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The best battery powered leaf blower can be very effective for quick jobs where you do not need to cover a large area. They are lightweight and easy to use. Most have batteries that you can interchange with your existing garden or power tool systems so that helps reduce the costs over time.
They do not require you to carry an electric cord around with you, which frees you to do simply jobs all over your property in a shorter amount of time and with much less difficulty.
They are easy to maintain and do not require you to deal with mixing or adding any fuel. The best battery powered leaf blowers are also some of the most affordable you will find on the market.
There are some important features to consider when selecting a battery powered leaf blower. Some blowers can be quite loud and disturb your neighbors. Battery powered blowers tend to be quieter than the louder gas powered models. This offers you an advantage of reduced noise.
Even with this advantage, it is prudent to wear ear protection when operating any leaf blower because the sound levels can damage your hearing. It is also advisable that you operate them at times of the day when they are unlikely to wake your neighbors and make them angry. Eye protection is also a necessity when using any leaf blower because of the hazards to your eyesight from flying debris.
A good leaf blower will be designed so that it is comfortable to handle and it will have a good balance to it. This is most important in your hand held models because most battery powered blowers do not have support straps to help you distribute the weight of the blower. A good ergonomic handle design will provide comfort as you are using the blower and make your chores seem much less strenuous.
A variable speed trigger is a good feature to have. Many battery powered blowers will run through a battery in under 20 minutes on full power. By allowing you to adjust the power so you only use what you need to get the job done, it will give you a much longer run time on a single charge. Variable speed is nicer than one or two setting options because you have greater control over the amount of air the unit is pushing and you can more easily cover various types of jobs on your property.
Make sure when you purchase a cordless leaf blower that it will have sufficient airflow. This is specified by both velocity and volume. Velocity will be displayed in mph and volume as cubic feet per minute or cfm. Neither of these measure are necessarily a great indicator of leaf-moving capacity. Other factors also influence whether you can obtain sufficient airflow, such as the shape of the discharge tube.
Be sure that the tube you get on the leaf blower can efficiently move the leaves and debris you need it to. It needs to be able to direct the airflow in a way that can gently blow away any debris on the landscaping or handle the heavy wet leaves in the back yard. Well-designed tubes are what allow you to use the unit’s power productively so that the sweeping and loosening capabilities are maximized.
Nicer units will feature a variable-speed trigger. This can help you adjust the power level so it maximizes battery life, while completing each task you need no matter how delicate or challenging. Power dials are useful, but are not as adjustable as a variable-speed trigger is. A power dial is still more preferable than a blower that features only a single constant speed.
The final things you need to consider when shopping for a cordless leaf blower is how comfortable it is to hold and maneauver. It should be balanced well so you can have maximum comfort while operating the unit.
Earplugs and eye protection are necessary when using any kind of leaf blower. While electric models are much quieter than gas models, both types of leaf blowers are capable of causing long term hearing loss due to the loud sound they produce. Even quiet models produce up to 65 decibels of sound. Safety glasses are required because no matter what you are using your leaf blower on, small sticks, grass, leaves, bugs and other debris can easily blow into your eyes and damage them. Safety glasses will help prevent this from occurring.
You must make sure that the battery powered blower you select has the proper sweeping and loosening capabilities you will need to clear your property. This is controlled primarily by the shape and the design of the tube. Not all tubes are created equal. YouTube videos can help you see how the blowers perform before you make your final selection and can save you a lot of time and frustration by purchasing a model that is effective for the task you need performed.
The final, and possibly most important, consideration you should have when selecting a good battery operated leaf blower is to make sure your new unit will provide sufficient airflow to get the job done. Airflow is measured by velocity, or the speed at which the blower outputs air and is measured in miles per hour (mph).
The volume refers to the amount of material that can be moved and it is measured in cubic feet per minute or cfm. Both of these factors are important to consider, but remember the tube shape will greatly affect how well these factors actually help the unit operate. You should not just simply choose the unit with the highest airflow and expect it to perform the best.
If you are considering getting the best battery powered leaf blower for the money, check the other tools you have in your garage or basement and see if you already have a battery and recharger that will work on a leaf blower made by the same manufacturer. If you do, this can save you a lot of money. The battery and charger are by far the most expensive part of a battery powered leaf blowing system. If you already have a battery then the cost of your new leaf blower will drop drastically.
There are a few features to look for that can make your new leaf blower more desirable. An easy start electric button is a nice feature and so is a large comfortable carry handle. A unit with a longer operating time can save you time recharging your battery or reduce the number of times you need to replace the battery with a new one (if you have more than one battery). Some unit feature quick charging units and can charge in as little as 30 minutes.
Battery powered leaf blowers are most suitable for those who have small areas they need to clear. If you have a large property, you may want to consider a gas powered blower because they can run for a much longer period of time and you just need to add more fuel if they do run out so you can keep going.
Battery operated units are not good for landscaping professionals who need to use the blower all day. Changing out and charging batteries all day would make using such units impractical.
