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** Powerbase 3.6V Screwdriver only £3.93 @ Homebase (Free C&C) **

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Good for ikea furniture assembly! :) Screw in. Screw out. Done. Affordable and efficient, this simple value screwdriver is easy to use and has an ergonomic handle for comfortable and easy holding.…
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Good for ikea furniture assembly! :)

Screw in. Screw out. Done. Affordable and efficient, this simple value screwdriver is easy to use and has an ergonomic handle for comfortable and easy holding. Helping make those everyday jobs around the home a lot easier, this powerful 3.6V screwdriver, also features a 50mm screwdriver bit and 1 torque setting.

3.6V battery power.
1 speed setting.
1 torque setting.
Max torque 2Nm.
Accessories included: 50mm screwdriver bit.
Size H5, W12, D18cm.
Weight 0.28kg.

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1 Like #1
I've got one of these. Short battery life when fully charged but works whilst plugged in which is a good compromise.

You're not buying a Makita so don't set your sights too high but for £4, like the OP said, great for Ikea furniture and saved me a lot of headache messing about with a manual screwdriver. I've had mine for about 2 years and still works fine too.
#2
3.6v is more then enough for most home needs.
4 Likes #3
actually IKEA say only to use hand tools !!!!
#4
flatpancake
I've got one of these. Short battery life when fully charged but works whilst plugged in which is a good compromise.
You're not buying a Makita so don't set your sights too high but for £4, like the OP said, great for Ikea furniture and saved me a lot of headache messing about with a manual screwdriver. I've had mine for about 2 years and still works fine too.

What is the re-charging like? Did you shorten the battery life by over-charging? I have a Tesco Everyday Value drill and I've been very careful not to over-charge the battery as I've read reports that doing so cripples it.
#5
Thanks OP, have reserved one together with the Guild PSJ550GL 550W Electric Jigsaw (464507) which is just £9.93!
#6
Is it NICD or L-ion battery
#7
Thanks for this post - I've had my eye on a cordless hammer drill for my sister's partner, just reserved one tomorrow :)
1 Like #8
bagga212
actually IKEA say only to use hand tools !!!!
IKEA sell Battery screw driver li-ion battery for about £7 actually quite good and a better buy than this.
#9
SCOUSEKEVIN
bagga212
actually IKEA say only to use hand tools !!!!
IKEA sell Battery screw driver li-ion battery for about £7 actually quite good and a better buy than this.


I don't think I've ever used the tools IKEA supply. Or any hand tools on their furniture. Electric screwdriver every time
1 Like #10
montana78
Is it NICD or L-ion battery


​Will be NiCad as no charge monitor so Lithium would set fire. Any bits with it? Good for ladies living alone or limp wristed males who blister easily putting together a flat pack bedside table! Heat added though as same about £6 in argos
1 Like #11
Picked up the Guild CDI118GL Li-Ion Cordless Combi Drill (Hammer function) - 18V http://www.homebase.co.uk/en/homebaseuk/guild-cdi118gl-li-ion-cordless-combi-drill---18v-464554 £19.53 and GUILD CSD36G2 3.6V Screw Driver http://www.homebase.co.uk/en/homebaseuk/guild-csd36g2-36v-screw-driver-464563 at £7.93 earlier :)
#12
Can anyone recommend a drill bit set for the Guild CDI118GL I ordered (Post #11)? Surprised it doesn't come with a set. Not really a drill expert :D!
#13
Cheers. Reserved one in Edinburgh. 3 quid odd, if it works a couple times then it's a bonus!
#14
Ordered, thanks OP
#15
absolute crap but for £4.. it's worth it
#16
bagga212
actually IKEA say only to use hand tools !!!!

I think they are referring to not use a cordless drill as a screwdriver, be honest we've all done it :)
#17
louiselouise
Can anyone recommend a drill bit set for the Guild CDI118GL I ordered (Post #11)? Surprised it doesn't come with a set. Not really a drill expert :D!

