Panasonic EY6220N Review

Panasonic EY6220N

Panasonic EY6220N Panasonic
EY6220N

2.4V Screwdriver
Screwdriver
1/4" Chuck
Price Level: $
Torque

26

Max In-Lbs
Speed

400

Max RPM
Weight

0.9

Lbs w Batt
Battery

2.8

Ah Capacity
Warranty

1

Year

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor



KEY STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES
POWER The EY6220N generates about average power and torque when compared to other Screwdriver-class cordless drills. The average cordless drill in this class can generate up to 38 in-lbs of maximum torque.  
SPEED This Panasonic cordless drill has about average speed with a max RPM comparable with standard Screwdriver-class drills. The average cordless drill in this class runs at speeds up to 550 RPM.  
WEIGHT It is 36% lighter than average and ranks in the top 20% of Screwdriver-class drills for lower weight. It weighs 0.5 lbs less than the average 1.4 lb cordless drill in this class and should decrease operator fatigue.
BATTERY This Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery has a 116% higher than average run-time with an amp hour (Ah) rating that ranks in the top 20% of Screwdriver-class drills. It has 1.5 Ah more capacity than the average 1.3 Ah battery in this class.
WARRANTY Panasonic's 1-year limited tool warranty is shorter than the cordless drill industry standard but is typical for many manufacturers. Shorter warranties can sometimes be an indicator of lower quality and reliability.  


Panasonic EY6220N Cordless Drill


PERFORMANCE RATINGS
Power 26 in-lbs - The EY6220N generates about average power and torque when compared to other Screwdriver-class cordless drills. The average cordless drill in this class can generate up to 38 in-lbs of maximum torque.  
Speed
Settings
2 Settings 0-200 / 0-400 RPM - Fitted with both Low and High speed settings that come standard on most cordless drills. Speed selection is an important feature to match drilling or driving RPM to each unique job.
Max
Speed
400 RPM - This Panasonic cordless drill has about average speed with a max RPM comparable with standard Screwdriver-class drills. The average cordless drill in this class runs at speeds up to 550 RPM.  
Clutch 6 Settings - The Panasonic EY6220N has a below average number of clutch settings, but is probably still adequate for many DIY jobs. The clutch helps you to avoid stripping a screw with too much torque.  
Power
Ratio
29 P/W - The Panasonic EY6220N is designed with an average power-to-weight ratio that is standard for mid-range Screwdriver-class cordless drills. The average P/W ratio is about 33 for cordless drills in this voltage class.  
Hammer This cordless drill is not equipped with a hammer function that can deliver several thousand impacts per minute. Hammer drill drivers are usually a little heavier and costlier, but they are effective on tougher jobs such as drilling into concrete.  
Electric
Brake
No Electric Brake - This power screwdriver has a clutch that will help prevent the stripping or over-tightening of screws, but it will not stop immediately without the aid of an electric brake.  


DURABILITY RATINGS
Gear
Case
Non-Metal Parts - Some of the Panasonic EY6220N transmission components are made of non-metal materials that are more susceptible to failure. Gears spin at high RPMs and experience large rotational forces.  
Chuck Plastic Sleeve - Chuck sleeves made of tough plastic materials save on weight, but they are more prone to cracking than metal sleeves. It generally won't withstand repeated drops onto hard surfaces.  
Motor No Brush Access - The entire drill usually has to be taken apart in order to access the motor brushes. Motor brushes wear-out and must be replaced periodically, but repair costs can sometimes be prohibitive.  
Warranty 1-Year - Panasonic's 1-year limited tool warranty is shorter than the cordless drill industry standard but is typical for many manufacturers. Shorter warranties can sometimes be an indicator of lower quality and reliability.  


BATTERY RATINGS
Type Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH) EY9221B - Older rechargeable technology with higher capacity than NiCd batteries, but shorter shelf life. Inferior to Lithium Ion due to heavier weight and shorter run-times.  
Capacity 2.8 Ah - This Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery has a 116% higher than average run-time with an amp hour (Ah) rating that ranks in the top 20% of Screwdriver-class drills. It has 1.5 Ah more capacity than the average 1.3 Ah battery in this class.
Charge
Time
45 min Not Included Charger - Battery charge-time is quicker than average. Nice feature for those times when you don't have a charged replacement battery ready to go and you're in the middle of a job.
Fuel
Gauge
No Battery Fuel Gauge - Not equipped with a battery charge indicator that alerts you to remaining battery life or if the batteries are running low. Sudden battery failure during the job is a common frustration.  
Backup Only 1 Battery Included - Having just one battery can be frustrating if it runs out of power during the middle of a job. You may consider buying another battery for the Panasonic EY6220N.  


CONVENIENCE RATINGS
Weight 0.9 lbs Tool Plus Battery - It is 36% lighter than average and ranks in the top 20% of Screwdriver-class drills for lower weight. It weighs 0.5 lbs less than the average 1.4 lb cordless drill in this class and should decrease operator fatigue.
Length 9-3/8 in - Cordless drill length is a personal preference, but shorter is generally better to help you in close quarters such as under a sink, or drilling in-between studs. Torque is harder to handle if the drill is too short though.  
Spindle
Lock
Hex Chuck - This power screwdriver is fitted with a standard 1/4" hex chuck. The spindle is locked in position and the drill bits can easily be inserted and removed with one hand.
LED
Light
Integrated LED Light - The Panasonic EY6220N illuminates your work area and allows you to clearly see your bit position and depth while you're drilling or driving. Great feature that's now available on many cordless drills.
Belt
Hook
No Belt Hook - There is no provision to hang the drill on your belt and free-up both hands to perform other tasks. You may be able to purchase a separate belt clip that can be attached to the drill.  
Side
Handle
No Side Handle - Side handles are a great safety feature and should be considered if you plan to drive at higher torque levels. They can help prevent injury by providing increased stability and control.  
Bubble
Level
No Bubble Level - This feature is only available on a few drills and can be helpful in situations where precision holes are critical for alignment. Most projects can be performed with just visual sighting.  
Keyless Keyless Chuck - Nearly all cordless drills are now equipped with keyless chucks that can be tightened with both hands (double-sleeve) or just one hand (single-sleeve) without the use of a key.
VSR VSR - Most cordless drills are equipped with variable speed capability that can be controlled with simple trigger pressure. Reverse is usually performed with the push of a side-to-side button.


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