When it comes to minimizing the downtime of your battery-powered tools, DeWalt’s chargers can prove to be an excellent choice. Their chargers are efficient performers for domestic as well as commercial use because of their sturdy construction and reliable functioning.
Anyway, we’re mainly concerned about the DCB101 and DCB112 right here so let’s see how they differ from each other and which one’s a better choice?
The primary feature that sets these two chargers from DeWalt apart is their charging time. The DeWalt DCB112 can charge a 2Ah battery pack in under 60 minutes whereas the DCB101 takes around 90 minutes to do the same.
The DCB112 is newer in contrast to the DCB101 and looks like DeWalt has really worked on making the charging capacity more powerful for the 112. The DCB112 definitely cuts down the juicing time for your tools and ensures a lesser downtime for your equipment.
On the other hand, the DeWalt DCB101 takes around 1.5h to charge the batteries which can be suitable if you’re not into a lot of technical jobs but rather require the tools occasionally for domestic use.
While the DCB112 sure is more powerful than the DCB101, it still won’t be the best bet for commercial use. There are far more powerful chargers by DeWalt for that just like the DCB1112 which does the same job in half the time.
The DeWalt DCB101 measures 10×8 inches whereas, the DCB112 measures 6×4.5 inches.
This means that the DCB112 is not only newer but also, boasts a smaller footprint. This charger is an extremely portable thing. An increased charging efficiency paired with a smaller size is definitely a recipe for success against the DCB101.
Despite being bigger in size than the DCB112, the DCB101 still is a travel-friendly device. Carrying it around isn’t a problem either so the size isn’t really a deal-breaker for the 101 as well.
However, the edge clearly goes to the DCB112 because of its significantly smaller footprint.
The DeWalt DCB101 weighs 1.49 pounds, on the other hand, the DCB112 weighs 0.79 pounds only.
Owing to its smaller size, the DCB112 weighs quite less than the DCB101. But of course, 1.5lbs for the DCB101 isn’t like carrying around a brick either.
Anyway, the DCB112 aces in terms of weight as it weighs around 0.7lb less than its counterpart.
Battery Charge Indicator
The DCB112 features an onboard status indicator. On the contrary, the DCB101 is equipped with an LED indicator that communicates the charging status.
The onboard indicator of the DCB112 displays pack charging, pack charged, and hot/cold delay indications. Whereas, the DCB101 features an LED indicator that keeps blinking as long as the battery is charging. Once fully charged, the LED indicator goes still and stops blinking.
To be fair, we’re fine both ways. As long as the indicator communicates clearly about the battery status, there really is no problem.
Both the DeWalt DCB101 and DCB112 can handle 12V and 20V Max batteries.
So clearly the chargers do not vary in terms of their capacity. Both of them are capable of charging all DeWalt 12V and 20V Lithium-ion batteries.
Both DeWalt DCB101 and DCB112 boast a 3-year limited warranty within which you get an option to get your DeWalt batteries repaired for any faulty material, compromised workmanship, or inadequate performance.
Besides that, you get 1 year of free service for these batteries as well as a 90-day money-back guarantee which proves that DeWalt stands behind its products.
There are not many significant differences between the DeWalt DCB101 and DCB112. However, the one that matters the most is the charging time, and the DCB112 aces in terms of that. Not only is it newer and smaller but also more efficient in terms of charging so we’re definitely more drawn towards the DCB112.