Updated 15 Dec 2016

AEG

Compact Brushless Kit BS18CBL-252C

Snapshot: The AEG Compact Brushless Kit BS18CBL-252C cordless drill/driver has 2 gear ranges and comes with 2 batteries. How well does it drill?

Compact Brushless Kit BS18CBL-252C
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$399

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Test results

Overall score
74
Ease of use
?/10
Performance
?/10
Battery life
?/10
Torque
?/10
Drilling
?/10

Good points

  • Very good drilling performance.
  • Excellent torque.
  • OK battery life.
  • OK to use (though quite heavy).
  • Fast recharge time.
  • Comes with two 2.5Ah batteries.
  • Has 18 torque settings.
  • Has a 13mm chuck size.
  • Has 2 gear ranges.

But

  • Each battery has only just OK endurance.

How we test

Overall scores includes:

Performance (70%)
Ease of use (30%)

Performance is equally weighted between the following three tests:

Battery life (/10): We drill a 10-12 x 25mm cabinet screw into MDF, screw it back out, then rinse and repeat. On average, the drills in our test drove 332 screws before giving up the ghost, with the top model managing 642. The cordless screwdrivers drove just over 100 on average into pre-made holes in MDF.

Torque (/10): We drive heavy-duty 14g, 10 x 75mm timber screws into three sheets of MDF. If a drill drives the screw head flush with the MDF with no slowing down it’s awarded 10/10 for torque; penalties apply if it slows down or is unable to drive the screw flush.

Speed drilling (/10): We time how quickly we can drill 10 holes with a 13mm spade bit through 45mm spotted gum.

Ease of use (/10): Ease of use for drills is highly subjective, so we employ a panel featuring one right-handed man with large hands, another man with large hands but left-handed, and a right-handed woman with smaller hands. Our ease-of-use scores are equally-weighted between the panellists’ assessment of weight, balance and handle/control ergonomics.

Assembly (/10): Assessed for cordless screwdrivers only and refers to their performance (speed) when drilling screws into pre-made holes, for example when assembling flat-pack furniture.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$399
Type
Cordless drill/driver

More test results (/10)

Assembly
-

Specifications

Battery voltage (V)
18
Motor
Brushless
Battery capacity (Ah)
2.5
Recharge time (min)
50
Weight (kg)
1.8
Gear ranges
2
Max claimed torque
51
Torque settings
18
Maximum speeds
550, 2100
Chuck size (mm)
13

Features

Batteries supplied
2
LED light
Yes
Driver-bit storage
1
Carry case
Belt clip

More Info

Notes

-

Availability
-