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3.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Battery Power UBP5000BT-DW-CH Battery Belt Review, January 21, 2012
This review is from: Ultimate Battery Power UBP5000BT-DW-CH Battery Belt with DeWalt Battery Adaptor (Misc.)
Pros: Extended run time, Quality construction
Cons: Belt favors larger waists, NiCad Technology

Seeing how the need for extended run time can come in handy, we figured this was a good place to start our testing. Using a DeWalt 18V cordless circular saw, we had to cut a dozen sheets of 1/2" CDX plywood in half lengthwise for a project. We decided on testing the battery belt with a cordless circular saw because cordless circular saws draw more power than almost any other type of cordless tool. We also had a lot of work to do. We loaded in a brand new thin kerf blade into our saw and went to work. Through the process of cutting the plywood, the Ultimate Battery Belt didn't once fail to deliver power. in fact, power delivery appeared to be on par with a new XRP 18V pack and the UBP5000BT-DW-CH Battery Belt allowed us to cut all the sheets of plywood without having to change batteries even once. If you add up the length of all the cuts, we did almost 100 linear feet. Along with the plywood, we also cut up a dozen 8 ft 2x4's into 32" long pieces with the same saw and battery combo. Run time was not a problem.

A few observations from this project is that when we first went to fit the belt on, it almost didn't fit. I have a 32" waist and when I wrapped the belt around, the hood and loop areas overlapped so far that they never made contact with each other. Thankfully, the outer nylon web belt was able to be adjusted down so that I was able to clip the quick release buckle closed. As I passed the UBP Battery Belt to a few of the other guys around the jobsite, it really did not start to fit guys until they were in the 38"-40" size range. Now, I know the stereotypical construction guy is supposed to have a bit more bulk, but perhaps a couple sizes would be a good recommendation for us to make. The belt was comfortable to wear, and even though the battery weighs in at around seven pounds, with it centered on the back side of the belt and it wasn't that noticeable. The other thing to get used to is that, when using this device, it tethers your tool to you. I had to continue to remember that the cordless saw was hooked to me when I was moving plywood around.

We also plugged the UBP Battery Belt into a few different drills, hammer drills and a reciprocating saw as well to verify fit and function. In all cases, the tools operated with ample power and ease. At the end of our testing session, we connected the belt to the included smart charger and let it give the battery pack some more energy. There are LED lights on the charger that indicate the charging status which make it easy to know when it is complete.

The Ultimate Battery Power UBP5000BT-DW-CH Battery Belt might be a great investment for the contractor or tradesman that finds himself frequently working where access to power is limited or where they are in locations where frequent battery changes might be a major inconvenience. It's also great to relocate weight from the tool itself to your waist and is perfect for those doing a lot of overhead or elevated drilling or cutting. While NiCad is an older battery technology, we have noticed that there are a lot of guys out there that are still dependent on it for their work. With the vast number of DeWalt 18V NiCad cordless tools on the market, we think that this battery solution will work well to keep your older tools useful for a lot longer.
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3.0 out of 5 stars didn't get a chance to really use it, February 9, 2014
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The cord malfunction after a few used power loss during cuts with my Dewalt sawdidn't get a chance to really use it
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