A reader asks: "What is your opinion on the benefits of a corded backpack versus a battery powered unit?"

Although battery powered back packs have come a long ways we still need to take into account the current realities of battery life, added weight to the unit and other factors. There are also benefits to a battery powered back pack so as in any decision, consider the ROI (return on investment) for the tradeoffs you will have to make.

Lift is a factor in that most battery powered units do not have the same lift (especially for extended period of time) when compared to a plug in unit. Since computer chips are revolutionizing how the system is monitored, most modern units will shut off once certain limits are reached. Older models tended to get slower and weaker to the point that they were not really effective although they continued to operate.

Battery life is the primary concern with such a unit due to factors such as additional cost as well as both operational life as well as eventual need to replace. My recommendation is that at least two battery packs be purchased so that one is charging while the other is in use. This may also necessitate the purchase of an additional charger for certain situations when both units need to be charged and ready to go.

Battery switch out is usually quite simple these days with a plug and play set up. Always make sure that the unit you purchase is easy to use and has sturdy plugs/receptacles due to frequency of changing out the battery packs.

In a future article we will look at heat, weight, tools and other concerns. Your comments and questions are important. I hope to hear from you soon. Until then, keep it clean…

Your comments and questions are important. I hope to hear from you soon. Until then, keep it clean...

Mickey Crowe has been involved in the industry for over 35 years. He is a trainer, speaker and consultant. You can reach Mickey at 678-314-2171 or CTCG50@comcast.net.