Festool 18 Volt AIRSTREAM Battery

Festool 18 Volt AIRSTREAM Battery

Festool 18 Volt 5.2 Ah AIRSTREAM Battery Pack and Charger

Festool is updating their battery packs and chargers and offering the latest in charging technology to enable their users faster charging and longer runtimes.  The Festool 18 Volt 5.2 Ah AIRSTREAM SCA 8 battery pack  and charger combination work together to cool the battery faster so it can be charged faster.

How the Festool 18 Volt 5.2 Ah AIRSTREAM SCA 8 Works

While the battery is in the charger, suction is created that pulls cooling air through the battery air intakes on the sides of the battery.  Air flows in and through an enclosed cooling duct which absorbs heat and actively cools the battery cells. The hot air is then purged through ventilation slots in the charger.

This process is going to allow users faster turn arounds on their charging batteries. It will be most useful in high demand tool applications.

“While many manufacturers are only focusing on bigger battery capacities, which require longer recharge times, we are focusing on greater capacity and reduced charging times” says Leo Zirkler, Vice President of Marketing. “The new Airstream charging system not only has a higher capacity battery available (6.2 Ah), it also provides a huge reduction – up to 60% – in charging time.”

Festool 18 Volt AIRSTREAM Battery

Faster Recharging Times

The Airstream charger not only provides a higher charging current (8 amps), but also a unique cooling system that reduces cooling time while providing faster recharge time. Overall this leads to a time savings of over 60 percent. The revamped 18 volt platform includes AIRSTREAM Charger SCA 8 and 5.2 Ah and 6.2 Ah batteries.

In addition, a 6 amp charger (TCL 6) and a compact 18 volt battery (3.1 Ah) are also available. Either new charger is backwards compatible for previous generation Lithium Ion battery packs.

Festool 18 Volt AIRSTREAM Battery

Benefits and features of the new AIRSTREAM

  • Faster – Re-charge with less down time. the AIRSTREAM design cool down 3X faster than non-equipped versions so the charging process can begin sooner.
  • Easier – Onboard electronics of the SCA 8 charger feature a countdown timer so users know when the batteries are ready.
  • Smarter – Internal dedicated cooling duct helps to quickly evacuate hot air in exchange for cool air providing a faster cool-down time for less waiting and also faster charging without risk of cell damage.The new AIRSTREAM chargers and batteries will be available April 3, 2017.
Festool 200313 Quick Charger Airstream SCA 8



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