I bought a 7-piece masonry set and a 7-piece wood set from Poundland to go with my Tesco Extra Value drill 8-)
#18
Total crap, spend another £3 or £4 and get a Lithium one, my Lithium one from Argos (About £8.99) 2 years ago is used every day, never failed me yet..... These things are hopeless ;) (I had one years ago and it lasted about 5 minutes at a time)

maxmix
#19
maxmix
Total crap, spend another £3 or £4 and get a Lithium one, my Lithium one from Argos (About £8.99) 2 years ago is used every day, never failed me yet..... These things are hopeless ;) (I had one years ago and it lasted about 5 minutes at a time)
maxmix

Cheapest Li-On on Argos is £14.99, a whole 300+% higher in price. Unless you can steer us all towards a cheaper alternative ?
3 Likes #20
Actually, good shout, found this at Ikea, £6.95, Li-On batt and all the bits too!

http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/90203258/?
1 Like #21
louiselouise
Can anyone recommend a drill bit set for the Guild CDI118GL I ordered (Post #11)? Surprised it doesn't come with a set. Not really a drill expert :D!
Depends what you're doing with it. There are several types of drill bit, but the main three: masonry (for bricks), wood/allround and metal.
For masonry, better drill bits make a real difference. I use DeWalt Extreme: http://www.screwfix.com/p/dewalt-extreme-2-masonry-drill-bit-set-5pcs/88598
For wood/allround, I tend to use any cheapy set - Poundland will do, but don't expect it to last.
And the majority won't be using metal, so don't buy yet. You tend to pick up the drill bits for specific jobs as you need them.
1 Like #22
louiselouise
Picked up the Guild CDI118GL Li-Ion Cordless Combi Drill (Hammer function) - 18V http://www.homebase.co.uk/en/homebaseuk/guild-cdi118gl-li-ion-cordless-combi-drill---18v-464554 £19.53 and GUILD CSD36G2 3.6V Screw Driver http://www.homebase.co.uk/en/homebaseuk/guild-csd36g2-36v-screw-driver-464563 at £7.93 earlier :)

Thanks for the links louiselouise.
#23
Northerndave
Actually, good shout, found this at Ikea, £6.95, Li-On batt and all the bits too!http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/90203258/?

Might sound a silly question but how do you find the right screw/ wallplug/ drillbit combination? Anytime I drill a hole (like a hose reel I put up), whatever I put in it falls out. Is there an easy way other than guesswork?

Thanks for the find O/P, I sent some heat but more thanks to NothernDave for putting me onto the Ikea deal. It's something I need. TY.
#24
it is only 2Nm torque
went is store, held this and guild one and went for guild one; max torque 4Nm, however twice the price, but looked and feel much durable
#25
I know this is a lot more but the charge lasts absolutely ages really handy to use solidly built really has power also https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bosch-Cordless-Lithium-Ion-Screwdriver-Battery/dp/B00XI610R0/ref=dp_ob_title_hi
2 Likes #26
GlentoranMark
Northerndave
Actually, good shout, found this at Ikea, £6.95, Li-On batt and all the bits too!http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/90203258/?
Might sound a silly question but how do you find the right screw/ wallplug/ drillbit combination? Anytime I drill a hole (like a hose reel I put up), whatever I put in it falls out. Is there an easy way other than guesswork?
Thanks for the find O/P, I sent some heat but more thanks to NothernDave for putting me onto the Ikea deal. It's something I need. TY.
Generally, I think it's.

Yellow=5mm
Red=6mm
Brown=7mm
Blue=8mm

However, it depends on the wall type and condition, something experience will bring, give it 10 years and you'll know straight away,

With red plugs, which we use most of the time, I generally start with a 5.5mm bit...... but on some walls you will need to just put it in and out, don't do it a few times to clean the hole, otherwise it will be too big, other types of walls are harder and need a cleaned out 6mm hole, or 5.5mm hole.
It's not easy to pick up and do, start small, don't force the plug in and gradually make it bigger. You should really just be able to push the plug in with a fair amount of finger force. If you are hammering it in, it's probably too tight. Maybe a slight tap from something is ok, but only the final bit.

It is a skill that isn't often known about, but it definitely is a skill that has to be learnt.
#27
Northerndave
Actually, good shout, found this at Ikea, £6.95, Li-On batt and all the bits too!http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/90203258/?

