Black+Decker 20V Lithium Ion Cordless Drill/Driver Review Video

The New Black+Decker Cordless Drill/Driver with AutoSense™ Technology Prevents Accidental Over-Tightening of Screws and Potentially Damaging Finished Surfaces

By Mark J. Donovan

In this video Mark Donovan of reviews the Black+Decker 20V Lithium Ion Cordless Drill/Driver, Model Number BDCDE120C.

Whether you’re renting an apartment or own a home one of the most useful tools to have in your toolbox is a cordless drill/driver. There are unlimited applications for this type of tool. A cordless drill/driver makes tightening screws or drilling holes fast and easy. Moreover, it also prevents hand fatigue.

The only issue with using a cordless drill/driver is that historically you needed to take a little extra care when tightening down a screw into a finished surface area you cared about. If you weren’t careful the drill/driver would countersink the screw and potentially damage the finished surface area. With the integration of mechanical clutch technology into drill/drivers this problem was somewhat solved. I say somewhat, because the user of the tool had to experiment with the tool to dial in the right clutch setting to ensure not to overdrive the screw.

As a result, often the first several screws tightened down with the clutch driven drill/driver would penetrate either too deeply or too shallow into the material they were being driven into.

Fortunately, Black+Decker has eliminated this trial and error issue associated with mechanical clutches in cordless drill/drivers by replacing it with a new smart auto-sensing clutch technology called AutoSense™. I recently had the opportunity to test out their latest cordless 20V Lithium Ion drill/driver with this AutoSense™ technology and was extremely impressed.

The BDCDE120C Cordless 20V Lithium Ion drill/driver is both compact and lightweight, yet has the power and toque for any homeowner application. It also has an over-mold handle for ensuring a solid grip and control. But again, what really makes this a cool tool is its intuitive AutoSense™ technology. With the AutoSense™ feature the tool has two modes of operation, drill and drive. In drive mode, an onboard microprocessor monitors the changing torque profile of the tool as the screw enters the material and stops the screw flush with the material within 3 milliseconds. The tool also includes a micro adjustment depth control feature to countersink screws to the desired level.

In the drill mode, the tool’s 0-800 RPM motor ensures the necessary performance for the fast drilling of any homeowner application.

Also impressive with the AutoSense™ clutch technology is how it enables the drill/driver to be so much lighter and streamlined. Other drill/drivers with the traditional mechanical clutch assemblies are much heavier and bulkier.

The BDCDE120C Cordless 20V Lithium Ion Drill/Driver also includes an integrated battery status indicator to let the user know when the battery needs recharging, and an LED work light on the foot of the unit to illuminate the work surface area.

The BDCDE120C Cordless 20V Lithium Ion Drill/Driver comes with a charger and a 20V Max lithium ion battery, which can hold a charge up to 18 months. The battery is also part of an interchangeable system from Black+Decker that enables it to work with other 20V Max lithium Ion home products and power tools that they manufacturer. As of this writing, the unit retails for $79.99 and can be purchased at various home improvement stores around the country, as well as on It also comes with a 2 year limited warranty.

So whether a renter or a homeowner, the BLACK+DECKER LDX120C 20-Volt MAX Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill/Driver is a must tool to have. With its unique AutoSense™ clutch technology it will ensure the job is done right every time when it comes to tightening screws and drilling holes. Also, its compact size and light weight makes it the perfect drill/driver tool for anyone.

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