Bosch 18V / 36V battery packs
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Hi quick question - sorry if its already covered elsewhere.

Is the tool interface for both types of batteries the same?

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Hello Kleeson1.
No. Although both the 18V and 36V have the same slide on design, the 36V's are larger - longer to be more accurate. The chargers and tools are optimised for each battery voltage too so you can't use a 36v battery say, in an 18v tool or charger.
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Thanks for the quick reply. Is there a remote battery pack suitable for the 18V system - similar to the 36V battery belt?

If not - is that because the weight saving is minimal?

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Bosch to my knowledge don't do a remote battery pack. I know Hilti did for their 36V tools - where you'd have the battery in a pack on your belt and a blank at either end of a cable would connect tthe battery/tool to keep in-hand weight down. Hilti is the only brand I've seen to do this tbh.
Definitely a lot less weight with 18V. Bosch are releasing their ProCore range of 18V batteries this year (hopefully), with their 7.0ah one already on the market, with a slim pack 4.0ah and an endurance 10-12ah one still to come. They can apparently deliver a sustained 90amps which is a fair bit of grunt. Using a slimpack 4.0ah ProCore in say an SDS drill optimised for it would perform as good or better than a current 36V equivalent and weigh a lot less. Smaller batteries with big punch is the way it's heading I think.
Is there a particular application or tool you're thinking of?
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So I have seen the 36V remote version as per the attached picture - and really just wondered if an 18V version was available.

I realise it would not save a lot of weight for the lower capacity Lithiums - and wondered if thats the reason for not offering one?

Ive seen 18V utilised in a number of areas and for prolonged use it may have benefits.
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Ah, I see now why I wasn't aware of this. The belt in your picture is specifically for the GBL 380 blower which is 36V - a garden tool and as such outside of my expertise or awareness. Bosch do do 18V blowers but it doesn't look like any of the 18V models have the belt/remote option.