I'm saying a Ni Cad battery in a tool like this is worthless, unless your only doing about 20 screws on a charge and there is no power to get your screw flush to your surface unless you have 'half drilled' a slot for your screw to go into....

I just checked mine is a gun like job, great for grip on long screws, its a challenge extreme, Cost £8.49 (I just looked back) I only actually paid £3.49 due to my fiver Argos voucher, don't waste your money on this crap ;)

I see someone has posted an Ikea one, sounds far better £6.95, don't be misled because the price is dirt cheap ;) Wasting £4 is still a waste !

maxmix
#28
ysdevil
GlentoranMark
Northerndave
Actually, good shout, found this at Ikea, £6.95, Li-On batt and all the bits too!http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/90203258/?
Might sound a silly question but how do you find the right screw/ wallplug/ drillbit combination? Anytime I drill a hole (like a hose reel I put up), whatever I put in it falls out. Is there an easy way other than guesswork?
Thanks for the find O/P, I sent some heat but more thanks to NothernDave for putting me onto the Ikea deal. It's something I need. TY.
Generally, I think it's.
Yellow=5mm
Red=6mm
Brown=7mm
Blue=8mm
However, it depends on the wall type and condition, something experience will bring, give it 10 years and you'll know straight away,
With red plugs, which we use most of the time, I generally start with a 5.5mm bit...... but on some walls you will need to just put it in and out, don't do it a few times to clean the hole, otherwise it will be too big, other types of walls are harder and need a cleaned out 6mm hole, or 5.5mm hole.
It's not easy to pick up and do, start small, don't force the plug in and gradually make it bigger. You should really just be able to push the plug in with a fair amount of finger force. If you are hammering it in, it's probably too tight. Maybe a slight tap from something is ok, but only the final bit.
It is a skill that isn't often known about, but it definitely is a skill that has to be learnt.

plus always throw away the fixings that come the item you have bought. they are invariably rubbish. rawlplug uno are really good but very expensive for what they are, depends how terrible it would be if the thing falls off.
#29
X10
louiselouise
Picked up the Guild CDI118GL Li-Ion Cordless Combi Drill (Hammer function) - 18V http://www.homebase.co.uk/en/homebaseuk/guild-cdi118gl-li-ion-cordless-combi-drill---18v-464554 £19.53 and GUILD CSD36G2 3.6V Screw Driver http://www.homebase.co.uk/en/homebaseuk/guild-csd36g2-36v-screw-driver-464563 at £7.93 earlier :)
Thanks for the links louiselouise.
No bother X10, I should have said the 3.6V rechargeable Guild screwdriver only has one crosshead screw bit, which is a shame. Can't grumble for the price paid.
#30
ysdevil
GlentoranMark
Northerndave
Actually, good shout, found this at Ikea, £6.95, Li-On batt and all the bits too!http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/90203258/?
Might sound a silly question but how do you find the right screw/ wallplug/ drillbit combination? Anytime I drill a hole (like a hose reel I put up), whatever I put in it falls out. Is there an easy way other than guesswork?
Thanks for the find O/P, I sent some heat but more thanks to NothernDave for putting me onto the Ikea deal. It's something I need. TY.
Generally, I think it's.
Yellow=5mm
Red=6mm
Brown=7mm
Blue=8mm
However, it depends on the wall type and condition, something experience will bring, give it 10 years and you'll know straight away,
With red plugs, which we use most of the time, I generally start with a 5.5mm bit...... but on some walls you will need to just put it in and out, don't do it a few times to clean the hole, otherwise it will be too big, other types of walls are harder and need a cleaned out 6mm hole, or 5.5mm hole.
It's not easy to pick up and do, start small, don't force the plug in and gradually make it bigger. You should really just be able to push the plug in with a fair amount of finger force. If you are hammering it in, it's probably too tight. Maybe a slight tap from something is ok, but only the final bit.
It is a skill that isn't often known about, but it definitely is a skill that has to be learnt.

Thanks for that info, I generally get it wrong but didn't know about the wall plug sizes so that's handy to know.

