Bosch ALB 18 LI 18v Cordless Garden Leaf Blower
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Bosch ALB 18 LI 18v Cordless Garden Leaf Blower
Battery AH Explained
The best way to describe battery amp hour is that this is effectively the size of your fuel tank, the more amp hours your battery has then the longer the battery will last between charges. More amp hours does not increase the power of a given tool.
Battery Voltage Explained
A tool with a higher voltage than another is a bit like choosing an engine in a car, the higher voltage will generally mean higher power & performance. As with cars though a bigger engine does not always translate to better performance so it is important to compare the specifications of tools at different voltages between different manufacturers.
The Bosch PowerForAll Tool range is a range of tools you can buy knowing that batteries are compatible with all tools in the range providing they are of the same voltage. eg 18v fits 18v, 12v (10.8v) fits 12v (10.8v) etc. Please also note that 10.8v is compatible with 12v & vice versa as it is just a name change. Indego Lawnmowers also use the PowerForAll 18v battery but require a cover plate to be removed if changing.
PowerForAll has many advantages not least the fact that once you have a tool with a few batteries then there is no need to buy the more expensive versions with battery & charger, you can just go ahead & buy the much cheaper no battery versions!
So remember PowerForAll signifies complete battery compatibility throughout the range. There is however, one caveat to this, some of the very first older chargers will not charge the very latest batteries & a battery charger upgrade will be required if you have a first generation charger. All batteries fit all tools however.
As of 2021 Bosch has licensed PowerForAll to other manufacturers whereby batteries between these manufacturers will be interchangeable.
You cannot use Bosch Pro (Blue) batteries in either 12v or 18v DIY (Green) products.
There are three main types of leaf blowers – Petrol, corded electric and cordless electric. As a general rule, Petrol blowers offer the most power at the expense of being heavier and noisier and than their electric counterparts, and typically come at a higher price.
Electric blowers are much quieter and more suitable for residential areas, and are usually powered by either lithium ion battery packs, or mains electricity.
Corded variants are cheaper to manufacture as they don’t require batteries or chargers, though their obvious limitation is the length of cord they are attached to.
Cordless variants offer much more freedom, though the amount of time they can be used for is dependent on the charge in their batteries. Higher amp-hour (ah) batteries will offer the most runtime, while higher voltage machines will provide more power.
Leaf blowers can also be effective at clearing snow, dust and dirt; however please bear in mind they are not designed to shift piles of wet leaves and much better results can be obtained by waiting for these to dry out first.
Read 21 Customer Review(s) for Bosch ALB 18 LI 18v Cordless Garden Leaf Blower
Great little hand held blower for lighter jobs Quick prompt delivery
All over is good except that I had to buy a battery
Seems fine as a leaf blower. Very light compared to my old one. Not given it a few deep cycles so cant comment on battery life yet but from the use so far I would not want to be without the two batteries it is supplied with.
Quick and efficient service
It was great value to get the blower with a battery for about £15 more than the bare unit. The unit doesn't have a battery power indicator like other units, (drill, jigsaw etc). The blower works fine and is easy to use, but the battery doesn't last long. I used it for about 10 min and the battery was down to its last third. I've got other batteries so I'm not too bothered, but it's worth noting that you won't be blowing for hours on a single charge. The 10 min was enough to clear off the driveway. Solid little unit which is what I'd expect from Bosch. Not too heavy either which is a plus.
Five star product
When using the product ,i find the trigger on it temperamental.
Did just what we needed it to do.
I like this product, I purchased this one to replace the my previous blower which was worn out
This item was purchased as we already had one that we purchased a few years ago. It is very light to hold and has a very efficient blowing capacity.
I thought this would be a waste of time but was willing to give it a try. It works brilliantly on even wet leaves on grass. I sweep up the big piles and then use the blower to gather the remaining odd leaves. It also is useful for sweeping our large drive - so much easier than using a broom. Would definitely recommend. I've bought an extra battery so I can have two charged ready as we have a very large garden and the battery lasts a short time. Super
Excellent just the job!!! Excellent service from tooled up it arrived within 2 minutes of the expected time of delivery.
For a cordless blower this packs a punch, moves leaves, grass clippings, debris easily. Easy to hold/use. Battery lasts as advertised, charges quickly, well made. Overall very happy.
