Product Comparison: Bosch DDB181-02 vs Bosch DDS181-02

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General Specifications
About the Product
The Bosch DDB181-02 18 V Compact 1/2 In. Drill/Driver delivers all-day professional performance in a compact and handy package. It has a two-speed transmission and 20+1 clutch settings, so it is ideal for the toughest professional drilling and driving applications. It provides 350 In.-Lbs. of torque for high-torque driving and 1,300 RPM for high-speed drilling. But this compact unit is only 3.0 Lbs. and has a head-length of only 7.1 In., making it the go-to choice for many pros who need a versatile and handy Drill/Driver. Built with tough Durashield™ housing, this cordless drill can withstand harsh jobsite conditions. It includes an LED light. The drill/driver provides Electronic Cell Protection to help increase the life of the two included 18 V SlimPack batteries.
Complete the job with ease with the Bosch best built 18 Volt Compact Tough 1/2 In. Lithium-Ion drill/driver kit. It is ready for all materials from wood to metal. Enjoy the benefit of having the lightest, most compact and most comfortable heavy duty 18 V Lithium-Ion drill with Bosch. A powerful and highly efficient 4-pole motor delivers top performance with strong power and runtime maximizing your efficiency on the job site. This drill/driver works will all of Bosch 18 V Lithium-Ion batteries and chargers for maximum versatility.
Key Specs
350 watts
Chuck Capacity
Rotation Speed
0 - 400 / 0 - 1300 rpm
0 - 500 / 0 - 1700 rpm
600 in-lbs
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Bosch DDB181-02 18-Volt Compact Tough Drill/Driver Kit
  • The power from this drill can rival some impact drivers! The only problem I have is that everybody wants to borrow it!
  • This drill has been fantastic. I haven't hit a job yet that it can't handle, and I have had very few situations where I've picked it up and have had to charge it.
  • This drill is a one stop shop for all of your drilling needs. I use it for everything from boring holes to hanging drywall. This is one versatile drill!
  • Best drill I have ever owned hands down. loaned it to a neighbor he no owns one as well. Dropped it off my roof one time landed in the yard, never missed a beat.
  • I bought this cordless drill a two years ago and used every day in the concrete business. And I can tell this cordless is a beast, working hard every day and never let me down
Bosch DDS181-02 18-Volt Lithium-Ion 1/2-Inch Compact Tough Drill/Driver Kit
  • It's very comfortable to hold and run, it is easy to adjust power, the lighting is great, the batteries hold their charge and the case does a good job of holding two bit cases, the extra battery and all but the charger.
  • This drill is a real brute. I drop it, get caulking on it, and put the hurts to it, and it still comes up a Bosch Brute. Thanks.
  • This is by the far the greatest drill i have ever owned. I run a small woodworking shop and use this drill every day.
  • I love this drill good power and decent battery life. One minor complaint there is no holder for the basic screwdriver bit.
  • These drills are work horses, from drilling 4" holes through 2x4's to driving 6" timberlock screws and they do it better than any other cordless out there.
Size & Weight
7.75 in.
7.75 in.
7.1 in.
7 in.
3.5 in.
3.5 in.
3 lbs.
3.4 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Bosch DDB181-02 18-Volt Compact Tough Drill/Driver Kit
  • Lightweight, and easy to use. Great purchase.
  • WOW..and it's very lightweight for using overhead..Great tool..
  • It fits into computer cases, is lightweight, and the chuck settings keep from stripping the screws.
  • Very good compact 1/2" drill. About the same length as competitors 12v models. More than enough power, the only bad thing I could say is that the outside of the chuck is plastic.
  • Nice and small but really powerful and the batteries last quite a while.
Bosch DDS181-02 18-Volt Lithium-Ion 1/2-Inch Compact Tough Drill/Driver Kit
  • It seems very light for the power, and the light is very handy.
  • I've been using this for 3 months with no problem, good torque and comfortable to hold. No kickback
  • Easy to handle lightweight clip very useful for ladder climbing and tight areas. I love this tool.
  • Powerful, compact, and lightweight. Couldn't ask for more.
  • Fits the hand well, powerful, versatile, this compact version is light.
Chuck Type
Cutting Cap. in Wood
1 in.
2 in.
Cutting Cap. in Steel
0.38 in.
0.5 in.
Torque Levels
Belt Hook
Lock-On Button
Rubber-Coated Handle
Battery Type
LED Worklight, Electronic Cell Protection (ECP) increases battery lifetime
Four pole open frame motor offers more power in a smaller size, LED Worklight, Optional Flexible Power System™ (FPS) provides choice of Max run time or minimum weight, Variable speed trigger- provides maximum control
What customers say about "Features"
Bosch DDB181-02 18-Volt Compact Tough Drill/Driver Kit
  • I love that fact that the batteries integrate with my Bosch Powerbox!
  • Battery lasts a long time and charge quite fast
  • Received this drill from a rewards program. Batteries last a long time. Have used it to drill holes and great for driving and removing screws.
  • It has an adjustable torque that allows proper setting for the application, a powerful motor that doesn't bog down under some very severe conditions, a trigger that allows for variable speed, and a quick change chuck that allows for easy change out of driving devices.
  • Batteries hold their charge for an incredibly long time and the drill literally feels like it was made for my hand! Nice and lightweight but really powerful. You can't go wrong with this one!
Bosch DDS181-02 18-Volt Lithium-Ion 1/2-Inch Compact Tough Drill/Driver Kit
  • The styling of the drill looks great and fits the hand comfortably. I'm not a professional contractor, but for my needs this drill seems to exceed my expectations.
  • The light really does make a difference when I am doing a job.
  • The variety of torque settings give plenty of muscle to power thru any type of wood with any size of drill bit. Buy the Bosch drill and you won't be sorry.
  • The battery life on this drill is absolutely astonishing. I put a fresh battery on in the morning and it lasts all day.
  • The battery life is very decent with the slim battery. It has also been the toughest drill I have ever owned with excellent fit and finish and build quality.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
cUL, CSA Group, ETL
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