I highlighted your quote about experience and give it 10 years.... I'm 48 lol
#31
This might not be news to anyone else, but it was news to me. I paid a flying visit especially to pick up the drill and screwdriver yesterday. Turns out they don't accept Argos Gift Cards any more - though I'm sure I read Homebase were no longer owned by Argos recently!

Just in case anyone's thinking of using them :)

*Seems to have been from the end of May this year when an Australian company (Bunnings I think?) took over ownership of Homebase from the Argos Group.

Edited By: louiselouise on Aug 27, 2016 16:16: a
#32
OK, so I collected my Powerbase 3.6V Screwdriver yesterday evening and have just had a look at it. The instruction leaflet says that it requires 3-5 hours to charge it but that it comes from the factory uncharged and needs 10 hours for its first charge. However, even though mine appeared to be brand new, its battery had charge so I decided to test it and just ran it continuously. After ~20 minutes it started to slow down, after ~24 minutes it started to crawl and after ~27 minutes it died completely. Now I don't know how that would equate to actual usage, but I suggest it would have lasted a hell of a lot longer than 2 minutes or even 5 minutes that a couple of posters have stated, so for less than £4 I reckon it's a pretty good buy. I also suspect that the poor battery life others have experienced is likely to be from following the instructions blindly and immediately placing the screwdriver on charge for 10 hours, which no doubt will cripple the battery if it is supplied fully or close to fully charged. I have sent Homebase an email to query this. Like the Tesco Everyday Value drill I bought a few years ago, I expect I will have to be careful when charging this to avoid damaging its battery.

I'm going to put it on for a ~5 hour charge now, and I'll see how it performs after that, but first impressions are that it's not a bad purchase at all.
1 Like #33
screw in, screw out
thats what the gf prefers :D
#34
kidrock123
screw in, screw out
thats what the gf prefers :D

Bet you need a lot of room?
Rotating right - in. Rotating left - out. :D
#35
Not gonna get this, had one before. Rubbish, might as well use a screwdriver - unless you only use it for a few screws. oO
I need something at Homebase... just been given 750 points from Nectar on my next spend (anything) at Homebase. 750 Nectar points coverts to £3.75 ...for just spending a few pence, that appeals to me!X)

Can't see this on Hotdeals, perhaps it's only for me!! :3
750 bonus points on your next shop at Homebase.


Edited By: jnigel26 on Aug 27, 2016 17:22
#36
3guesses
OK, so I collected my Powerbase 3.6V Screwdriver yesterday evening and have just had a look at it. The instruction leaflet says that it requires 3-5 hours to charge it but that it comes from the factory uncharged and needs 10 hours for its first charge. However, even though mine appeared to be brand new, its battery had charge so I decided to test it and just ran it continuously. After ~20 minutes it started to slow down, after ~24 minutes it started to crawl and after ~27 minutes it died completely. Now I don't know how that would equate to actual usage, but I suggest it would have lasted a hell of a lot longer than 2 minutes or even 5 minutes that a couple of posters have stated, so for less than £4 I reckon it's a pretty good buy. I also suspect that the poor battery life others have experienced is likely to be from following the instructions blindly and immediately placing the screwdriver on charge for 10 hours, which no doubt will cripple the battery if it is supplied fully or close to fully charged. I have sent Homebase an email to query this. Like the Tesco Everyday Value drill I bought a few years ago, I expect I will have to be careful when charging this to avoid damaging its battery.

I'm going to put it on for a ~5 hour charge now, and I'll see how it performs after that, but first impressions are that it's not a bad purchase at all.


