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December 18, 2017

Bosch PS30-2A Cordless Drill Review

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Bosch PS30-2A Cordless DrillThe Bosch PS30-2A Cordless Drill/Driver is a compact 12-Volt 3/4-inch Drill/Driver which comes with two 12-Volt lithium-ion batteries. In general, 12-volt cordless drill/drivers are recommended for normal household use as they have plenty of power for most tasks, but are smaller and more lightweight making them much more comfortable to use than heavier models, but we found that the PS30-2A is also used by a lot of contractors and professionals who like the mix of the power for 90% of jobs plus the benefits of compact, lightweight design.

What to Look for When Buying a Cordless Drill
Whatever type of  drill you buy, there are a number of things to look for: in this Bosch PS30-2A Cordless Drill Review we’ll look at the most important features which are the power (number of volts), the battery type, the weight of the drill and the speed.

What Power? How Many Volts?
The number of volts and power go hand in hand – more volts equals more power, as the greater the volts, the faster the motor spins and therefore the more powerful the drill. It does have a downside however in that generally the more volts you have the heavier the battery and therefore the heavier the drill will be, making it more tiring to use for extended periods. If you’re working on a big construction job then you’ll want 18 volts, but the 12-volt Bosch PS30-2A has enough power for 99% of the household jobs you’re likely to tackle. It has no problem driving 300 deck screws on a single charge, by which time the second battery will be fully re-charged.

One of the major plus points for this drill is that weighing only 2.4lbs means that you can use it all day long if you need to. It’s also very compact allowing it to get in places that many of the bulkier 18 Volt drills can’t fit, so you can use it in tight spaces like under sinks, and in corners, or a closet. The light weight also means it is especially handy for the over-the-head jobs as it won’t wear out your arms.

Lithium-Ion Batteries for Long-Lasting, Quick-Charging Performance
The PS30-2A utilizes state-of-art lithium-ion (called “Litheon” by Bosch) batteries. Lithium-ion batteries are better than nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cd) or nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries because they weigh less, last longer and hold their charge a long time between uses. The batteries don’t need to be drained before charging and can also be taken out of the charger before charging is complete – although a full charge only takes 30 minutes anyway.

Because lithium-ion batteries keep their charge much longer between uses, they are ideal for homeowner use where you might use the drill one day, and then not need it again for a couple of weeks.

Another difference that you will notice with the 12-volt Bosch is that the batteries fit up inside the handle and not at the bottom of the handle as is the case with 18-volt batteries. This has the advantage of making the drill more compact but has the disadvantage that you have to lie the drill on its side rather than stand it upright on the battery pack.

Dual Speed Range for Versatility and Control
Pretty well all quality cordless drills have a dual speed range these days. The Bosch PS30-2A has a range of 0-370 rpm / 0-1,100 rpm. This gives you more control as the lower speed is used for driving screws and the faster speed for drilling. Using the slower speed to drive screws means that you avoid stripping screws or splintering wood, and using the faster speed for drilling produces cleaner holes. You also have a variable-speed trigger to help you match the best speed to the job within each speed range plus 20 clutch settings to enable precision driving and prevent over-torque in soft materials.

Bosch PS30-2A batteries

How much should you expect to pay?

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What’s in the box?
The kit includes: Bosch PS30-2A 12-volt Drill/driver, two Litheon 12-volt max batteries, 30-minute charger, and carrying case.

At a glance features and benefits of the Bosch PS30-2A:

  • 12-Volt motor with dual speed range (0-370/0-1,100 rpm) with 220 in./lbs. of torque, variable speed trigger and 20 clutch settings for optimal performance
  • Compact, extremely lightweight design (2.4 lbs) minimizes user fatigue
  • Litheon lithium-ion batteries allow more battery charges, longer run time, and more power than NiCD batteries
  • LED work light for improved visibility in tight spaces or low-light conditions
  • ProVantage three-year protection plan

What are other people saying?
The reviews of this cordless drill/driver are fantastic: most people find that they use it for almost everything

  • “Professional Quality in a Small Package”
  • “If there are any flaws in the design or operation of this drill, I haven’t found them. It’s a great tool”
  • “My larger 14,4v and 18v drills now just sit there unused”
  • “This is an AWESOME drill/driver. I love it!”
  • “This Drill ROCKS!!!”

Any complaints?
We just couldn’t find anything particularly bad being said about this drill/driver.

Bosch PS30-2A cordless drill

What kind of warranty is there?
The PS30-2A comes with what Bosch call the ProVantage three-year protection plan, which guarantees two years of battery protection and one year of tool protection. Under this plan, you can receive two years of free battery replacements, tool replacement for one year, and a free tool repair package for the second and third years.

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