Black and Decker EPC18CAK Cordless Drill UK Review

This model from Black and Decker is no longer available. You may wat to check out the other Black and Decker options shown below.

The B&D EPC18CAK model gets consistently good reviews, and is certainly one you should consider is you need a good quality drill from time to time. Buyers have rated this overall at 90% satisfaction, and in the world of tools that is a very good rating.

You should be aware though that this one uses the older style Ni-Cad batteries and those are now all but gone from the market place. They have been replaced with Lithium Ion batteries, which charge faster, and hold their charge for a great deal longer.

I would recommend going for one of those, rather than for this model. This one is not cheap either at £65, and I know there are much better options out there. Something like the Black and Decker 10.8V Lithium Ion Ultra Compact Drill, is a better choice.

If you want an 18 volt model, then check my review on their best selling 18 volt model by clicking here.

You can also check our full list of Black and Decker cordless drills by clicking here.

The last time I checked online, many suppliers are no longer stocking this model. I can not know for certain, but I suspect that may be down to the battery as well.

Who Would Buy the EPC18CAK Drill?

This is a nice solid general purpose drill that has been out for quite a while. It will be able to handle light to medium jobs around the home. It can be used as both a drill and a cordless screwdriver.

There is no hammer feature on this one, and that makes it useless for drilling into concrete or brick. It will be able to handle something like drywall or plaster board, but not on the thicker or heavier masonry materials.

This drill can do a variety of jobs and can be used for some home repair work, flat pack furniture assembly, hanging pictures, putting up curtain rails, putting up shelves etc.

As long as no heavy drilling is required this 18 volt model will do the job.

Black and Decker EPC18CAK drill

Important Features of the Black & Decker EPC18CAK Drill

  • It has the older style Ni-Cd battery and honestly not something I would recommend
  • It has a 24 torque clutch and that does allow a good range, ideal for using in a variety of materials and also for screwdriving purposes.
  • Has forward and reverse actions
  • Has a 10 mm keyless chuck
  • Measures 33 x 28.2 x 9.8 cm
  • Weighs just 907 grams

What's In the Box?

  • The 18 volt Volt Drill/Driver
  • One 18 volt Ni-Cd Battery
  • A battery charger
  • A case

Buyer Reviews of the B&D EPC18CAK Drill

It is always important to look at other buyer reviews, before making a purchase. We have summarised below what they had to say in 2 ways, that we think makes it easier to understand.

First of all we have shown a breakdown of the actual star ratings, that real life buyers have given to this particular  model. That gives you an instant overview of what they thought.

Secondly we have also made a pros and cons list, that summarises what those same buyers actually said about this particular model. Hopefully, you will find that useful.

So as you can almost 7 out of 10 buyers rated this a 5 star product and 91% rated it 4 stars or higher. 5% rated this as a bad choice for them.

What Buyers Liked

  • A good enough drill for the price
  • Lightweight and very easy to use
  • Ideal if you just want a basic drill
  • The screwdriver torque settings are good

What Buyers Did Not Like

  • There was only one battery
  • The battery took a long time to charge

Black and Decker - The Company & Brand

Over the past century, Black & Decker has become a household name, famous for high quality and innovative products. Making the job easier has always been at the forefront of Black & Decker’s mission. They are a US based company that originated in Baltimore. They make a whole range of tools, gardening tools, and home equipment.

Generally speaking they are considered to be at the more affordable end of the power tool brands. Their motto is to try and simplify the world of DIY and create tools and products that make the task quicker and easier to perform. They have been around for many years, just over 100 in fact, and they have been responsible for many "firsts" to market.

Black & Decker make cordless drills in 10.8V, 12V and 18V sizes. These include drill/drivers, hammer drills, SDS drills. They have recently introduced brushless motors for some of their drills. In total they have around 50 different models of cordless drills available on the UK market.

My Conclusion & Recommendation

Two or three years ago we would have recommended this drill to you. If you can find it cheap somewhere and just need a basic drill, then it is not a bad option. The reality is though, that in my opinion there are many better models available on the UK market.

Hopefully you found this review useful anyway. If this is not the Black and Decker drill for you, then why not check out our top 10 list of Black and Decker drills, by clicking here.

This one I feel has been left behind, and I suspect that most Ni-Cd options will soon be a thing of the past. The fact that it does not have a hammer function also limits its capability as a drill.

About the author cordy

I am a retired construction worker and I also happen to love power tools. I have used hundreds over the years and offer my opinions on them here.

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