I am not affiliated with Sears or Apple, I am an electronic engineer. Li-ion is a new battery technology, with its idiosyncrasies. Apple has the best set of instructions on how to use and preserve these kinds of batteries that I know of. ( www.apple.com/batteries/notebooks ) You should read them. Here is a quickie do's & don't's. (1) Do NOT use the tool when the temperature is over 95 F. This temperature limit is easily exceeded during the summer, so beware. Don't leave the tool in the sun. (2) Li-ion batteries should be "exercised" about once a month. Fully charged, then run 'till depleted. (3) Li-ion batteries liked to be stored at about 50% charge; not fully charged, not depleted. I like my 12v drill very much. The control buttons are ideally placed for one-hand operation. It has enough torque to drive 2-1/2 inch floor screws. Its light weight makes it a pleasure to carry and use around the house. Take care of the battery.
I tried the Nextec 12 V Drill screwing down 5/4 treated lumber for a deck and it didn't have enough to finishing installing the screws to the right depth.
I gave the drill to my wife for her household miscellaneous jobs.
This thing gets use all the time. Its small, light, and easy to transport. The battery is great and lasts a very long time. I am very impressed with this product. All my old drill/drivers have worthless batteries after a year of use but this one has been going strong for 1.5 years and counting with no sign of reduced life.
Great compact drill with long lasting battery. After a little more than a year the chuck started slipping but I replaced with an aftermarket one and continue to use the drill frequently. Not a heavy duty item by any means but good enough for anything around the house and more.
One heck of a great tool, wish the trigger had more speeds, The drill shuts off if there is to much of a load on it or stall and is a nice safety feature for the batteries. This one is built very well and has LOADS of power.
I like the charger WAY more on this one, but the battery gets flat quick, so get a few for heavy use, but man it charges FAST! Mine started getting weak after a few months of light use.
Did I mention I LOVE THE CHARGER!
the best part, the chuck hold the bit tight so you can tighten without the chuck going anywhere. MAN THAT IS SO COOL!
Can keep up with the best of them!
I do a lot of wood working. Prior to this I've owned Makita and Craftsman C3 drills. Although this drill isn't as strong, it makes up for it by being compact and light. I have little to no fatigue compared to the older bulky drills I'm accustomed to using. Definitely my favorite drill to date!
Nice hand feel, Good power for household jobs. Gets into
small areas. The quick charge function is help full when working
on a long project and it starts to run low.
Craftsman now has two lines that provide excellent results - the long lived C3 line and now the Nextec series. While not quite as powerful as the C3, the Nextec series are very well suited for everyday repair and hobby work. They're lighter and smaller than C3, making them easy to use and easy to go where you need them to. Their power and run time is way more than the battery size or voltage would suggest. This line now has lots of tools in the series, and the batteries are very reasonably priced, so building up a set with lots of backup power is easy to do. I find I use them just about every week for something around the house, and now my C3s are there for the heaviest jobs only.
This Nextec drill/driver is compact, lightweight, yet powerful. The adjustable torque setting, variable speed, forward and reverse make it easy and safe to use on a variety of projects. The battery also charges very quickly. And the battery charger is quite "visual" -- nice.