Black Decker HPD18AK-2 18V Cordless Drill

My Rating for the Black Decker HPD18AK-2 is 3 StarsBlack Decker HPD18AK-2 18 volt cordless drill

Review Summary: This is a good drill for the budget minded home owner or DIYer. It comes with extra bits and a tool case for storage.


Detailed Review of the Black Decker HPD18AK-2 18 volt cordless drill

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Power Grade: Below Average

The Black Decker HPD18AK-2 has a power rating of 325 in/lbs. The average power rating of 18 volt cordless drills is 450 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. If you are interested in a cordless drill with more power, check out the Hitachi DS18DSAL. It has a maximum torque of 460 in/lbs. You can learn more by reading my complete review of the Hitachi DS18DSAL 18V Cordless Drill.

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Speed: Below Average

The Black Decker HPD18AK-2 has a top speed of 1400 rpm. Higher speeds help you drill holes quicker and cleaner. The average speed of 18 volt cordless drills is around 1525 rpm. If you are interested in a cordless drill with more speed for drilling clean holes, check out the DeWalt DC720KA. It has a top speed of 1700 rpm. You can learn more by reading my complete review of the DeWalt DC720KA 18 Volt Cordless Drill.

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Battery Run Time: Very Good

The battery run time is 2.0 amp hours. The average for 18 volt cordless drills is 1.6 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 HPD18AK-2 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.

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Charger: Poor

The Black Decker HPD18AK-2 comes with a 3+ hours 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 HPD18AK-2 cordless drill from multiple stores.

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Tool Weight: Heavy

The Black Decker HPD18AK-2 weighs 4.5 lbs. The average 18V cordless drill weighs about 4.0 lbs. Tool weight comes into play when you use it for extended periods of time or you hold it in awkward positions.

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Black Decker HPD18AK-2 Cordless Drill Strengths

  1. Low priced
  2. 32-position clutch
  3. Holds small drill bits without losing grip
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Black Decker HPD18AK-2 Cordless Drill Weaknesses

  1. Poor tool case design
  2. Slightly lower power

Some other features of the Black Decker HPD18AK-2 include:

  • 100-percent metal chuck
  • 10-piece drill bit set
  • Double End Bit

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Reviewed by Jon Sevenson on 11/19/2011.

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