DeWalt 60V Battery: 20V/60V MAX FLEXVOLT Batteries
DeWalt offers various cordless tools powered by various battery chemistries and voltages. To make things simpler, they also offer 60V batteries - 20V/60V MAX FLEXVOLT batteries that are compatible with DeWalt 20V MAX tools, DeWalt 60V MAX tools, and DeWalt 120V MAX tools.
DeWalt 60V batteries are not cheap, and neither are their tools, but they are durable, powerful, and versatile units that are able to store plenty of energy and release it when required.
Published: August 9, 2022.
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Intro to DeWalt 60V Batteries
As their name suggests, DeWalt 20V/60V FLEXVOLT MAX batteries are compatible with:
- all 20V MAX, 60V MAX, and 120V MAX tools,
- all 20V MAX chargers.
As such, just a few DeWalt 20V/60V FLEXVOLT batteries can be used to power a broad set of tools, which can be purchased as a bare tool (tool-only) at a significantly lower price.
This also simplifies the transition from 20V MAX tools to 60V MAX tools, and especially 120V MAX tools that offer corded tools output power but freedom of cordless tools.
The transition from 60V to 20V and from 20V and 60V is automatic - when the battery is inserted into the tool, it automatically reconfigures itself.
For example, lithium-ion FLEXVOLT batteries generally feature 15 individual 3.6V cells which can be connected in:
- parallel and series: 15 cells are connected in 3 groups of cells connected in series, after which they are all connected in parallel for a maximum voltage of 20V and a nominal voltage of 18V - configuration for 20V MAX tools.
- series: all 15 cells are connected in series for a maximum voltage of 60V and a nominal voltage of 54V - configuration for 60V MAX tools.
- two batteries in series: all 15 cells in each battery are connected in series (60V MAX, 54V nominal), and the batteries are connected in series (120V MAX voltage, 108V nominal) - configuration for 120V MAX tools.
When being used in different tools/voltages, one must also be aware of the battery/battery pack capacity. For example, DeWalt DCB606 battery features:
- 20V MAX configuration: 20V 6.0Ah,
- 60V MAX configuration: 60V 2.0Ah,
- 120V MAX configuration: 120V 2.0Ah (two batteries!).
Note: when using two batteries for 120V MAX tools, it is highly recommended to use the batteries of the same capacity and remaining charge.
Thanks to such construction, only two batteries are enough to power 20V MAX, 60V MAX, and 120V MAX tools - such flexible voltage hence led to the name "FLEXVOLT."
DeWalt 60V batteries feature internal Battery Management Systems (BMS), which monitor the batteries and protect them from unwanted events.
These batteries feature a relatively low self-discharge rate and are very resilient to heat (they feature improved cooling), but it is highly recommended to recharge them as soon as they are fully discharged - just be sure to let them cool at least 10-15 minutes after use and after charging.
DeWalt 20V/60V MAX FLEXVOLT batteries also feature battery charge monitors, allowing the users to check the battery's remaining capacity.
At the moment, most popular DeWalt 60V batteries are DeWalt DCB606, DeWalt DCB609, DeWalt DCB612 and DeWalt DCB615. Some of them are even offered in pairs and are labeled as DeWalt DCB606-2, DCB609-2 and similar.
Note: DeWalt also manufactures special versions of these batteries optimized for certain tasks and situations - not all of them are compatible with 20V/60V MAX tools.
DeWalt FLEXVOLT DCB606 6.0Ah 20V/60V MAX Battery
DeWalt DCB606 battery is a rechargeable lithium-ion battery designed to be compatible with all 20V MAX, 60V MAX, and 120V MAX tools and all 20V MAX chargers.
In the configuration for 20V MAX tools, the battery features a maximum voltage of 20V, a nominal voltage of 18V, and a capacity of 6.0Ah; in the configuration for 60V tools, the battery feature a maximum voltage of 60V, a nominal voltage of 18V, and capacity of 2.0Ah. Regardless of the output voltage, a single DCB606 battery can store 108 Wh of energy.
When two batteries are used in 120V MAX tools, a pair of batteries feature a maximum voltage of 120V, a nominal voltage of 108V, and a capacity of 2.0Ah. A pair of DCB606 batteries can store 216 Wh of energy.
When a rapid battery charger is used, it takes ~60 minutes to recharge the DCB606 battery fully.
For the most up-to-date offers and prices, feel free to check the DeWalt FLEXVOLT DC606 6.0Ah 20V/60V MAX Battery Amazon link (link opens in the new window).
