Top 5 Best 3/8 Cordless Ratchet Wrench Tools – 2019 Review

Last updated on May 19th, 2019 at 06:47 am

Whether working on your car project, a construction project, or in your daily handyman endeavors, the last thing you want is to lose much of your energy trying to fasten or loosen nuts and bolts. As an auto mechanic, tightening and removing nuts and bolts can be the most energy-sucking activity if you don’t have the right tool. It is more difficult to work effectively and efficiently in very compact areas that don’t have enough headroom to let you move your hand wrench back and forth. In such cases, a cordless ratchet wrench comes in handy as a perfect alternative to the standard ratchet.

A cordless ratchet is a battery powered ratchet. It gives you freedom from air hoses and electric wires as well as makes tightening and removing of nuts and bolts easier and more fun. Needless to say that with this tool you can access nuts and bolts in hidden places with a lot of ease and you don’t necessarily need to have a lot of headroom to take out or install a nut or bolt. In other words, the ratchet does not need to be moved back and forth to get the job done. A cordless wrench will help you get the job done effectively even when you are in an uncomfortable or awkward position like underneath a truck that’s not raised. However, unlike an impact wrench that is designed for heavy duty applications, a cordless wrench is purposely meant to be used for low to medium duty requirements.

Top 5 Best Cordless Ratchet Wrenches

Milwaukee 2457-21 3/8-in Cordless M12 Lithium-Ion Ratchet Kit Aoben 3/8 inch Cordless Electric Ratchet ACDelco Cordless Ratchet 12V Heavy Duty 3/8 Ratchet Wrench Tool Set Bressanon 3/8in Cordless Ratchet Kit with 2000mAh Lithium-Ion battery and charger Earthquake 12V Max Lithium 3/8
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Users' Ratings
Features
  • Powerful 12-volt motor that delivers up to 35 ft-lbs of torque
  • Has an on-board fuel gauge that helps you monitor the charge precisely to minimize downtime on the job
  • Has an inbuilt LED light that illuminates work surfaces in dark locations
  • Produces 250 RPM, with variable-speed trigger for greater control
  • The REDLITHIUMâ„¢ Battery Technology delivers more work per charge and more work over pack life than any battery on the market
  • Employs REDLINKâ„¢ Intelligence technology that enhances optimized performance and provides overload protection using total system communication between tool, battery and charger
  • Has a forward/reverse toggle
  • Packs a powerful 12V motor that delivers 35ft-lbs of torque
  • Includes 7 3/8 sockets (10mm-17mm) and a 1/4 socket adapter
  • Compact head design.
  • The ratchet has a good anti-slip ratchet
  • Has a raised forward/reverse dial for easy directional change
  • Includes 2 batteries of 2000Ah rating and a charger
  • Has air vents for easy flow of air to cool the air-cooled motor
  • Features an LED light
  • Has an on-body battery fuel gauge
  • Includes a safety switch
  • Has a forward/reverse lever for easily adjusting direction
  • Has a powerful 12-Volt motor that delivers up to 57 ft-lbs of maximum torque
  • Ergonomically designed for mechanics to use in tight spaces
  • Anti-slip soft grip.
  • Fitted with mechanical torque adjustment locking device.
  • It's constructed using two materials; a base material for strength overlaid with a soft feel grip for comfort and slip resistance.
  • Delivers variable speed
  • Has a convenient Forward/Reverse lever to easily adjust direction
  • Runs of a powerful 12V motor that delivers upto 35ft-lb torque
  • Features a long-lasting 2000mAh battery with a 60-minutes charger
  • Delivers constant speed
  • Features an ON/OFF button
  • Has a powerful 12V motor that delivers 60 ft. lbs. of max torque
  • Delivers variable speed
  • Has a variable speed trigger
  • Compact head design.
  • Reinforced aluminum housing improves durability
  • Has a raised forward/reverse dial which provides easy directional changes
  • The 2000mAh ensures a long run time of the tool
  • Reinforced aluminum housing improves durability
Pros
  1. Can be used as a manual ratchet
  2. Its onboard battery gauge makes it easy to detect battery voltage
  3. Shorter than the air ratchet thus ideal when working in tight spaces
  4. Compact head that fits in tight spaces
  5. Excellent quality
  6. The LED light works well to illuminate dark areas
  7. Powerful enough to break nuts loose like a normal ratchet them power them out.
  8. Battery lasts long between charge
  9. Battery takes 30 minutes to full-charge
  1. Sturdy and well-built
  2. Small enough to fit tight working spaces
  3. Powerful for light-duty operations
  4. Significant price difference from most popular brands
  5. Easy to change direction
  6. Anti-slip body that offers a goo grip
  7. On-body battery indicator shows how much juice is left on the battery
  8. The plastic-molded carying case provides safe storage for the tool and extras
  1. Has an aluminum gearbox housing for increased durability
  2. Its powerful 12V motor delivers up to 59 ft-lbs
  3. Fairly priced for what is offers ( 57ft-lbs torque, 2 batteries and a charger)
  4. Can be used like a manual ratchet to break loose tough nuts
  5. Long battery life
  6. The tool-free forward/reverse lever is conveniently located.
  1. Ships with six different sizes of connectors (5pcs spanner sockets and a 3/8" to 1/4" adapter sleevecan
  2. Convenient and easily adjustable forward/reverse direction lever
  3. Anti-slip soft grip
  4. Fairly priced
  1. Powerful and strong
  2. Easy to use
  3. Battery Life
  4. Can be used as a regular ratchet
Cons
  1. The direction switch is a bit tight and needs a pliers to turn
  2. Less powerful
  3. Soft carrying case not as durable as blow-molded plastic
  1. Charger takes a long time to charge; about 1 hour or so.
  2. Forward/reverse switch can be accidentally snapped to a different direction during operation
  3. Not enough torque to break the heads
  1. Difficult to use in tight spaces
  2. No charge level indicator but the charger has an LED to indicate full charge
  3. The actual break loose torque is less that the rated value
  4. Does not have a visibility LED torch on it
  5. Drives the sockets at the slowest rate
  1. It cannot be used as a regular manual ratchet
  2. Takes relatively long to charge up a dead battery
  3. Does not have a built-in LED light
  4. Torque cannot be adjusted
  5. Includes only one battery
  1. You have to purchase warranty separately
  2. No safety switch on trigger
  3. No battery gauge
  4. Rated torque is different from actual torque
  5. Too long to use in tight spaces
Specifications
Parts Included
  1. Milwaukee cordless ratchet
  2. 3/8 inch to 1/4 inch adapter
  3. 1 M12 battery
  4. 30-minutes charger
  5. Carrying case
  1. Aoben cordless power ratchet
  2. 120VAC US standard charger
  3. (2) 2.0Ah lithium ion Battery
  4. Plastic molded carrying case
  5. 7 3/8 inch socket wrenches (10mm -17mm), 3/8 inch to 1/4 inch adapter, and an extension socket wrench
  1. ACdelco Cordless Ratchet
  2. (2) 12V Battery Packs
  3. 1 charger
  4. Molded plastic carrying case
  1. Bressanon cordless ratchet
  2. 5 pcs spanner sockets and a spanner sleeve
  3. (1) Lithium-ion Battery Pack
  4. 1 charger
  5. Molded plastic carrying case
  1. Freight earthquake XT 3/8 drive cordless ratchet
  2. 120VAC US standard charger and cord
  3. (1) 2.0Ah lithium ion Battery
  4. User manual
No Load Speed 0-250RPM 0-280 RPM 0-160 RPM 0-220 RPM 0-170 RPM
Max-Torque 30ft-lbs 35ft-lbs 57ft-lbs 35ft-lbs 60ft-lbs
Drive Size 3/8" Square 3/8" Square 3/8" Square 3/8" Square 3/8" Square
Weight 4.63 pounds 4.7 pounds 2.64 pounds 3.9 pounds 3.0 pounds
Length 10.75 inches 12 inches 10.2 inches 12.6 inches
Battery System M12 (Li-ion 12V/3000mAh) 12V 2000mAh Li-ion Li-ion 12V/1500mAh 12V 2000mAh Li-ion 12V 2000mAh
Warranty 5 Years Limited Warranty and 2 years on Battery 1 Years Warranty 1 Year Limited Warranty 1 Year Warranty 90 Days Warranty

