Black Decker HPD14AK 14 Volt Cordless Drill

My Rating for the Black Decker HPD14AK is 3.5 StarsBlack Decker HPD14AK

Review Summary: This is a really good drill for its price range. The charger even has a maintenance mode which will extend battery life.


Detailed Review of the Black Decker HPD14AK 14 volt cordless drill

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Power Grade: Above Average

The Black Decker HPD14AK has a power rating of 325 in/lbs . The average power rating of 14 volt cordless drills is 315 in/lbs. The power of a cordless drill is measured by torque (inch-pounds). Torque is the measurement of the twisting force the drill applies when started.

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Speed: Above Average

The Black Decker HPD14AK has a top speed of 1400 rpm. Higher speeds help you drill holes quicker and cleaner. The average speed of 14 volt cordless drills is around 1385 rpm.

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Battery Run Time: Above Average

The battery run time is 2.1 amp hours. The average for 14 volt cordless drills is 2.0 amp hours. The ampere-hour rating (Ah) gives you an idea of how long your battery will last between charges. A 3Ah will last 3 times longer than a 1Ah battery.

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Battery type and quantity: Average

The Black Decker HPD14AK comes with 2 NiCd batteries. Most newer cordless drills have 2 Lithium batteries included. Lithium are lighter , can hold a charge longer, and are more environmentally friendly than older NiCd batteries. This drill is far better than the Skil 2250 I reviewed recently.

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Charger: Average

The Black Decker HPD14AK comes with a 1 hour charger. The best chargers offer less than 1 hour charging and a maintenance mode that can extend the life of the battery.

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Price Range: Under $100

Prices may have changed since this review was done. Always check the most recent and best price for the Black Decker HPD14AK cordless drill from multiple stores.

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Tool Weight: Heavy

The Black Decker HPD14AK weighs 5.7 lbs. The average 14V cordless drill weighs about 4.8 lbs. Tool weight comes into play when you use it for extended periods of time or you hold it in awkward positions. If you want a good cordless drill that weighs less, you may be interested in the Makita 6281DWPE. It weighs only 3.6 lbs. You can read my complete review of the Makita 6281DWPE 14 Volt Cordless Drill.

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Black Decker HPD14AK Cordless Drill Strengths

  1. Low priced
  2. Maintenance mode on the charger
  3. Spindle lock for easier and faster tightening
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Black Decker HPD14AK Cordless Drill Weaknesses

  1. Battery charger not top quality
  2. Heavier than average 14 volt drill

Some other features of the Black Decker HPD14AK include:

  • 3/8" Keyless chuck
  • 32-position clutch
  • Tool Case

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Reviewed by Jon Sevenson on 11/23/2011.

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