A power screwdriver is an endlessly useful tool for any home! This tool also known as a cordless screwdriver is incredibly more efficient than a manual screwdriver. A power screwdriver will fit in tighter places than drills, are easy to hold above your head and at odd angles, and have the right amount of power for simple jobs. One of the best selling models is the well marketed Quickturn by Ryobi. Its an efficient tool, but we found it to be overly powerful for a cordless screwdriver. That extra power comes with an additional cost, which you can do without. After assembling and dissembling countless household objects with thousands of screws turned, we found the Black and Decker LI2000! This power screwdriver handled every DIY household job with ease and is nowhere near as expensive. Save money and get a fantastic power screwdriver with the Black and Decker LI2000.
We loved the Ryobi, and in our testing, it was the fastest power screwdriver. With its quickturn spindle lock, you can save a few seconds on each screw going in, which can add up depending on what you are assembling. It also has 2 RPM settings and more voltage to power the extra strength. The downside is this additional power is not very useful in a power screwdriver but creates additional cost. If you need enough power for drilling holes, you should consider a drill, otherwise, we say save your money and grab the Black and Decker.
The Black and Decker LI2000 is a power screwdriver that is strong enough for all your DIY household jobs and assembly projects. There are no wasted features on this device, so it has a fantastic price. The super long lasting Lithium battery means it's always ready, a locking spindle gives final screw tightening control, and three handle positions help navigate tight situations. Also, it has just the right amount of torque and power for a cordless screwdriver so that its effective without stripping screws or damaging the objects being assembled.
The Ryobi Quickturn produces 45 in. lbs of torque. The torque represents the maximum amount of turning force the screwdriver can provide. The slight increase in torque has no impact on performance.
The Black and Decker kicks out 40 in lbs of torque. For a cordless screwdriver, this is more than enough torque for around the home DIY jobs and assembly projects.
RPM measures the speed at which the screwdriver can spin. Low speeds are for screws, and high speeds are for drilling. The Ryobi has settings for 200 and 600. We found 600 to be overkill and the high burst of initial speed stripped the cheap screws we were using.
The Black and Decker has one-speed setting which is 180 RPM. This lower speed is a benefit when putting in and removing screws because the slower start prevents the bit from stripping the screw. Anything that needs more than 180 RPM will be best done with a drill.
The Ryobi comes with a 4 volt rechargeable Lithium Ion. Li-Ion batteries have exceptionally long lives making them the best choice for household tools. The higher voltage for the Ryobi is required to run the higher 600 RPM setting on the drill, as well as providing the slight increase in torque.
Black and Decker also uses the Lithium Ion battery for the extended life, and its ability to hold a charge for a very long time. This power screwdriver has a 3.6 volt which is a lower voltage because it has a lower power demand. The slightly lighter weight of this screwdriver is in part because of this battery reduction.
Human finesse can be useful for the last few turns of a screw. The Ryobi has a quickturn locking system so that when you release the button the spindle locks up and allows you to make the final turns manually.
Similar to the Ryobi, the Black and Decker also can lock down the spindle so that a screw can be tightened just right. The difference is the Black and Decker has a quick turn switch at the neck to lock it.
Ryobi can lock into two holding positions vs the three holding positions on the Black and Decker. These holding positions are useful because in a variety of situations hand leverage can be necessary.
Black and Decker designed 3 points for their handle to lock in place. This additional handle position comes in handy when assembling items that put your hand and wrist in restricted positions or blocks your line of sight to the screw.