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The Black & Decker VPX1212X is a 14 Volt cordless drill/driver powered by their new VPX battery system.

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Pros

2 speed transmission for high-speed, high-torque applications

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VPX battery is shared across other VPX products

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80% more torque than previous B&D cordless drill

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Includes 2 VPX batteries and dual charger

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Compact design

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Keyless chuck

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Cons

VPX standard not used by non-Black & Decker products

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The Black & Decker VPX1212X is a 14 Volt cordless drill/driver powered by their new VPX battery system. The VPX battery uses lithium-ion technology and has longer batter life than previous batteries used by Black and Decker. The VPX1212X includes 2 x 7-volt VPX batteries and a dual charger. Other than the improved power and battery life, the major selling point is that the VPX batteries can be shared across all products in the VPX line of cordless tools.

Features
  • includes and is powered by 2 VPX 7V lithium-ion batteries
  • includes a dual-port charger
  • batteries based on new Lithium-Ion Technology for longer life
  • 80% more torque and 15% smaller than other Black & Decker compact 14.4V cordless drills (ie. CDC1440)
  • 2 speed transmission with two gear ratios for 1) high-torque, 2) high-speed applications
  • metal 3/8" keyless chuck with grip
  • 24 position adjustable clutch for driving screws
  • VPX batteries and charger can be used by all VPX products
Specifications
  • voltage: 14V
  • high torque setting: 0-350 RPM
  • high speed setting: 0-1200 RPM
  • torque: ??? in-lbs
  • clutch: 24 position (adjustable)
Includes
  • VPX1212 Drill/Driver
  • 2 x 7-volt VPX Batteries
  • VPX Dual Port Charger
  • Form Fit Storage Case
  • 20-piece accessory kit with assorted bits and tips
Other items in the VPX line
  • 1 VPX Screwdriver *
  • 1 VPX Cutsaw *
  • 1 VPX Drill/Driver
  • 1 VPX LED Flashlight
  • 1 VPX Inflator
  • 2 VPX Hand Vac
  • 1 VPX AC/USB Power

* includes VPX battery and charger.

** there is also a starter set that includes the cutsaw, flashlight, and screwdriver along with 1 VPX battery and a single charger

Pricing

The VPX121X has an MSRP of $180, but is typically sold for around $110. This drill/driver is one of the products in the VPX line that includes both batteries and a charger, so you can buy VPX products that don't include these items, and re-use your VPX batteries and charger. The VPX standard is only used by Black & Decker products, so you can't use VPX batteries and chargers with other tools. If purchased separately the dual-port charger costs about $30, whereas each 7V VPX battery costs about $20. The VPX was first available in stores sometime in late-October, early-November 2007 (confirmation needed).

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Flamesmarvin
05/27/2008 07:41

I too have been bitten by the lithium bug. I know Black and Decker is by far the largest builder and marketer of power tools in the world. They have Porter Cable, Dewalt, Delta, and of course, Black and Decker. These tools are coming to me from Amazon. I cannot attest to the quality of use yet, but in the store, they feel great. I will have all of them at some point. By the way, there is a GREAT promotion going on as we speak. If you buy the tool without the charger/battery, send the upc and original receipt, and you get the charger/battery free by mail. The form has qty... for each product, so I'm guessing there is no limit as to how many you can receive. This applies to drill, air pump, led light, etc. If you purchase a product with a charger/battery, you get a battery. Check it out !

DAVEMAR2
03/17/2008 11:23

I PURCHASED A BLACK & DECKER VPX STARTER SET AND WAS IMPRESSED WITH THE TOOLS. THE ONLY DOWNSIDE I COULD FIND WAS THAT THEY DID NOT COME WITH A PRMANENT CARRYING CASE. WELL I DID SOMETHING ABOUT THAT AND DESIGNED A VERSATILE CASE THAT HOLDS THE STARTER SET AND MUCH MORE. CHECK OUT MY PLANS FOR THE CASE AT MY WEB SITE WWW.PLUGINTOMYPLANS.COM

HP-Tech20659
12/23/2007 11:25

Just got one for my B-Day. Feels solid, grip fits well, good balance. I have B&D 12v and 18v drills and 3.6v versapak drills and drivers. All have seen loads of work. the Versa-Paks' standard NiCd batteries were lame, but the upgrade NiMH gold Versa's have lasted years and still take a good charge. The NiCds in the 12v and 18v Firestorms suck, so I had to get the upgraded NiCds to make them usable for average jobs. The build on any B&D is questionable, but a weekend DIYer who is careful can get years out of them, and they cost much less than industrial-grade competitors. The VPX line is made in China, but so are most iPods. Don't let your kid eat them. What attracted me to them was the Lithium Ion battery pack. Since the NiMH batteries make the Versa-Paks pretty good tools for light work, I figured the extra power and longer life of Lithiums could be even better. We'll see. I know the Bosch 9v Li-ion drill-driver is probably the best one out there, but it costs it.

Dakalvia
12/04/2007 12:38

This drill looks sweet....I am in the market for one but havent researched any yet

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