How to Buy the Best Cordless Electric Screwdriver


DIY tasks can be as much effort as they are fun, and an Electric screwdriver can make any project easier to accomplish, and should be a key part of any Do it yourself tool box.

However there are a lot of options and features to consider when buying an electric screwdriver. Prices can range from 5$ to hundreds of dollars. In this guide we will help you choose the best electric screwdriver to fit your budget and your needs.

Main Features of Various Screwdrivers

Basic electric screwdrivers

This is the basic electric screwdriver and looks much like a standard manual screwdriver, They don’t offer much power and are more for light tasks or for working in small spaces. With this option you may struggle to complete tougher jobs.

Drill driver

A good multi functional tool for those looking for a hand held cordless drill, and an electric screwdriver in one. They work with both drill bits and Screw bits and therefore perform both jobs. Since it eliminates the need for a drill it can save you a bit of money in the process.

Should I Go with Corded or Cordless?

As with most any power tools you will come across, Corded screwdrivers will be more powerful than the battery powered version however it may make it more difficult for you to use it in tight spaces.

Most cordless electric screwdrivers use a rechargeable battery. If it has a higher voltage it will give you more power which means you can get your project done in less time, since you won’t have to recharge as often. On the downside the higher the voltage the heavier the battery.

The more RPM’s a screwdriver has is it’s motors speed, more RPM’s means a faster screwdriver motor.

Variable Speed Options

Having the option to change the speed allows for better control over your projects and allows you to adapt your screwdriver to various materials and types of screws you may be working with. However all Electric screwdrivers have a reverse option standard for removing screws if required.

Torque control

Torque control, allows you to vary the rotation force of your electric screwdriver, which allows for greater control. The larger heavy screws may require more force than a lighter small screw as well which makes this very handy. It is also useful for getting screws “flush” with the surface you are working on.

Spindle lock option

Select screwdrivers allow you to lock the mechanism, therefore it can double as a manual screwdriver.

The Handle

Choosing a handle is important as you will be using this tool for many projects and comfort is key! Rubber grips and soft handles allow for a better grip and will help with tough projects.

Other accessories to choose from

There are a lot of extras that you can choose from when selecting a cordless screwdriver, choose the accessories you will use the most. for example if you do a lot of work in tight spaces some come with lights to help guide you and if you travel a lot consider one with a carrying case.

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