BLACK+DECKER LDX120C 20 Volt MAX Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill Driver Review

Black and Decker is dedicated to making conveniently sized drills and drivers. But do not let size trick you though because, though relatively small compared to other drills and drivers out there in the market, the LDX120C will positively deliver surprising results.

A best seller in the Black & Decker’s line of cordless drills/drivers, you can have the LDX120C for less than $50. At a very affordable price, you can have the best value for your money with this compact and lightweight yet strong and powerful drill. The 20V battery will last for a long time and charges up pretty fast, plus its LED work light is very helpful when drilling in places with insufficient lighting.


  • Comes with a useful LED work light
  • Has 11 position clutch for more control
  • Speed is up to 650 revolutions per minute
  • Maximum torque is 115 in. lbs.
  • Operates on a lithium-ion battery
  • Can handle metal, wood, and plastic
  • Weighs 3.25 lbs.
  • Uses a 3/8-inch chuck
  • Comes with one double-ended bit


  • Not ideal for heavy-duty tasks
  • Prolonged use will heat up the motor
  • Does not come with a storage or carrying case

Our Opinion

Lightweight and Compact

Weighing only at about 3.35 lbs., this lightweight drill and driver will lessen the likeliness of fatigue when in use, thus being able to use it for a bit longer than other heavier drills. The LDX120C’s compact design, with dimensions of 10.6 x 3.6 x 8.5 inches, it can easily be used in small and tight spaces. Now, that would be really helpful when installing shelves and cabinets and even for work and repairs under the sink.

With a small drill and driver like this one, it is amazing that it packs a lot of power. The LDX120C has a maximum torque of up to 115 in. lbs. with speeds that can reach up to 650 revolutions per minute. It has a 3/8-inch chuck and an 11 position clutch that provides more control to lessen the stripping of screws. This was not made for a pro, but it is perfect for the handyman in every homeowner.

Lasting Battery Power

A 20V Lithium-ion battery powers the LDX120C. Being a cordless drill and driver, running on a rechargeable battery is a smart option. Lithium-ion has a higher energy density and a slower discharge rate than the Ni-Cad and NiMH forms. These battery qualities will enable you to perform your drilling and driving tasks more efficiently.

The required charging time is about 1-2 hours, but when not in use it will be able to hold its charge for up to 18 months. This feature is really useful for those who forget or do not bother to charge up the device regularly; it will be ready to use when needed.

This handy tool is also compatible with the batteries from Black and Decker’s other products like its string hammer, hedge clipper, and leaf blower. So if you are a patron of Black and Decker and you already own these other products, the extra batteries would come in handy if you cannot wait for the charging time to resume your work.

Useful LED Light

Another feature that comes in handy in certain situations is the installed LED work light. You would not think you would need it until you are having difficulty seeing where you need to drill. To reduce committing mistakes, the LED lights will brighten the area where there is insufficient lighting, like under the sinks. Nobody would want to drill a hole or place a screw in the wrong place, right? So the LED lights will serve as extra assistance in dark areas, decrease straining of your eyes and save time, effort, money and materials from making errors.

Efficient but with Limitations

For its very affordable price, you can’t really complain about the performance of this product. It is excellent for DIY projects and small tasks at home, but it is not designed for professional heavy-duty construction jobs. Users also have to take caution when using the tool for longer work hours.

Continuous use may cause the motor to heat up, and it is not really a good idea to let this happen as it may cause damage to the product. It may be ideal to take breaks in between to avoid smoking of the motor or any further irreparable damage.

The Black and Decker LDX120C also does not come with a storage case. While the lack of a case is a very tiny matter, it can be assured to know if the power drill can be stored away in a safe container. A practical person can, of course, overlook this and will make do with any available storage space that may accommodate the drill.

Comparison with Black & Decker LI2000PK

The Black & Decker LI2000PK is perfect for home tasks, just like the LDX120C. Buying it will get you the hand tool with an assortment of accessories for only $40.  You also get a dedicated carrying bag that can carry all its accessories. It uses a 3.6V lithium ion battery that can hold its charge for up to 18 months. In cases of a manufacturing defect, the unit is covered by a two-year limited warranty.

Like the LDX120C, the LI2000PK is cordless and can easily manage demanding jobs that are within its limits. Though the former is more powerful and versatile, the addition of the many tools in the LI2000PK’s kit makes it stand out as an all-in-one purchase, eliminating the need to buy anything else.


The Black and Decker LDX120C delivers power while being conveniently small. It is handy for men and women alike with its soft and tight grip. The LED comes in useful in when working in dark areas and the battery lasts for about an hour of continuous use and charges in about 1-2 hours. For its price, you’re actually getting quite a steal. Its downsides are negligible, and you are assured to get more than your money’s worth.

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