DeWalt FLEXVOLT DCB609 9.0Ah 20V/60V MAX Battery
DeWalt DCB609 battery can store 162 Wh of energy, while a rapid charger requires ~75 minutes to recharge it fully.
As a 20V/60V MAX FLEXVOLT battery, the DeWalt DCB609 battery may feature 20V 9.0Ah and 60V 3.0Ah.
When used in 120V MAX tools, a pair of DCB609 batteries stores 324 Wh of energy and features a maximum voltage of 120V, a nominal voltage of 108V, and a capacity of 3.0Ah.
Note that DeWalt also manufactures the DeWalt DCB609G battery, which is also compatible with 20V MAX, 60V MAX, and 120V MAX tools and 20V MAX chargers, but it is made to be additionally resistant to oil, grease, solvents, and similar chemicals.
DeWalt DCB609G battery is usually offered only through DeWalt Official Website, like some other special DeWalt batteries.
DeWalt DCB609 20V/60V FLEXVOLT battery is one of the most popular DeWalt 60V batteries due to its balance between stored energy, weight, and price.
For the most up-to-date offers and prices, feel free to check the DeWalt FLEXVOLT DC609 9.0Ah 20V/60V MAX Battery Amazon link (link opens in the new window).
DeWalt FLEXVOLT DCB612 12.0Ah 20V/60V MAX Battery
A single DeWalt DCB612 battery can store 216 Wh of energy, which is a lot.
DeWalt DCB612 battery offers a much longer runtime than the DCB606 battery, but it is also a heavier battery and can cause weight issues when being used in handheld tools.
When the rapid charger is used, it takes ~100 minutes to recharge DeWalt DCB612 battery fully.
DeWalt DCB612 battery offers everything that other DeWalt 20V/60V MAX FLEXVOLT batteries offer: compatibility with 20V/60V/120V MAX tools and 20V MAX chargers.
Also, it features a 3 LEDs charge indicator, allowing the user to check the remaining battery charge.
If You are looking for a high-capacity DeWalt 60V battery, consider the DCB612 battery - just don't forget that DeWalt also offers a DCB615 battery as well.
For the most up-to-date offers and prices, feel free to check the DeWalt FLEXVOLT DC612 12.0Ah 20V/60V MAX Battery Amazon link (link opens in the new window).
DeWalt FLEXVOLT DCB615 15.0Ah 20V/60V MAX Battery
Single DeWalt DCB615 battery can store 270Wh of energy, while a pair of DCB615 batteries offer 120V MAX tools 540Wh(!) of energy - that means that a pair of these batteries are able to power 1 kW tool for almost 30 minutes.
But, such performances come at a cost - they are heavy and expensive. But, what You pay is what You get - durable and resilient batteries that offer performances comparable to corded tools.
When being recharged using a DeWalt rapid battery charger, the DCB615 battery can be recharged in ~120 minutes.
For the most up-to-date offers and prices, feel free to check the DeWalt FLEXVOLT DC6015 15.0Ah 20V/60V MAX Battery Amazon link (link opens in the new window).
How To Charge DeWalt 60V Batteries
DeWalt 20V/60V MAX FLEXVOLT batteries are compatible with 20V MAX battery chargers. DeWalt offers several compatible battery chargers, and one of the most popular ones is DeWalt DCB104 20V MAX 4-Port Rapid Charger.
DeWalt DCB104 20V MAX 4-Port Rapid Charger
DeWalt DCB104 20V MAX 4-Port Rapid Charger feature physical dimensions of 20.56 x 2.88 x 10.63 inches (~52.3 x 7.3 x 27 cm) and it weighs 7.6 pounds (~3.5 kg).
DeWalt DCB104 charger feature four charging ports and is designed to charge up to four 12V MAX, 20V MAX, and FLEXVOLT 20V/60V MAX batteries simultaneously with 8 Amps per port.
While many users consider the DeWalt DCB104 charger a professional battery charger (it is, after all), the unit is designed to last for a very long time, making it a rather affordable charger - if You have 4+ compatible batteries, this is your go-to charger.
For the most up-to-date offers and prices, feel free to check the DEWALT DCB104 20V MAX 4-Port Rapid Charger Amazon link (link opens in the new window).
Long Story Short: DeWalt 60V batteries offer energy and power levels comparable to corded tools. Also, they accept charge rather quickly, allowing the user with just a few batteries to run a broad set of tools almost continuously.
DeWalt is, for a good reason, one of the most popular manufacturers of professional cordless tools.