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How To Find The Right DEWALT Battery

DEWALT has released some sweet new batteries over the past few years. They currently run two primary voltage platforms for their large cordless tools: 20-volts and 60-volts, but DEWALT battery compatibility can be a bit of a headache. We have you covered when finding the correct battery to pair with your tool.

Difference Between DEWALT MAX, XR, ATOMIC, and POWERSTACK?

DEWALT MAX introduced lithium-ion batteries and was the next line after 18V. They are standard size with brushed motors. Next in line came the XR. XR aimed to improve on the MAX by making it compact adding in brushless motors and high-capacity lithium-ion batteries. Lastly, DEWALT designed Atomic. Atomic is a compact and powerful line of tools. Like the XR, it is compact with a brushless motor. It also has a reduced weight, is excellent for tight spaces, and has a longer uses duration.

DEWALT XR Batteries

DEWALT 20v MAX XR batteries are just like standard 20-volt batteries, but they last longer relative to their size. The XR stands for Extended Runtime, so you get extra life out of them before running out of juice.

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DEWALT ATOMIC Batteries

The ATOMIC Compact Series is a 20V max brushless cordless power tool with slim profiles. The idea behind the ATOMIC Compact Series is to bring you more power—up to 13 percent more—while at the same time being more compact—25 percent more compact than their other models, to be precise.

The DEWALT ATOMIC Compact Series is for anyone who needs a tool that combines power and durability in a smaller format. If your job typically requires power tools in tight spaces or extended periods of overhead work, you may find this series useful.

DEWALT POWERSTACK Batteries

DEWALT recently released an addition to their battery lineup with the POWERSTACK. The new compact battery has 50% more power with a 25% smaller footprint compared to the DCB203. The battery also features twice the lifespan of the DCB203 and features an LED Fuel Gauge to monitor current battery life. The POWERSTACK is compatible with all 20V MAX tools.

DEWALT FlexVolt Batteries

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DEWALT revolutionized cordless power tools in 2016 when they released the FlexVolt platform: the first-ever multi-volt battery system. FlexVolt batteries pack 60 volts to power highly demanding tools, including DEWALT’s Atomic compact cordless tools, outdoor power equipment, work lights for the job site, saws, and nearly any tool in your trailer. As a bonus, FlexVolt batteries step down and run at 20 volts when attached to lower-power tools.

Besides the heavy-hitting FlexVolt, DEWALT is still running strong with their tried and true 20V MAX platform. This lithium-ion system of slider batteries is compact, rugged, and made for jobs needing moderate power. 

What Tools Do FlexVolt Batteries Fit In?

Standard DEWALT, 20-volt batteries, are compatible with all 20-volt tools, as well as all 20-volt chargers. This means that once you join the DEWALT platform, you have access to over 100 products that all use the same battery technology.

However, DEWALT 20V MAX batteries can’t be used in FlexVolt 60V and 120V MAX tools. The lower voltage doesn’t provide enough juice for the high-demand motors.

DEWALT Battery Compatibility of a 20-Volt Battery In A 60-Volt Tool?

It will not fit. There are plastic tabs on all 60 and 120-volt tools that physically prevent using 20-volt batteries. FlexVolt batteries have special ports that allow their use.

Do DEWALT Batteries Work In Brushless Tools?

Yes, DEWALT batteries will work in all DEWALT tools of the correct voltage, whether the tool is brushed or brushless. Brushless refers to the construction of the motor. Brushless tools will use the batteries more efficiently and therefore last longer per charger than brushed tools.

Are DEWALT 12V and 20V Batteries Interchangeable?

No. DEWALT 12V batteries are only compatible with 12V tools and vice versa with 20V batteries.

DEWALT 12-Volt Tools 

DEWALT also produces a line of ultra-compact 12V MAX batteries and tools. These smaller batteries only fit on tools labeled as 12V MAX and vice versa. 20V MAX and Flexvolt batteries are not only too powerful, but they are physically too large for the receptacles on these pint-sized devices.

Do 120V MAX Tools Have Their Own Batteries Too?

No. At this writing, there is only one DEWALT cordless tool that uses 120 volts: the 12-Inch Cordless Miter Saw. While it harnesses 120V DC power, it achieves this by having two slots for 60V batteries running in series. As a substitute, DEWALT created an adaptor for the miter saw to swap out batteries for wall power since they have the same voltage.

