Black and Decker LI3100 Cordless Screwdriver

Reviewed by Jon Sevenson on 1/10/12.

My Rating for the Black and Decker LI3100 is 4.25 Stars

Black and Decker LI3100Review Summary: The Black and Decker LI3100 Cordless Screwdriver has a lot of torque and can be adjusted to get into tough positions. Its a good cordless screwdriver for the money.




Detailed Review of the Black and Decker LI3100 Cordless Screwdriver

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Battery Grade: OK

The Black and Decker LI3100 comes with 1 built-in Lithium Ion battery. The very best cordless screwdrivers come with 2 removable Lithium Ion batteries. Lithium-Ion batteries are lighter and hold a charge much longer than NiCd batteries. Batteries eventually need to be replaced and the built-in type batteries can't be replaced. You end up throwing out a perfectly good tool which is not a very environmentally friendly solution. Having an extra battery comes in handy if you have a lot of work to do. One cordless screwdriver with a better battery system is the Makita TD020DSEW. You can read my detailed review of the Makita TD020DSEW Cordless Screwdriver.

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Adjustable Handle Grade: Good

The Black and Decker LI3100 has a 4-position handle. The best cordless screwdrivers offer more than 1 position. Being able to adjust the handle will allow you to reach into tight places such as drawers or small cabinets.

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Clutch Grade: Good

The Black and Decker LI3100 has 24 clutch settings. The better cordless screwdrivers have more than 1 clutch setting. In simple terms, a clutch setting releases the pressure on the screwdriver before it breaks the screw head off. The more clutch settings you have the better you can get the screwdriver to turn just hard enough to drive the screw all the way in without breaking it.

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Torque Grade: Excellent

The Black and Decker LI3100 has a torque rating of 48 in./lbs. The average torque rating for cordless screwdrivers is 38 in./lbs. Torque is the measurement of the twisting force the screwdriver applies to a screw. In most cases, having more torque is not that important in cordless screwdrivers. However, there is always that 1 tough screw that just needs a little more torque to get it loose.

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Speed: Below Average

The Black and Decker LI3100 has a top speed of 180 RPM. The average speed of cordless screwdrivers is 343 RPM. Speed isn't that important as a job requirement for cordless screwdrivers. In most cases you are installing or removing screws at a slower speed. Speed comes into play when you want to drill a hole. The faster speeds will give you cleaner holes and finish the job much quicker. If you are interested in a cordless screwdriver with more speed for drilling cleaner holes, check out the Milwaukee 0490-22. It has 600 RPM. You can learn more by reading my complete review of the Milwaukee 0490-22 Cordless Screwdriver.

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Price Range: Under $50

Note: Prices have changed since I reviewed the Black and Decker LI3100. Always check the most recent and best price for the Black and Decker LI3100 cordless drill from multiple stores.

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Other Features of the Black and Decker LI3100 Cordless Screwdriver

  1. Warranty: 2 years
  2. LED work light: Yes
  3. Also Includes:2 hex shank screw driving bits

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