​very informative would be good to get some more feedback
#37
moneysm
3guesses
OK, so I collected my Powerbase 3.6V Screwdriver yesterday evening and have just had a look at it. The instruction leaflet says that it requires 3-5 hours to charge it but that it comes from the factory uncharged and needs 10 hours for its first charge. However, even though mine appeared to be brand new, its battery had charge so I decided to test it and just ran it continuously. After ~20 minutes it started to slow down, after ~24 minutes it started to crawl and after ~27 minutes it died completely. Now I don't know how that would equate to actual usage, but I suggest it would have lasted a hell of a lot longer than 2 minutes or even 5 minutes that a couple of posters have stated, so for less than £4 I reckon it's a pretty good buy. I also suspect that the poor battery life others have experienced is likely to be from following the instructions blindly and immediately placing the screwdriver on charge for 10 hours, which no doubt will cripple the battery if it is supplied fully or close to fully charged. I have sent Homebase an email to query this. Like the Tesco Everyday Value drill I bought a few years ago, I expect I will have to be careful when charging this to avoid damaging its battery.
I'm going to put it on for a ~5 hour charge now, and I'll see how it performs after that, but first impressions are that it's not a bad purchase at all.
​very informative would be good to get some more feedback

So I charged it for ~4hr 20min and then repeated the same test (just running it continuously). After ~28 minutes it began to slow down, after ~31 minutes it began to crawl and after ~34 minutes it died completely. So from my limited experience I would say that this is a decent bit of kit for under £4 provided you are careful when charging it, and IMO those suffering very poor battery life have probably crippled their batteries by over-charging.

Conclusion: if you're not going to take care when re-charging your screwdriver, probably best not to buy this one but rather buy a more expensive one that will (hopefully) look after the battery for you.
#38
3guesses
OK, so I collected my Powerbase 3.6V Screwdriver yesterday evening and have just had a look at it. The instruction leaflet says that it requires 3-5 hours to charge it but that it comes from the factory uncharged and needs 10 hours for its first charge. However, even though mine appeared to be brand new, its battery had charge so I decided to test it and just ran it continuously. After ~20 minutes it started to slow down, after ~24 minutes it started to crawl and after ~27 minutes it died completely. Now I don't know how that would equate to actual usage, but I suggest it would have lasted a hell of a lot longer than 2 minutes or even 5 minutes that a couple of posters have stated, so for less than £4 I reckon it's a pretty good buy. I also suspect that the poor battery life others have experienced is likely to be from following the instructions blindly and immediately placing the screwdriver on charge for 10 hours, which no doubt will cripple the battery if it is supplied fully or close to fully charged. I have sent Homebase an email to query this. Like the Tesco Everyday Value drill I bought a few years ago, I expect I will have to be careful when charging this to avoid damaging its battery.
I'm going to put it on for a ~5 hour charge now, and I'll see how it performs after that, but first impressions are that it's not a bad purchase at all.
Hey 3guesses, thanks for the info. Out of interest, did you run it without screwing anything in, or did you use it while actually screwing in screws?
#39
I reserved one of these and picked it up this afternoon. The Loudwater branch near High Wycombe gave me a yellow Guild product Li-Ion 4Nm model for the price. Plenty more in stock. Came pretty much fully charged & just had a single cross-head bit accessory. Happy with that. Deal heated :D
#40
X10
3guesses
OK, so I collected my Powerbase 3.6V Screwdriver yesterday evening and have just had a look at it. The instruction leaflet says that it requires 3-5 hours to charge it but that it comes from the factory uncharged and needs 10 hours for its first charge. However, even though mine appeared to be brand new, its battery had charge so I decided to test it and just ran it continuously. After ~20 minutes it started to slow down, after ~24 minutes it started to crawl and after ~27 minutes it died completely. Now I don't know how that would equate to actual usage, but I suggest it would have lasted a hell of a lot longer than 2 minutes or even 5 minutes that a couple of posters have stated, so for less than £4 I reckon it's a pretty good buy. I also suspect that the poor battery life others have experienced is likely to be from following the instructions blindly and immediately placing the screwdriver on charge for 10 hours, which no doubt will cripple the battery if it is supplied fully or close to fully charged. I have sent Homebase an email to query this. Like the Tesco Everyday Value drill I bought a few years ago, I expect I will have to be careful when charging this to avoid damaging its battery.
I'm going to put it on for a ~5 hour charge now, and I'll see how it performs after that, but first impressions are that it's not a bad purchase at all.
Hey 3guesses, thanks for the info. Out of interest, did you run it without screwing anything in, or did you use it while actually screwing in screws?

No, not acutal usage, just held the power button down continuously. I imagine actual usage would reduce the time but not by a great deal.

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