Considerations when choosing a DEWALT Replacement Battery

Voltage

DEWALT has three main voltages, 20, 40, and 60. Most tools require a specific voltage, but some are flexible to other voltages.

Amp Hour

It’s important to consider how long your projects will take, so having more amp-hour hours on your batteries would be better for longer tasks.

Maintenance

These lithium-ion batteries last about three years, so taking care of them is important. Depending on how much you use them and where you store them, they can last shorter or longer. It may also be a smart idea to have a backup battery, so when your current one runs out, you can keep going and charge the other one simultaneously.

DEWALT Battery Compatibility Chart

Shop DEWALT batteries and other DEWALT products at Acme Tools.

208 Comments

    • Acme Tools

      December 26, 2018 at 8:06 am

      Hi Joe, Thank you for your question. When you use a DeWalt FLEXVOLT battery the tool, or in this case the USB Power Pack, will determine if the battery will be ran in the 60V or 20V connection orientation. At this time DeWalt only offers a 20V USB Power Pack so the determining factor as to what battery will run longer on the power pack will be the Amp Hour rating of your battery. The battery with the higher 20V Amp Hour (Ah) rating will last longer in that specific unit.

      Thank you,
      Acme Tools

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        • Acme Tools

          May 14, 2020 at 9:14 am

          Hi Eric, The DEWALT 20V MAX batteries to fit into the DEWALT DCD777 series 20V MAX compact drill/driver. There are some other brands that have 20V MAX batteries (Craftsman, Black & Decker, for example) that do not fit but as long as the battery is a 20V DEWALT battery it will fit into that tool.

          Thank you,
          Acme Tools

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      • Pete Edwards

        October 12, 2020 at 8:10 am

        I’m UK based and the voltages seen a little different; my impact driver is 18V for example, while the local shops sell 54V tools and batteries. I’m guessing this is pretty much equivalent, with the numbers that are close together matching those in your post?

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        • Acme Tools

          October 12, 2020 at 8:14 am

          Hi Pete, You are correct, in the United States DEWALT is able to advertise their tools at the maximum voltage the battery will put out for a fraction of a second when the tool trigger is pulled. This is why they are described as 20V MAX*. The MAX* is more of a disclaimer than anything else. The battery voltages are nominal 18V and 54V. The rest of the world makes DEWALT note the battery voltage for what it is.

          Thank you,
          Acme Tools.

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          • Harold Scheffler

            March 28, 2022 at 4:58 pm

            I need to buy a couple of 20 volt batteries. Which is the better deal, for price, power, longevity of power output, and life of battery: 20V MAX XR 6AH battery or the 20-60V FLEX POWER 6AH battery? Thanks, Harold

          • Acme Tools

            March 29, 2022 at 8:09 am

            Hello, Thank you for your question. If you have FLEXVOLT 60V tools then we would suggest getting the FLEXVOLT 6Ah battery but if you do not and do not intend to purchase any DEWALT 60V tools then the 20V MAX XR 6.0Ah battery would be your best bet. The runtime and power will be very comparable but the 20V battery will be less expensive. If you are looking to purchase a couple of them at the same time we do offer a 2 pack of batteries and at the time of this reply the 2 pack (DCB206-2) is only $20 more expensive than the single battery.

            Thank you,
            Acme Tools

    • Phillip

      January 28, 2019 at 7:33 am

      It depends on the amp hr rating on the 20 volt battery your using. I have read that the 6 amp hr 20 volt battery has a longer run time than the 60volt flexvolt 6 amp hr battery when used in a 20 volt platform. But if you have a 60 volt 9amp hr or 12 amp hr . They will run longer than and battery you can get in the 20 volt Max line .

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    • Farley Redfield

      July 11, 2020 at 4:34 pm

      But I cant use it in my old 18 volt. I’m supposing this cause it’s not mentioned and I guess I’m the dinosaur I. The parking lot a g a I n.

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    • Acme Tools

      January 10, 2019 at 7:50 am

      Hello, Thank you for your question. The DeWalt 60V FLEXVOLT battery is not compatible with the DeWalt 36V Tools, however, they will work with the DeWalt 20V MAX Tools.

