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Black & Decker charges into the 21st Century with the Smartech Battery line

A purveyor and manufacturer of quality power tools since the early 1900s, the Towson, Maryland-based Black & Decker announced this week that it’s entering into the smart battery industry with its new Smartech batteries.

A self-proclaimed combination of technology and DIY powered by Bluetooth, Smartech is not only a physical Black & Decker product but one that utilizes a companion smartphone application allowing users to get the most out of their devices. Still not sold? According to a press release, the Smartech Batteries are already an award-winning product, having taken home an Editor’s Choice Award at this year’s CES conference.

Related: Check out Black & Decker’s Smartech batteries here

Though the batteries don’t function much differently than Black & Decker batteries of old, the Smartech line does utilize an innovative USB charging feature. When connected to the companion smartphone application, users have access to three separate categories: My Products, Messages, and Projects. With My Products, users have access to a list of their connected batteries, as well as one-touch interaction such as enabling or disabling said batteries, a quick view of their remaining battery life, and a “find me” feature for lost batteries.

The Smartech application’s Messages feature is where owners can monitor the notifications of each connected battery. Black & Decker hopes that the My Products and Messages functionality, when used together, provide users a simple and efficient way to get the most out of their power tools and their batteries. In other words, never again will a rogue battery remain lost for more than a mere matter of minutes, and users can kiss goodbye the chance of grabbing an already dead battery.

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Last, though certainly not least, is the app’s Projects component. With Projects, users can glean inspiration from Black & Decker’s continuously growing digital suggestion box of DIY ideas right on their phone. Moreover, the feature also recommends the correct tools for certain jobs, assuring that any at-home builder won’t start in on a project without the best equipment.