Lightweight for ease of carrying/using - perfect blower for a small drive and garden. It only blows, which is good as weight and performance is not affected by a vacuum / hoover facility. It easily copes with leaves and small garden detritus; fully charged battery gives about 20 minutes work, which is plenty for the small garden. Recharges quite quick. Only minor criticism is it takes a while to get the knack of removing/fitting battery to blower and to charger.
Previously bought hedge trimmer, this blower does not last as long on same charged battery as trimmer, otherwise very good, powerful enough, light to hold.
In my view the product is underpowered, where there are clumps of leaves it takes a lot to move them. Compared to my Stihl leaf blower it does not come close.
Stop working in the first day
works well in normal conditions but as soon as the temp gets below 4 degrees the battery wont work, so on a cold winters morning when you need it to clear the leaves it cuts out.
Works ok and last about 15 minutes which is quite good, but not man enough for moving wet leaves or large areas , need a petrol blower for that , on the whole does what was expected and is easy to handle and fairly lightweight. overall pleased with purchase although having a large garden maybe should have got for a petrol version.
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Customer Questions & Answers
Q : Can this be used with the Bosch Power4All 18v 4AH battery?
A : Hi David, although it doesn't mention it in the user manual as far as I can see, Bosch have previously advised that the ALB 18 LI isn't compatible with batteries larger than 2.5ah. I believe the reason is that they won't fit onto the machine (which I guess was designed when the 2.5ah battery was the largest available)
Q : Hi, what is the model number of the charger that comes with the leaf blower if you order a single 2.5ah battery? Thanks
A : Hi there, these come with the AL 1830 CV charger (Bosch part number 1600A005B3)
Q : I have inherited a PSB1800 LI-2 cordless drill which uses an 18v 1.5Ah battery. Will this battery work in the ALB 18 leaf blower?
A : Hi Rosie, the PSB1800 LI-2 is part of the 18v Power4all battery platform so the battery you have will be compatible with this blower, yes. However, please bear in mind that the 1.5ah batteries don't hold a great deal of charge (especially after they have been used for a while) so you might find you can't use the blower for very long before it cuts out. You can use any Bosch 18v Power4all battery in it - the higher the Ah rating, the longer it will run for, however bear in mind that some of the larger Power4All batteries won't fit into first generation chargers, which you could have given that I think the 1.5ah batteries were discontinued a while ago. Sorry for the slightly long winded answer, but hope that helps!
Q : How long to fully charge battery
A : I can confirm that the charge time will depend on the battery that you have. I can confirm that a 2ah battery will take about 90 min to charge
Q : Is the weight of 1.8kg with or without the battery?
A : I can confirm that in accordance with the bosch website this item weighs about 1.5kg body only and 1.8kg with a 2.5ah battery
Q : Does the 2.5 Ah battery last longer than the 2 Ah one? Can all three batteries (1.5, 2 & 2.5) be charged by the same charger? How do they differ? Can you use them on the same tools (I have the Bosch hedge trimmer and strimmer that run on the 2Ah battery but would like it to last longer
A : I can confirm that the All Bosch 18V Power 4 All batteries can be used with all Bosch 18V Power 4 All tools. AH determines how much charge the battery can hold and the higher the number the longer the battery will last. Batteries are currently available in 1.5ah, 2ah and 2.5ah. Please note. If you have a Bosch AL2216 CV charger this will charge the 1.5 and 2 ah batteries but not the 2.5ah battery. If you have a Bosch AL1830 CV charger this will charge all the 18v power 4 all batteries.
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This product carries a full 3 year manufacturers warranty covering both faulty materials and faulty workmanship, it does not cover general wear and tear or damage, batteries, blades, bulbs and other consumables. In the unlikely event of a fault the item returned is subject to fair wear & tear and must not have been used beyond the scope of it's design. Please note that cordless products will normally have a shorter warranty of just 1 Year for the battery and or charger supplied.
Some manufacturers will offer a direct repair or replacement service (as applicable) which will often resolve your problem more quickly.
We will exchange or refund within the first 30 days if a manufacturers fault is found with this product. Thereafter a repair or exchange as appropriate will be offered.
After the first year any warranty claims should be resolved with the manufacturer directly. To claim the full warranty a registration form may need to be completed - please check the paperwork enclosed with this product when purchased.
Get help regarding Bosch ALB 18 LI 18v Cordless Garden Leaf Blower
For any technical enquiries relating to this product it is best to call the manufacturer, Bosch Home and Garden, direct on 0344 736 0109.
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