      Thank you,
      Acme Tools

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      • Mani

        May 9, 2019 at 12:53 pm

        There’s a way you can use the 20v battery on a flexvolt tool, by breaking off the tabs. My question is, if I use a 20v battery on a flexvolt tool, will either the battery or tool be damaged. Thx.

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        • Acme Tools

          May 9, 2019 at 3:54 pm

          Hello, We do not recommend breaking the tabs off of the DeWalt 20V battery to try to operate a 60V tool. Just because you can break something to make it fit does not mean you should.

          Thank you,
          Acme Tools

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          • Acme Tools

            September 18, 2020 at 7:58 am

            Hi Roy, Thank you for your question. You can run a 20V Flexvolt tool with a standard or XR 20V Battery. The main issue is that the voltage of the tool and the voltage of the battery are the same.

            Thank you,
            Acme Tools

    • Jeff

      April 25, 2019 at 5:42 pm

      Looking to buy the Dewalt 20v chainsaw. I’m wondering what the biggest battery that will fit it? I have a 6ah flex volt in mind but i’d Like to have some reassurance there is no issues with a larger battery. Thanks

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      • Acme Tools

        April 26, 2019 at 8:18 am

        Hi Jay, thank you for your question. At this time the largest battery we have tested in the DCCS620 Chainsaw is the 9.0Ah Flexvolt battery and it does fit. We have not tried the 12.0 battery yet and are planning on doing so soon. Once we do we will hopefully remember to update your question.

        Thank you,
        Acme Tools

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    • Acme Tools

      January 11, 2019 at 8:07 am

      Hi Phil, Thank you for your question. You can use the DeWalt 20V MAX non-XR battery on your 20V XR Hammer Drill, in fact, you can use any DeWalt 20V battery in any DeWalt 20V tool.

      Thank you,
      Acme Tools

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      • Goya

        June 24, 2019 at 1:36 am

        You mentioned that we can use any 20 V DeWalt battery in any 20 V DeWalt tool. I have a DCGG571B grease and a quarter inch brushless impact driver. The four amp battery adds lot of weight. Will I simply have less run time but the same power in these tools if I use a 1.5 or two amp hour Battery?

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        • Acme Tools

          June 24, 2019 at 8:06 am

          Hello, Thank you for your question. The run time will be less on a 1.5 or 2Ah battery in comparison to a 4.0Ah battery but you may also lose a little power. It is hard to say how much but the higher Ah batteries typically boost the performance of the tools.

          Thank you,
          Acme Tools

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    • Glen Hull

      May 31, 2020 at 12:18 am

      The statement made that all batteries are compatible with dewalt tools is B.S.and that statement should be removed because it is not true

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    • Acme Tools

      January 23, 2019 at 7:55 am

      Hi Brian, Thank you for your question. You can charge a DeWalt 20V MAX XR Battery on any DeWalt 20V MAX Charger. Depending on the charger you use it might take longer on one than another.

      Thank you,
      Acme Tools

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      • Chris paul

        March 31, 2019 at 3:46 pm

        My question similar to Brian. I have dewalt standard 20v and 20v max xr. Both of these batteries came with there on chargers. I recently purchased online the flex volt lithium ion 20v/60v max. I notice one of those flex volt battery is not charging as well on my standard dewalt chargers. Do I need special charger for these batteries? Or I maybe have a defective battery? Thankyou

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        • Acme Tools

          March 31, 2019 at 5:04 pm

          Hi Chris, Thank you for your question. The DeWalt 20V/60V FLEXVOLT batteries will charge on all DeWalt 20V chargers, there is not a specific charger for the FLEXVOLT batteries. It will seem that they are not charging as well because they have higher amp hour ratings than most standard 20V batteries and they just take longer to charge. If we think of amp hours like a fuel tank on a vehicle, the higher the amp hour the larger the tank. We get more run time but it takes longer to fill/charge.

