Have you ever had to give up trying to loosen a bolt that has been factory fastened?
We certainly did. Until we cashed out and got ourselves a super handy, battery operated ratchet. Life has been a lot simper and a lot less frustrating ever since.
A whole lot of appliances, furniture, and vehicles need at least some maintenance or repair in regular intervals. Having a cordless ratchet at hand to effortlessly tighten and loosen bolts and nuts is an incredible time- and money-saver. And one whose purchase you will not regret, even if you -by some miracle- do not need to use it one year or so.
Ratchets are great tools to have at hand, and battery powered ones are the perfect middle-ground of power and price. And we have found, tried, and ranked the best cordless tools currently on the market for you:
Milwaukee 2457-20 M12 Cordless 3/8″ Ratchet
Milwaukee’s 2457-20 battery powered sub-compact ratchet is by far the one with the best-in-class power, speed and durability available. The cordless 3/8″ ratchet is the ideal tool for auto mechanics, other professionals, as well as DIY-interested laymen looking for maximum performance and power.
Its powerful 12-volt motor produces up to 35 ft-lbs of torque and 250 RPM. This gives users the power and speed of a pneumatic ratchet without the need for and complications coming with an air hose.
The ratchet is powered by an M12 lithium-ion battery, and can be extended with a separately sold battery pack for longer run-time per charge.
The Milwaukee ratchet is small and lightweight and thus easily carried around on a tool-belt. It also features a 3/4″ low-profile head design for work in the tightest of spaces and engine bays. A variable-speed metal trigger and reinforced steel housing provide maximum control and durability for the user.
- 12V motor
- Up to 35 ft-lbs torque
- 250 RPM
- M12 lithium-ion battery
- Small (10-3/4” long)
- Lightweight (1.9 lbs)
- Low profile head design for easy work in smallest spaces
- LED light for better visual of workspace
- Battery-left indicator
ACDelco ARW1201 Cordless 3/8″ Ratchet Set
ACDelco’ ARW1201 3/8″ ratchet wrench set is a great choice for anyone who loves good quality tools and fitting accessories. It is ergonomic and specifically designed for work in tight spaces.
The ACDelco is powered by a 12V battery that can be interchangeably used with all other tools of the G12 family. This battery delivers 57 ft-lb of max torque and up to 170 RPM free speed. A speed trigger and an electric brake switch give you even greater control.
The ratchet is outfitted with an ergonomic, anti-slip soft grip and comes with a built-in LED light, as well as a forward/revise lever for easy transitions.
- Set consisting of ratchet, 2 batteries, charger, and carrying case
- 12V battery
- 57 ft-lb torque
- 170 RPM
- 2.65 lbs
- Variable speed
- Electric brake
- Forward/revise lever
- LED light
Adoben AB7331T Cordless 3/8″ Ratchet Wrench Set
Aoben’s AB7331T electric ratchet makes your home projects effortless, easy and exciting! The tool is super fine-crafted and is just an all-around pleasure to use.
The ratchet is powered by a 12V high performance motor that delivers up to 35ft-lbs torque and is built to deliver high fastening speeds of up to 280RPM.
Working is made easy with this tool, thanks to a variety of features. A LED light keeps your work-area dimly lit; the power-button is located at the back of the tool to prevent accidentally switching it on or off; and a heat-sinking features helps to avoid overload by maintaining optimal working temperatures for the batteries.
- Set including ratchet, 2 batteries, charger and 8 bolts
- 12 V lithium-ion battery
- 35 ft-lbs
- 280 RPM
- Air-cooled motor
- Heat-sinking capability to prevent overload
- LED light
- Anti-slip body
- Battery-life indicator
SKIL 2372-01 7.2V Power Wrench
Skil’s 2372-01 power wrench is a must-have tool for any home-owner and DIY enthusiast. It perfectly and effortlessly fits into even the tightest of spaces thanks to its compact, lightweight design and its long-lasting battery can hold a charge for up to 18 months.
The wrench is incredibly durable and impresses with an astonishingly powerful performance. It can achieve up to 400 in-lbs of manual torque and 75 in-lbs of automatic torque, and comes with 200 RPM. In other words, this tool gets the job done quickly and consistently.
Its 7.2V lithium-ion battery holds its charge for an incredibly long time when not in use. But what’s even more interesting, is the fact that the ratchet comes with Skil’s Smartcharge System. This system protects from overcurrents and allows for the battery being stored on the charger indefinitely without doing any damage. The charger itself is designed for countertop use or wall mounting!
Furthermore, the tough and durable, yet compact tool has strategically located forward and reverse buttons, a Grip-Right handle that is ergonomically designed to give users the best control while at the same time feeling soft and comfortably to hold even for extended periods of time.
- 17 piece accessory bit set
- 7.2 V lithium-ion battery
- Smartcharge system
- Battery holds charge for up to 18 months without use
- 75 in-lbs / 400 in-lbs (manual torque)
- 200 RPM
- 1.8 lbs
- Ergonomic grip handle
- Forward/back button
Prostormer 3/8″ Cordless Ratchet Wrench Kit
Prostormer’s 3/8” cordless ratchet kit is a perfect choice for anyone who is regularly dealing with the problem of tightening/loosening nuts and bolts.
It is powered by a 12V motor which delivers up to 30 ft-lbs of torque, and guarantees superior fastening speeds of up to 230RPM. The tool is powered by a 2.000 mAh battery that reaches a full charge in only one hour. LED indicator lights allow you to keep an eye on the real-time battery levels at all times.
The ratchet is outfitted with a specially designed soft rubber coated grip for a full anti-slip grip experience. It also has an easy-to-reach forward and reverse switch to quickly change between tightening and loosening nuts.
- Set includes: ratchet wrench, 1 battery pack, charger, 4 sockets (12mm, 13mm, 14mm, 17mm)
- 12V motor
- 30 ft-lbs torque
- 230 RPM
- 2.000 mAh battery
- Quick charge in just 1 hour
- LED battery indicator
- 1.85 lbs
- Compact design for tight spaces
Q: What is ft-lbs and RPM?
ft-lbs is basically a measure of work done by one pound of force through the distance of one foot, or -easier said- torque.
RPM, very simply is the abbreviation for “revolutions per minute”.
Both measures, as you can imagine, are pretty much the most important bits of information you will need when deciding on a battery operated ratchet.
Q: Who needs a battery operated ratchet?
We would say: anyone!
There might be a lucky few amongst us who never had to tighten up nuts or bolts that have come loose on some appliance, gadget, vehicle, or piece of furniture, but they are a rarity, we believe.
Q: Why battery operated / cordless?
First of all the reasons for battery operated and cordless ratchets are two types of shoes, really.
First, let’s think about why you would need a battery operated (or in any way powered) ratchet?
The answer to that should be obvious: using a (battery) powered ratchet is about a thousand times easier than having to create the force needed with your own muscles. Also, it’s a lot faster.
Secondly, why a cordless tool?
Well, that, too, should be obvious. The simple fact that you do not need to be in range of a power cord gives you incredible portability and manoeuvrability. A power cord oftentimes gets in the way as well, particularly if you need to work in tight spaces.