What is the Dewalt XR Tool Connect and Bluetooth Tech?

Posted: 09 December 2015



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What is Bluetooth 4.0 Technology?


In this weeks blog we thought we would look into the technology behind the newly released XR LI-ION 5.0Ah 18 Volt Bluetooth Batteries and see what makes them tick. Now if you are already tech savy then I'm sure you'll know the pro's and con's of bluetooth technology. The technology has existed for over a decade long before wi-fi tehnology was introduced commercially. It was once proclaimed to be the ultimate convenience, especially for digital file transfer from portable electronic devices. What seemed to be an innovation in the development of technology turned out to be more of a headache where the technology encountered problems with distance and range, pairing and inexplicable connection problems, so it was quickly brushed under the matt.






















Despite bluetooth technology becoming redundant for numerous years; technology giants and experts such as Apple and Motorolla still saw potential in it as both a product and functional working technology. With that in mind the technological race began to see who could develop it into something more useful and intuitive; hence Bluetooth 4.0 was born. Now the technology was never initially incorporated into power tools, in fact it took a number of years still to reach this level. Bluetooth 4.0 known as "Bluetooth Smart Ready" was initially adopted by Apple when they released the Apple 4S in october 2011, so it has taken 4 years for Dewalt and other top brands (outside of digital technology companies) to develop and deliver "Smart Products".

What's The Advantage Over Bluetooth 3.0?

Despite there been no real difference to range between the two technologies (300 feet) approx there are significant differences to the battery life of tools and devices using it. On average bluetooth 4.0 is 5 to 10 x more efficient than it's counterpart 3.0. So what does that mean? Well for tradesmen and user's using Dewalt XR cordless bluetooth power tools, then it simply means that both their controlling mobile device and power tools are going to operate longer. NFC - Near field communication is the method to which similar devices such as a bluetooth battery and mobile phone can communicate. It's an easier and faster way of connecting two devices, saving time and headaches!

Case Study - Dewalt DCK266D2B | Bluetooth XR 5.0Ah Batteries and XR TOOL CONNECT

XR Tool connect is a smart app developed by Dewalt that allows users and professionals to control their power tools from the touch of a button. After all who doesn't have a smart phone these days right? So the XR Tool Connect app is compatible with all apple devices using IOS 8.0 or later, Android devices running 4.4.4 and Windows phone to your XR 18V 2 - 5 Ah bluetooth enabled batteries. To give an overview of the APP it allows you to quickly and easily check tools are present, saving you precious time at the end of your days. You can lock and unlock your batteries remotely, ensuring you're in full control at all times. In addition to this it gives you additional analytics that provide battery time and health. The app will even send notifications if any of your tools batteries need to be charged or exit your location range. Now you're probably thinking whats the use in that? It's especially useful if you're a contractor providing tools to your workforce. This way you'll be able to see how each individual tool operates, whether it needs charged or in the worst case scenario should it be stolen you'll be alerted and you can lock the battery out, so it can't be used.





The batteries have a 30 meter radius, suiting small to medium worksites and workshops. With the low energy bluetooth 4.0 technology the batteries provide reliable power and connectivity to the power tools. They now incorporate high rated 5Ah batteries that increase tool performance and run time. The battery range of fully compatible with the XR Li-Ion Tool range.


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