Finally, a Drill You Can Charge From a USB Port

It only requires assembling a single piece of Ikea furniture to realize why an electric screwdriver is a worthwhile investment. So if you're in the market for one, Black+Decker's new 4V MAX Lithium Pivot Screwdriver could be a great choice for the sole reason that you can charge it from the same USB adapters you use… » 9/02/14 5:25pm 9/02/14 5:25pm

Black+Decker's AutoSense Drill Stops Itself When a Screw Is Flush

If you're not already experienced with a drill, when working with screws there's a very good chance you're going to accidentally drive them below the surface of whatever material you're working with—splintering wood and cracking drywall. You can of course get better at it with practise, or you can just buy… » 5/12/14 6:00am 5/12/14 6:00am

Why Screw Around with Paint Brushes When There's a Gun for That?

Sure, you could paint your ceiling with the same tools as Michelangelo uses. But doesn't that seem a little primitive? It may be time to upgrade your painter's tape and angled sash brush to Black & Decker's EasyEdge Powered Paint Edger. » 11/28/12 3:20pm 11/28/12 3:20pm

Multi-Head Drill Replaces a Workshop Full Of Tools

You want to give the handyman/woman thing a shot, but you don't want to invest in an entire toolbox worth of gear in case it turns out you're inept. Try Black & Decker's new Modular Matrix system—it fits most of a workshop in one relatively affordable handheld tool. » 8/24/12 3:40pm 8/24/12 3:40pm

Black and Decker ReadyWrench Ratchets Righteously

I call my socket set Voltron. Not because I love the show (I do!) but because my current socket set is comprised of my five previous sets—I lose sockets constantly. But with the B&D ReadyWrench it's a physical impossibility. » 8/04/11 2:00pm 8/04/11 2:00pm

The Knock-Down, Drag-Out Fight Over the Next Generation of Batteries

Patent Trolls have been around nearly as long as patent infringement itself. Bottled Lightning by Seth Fletcher takes a look at one scientific-disagreement-turned-nasty fight over the batteries that power our cordless tools and someday, potentially, our cars. » 5/26/11 4:00pm 5/26/11 4:00pm

Slick Gifts for the Grease Monkey

You know what your darling wrencher truly wants this year: gold-plated O2 sensors and diamond-encrusted CV boots. But since it's always best to surprise, buy them one of these tools for the home mechanic instead. » 12/15/10 2:40pm 12/15/10 2:40pm

What On Earth? Black & Decker Internet-Connected Gardening Tools

Gardening's a bit boring, what with the serious lack of gadgetry involved—an oversight Black & Decker wants to solve with its PlantSense(TM) EasyBloom(TM) range of sensor things(TM). Sensors for plants, something like that. » 8/24/10 8:40pm 8/24/10 8:40pm

The Dustbuster: Cleaning Up After You Since 1979

Unveiled in 1978 but released in 1979, the Black & Decker Dustbuster was a revolutionary home-cleaning device, and the only power tool a parent was likely to let a children play with. Vroom! » 7/14/09 12:30am 7/14/09 12:30am

Foolproof Black & Decker LI4000 SmartDriver Screws Perfectly Every Time

Using a screw guide to keep fasteners on track, the Black & Decker Ll4000 SmartDriver might help that special poseur carpenter in your life who's nothing but thumbs. » 12/14/08 9:28pm 12/14/08 9:28pm

Black and Decker LightsOut IR Gizmo Turns Lights Off For Lazy, Green…

My old office used to have those irritating IR-sensor lights, so if you were working late and popped out—say to the loo—for more than a few minutes, you'd be welcomed back to uninviting darkness: now you can have the same facility in your home thanks to Black&Decker's LightsOut. Well, actually it's quite a neat… » 10/27/08 8:40am 10/27/08 8:40am

Wired Cuts Through the Latest Electric Lawnmowers


In keeping with our "Laziness in Domestic Chores" theme, we bring you the electric lawnmower shootout. That way we can rid ourselves of all the annoyances of gas mowers once and for all, but still keep our yards in tip-top shape. » 6/15/07 4:19pm 6/15/07 4:19pm