PORTER-CABLE PCL120DDC-2 12-Volt Max Lithium-Ion Drill Driver Review

Many people are their own handymen, and with being able to know how to fix simple furniture problems around the house, one must have his or her own handy drill and driver. Although not as popular as other drills and drivers out there in the market, the Porter-Cable PCL120DDC-2 is definitely something to consider.

It is a powerful and lightweight cordless drill driver that operates on a 12V lithium-ion battery. It has a built-in LED work light that illuminates dark work surfaces and has a belt hook so you can attach it to your tool belt.

Unfortunately, this handy tool is a little pricey and was not designed for heavy duty tasks. But when used within the set boundaries by which it was manufactured then this product will not disappoint.

PORTER-CABLE PCL120DDC-2 12-Volt Max Compact Lithium-Ion 3/8-Inch Drill/Driver



  • Uses 12V lithium-ion battery
  • Has 20 clutch settings
  • Comes with a two-speed gearbox
  • Has a maximum torque of 220 in. lbs.
  • Has a LED work light for illumination
  • Lightweight
  • Options of 0-315 and 0-1,200 RPMs


  • Not for heavy-duty tasks
  • Breaks the bank

Our Opinion

Compact Size and Small Weight

PORTER-CABLE PCL120DDC-2 12-Volt Max Compact Lithium-Ion 3/8-Inch Drill/DriverFor people who are not professionals, high-grade, heavy-duty power drills may be a bit too much for their convenience; so this 2.4 lbs. drill driver is a great alternative. Measuring only 12.4 x 3.6 x 9.5 inches, this is a compact and lightweight tool that will do well in small and tight spaces and will be able to reach high places. With dimensions like these, it will be less likely to cause fatigue in your arms and be able to get more work done. Installing overhead shelves and cabinets will be a breeze because of its convenient size.

Comes with Two 12V Lithium Ion Batteries

PORTER-CABLE PCL120DDC-2 12-Volt Max Compact Lithium-Ion 3/8-Inch Drill/DriverThe Porter-Cable PCL120DDC-2 comes with two batteries. Having a spare will enable you to work without having to stop to recharge continuously. Both batteries are 12V lithium ion, which is smaller, lighter, and can hold its charge for much longer than NiCad or NiMH batteries. These batteries, contribute to the lightweight quality of the product, which is much better than having to experience fatigue.

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The PCL120DDC-2 also comes with a 12V charger. This is a fast charger that only takes 30 minutes to completely charge the battery. If you will be working for more extended periods, you will be able to do so because you will be able to charge one battery while you use the other one. This is very time efficient as you would not be forced to stop in the middle of your work just to charge the battery.

Powerful Enough for Basic Home Improvements

PORTER-CABLE PCL120DDC-2 12-Volt Max Compact Lithium-Ion 3/8-Inch Drill/DriverThe PCL120DDC-2 packs optimum power. It can deliver a torque of up to 220 inches per pound with a 2-speed gearbox which permits you to choose between a low-speed setting of 0-315 revolutions per minute and a high-speed setting of 0-1,200 revolutions per minute. With 20 different clutch settings, you would be able to control how much power to apply to avoid stripping the screws and apply the right amount of power for different work surfaces.

This drill driver has a 3/8 inch single-sleeve chuck with a spindle lock. Though it is made of plastic, the spindle lock is there to provide a high grip torque for bit retention. The decision to make it plastic is to maintain the lightweight quality of the tool but made in plastic means that it is not as durable as compared if it was made of metal, on the other hand, since this was designed for light to moderate tasks the spindle lock will be good enough.

3-Year Limited Warranty

With such a longer than average warranty, we can safely assume that this Porter-Cable drill driver is a quality product. The three-year limited warranty covers faulty items that have not been tampered with by other people or have been abused. The warranty does not apply to accessories and product failures that have been caused by the user’s own negligence is also not covered.

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The warranty also includes a one-year free service that states that for one year from the date of purchase, Porter-Cable will provide tool maintenance and will replace the tools that have worn out under normal use, free of charge.

Added Value

PORTER-CABLE PCL120DDC-2 12-Volt Max Compact Lithium-Ion 3/8-Inch Drill/DriverThe installed LED work light, another feature that comes in handy, is essential for work and repairs in insufficient lighting that needs to be done. To avoid too much straining of the eyes the Porter-Cable PCL120DDC-2’s LED work light provides the extra lighting you will need in the work surfaces that are too dark. This prevents mistakenly drilling or screwing into the wrong areas and will save you from having to repeat work and wasting away materials.

There is also a belt hook that can be adjusted to accommodate your dominant hand. Whether you are right-handed or left, rest assured that you will be able to place the tool in your belt and easily reach for it anytime. A magnetic bit holder is placed on top of the motor area of the drill, which is very convenient for holding extra bits and screws.

Comparison with Porter-Cable PCCK607LB

The PCCK607LB and PCL120DDC-2 couldn’t be more different. The former, s reviewed, is limited to small to medium projects. The latter on the other hand was built to be a workhorse tool. Both have LED lights and two-speed setting, but that bout ends their similarities. The PCL120DDC-2 is powered by 20V, has 370 in. lbs. in maximum torque, and boasts 0-450 and 0-1,800 revolutions per minute.

PORTER-CABLE PCL120DDC-2 12-Volt Max Compact Lithium-Ion 3/8-Inch Drill/Driver


Despite a small number of reviews, the high rating of those satisfied customers gives a good reputation for the Porter-Cable PCL120DDC-2.  It is a power drill that completes the job, even in small spaces and dark areas. The heftier price tag is kind of off-putting, but the product really performs well. It is very useful for daily home use or DIY projects, which you can on continuously work on without interruption thanks to the extra battery that is provided. Plus, the 3-year limited warranty guarantees a high-quality product that is worth your money.