideal for carpenters, remodelers, electricians, woodworkers, and do-it-yourselfers of all kinds, this driver is an invaluable addition to your tool chest.

The PS20-2A 12-Volt Max Lithium-Ion Pocket Driver offers:
  • 12-Volt Litheon batteries for long-lasting power.
  • Compact, lightweight design.
  • Over 100 in/lbs of torque.
  • Variable speeds up to 500 RPM.


With an ergonomic design, you'll stay comfortable on even the longest jobs. View larger.

The PS20-2A can drive 100 three-inch screws on a single battery charge. View larger.12-Volt Litheon Batteries for Long-Lasting Power
The PS20-2A gets its power from Litheon batteries, the most advanced lithium-ion batteries available today. These batteries allow more battery charges and provide longer runtime with no memory effect--meaning the batteries don't need to be empty before charging. The batteries can also be taken out of the charger before charging is complete.

Other benefits include: significantly less self discharge; electronic cell protection that guards against overheating, overload, and deep discharge; and no loss of power from the first to last screw or hole. Best of all, these batteries will fully charge in 30 minutes and will be at 85% capacity in just 15 minutes.

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