Kobalt 24-Volt Max Lithium Ion Cordless Drill

Last updated date: October 7, 2020

DWYM Score

9.1

Kobalt 24-Volt Max Lithium Ion Cordless Drill

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We looked at the top Cordless Drills and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Cordless Drill you should buy.

Editor's Note October 7, 2020:
Checkout The Best Cordless Drill for a detailed review of all the top cordless drills.

Overall Take

This cordless drill has a textured grip to provided added control and to prevent accidental slips. The motor is highly-efficient and long-lasting, so you can count on it performing well during important jobs. You'll also be able to drill and drive at two variable-speed ranges.


In our analysis of 69 expert reviews, the Kobalt Kobalt 24-Volt Max Lithium Ion Cordless Drill placed 3rd when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Kobalt 24-volt max 1/2-in cordless drill/driver comes with a 24-volt max 2.0Ah Li-ion battery, charger, belt clip, double-ended driver bit, bit holder, auxiliary handle and soft bagBrushless, highly-efficient motor delivers 650-in-lbs of torque and provides long-lasting life and run time2-speed gearbox allows for drilling and driving at 2 variable-speed ranges (0-550 and 0-2,000-RPM)

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.1
7 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.0
161 user reviews

What experts liked

This model has 650 inch-pounds of torque, or turning force, which is also at the top of the pack. There are also 23 clutch settings, which allow you to control the amount of torque you use for each project since some jobs require a more delicate touch – you don’t want to snap off a head fastener or damage the material your working on with too much torque.
- Top Ten Reviews
Powerful. Fast at drilling holes and driving screws. Has a 1/2-inch chuck. Has an LED work light. Has a battery charge indicator. Has a case or bag for storage. Has a belt hook. Ratcheting chuck Can store a bit on drill Has a battery charge indicator.
- Consumer Reports
This 24v power drill is surprisingly powerful for its price. In addition to the 2,000rpm max speed, this machine can produce up to 650 inch-pounds of torque, which is so far the highest among the other drills reviewed here. It comes with an auxiliary handle which can allow you to operate the drill with either your left or right hand. The tool is backed by a 5-year limited warranty and the battery comes with a 3-year limited warranty.
- A Web To Know
February 5, 2019 | Full review
The Kobalt KDD 1424A-03 has two modes, operating at 550 and 2,000 RPMs. It will do a phenomenal amount of work on a single 2Ah battery (which is what’s included in the kit along with the charger).
- Pro Tool Reviews
August 24, 2016 | Full review
This model also features three different speed settings and a finish mode. This allows you to dial in the speed you need for any particular application.
- Shop Tool Reviews
April 5, 2018 | Full review
In professional tests, it delivers plenty of power and speed and lasts a good amount of time on a battery charge. Owners appreciate its lightweight body, two-speed operation, half-inch chuck, and abundant features such as an LED task light, battery life gauge, onboard bit storage, and belt hook.
- Consumer Search
June 7, 2018 | Full review
It has two different speed/power modes. Mode #1 is designed for larger holes & is the setting you will use to obtain maximum torque, while also maintaining lower RPMs. This mode has a maximum of 650 in-lbs of torque (we think is highly under-rated….it seems much more powerful) & a range of 0-550 RPMs. Mode #2 is designed for smaller holes and faster drilling. It has a range of 0-2,000 RPMs — and everything is controlled precisely with the variable speed trigger.
- Real Tool Reviews

What experts didn't like

You’ll find the 1424A-03’s overall feature package to be somewhat lacking. However, its biggest problem is its battery. First, it only comes with one battery, and all the other drills we reviewed come with two. In addition, the battery took 60 minutes to charge but only ran for 22 minutes, which is one of the shortest battery lives of the models we tested.
- Top Ten Reviews
Heavy. More difficult to handle and control. Comes with only one battery.
- Consumer Reports
This isn’t a perfect drill by any means though. Because it consumes a lot of power, the battery gets drained easily. And without a spare battery, you would have to wait for one straight charging hour to be able to use the drill again.
- A Web To Know
February 5, 2019 | Full review
Ultimately, you probably won’t use this tool as your sole impact wrench, as it really doesn’t generate the kind of power you’ll need for tightening lug nuts and dealing with other heavier-duty applications.
- Shop Tool Reviews
April 5, 2018 | Full review
However, it’s a bit heavier and louder than many competing drills.
- Consumer Search
June 7, 2018 | Full review
The biggest negative would be a limited number of compatible other tools that use the new 24v batteries (currently 7 total)….however, Lowes has already shown us 3 additional tools coming this fall & they hinted around at a 3rd release coming by the end of the year.
- Real Tool Reviews

