Black Decker HPD12K-2 12 volt Cordless Drill

My Rating for the Black Decker HPD12K-2 is 3.75 StarsBlack Decker HPD12K-2

Review Summary: For a low priced drill, you can't expect more than the Black Decker HPD12K-2 12 volt Cordless Drill.


Detailed Review of the Black Decker HPD12K-2 12 volt cordless drill

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Power Grade: Below Average

The Black Decker HPD12K-2 has a power rating of 175 in/lbs. The average power rating of 12 volt cordless drills is 230 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. Power in DeWalt cordless drills is measured in unit watts out(uwo) which measures torque at different drill speeds. If you are interested in a cordless drill with more power, check out the Milwaukee 2410-22. It has a maximum torque of 250 in/lbs. You can learn more by reading my complete review of the Milwaukee 2410-22 12 volt Cordless Drill.

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Speed: Average

The Black Decker HPD12K-2 has a top speed of 1400 rpm. Higher speeds help you drill holes quicker and cleaner. The average speed of 12 volt cordless drills is around 1400 rpm.

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Battery Run Time: Average

The battery run time is 1.3 amp hours. The average for 12 volt cordless drills is 1.3 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: Below Average

The Black Decker HPD12K-2 comes with 2 Ni-Cd 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. A cordless drill with a better battery system is the Skil 2414-02. You can read my complete review of the Skil 2414-02 12 volt Cordless Drill.

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Charger: Average

The Black Decker HPD12K-2 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 HPD12K-2 cordless drill from multiple stores.

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Tool Weight: Heavy

The Black Decker HPD12K-2 weighs 2.8 lbs. The average 12V cordless drill weighs about 2.4 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 HPD12K-2 Cordless Drill Strengths

  1. Low priced
  2. All-Metal Chuck
  3. Spindle Lock
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Black Decker HPD12K-2 Cordless Drill Weaknesses

  1. Below average power and speed
  2. Heavier than average 12 volt drill

Some other features of the Black Decker HPD12K-2 include:

  • Auto spindle lock
  • 2 double ended bit tips
  • Kit box

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Reviewed by Jon Sevenson on 12/6/11.

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