Welcome to our Black + Decker EPC18CA 18V NiCd Cordless Drill Driver Review. This drill/driver is no longer available, so why not have a look at the other Black and Decker drill options just below.
Overall it gets an 86% customer satisfaction rating. For an average RRP of under £40, this one does offer good value for money.
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.
Black + Decker EPC18CA Features in a Nutshell
- 24 torque clutch - Makes it ideal for driving into different types of wood without damaging the wood or stripping the screws
- Uses an 18 volt Ni-Cd battery. One with a Li-Ion battery would cost you twice the price.
- Forwards and reverse functions - the reverse is handy for removing screws.Keyless chuck
- Weighs around 2 Kg and measures 9 x 25.5 x 23 cm
- Power 1250 watts
What Do you Get for your £40?
- The drill
- One 18 volt battery and charger
- The instructions
Who Should Buy the Black + Decker EPC18CA?
This is a good general purpose drill. B&D have designed this one for the general DIY tasks around the home. It can also be used to do other outdoor jobs around the garden, garage and shed. It can drill into both soft wood, hard wood and most metals.
Many people overlook this feature on a drill, or just simply don't understand it. If you are drilling a screw into soft wood such as pine or cedar, it will not need as much pressure as if you were screwing into a harder wood like mahogany.
If you set the right torque on your drill, then you can make sure that the screw finishes flush to the wood, without damaging it. Having the right torque setting also stops you from stripping screws.
Many people just set this at the highest setting and that is not the right thing to do. With this drill you have a wide range of 24 torque settings. That gives you plenty of options.
18 Volt Ni-Cd Battery
This is the older battery style and is now largely replaced with the much better Lithium Ion batteries. B&D use these primarily to keep the price down as one with Li-Ion batteries would be a lot more expensive.
The Nicad batteries, generally speaking are older technology. That said they still work, and they do help keep the price down. That can often be more important for people, than waiting on them to charge.
The EPC18CA has a a twin sleeve keyless chuck. That does make changing bits a lot quicker than if you had to use a chuck key.
What Buyers Like About the B&D EPC18CA
- For £40 this is good value and many people do buy this drill
- It does all the basic jobs well around the home
- Has a high satisfaction rate with most users
- Would rather buy this than the more expensive Li-Ion version
What They Didn't Like
If this drill is not used for a few days the batteries go flat. That is one of the problems with Ni-Cd batteries. The NiCad batteries discharge quite quickly when not in use. It means you have to recharge them before use. You have to charge the battery when attached to the drill
Does not come with a carry case
Summary of the B&D EPC18CA
A lot of people buy this Black & Decker drill. With high satisfaction ratings, it has clearly stood the test of time. If you are someone who does general work around the home, then this will do the job. It is without question good value for money, and made our top 5 list of cordless drills costing less than £50.
The disadvantage is the battery. Nicad batteries just don't hold their charge if left unused for more than a few days. That means if you have a job to do, you will need to charge the battery before use. If you can live with that, then the drill itself is good quality and works very well.