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From 10.8V to 12V


Bosch Professional will change the product name of 10.8V power tools, batteries and chargers to 12V. Therefore the full 10.8V Bosch Professional assortment will be changed successively to 12V as of January 2017.

The ’12’ in the tool name represents the maximum battery voltage of 12 Volt and replaces the current product name with 10.8 Volt which stands for the average battery voltage. In North America the 12V product name is already implemented by Bosch Professional. Also other players in the market follow the 12V tool labelling globally. To ensure a better guidance as well as a better comparability for our users, Bosch Professional adapts to the 12V product name worldwide beginning from January 2017 onwards.

All Bosch Professional 12V tools are 100% compatible with all current (10.8V) Bosch Professional power tools, batteries and chargers. Thus all 10.8V and 12V tools can be further used within the same voltage class system.

What is happening:

"Bosch Professional will change the product name of 10.8V power tools, batteries and chargers to 12V. The full 10.8V Bosch Professional range will be changed successively to 12V from January 2017. 12V tools are still 100% compatible with all current (10.8V) and future (12V) Bosch Professional power tools, batteries and chargers."

For which countries is the 12V changeover relevant?

The switch is relevant worldwide except Japan and South Korea.

Which Bosch power tools, batteries and chargers are affected?

All Bosch Professional 10.8V power tools, batteries and chargers are affected.

Can I still use my current 10.8V Bosch power tools?

Yes. Current 10.8V Bosch Professional power tools can still be used with 12V Bosch Professional batteries & chargers.

Can I still use my current 10.8V Bosch batteries & chargers?

Yes. Current 10.8V Bosch Professional batteries & chargers can still be used with 12V Bosch Professional power tools.

Will there be a price upcharge for the upgrade from 10.8V to 12V?

There is no price upcharge related to the planned 12V changeover.

What can I do if I still have existing stock of 10.8V Bosch power tools or batteries/chargers?

Due to the 100% compatibility, 10.8V Bosch Professional power tools, batteries and chargers can continue to be used with all 12V Bosch Professional power tools, batteries and chargers.

Why are we labelling 12V instead of 10.8V from January 2017?

Stating 10.8V (nominal filling level) or 12V (high filling level) depends on the filling level of a battery. This is a basic physical behaviour of lithium-ion technology. Previously EPTA (European Power Tools Association) accepted only the 10.8V statement, but now 12V is also officially accepted. To align with EPTA, Bosch Professional will adapt its voltage class communication accordingly.

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