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Using DeWalt Tool Connect: The Definitive Guide

Connected tools are no longer just a Milwaukee thing. DeWalt is the second (and surely not the last) to push into the field of smart tools with user control and customization. But is using DeWalt Tool Connect as easy as they make it sound? And what can you actually do with it?

Those are great questions. I have three of the newly connected tools, a handful of connected batteries, and a Kyocera DuraForce Pro, so let’s see what kind of trouble we can stir up.

Also see our video review of DeWalt Connect.

Let’s start with what you can actually do using DeWalt Tool Connect. The three tools I have are the DCD797 compact hammer drill, DCD997 premium hammer drill, and DCF888 impact driver. I also have four Tool Connect 5.0 aH batteries to go along with them.

DeWalt Tool Connect Battery Function

Diagnostics Tab

Using DeWalt Tool Connect: The Definitive Guide
  • Battery Charge Status: You get the same 3 LED light indicator that you find on the battery. It would be great if it were precise enough to give you a charge percentage. It’s still nice to quickly check your packs to see which ones are ready to go and which ones David used but didn’t put on the charger.
  • Battery Temperature: The temperature displays in whole degrees Fahrenheit. For users outside the US, you should find it in Celcius.
  • Battery Enable/Disable: With a quick tap, you can disable the battery if it’s in range.
  • Last Seen: See the date and time the battery last connected to a DeWalt Tool Connect app is displayed by default. To view it on a map, you’ll need to login to the Tool Connect Inventory Manager.
  • First Pairing Date/Firmware Version/Hardware Version: All of this information is static on the home screen.
  • View Instruction Manual: If you’re in a bind, one tap takes you directly to the manual in the app. You can pinch to zoom and scroll around.
  • Lending Details: A quick glance if or to whom you have lent the battery

Actions Tab

  • Enable/Disable: Again, one tap can disable or enable the battery.
  • Disable if Out of Range: One tap will disable the battery if it leaves the range of your phone.
  • Lend: Allows you to set a date, time, and name of who you’re lending the battery to. You can also choose to get an alert at the end of the lending period. The battery shuts down at the time you select.
  • Unpair: If you need to relinquish ownership of your battery, unpair it to give the next owner control through Tool Connect.
Using DeWalt Tool Connect: The Definitive Guide

Alerts Tab

You can turn on or off alerts for the following conditions:

  • Low Charge
  • Charge Complete
  • Out of Range
  • High Temperature
Using DeWalt Tool Connect: The Definitive Guide

On all three tabs, there’s also a button to identify the battery. When you hit it, the battery will blink blue on its front indicator.

DeWalt Tool Connect Tool Function

Diagnostic Tab

Using DeWalt Tool Connect: The Definitive Guide
  • Battery Charge Status
  • Temperature
  • Enable/Disable
  • Last Seen
  • Version Data
  • Diagnostic Data
  • Instruction Manual
  • Lending Details

Most of the information here is identical to what you get with the batteries. The difference is your temperature is more subjective, using words like Excellent, rather than specific temperatures. Diagnostic Data gives you first pairing date, backup cell charge status, total runtime, trigger pulls, and last shutdown.

Actions Tab

Using DeWalt Tool Connect: The Definitive Guide
  • Enable/Disable
  • Disable if Out of Range
  • Lend
  • Unpair

Four of the settings in the actions tab are the same as the batteries when you’re using DeWalt Tool Connect for control. What most users are looking for is the Tool Settings menu. This takes you into the tool controls and is where you can customize your settings. Here’s what you’ll find:

  • Four Modes: Home, 1, 2, and 3. Home is preset to maximum speed and LED light settings. 1, 2, and 3 are customizable.
  • Speed Control: Set the speed for each mode with a 50 RPM interval.
  • LED Brightness: Set the percentage of full LED light output with a 10% interval.
  • LED Delay: Set how long you want the LED light to stay on after you release the trigger from 0 – 60 seconds (5-second interval) or 0 – 20 minutes (1-minute interval).

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