One of the biggest complaints about using battery-powered yard tools is that the batteries die before one is done with the job. If you have a large yard, then you know what I’m talking about. It is frustrating if you only have one battery and have to wait for it to recharge to finish your work.
One solution is to buy a bigger battery. You could buy a battery that holds 3 times the power of a common stock battery for about $350. That’s about the cost of another battery-powered yard tool!
They are also heavy – often 6 or 7 lbs. That’s a lot of added weight to be holding in your hand while you blow leaves or grass clippings and even more of a strain when you are using a hedge trimmer to trim the top of a hedge.
What if you could get a massive battery that would last for hours and you didn’t have to carry it on your yard tool? What if you could carry all of the weight of the battery on your back and free up your hands to handle the tasks
The Ego Battery Backpack
The solution is a 56V Lithium-Ion 28.0 Ah Commercial Series Backpack Battery from Ego. It is 12 times the size of most stock batteries!
Ego makes numerous battery operated yard tools for the home. And now, for commercial operations as well.
This new commercial line is perfect for the homeowner with a large yard who typically uses a blower, string trimmer, or hedge clipper and needs to work for more than an hour or two.
The Ego Backpack Battery, at 28 Ah of power is also more than 3.5 times larger than Ego’s largest 7.5 Ah battery for their home line.
How to Use the Ego Backpack Battery
Along with the commercial backpack battery, Ego makes a charger, leaf blower, hedger, and trimmer designed uniquely for the backpack battery.
The user puts the battery on their back and plugs in the tool they need to use. When they need to change tools, they just unplug one tool and plug in the other.
The cost is about 30% more than similar consumer-grade tools plus 4 batteries to match the Amp-hours of the backpack battery.
The commercial tools are clearly a higher grade of construction and will last longer than the consumer line.
Ego reports that this solution has 80% the power and run-time of a gas-powered solution but with far less noise.
|Ego Consumer Grade||MSP||Ego Commercial Grade||MSP|
|Battery Charger||Rapid||$ 119.||Rapid||$ 199.99|
|Battery in Amp Hours||7.5 Ah - 6.39 lbs|
7.5 Ah - 6.39 lbs
7.5 Ah - 6.39 lbs
5.0 Ah - 4.96 lbs
27.5 Ah - 30.52 lbs
|28 Ah- 19.8 lbs||1,299.99|
|Leaf Blower||168 MPH 580 CFM||179.||145 MPH 600 CFM||399.99|
|StringTrimmer||15" Trimmer||229.||15" Trimmer||399.99|
|Hedge Trimmer||24" ¾” capacity||149.||25” 1.3” capacity||399.99|
Pros and Cons
Consumer Grade Option
Commercial Grade Option
Who is this solution for?
If you do at least 2 hours of yard work, with at least two of these tools, a leaf blower, a string trimmer, and a hedge trimmer, we think this is a great solution.
It can last for hours, with less fatigue than if you had one heavy battery attached to the back end of your tool.
Who is this not for?
If you don’t use at least two of these yard tools, and only need to use a tool for about an hour, then we recommend these solutions:
How to buy the Battery Backpack Solution
Click the first Buy from Home Depot button below. When the Home Depot page opens, click the Add to Cart button. Do the same for all of the Buy buttons below and each item will be added to your cart.
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We hope you find this solution perfect for your yard tool needs. After you’ve had a chance to use these awesome tools, please come back and leave a comment. We’d love to hear about your experience.