DeWalt DCD780C2 Review

Best cordless drill

  • Powerful torque
  • Lighter, quieter than similar 20-volt drills
  • Comfortable to hold
  • No charge indicator
  • Not suited for heavy-duty drilling

Bottom line

The DeWalt DCD780C2 gets high marks from pros and do-it-yourselfers. Reviews say this compact cordless drill packs a lot of punch in its small frame, performing at the top of its category. The small size, comfortable grip and long-lasting battery make it a breeze to use, and a quick 30-minute charge gets the lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries ready for round two in no time.

Breaking it down


Brawny drill for homeowners and professionals. DeWalt markets the DCD780C2 as a 20-volt "max" drill, but reviewers point out that this tool is really rated at a nominal 18 volts under typical conditions. Regardless, both real-world and lab tests show the DeWalt DCD780C2 has plenty of power. In one comparison of general use cordless drills, an independent reviewer says the DCD780C2 delivers top-notch power., a blog that reviews tools, recommends the DeWalt DCD780C2 for homeowners and pros who want more than a 12-volt can deliver, saying the DeWalt "is powerful enough for most medium-duty tasks and comfortable enough to use all day." At Tools of the Trade, contractor Greg DiBernardo notes that the DCD780C2 has "a higher top speed than any other tool in its class." The DCD780C2 has two speed settings, running 0 to 600 rpm on low and 0 to 2,000 rpm on high. Combined with its 15 different clutch settings, users say the DeWalt has "outstanding" versatility and "great speed selection." Some reviewers doing delicate work say there is a small amount of wobble in the chuck, though this seems fairly common across several brands of compact cordless drills.

Battery life

Run time is limited. If the DeWalt DCD780C2 has a weakness is that its slim batteries, while great for ergonomics, don't provide the longest run times. That complaint has  surfaced in several professional reviews we've seen. However, user reviews don't echo the same criticism. That might be a reflection of lithium-ion's performance compared to other battery technologies, or the difference between real-world usage and a stress test designed to artificially deplete and measure battery life.

Recharge time

Ready to go in half an hour. Regardless of the difference in opinion on battery life expressed by experts and users, all agree that recharge time is on the fast side. As one owner at says, "the battery seems like it lasts forever, yet charges very quickly." One expert that criticizes battery life notes that fast recharge times offset that -- so much so that it grants the tool recommended status.


Comfortable to hold for all-day use. Tool review website names comfort as one of the top features of the DCD780C2, saying it's "powerful enough to tackle most common drilling and driving tasks without being weighty and tiring to use." Reviewer Stuart Deutsch says the notched knob, makes the clutch "easy to grip with a gloved hand," adding that DeWalt's handle redesign "improved the grip's comfort and balance even further." The DCD780C2 has bit storage in the base of the handle and an LED task light in the front. especially likes how the "work light stays on for about 20 seconds after you release the trigger." The DeWalt DCD780C2 is one of the few drills to include a belt attachment for keeping it close at hand or hanging it on a wall. However, there is no built-in level. The DeWalt DCD780C2 is covered by a three-year warranty.

Where To Buy
DEWALT DCD780C2 20-Volt Max Li-Ion Compact 1.5 Ah Drill/Driver Kit


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The DeWalt DCD780C2 is one of 80 cordless drills that editors at test. They analyze each tool based on speed, power, handling and battery performance, ranking drills from best to worst.

Review: DeWalt DCD780C2, Editors of, Not Dated

2. is a blog that reviews and rates hand tools and power tools. Stuart Deutsch details the ergonomics, features and performance of the DeWalt DCD780C2, saying, "We can't find anything to complain about – the DCD780C2 is just a phenomenal compact drill kit."

Review: DeWalt 20V Compact Cordless Drill Review DCD780C2, Stuart Deutsch, Feb. 3, 2012

3. Tools of the Trade

Greg DiBernardo tests the DeWalt DCD780C2 among other 18-volt cordless drills and names it among his favorite compact cordless drills. Compact size, comfortable grip and a high top speed are the reasons it gets a top pick.

Review: Tool Test: 18-Volt Drill/Drivers, Greg DiBernardo, April 19, 2012


The DeWalt, DCD780C2 has amassed over 80 user reviews here to date, most of them very positive as indicated by the 4.7-star rating. One thing to note is that some of the older reviews were generated by the Vine program, which gives free products in exchange for user reviewers. That said, we did not note a significant difference between Vine-generated reviews and those that paid retail for their drills.

Review: DEWALT DCD780C2 20-Volt Max Li-Ion Compact 1.5 Ah Drill/Driver Kit, Contributors to, As of September 2014


The DeWalt DCD780C2 gets an overall 4.7-star (out of 5) rating from users at following just over 40 reviews. Around 93 percent say that they would recommend the drill to a friend.

Review: DEWALT Model # DCD780C2 20-Volt Max Cordless Compact Drill/Driver, Contributors to, As of September 2014

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