GreenWorks Pro GBL80300
Best for build quality and weight - top of it's class
Dimensions: 23.44 x 7.81 x 15.25"
Weight: 9.7 pounds
Max Speed: 90 MPH & 400 CFM
Power Source: Electric-Battery
Warranty: 3 Years and a 90Day Money back Guarantee
The DeWalt BCDL720P1 20V Max Lithium Ion XR Brushless Blower has a unique axial fan design that helps maximize the air output and it maximizes run time. Because the motor is brushless, it will extend the life expectancy of the engine. It features a variable speed trigger with a locking mechanism and has an airflow output of 400cfm at 90 mph.
The speed lock is nice so you do not need to constantly hold your finger on the trigger, thereby reducing hand fatigue during operation. It includes the battery and charger and operates on a 20V 5.0Ah Lithium Ion Battery. This battery system can be used on a wide range of other DeWalt tools, so it can save you money if you have other DeWalt tools that utilize the same battery system.
It weighs in at 7.1 pounds and it features noise reduction as an added feature. It offers a three year warranty and a 90 day, full money back guarantee. DeWalt is a brand name that is recognized for its reliability and dependability.
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The EGO POWER + Blower - Heavy and robust - designed for large gardens and professionals
Dimensions: 5.5 x 10 x 34.5"
Weight: 6.2 pounds
Max Speed: 155 MPH
Power Source: Electricity-Battery
The Earthwise LB20058 Max Cordless Electric Blower comes with the battery and charger included. It has a powerful 58V 2.0Ah Lithium Ion battery. The blower has a maximum velocity of 155 mph. The maximum volume of the unit is around 500 cfm. It features a variable speed dial and also has a tube that is adjustable in length. The motor is brushless for extended life, maximum efficiency, and additional durability.
The company prides itself on being environmentally conscious since the electric battery operated unit does not pollute the environment like gas powered blowers do. This unit is made in China.
The most common customer complaint is that the battery drains very quickly on the highest setting and that the noise level is quite high on the highest setting as well. The batteries are interchangeable with other Earthwise products so this makes it more affordable if you use any other products made by this manufacturer.
Best option for a lightweight and powerful blower
Dimensions: 15.8 x 6.5 x 23.6"
Weight: 10 pounds
Max Speed: 480 CFM & 105 MPH
Power Source: Battery-Powered
The Zombi ZLB5817 58-Volt Variable Speed 105 MPH Max 4Ah Lithium Cordless Electric Blower includes the battery and charger so you have everything you need to get started clearing the leaves from your property. This is a variable speed model featuring a 58V 4.0Ah Lithium Ion Battery.
The airflow on this model features a 105 mph velocity along with a volume clearing capacity of 480 cfm. The motor is brushless for added motor life, increased power, better energy efficiency and increased durability. This unit also offers a quick turbo button so you do not need to adjust the speed dial in order to get the most power to the unit right when you need it.
It features a fixed 23” tube length and has an ergonomic mesh grip handle for comfort. It also features a 5 year tool warranty and a 2 year warranty on the battery.
A Leaf Blower from a great brand with great products
Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.6 x 41.4"
Weight: 6.6 pounds
Max Speed: 500 CFM & 125 MPH
Power Source: Battery-Electric
The GreenWorks Pro GBL80300 Cordless Blower is deigned to run for up to 70 minutes when it is fully charged. It features a powerful 80V 2Ah battery and charger that is included with the purchase of the unit. Its brushless motor is designed to provide long life and reduced energy consumption.
This powerful blower can move 500 CFM of material at velocities of up to 125 mph. It is designed to offer quiet operation. This unit is designed to offer commercial grade performance without the hassle, weight, and fumes associated with gas operated machinery. The battery can be used with other Green Works power tools. It is lightweight at 6.6 pounds.
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Agile and the most flexible blower we've reviewed
Dimensions: 19 x 9 x 14"
Weight: 5.9 pounds
Max Speed: 150 MPH
Power Source: Battery-Powered
The Ryobi 40 Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Electric Blower comes from a brand name you can trust. This powerful battery operated blower can move 150 cfm of material at velocities of up to 150 mph. It has the power of a gas blower in the light-weight convenience of a battery operated blower.
The powerful 40V battery will hold a charge long enough to get most of your toughest jobs completed. It has a variable speed trigger to make the unit more comfortable and ergonomically designed for added comfort.
At only 5.7 pounds, this is one of the lighter blowers we have reviewed. The 40V Lithium Ion battery can also be used with any of your other Ryobi power tools, which will save you money in the long run.
This unit does not include a battery and charger, but if you own Ryobi products you may already have one in your garage that will fit this unit perfectly.
See the Ryobi Ry40400 in Action
Best cordless leaf blower on the market
I recommend getting the the DeWalt BCDL720P1 20V Max Lithium Ion XR Brushless Blower. This blower comes from a reliable well-known brand manufacturer. It is almost as quiet as the Green Works model. It includes the battery and charger, unlike the Ryobi. The battery system can work on more than 50 other DeWalt products making the blower a part of an extremely large and diverse power tool system.
The unique engine design allows for more power and the warranty helps ensure that your product will be repaired or replaced should you run into any problems with it. It also has a 90 day money back guarantee so you can always test it out and return it if you decide it is not the model for you and you have nothing to lose.
The Zombi brand unit seemed to be a good unit, but it is not manufactured by a well-known company and the battery system works with a lot fewer tools than the DeWalt product line.
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