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Bosch DDS181-02 18-Volt Lithium-Ion 1/2-Inch Compact Tough Drill/Driver Kit with 2 High Capacity Batteries, Charger and Case

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  • Four-pole high-performance motor for maximum power in the most compact size
  • New patented gear train and clutch enables most compact design in its class and lightest weight
  • Flexible power system--both DD and HDD are compatible with every 18-volt lithium-ion Bosch battery. Includes two Slim Pack 1.5 Ah HC (high-capacity) batteries
  • Ergonomic grip zone--small diameter enables better gripping and greater comfort
  • Modified orientation relative to handle increases comfort
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Style Name: Tool
Technical Details
Part Number DDS181-02
Product Dimensions19 x 14.5 x 4.8 inches
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Item model numberDDS181-02
Power Sourcebattery-powered
Voltage18 volts
Item Package Quantity1
Special Featurescompact
Included Componentscase
Batteries Included?Yes
Batteries Required?Yes
Battery Cell TypeLithium Ion
Warranty Description30-day money back guarantee, 1 yr warranty
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #1,909 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight10.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableJune 7, 2011

Technical Details

Style: Tool
  • compact

Product Description

Style: Tool

Ready for heavy-duty drilling applications in materials ranging from wood to metal, the small yet powerful Bosch DDS181-02 Compact Tough 18-volt lithium-ion 1/2-inch drill/driver's 7-inch head length is the smallest in its class, yet it delivers top performance. It works with all Bosch 18-volt lithium-ion batteries, and this kit includes two Slim Pack 1.5 Ah HC (high-capacity) batteries. They provide up to 50 percent more runtime over standard lithium-ion batteries and include an electronic battery fuel gauge to ensure you have enough power for the job.

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Compact and lightweight with included Slim Pack HC battery (view larger).


DDS181-02 use

Fast Speeds, High Torque, and Durable Construction

The DDS181-02 has two optimized speeds--one ideal for high-torque applications (0-500 RPM) and one ideal for high-speed applications (0-1,700 RPM)--and it provides a maximum of 600 inch-pounds of torque. The 4-pole open frame motor and newly developed gearbox provide exceptional power for such a compact drill/driver. The 18+1 clutch settings included in this Compact Tough model and a variable-speed trigger help you match the best speed to the job, so you can achieve precise results. It can drive 500 screws per charge using the BAT619G 3.0 Ah HC battery (not included).

Balanced Design and Easy Bit Changes

The ergonomically designed handle and soft-grip wrapped housing offer a comfortable fit for extended working time. The DDS181-02 comes complete with a single-sleeve 1/2-inch auto-lock chuck for one-handed bit changes, as well as increased drill-bit capacity for versatility. And for even greater convenience, LEDs provide illumination when you are working in dark or enclosed areas.

Flexible Power System

In addition to the 1.5 Ah HC lithium batteries included in this kit, this drill/driver can be used with Bosch's batteries from its 18-volt line--including the 1.3 Ah Slim Pack battery (model BAT609), the 2.6 Ah Fat Pack battery (model BAT618), and the 3.0 Ah HC Fat Pack battery (model BAT619G). If you're looking for a lightweight option, the Slim Pack is the perfect choice. If longer runtime is what you need, the Fat Pack will do the job.

ProVantage Guarantee

The DDS181-02 comes with the ProVantage three-year protection plan, which guarantees two years of battery protection and one year of tool protection. Under this plan, you can receive two years of free battery replacements, tool replacement for one year, and a free tool repair package for the second and third years.

What's in the Box

One Bosch DDS181-02 Compact Tough drill/driver kit with two 18-volt lithium-ion Slim Pack batteries, one 30-minute charger, one carrying case, bits, and operating instructions.

At a Glance
Bosch DDS181-02 Compact Tough Drill Driver Kit
At a Glance:
  • Powered by Bosch 18-volt lithium-ion batteries

  • Maximum runtime from 1.5 Ah Slim Pack HC battery (two included)

  • Two speed settings (0-500 RPM and 0-1,700 RPM)

  • Maximum of 600 inch-pounds of torque

  • 18+1 clutch settings and a variable-speed trigger

  • Three-year ProVantage protection plan
At a Glance

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Important Information

Bulb Voltage
18 Volts

Customer Reviews

Drill is very light weight and powerful.
You can't go wrong with this drill buy one and see for yourself.
Lithium batteries hold their charge a LONG time.
Michael J. Danberg

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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Brody on November 16, 2011
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I've been searching for the perfect drill to suit my budget and basic needs for almost an entire year now. The Bosch DDS181-02 drill fits the bill! I am not a professional, so my review is from a DIY around the house handyman.