An Overview On Cordless Drills

Even in the most maintenance-free household, a good cordless drill can be a time-saver. In most homes, it’s nothing short of a necessity. From hanging a painting to building an outdoor deck, there’s no job that a drill won’t make easier.

As with any electric tool, there’s a bit of jargon to translate for the non-handyman. But in general, all drills work the same. An electric motor rotates a drill or screwdriver bit, whichever is held in place by a secure clamp called a chuck. The higher the voltage put out by the motor, the higher the torque or circular force applied by the drill. Cordless drills can vary in power greatly from 4 volts to more than 30, but a lot of that power can be overkill unless you’re planning to drill into concrete.

You can change out the bits in your drill by loosening and then tightening the chuck. This used to be done primarily by inserting and turning a chuck key, but keyless chucks are more or less the standard these days. Not only are they easier to use and generally more durable, but you also don’t have to worry about losing the key. The maximum size of your chuck will determine what size bits it can accommodate. 1/2 inch is one of the largest sizes to be found, but 3/8 inch is enough to fit most standard bits.

Needless to say, the main convenience of a cordless drill — other than saving you elbow grease — is its portability. And while the batteries needed to power it can be heavy, they are generally easily rechargeable. Amp hours are a good indicator of how long the battery will last on a charge, though they won’t translate directly into actual hours. Don’t automatically assume a drill will come with a battery, by the way. Many brands manufacture a range of different tools, such as circular saw, drivers and the like, that can use the same battery, which will be sold separately.

Any drill will have clockwise and counterclockwise settings to respectively place and remove screws, but most will also have a variety of clutch settings. The clutch is essentially a safety valve for your drill, disengaging the drive shaft when a certain level of resistance is reached. (For instance, when the screw sinks flush into a wall.) You can increase the setting to drill through thicker materials, like treated wood or concrete, or lower them when screwing into simple drywall.

The Cordless Drill Buying Guide

  • Among cordless drills, Lithium-Ion batteries have become the standard. They’re longer-lasting, more efficient, safer for the environment and somewhat lighter than their Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) or Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) counterparts — although the high-powered models can still get fairly heavy. They are, however, somewhat more expensive. Some cheaper Lithium-Ion batteries can also overheat in certain conditions. Be sure to check your owner’s manual for storage directions.
  • Some battery brands will also have a battery life indicator or “fuel gauge,” which can be helpful. Even more helpful is a spare battery that can be switched out while the other is charging. And if you’re outfitting your garage with more than one tool, consider buying a modular kit with a single battery that can be used in a variety of different devices. It’s a definite money-saver.
  • There are a lot of factors that go into the price of a cordless drill, and power is one of the biggest. The amount of voltage put out by the motor will, in general, determine how much torque it can generate. You’ll want to find the drill that is right for the kind of projects you plan to tackle. Do you need a drill to repair your cabinets, hang paintings or assemble the odd piece of furniture? You might be fine with a 7.2-volt drill. Are you going to be drilling into masonry, putting screws into pressure-treated wood or other outdoor jobs? You might want to look at a drill that packs 12 volts or more.
  • You’ll find two general types of motors in a cordless drill: brushed and brushless. Without getting into the technical weeds, the brushed motors use tiny “brushes” to transfer power to the rotor, while brushless varieties use magnets. Brushes, like any other motor part, is subject to wear and tear. That’s why you’ll generally find longer warranties on drills with a brushless motor. They’re just more efficient (and of course, somewhat more expensive.)
  • Weight and grip can be important factors, especially when you’re using your cordless drill in tight spaces or awkward positions. Most modern drills are configured with the weightiest part — the battery — placed at the bottom of the handle. While that generally makes the drill more stable and easier to use, some prefer a more top-heavy pistol grip that allows them to put more force behind the screw or drill.