Bosch BlueCore Battery Technology Information
Bosch press Release: Mount Prospect, IL July 12, 2005
The new exclusive Bosch BlueCore batteries provide up to 50-percent more cordless battery life, while new 30-minute single and dual-bay chargers cut charge times in half. Completely compatible with all current Bosch cordless power tools, the new system promises to further improve upon the industry leading cordless platform professionals depend on every day. And supporting the new line is the Bosch guarantee that in the event any battery fails in two years or less, the company will replace it through its free PROVANTAGE Tool Protection Plan.
Each new Bosch BlueCore NiCad battery 9.6, 12, 14.4, 18 and 24 volt integrates advanced cooling rods positioned between the pack's individual cells. While other batteries would normally build up hot spots, which speed up chemical breakdown, slow the recharging process and eventually damage individual cells, the BlueCore cooling rods absorb the heat to dissipate it away from the cells. This keeps the battery cool and functioning at optimal levels.
Further durability enhancement stems from a special sensor embedded within each battery pack designed to effectively measure internal conditions. When a BlueCore battery is placed into any Bosch charger, the sensor communicates its conditions to a microprocessor within the charger. The charger then uses this information to optimize energy flow and maximize battery charge capacity. Users can expect up to 50-percent or more battery life over previous Bosch batteries, an unprecedented increase.
"Bosch specifically designed the new BlueCore technology and 30-minute chargers to be compatible with our current cordless tool line," said Jeff Wilkison, director, Bosch cordless power tools. "Unlike other manufacturers' new battery technologies, our users will see a significant increase in life without the need to buy all new tools, a cost savings that can reach into the thousands of dollars."
The two new 30-minute chargers not only speed up the charging process for the full range of Bosch batteries, but also allow users to better understand each battery's status. Two LED light indicators constantly report on the status of each battery charging. And with a dual-bay charger, work crews can be ready to go even quicker than before. The new chargers will also charge older generation batteries.
Guaranteed Longer Life!
Since 2002, Bosch has provided its cordless power tool users with the industry's most reliable tool protection plan ever offered, PROVANTAGE. Designed for maximum uptime, Bosch extends this program to include BlueCore. After purchasing a new Bosch cordless product, users either mail in the enclosed registration card, register online at www.boschprovantage.com or call 888-919-7272. Registering is absolutely free, affords users two-years of battery replacements in the event of a failure and eligibility for additional special promotions. More information about the program and various tools included can be found online.
Most Bosch combo kits will include two BlueCore batteries and a 30-minute dual-bay charger by the end of 2005, with the first, the CPK40-18 4-piece 18-volt kit, available on July 1. The CPK60-18 6-piece 18-volt kit will round out the conversion in early 2006.
As for individual cordless tool kits, the 14.4 and 18-volt Brute-Tough drill/drivers will be available with two BlueCore batteries and 30-minute chargers on July 1. All hammer drill/drivers and additional Brute-Tough drill/drivers will launch in the Fall, as well as the 14.4 and 18-volt Compact-Tough drill/drivers, and 9.6, 12 and 14.4 -volt IMPACTOR Fastening Drivers. Although the 9.6 and 12 -volt Compact-Tough drill/driver kits are fully compatible with BlueCore and the new 30-minute chargers, they will continue to include previous generation batteries. For users who desire to upgrade their kits, all BlueCore batteries and 30-minute chargers will be available individually. All other individual Bosch cordless tools - jigsaws, reciprocating saws, circular saws, planers will be available with BlueCore by the end of 2005