First impressions out of the box. This box is HUGE! It doesn't include many extras and the box itself has inefficient use of space. However, that is of minor concern considering this will be used for small jobs around the house and in the garage. The drill itself is impressive.

By far the most refined drill I've held in the price range. The balance is perfect, the size is compact, and everything is where it should be. The led light is bright and my hands don't get in the way. The forward/reverse selector is appropriately placed and is easy to switch. The batteries slide in and out very smoothly and include a neat feature to quickly check battery level (has 3 increments). The chuck spins well and clamps without issue. The included belt hook can be placed on either side.

Now on to the areas of improvement. There is no drill bit holder on the drill itself or any sort of level. Cheaper drills often include these features and it would have been a big bonus in my opinion. This particular model comes with 2 1.5 Ah lithium ion batteries that charge in 30 minutes. This is right in the middle of its competitors. Other drills in the same category and price range charge from as fast as 15 minutes to 40+ minutes.

Bosch has multiple variations of this drill with very little differences. I believe this is the best out of the bunch, since the similarly priced Bosch DDS180-02 comes with standard 1.3 Ah batteries that don't include the charge indicator on the battery.
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76 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Y. R. Wu TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 26, 2011
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Summary: Price, Power, Weight. Pick any two - the Bosch is the no-compromise cordless drill to get if price is not an issue. Lighter weight ideal for extended use, smaller size ideal for smaller hands. Battery packs that you can actually fit in a pocket or tool belt is a big advantage!

Whether you are repairing trim, hanging curtains, fixing the deck or assembling a book shelf, a cordless drill is perhaps THE most useful tool for the average homeowner. I started out ~15 years ago with a 12V Dewalt DW972. I eventually upgraded to a professional grade 12V Dewalt DW980XRP - I stayed with the 12V drill because the 14.4 higher voltage tools were just too heavy to work with for extended times on a ladder. When those batteries eventually started showing their age I bought some consumer grade Black and Decker 18V cordless drills - lighter because of all the plastic in them, but still sturdy enough to stand up to DIY use. In other words, weight can be a big deal.

I gave the DW972 to my sister but still had the other three kicking around (see picture You can see that the Bosch is the smallest of the three and also the lightest. Surprisingly, the B&S PS1800 was a close second in weight, despite the much larger battery. No doubt this is due to the extensive use of plastic in the body as well as the lack of a transmission - there is one medium speed and that's it. The B&D Firestorm FS1800 was the heaviest, but it comes with a removable chuck for when you want to use it strictly with quick release hex bits.

Bosch DDS181 3.4 lbs
Dewalt DW980 4.95 lbs
B&D PS1800 3.85 lbs
B&D FS1800D 5.
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THIS is the drill for women who do their own repairs. The handle diameter is smaller and it is MUCH lighter than my old Black and Decker 18V drill. The Lithium Ion battery makes a huge difference. Not only is it lighter, but the balance is much better. When you hold it in your hand it is not pulling on your arm from the weight of the battery. It weighs 55.3 ounces 3.4 pounds, about 1.6 kilos). For comparison a gallon of milk weighs about 8.5 pounds, a typical thing us moms are hauling around. My old drill was nearly 80 ounces and when you are holding it up above your head, or using it over and over the lighter weight really makes a difference.

On the battery itself is a button, that when depressed, tells you if you have full power, 2/3rds or 1/3rd left. Lithium Ion batteries don't suffer from "memory" problems like Ni-Cad (from a partial charge) and they charge faster and hold their charge longer during storage. They also have more power by weight (which is why they can be lighter). With two batteries and a 30 minute charge rate you should be able to continuously work, unless you are trying to drill through very dense material (like concrete) or large holes in less dense material.

A light at the base easily illuminates whatever you are drilling/screwing.

I am not sure why Bosch does not provide the following information on Amazon so I will list it here:

Battery/Charger: Fast Charger
Chuck Capacity: 1/2" keyless chuck
Chuck Size: 1/2"
Clutch Settings: 18+1
No Load RPM: 0-500 / 0-1,700
Torque (in. lbs.): 600
It is also compatible with every 18V Bosch Li-ion battery (according to Bosch).
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