          Thank you,
          Acme Tools

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        • Acme Tools

          May 18, 2020 at 9:01 am

          Hi John, Thank you for your comment. The DEWALT FLEXVOLT batteries charge in the 20V MAX arrangement so the charging time will depend on the charger. The other thing to consider is the Amp Hour of the battery. A FLEXVOLT battery is usually larger (higher Amp Hour) than a regular DEWALT battery so it will take longer. If the Amp Hour rating of the batteries are the same, it will be up to the quality and technology in the charger to speed up the charging process.

          Thank you,
          Acme Tools

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  • List

    January 24, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    Hello and thanks for the very helpful article. Are the 60V/20V FlexVolt Batteries compatible with the Dewalt DCS331B 20V MAX Lithium-Ion Jigsaw? I understand that the voltage is compatible, but you say in the article that SOME cordless 20V MAX tools will not allow the FlexVolt Batteries to fit in them. You do not mention the DCS331B jigsaw, so it seems the FlexVolt 60V/20V batteries WILL WORK in that tool. Is that right? Thanks very much.

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    • Acme Tools

      January 25, 2019 at 8:11 am

      Hello, Thank you for your question. The DeWalt FLEXVOLT 60V/20V batteries will work with the DCS331B Jigsaw. The compatibility issue comes into play when the battery is physically too large to fit into the tool. Some older lights and lasers have a compartment for the battery and because of the larger size of the FLEXVOLT batteries they do not fit.

      Thank you,
      Acme Tools

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  • Kyle

    February 3, 2019 at 7:12 am

    I was told not to use the 20v/60v flex volt battery on any tool that is not brushless or else it will burn the tool up. Is it true that those batteries only should be used on brushless tools?

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    • Acme Tools

      February 4, 2019 at 7:38 am

      Hi Kyle, Thank you for your question. The DeWalt 20V/60V FLEXVOLT batteries can be used in any DeWalt 20V or 60V Tool no matter if it is brushless or not.

      Thank you,
      Acme Tools

      Reply
  • Karl Green

    February 19, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    I have a Dewalt DCD777C2 Drill an a DCF880 Impact Wrench the y came with the 20 volt battery 1h. was wondering what size 4h or 5h I can use with these tools. thank u

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    • Acme Tools

      February 20, 2019 at 8:00 am

      Hello, Thank you for your question. You can use any DeWalt 20V MAX battery with your DCD777C2 and DCF880. The Ah rating on the battery could affect performance and runtime but it will not determine which tool it will work on (unless the battery is physically too large to fit into a designated area, as in some lights and lasers).

      Thank you,
      Acme Tools

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  • Gary Adams

    February 20, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    I just bought a dcs575 saw and it comes with a dcb200 3amp battery and standard charger from Ebay. Can you tell me if it will work with all my other 20v batteries? It says that it does work though

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    • Acme Tools

      February 25, 2019 at 7:37 am

      Hi Gary, The DCB200 20V MAX battery you purchased on Ebay will work with your other 20V tools and chargers but the DeWalt DCS575 is a FLEXVOLT 60V Saw and requires the FLEXVOLT 60V/20V battery. It should never be sold by itself with a standard battery. To operate that tool you will need to have a FLEXVOLT 60V/20V MAX battery.

      Thank you,
      Acme Tools

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  • david nesst

    March 15, 2019 at 3:39 am

    I wish to purchase a dewalt 20v 12 chainsaw, dwalt 60v trimmer, dewalt 60v recipirocating saw and extra batteries.
    will the 60v trimmer, recip saw work on the 20v chainsaw

    Will the 12in blade from the chainsaw work on the dewalt 60v chainsaw

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    • Acme Tools

      March 15, 2019 at 9:12 am

      Hello, Thank you for your comment and question. The DeWalt FLEXVOLT batteries from the 60V Trimmer and 60V Recip Saw will work on the 20V Chainsaw, however, the non FLEXVOLT 20V batteries from the Chainsaw will not work on the 60V tools. The 12″ bar/chain from the 20V Chainsaw will not fit on the 60V 16″ Chainsaw. The chain that is used is a different pitch and gauge and will not fit on the sprocket of the 60V Saw.

      Thank you,
      Acme Tools

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  • BillB1160

    March 28, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    Hello,
    Will the 60 volt flexvolt batteries work with the Graco 17M363 Ultra paint sprayer which uses the Dewalt 20v Max Xr bettery?
    Thank you!

    Reply