Detailed Review of 5 Best Cordless Ratchets

Milwaukee Cordless Ratchet 3/8 Review

Looking for a cordless ratchet that can be used to remove and install nuts and bolts in those tight and poorly illuminated work areas? The Milwaukee cordless ratchet wrench is the real deal. This unit is small and compact and definitely light on your hands. Although it delivers only 35 foot-pounds of torque, you can rest assured to get up to the last ft-lb. It also has a high RPM that enables it to drive bolts and nuts very fast to save you time. While it is possible to underestimate its ability from its size, you will be amazed at how this cordless ratchet breaks free a lot of nuts with a lot of ease. It also features a varible speed paddle switch for controlling the speed more easily and responsively to avoid overtightening.

The 3/8 inch drive has a detent pin that retains sockets to prevent them from falling or spinning off.The head is short enough, and just 3/4 inches wide, to allow you to get into very tight spaces. In a nutshell, there are 5 main things that make the Milwaukee cordless ratchet stand out among competitions:

  • Built-in LED light to illuminate dark compact work areas
  • Onboard fuel gauge on the side that not only indicates the state of charge of battery but also flashes when the torque is exceeded to notify the user to release trigger.
  • Can be used as a manual socket wrench to give the nuts an extra snag or break loose very tight bolts and nuts
  • Forward/reverse lever is flush with the side to prevent it from accidentally being snapped during operation.
  • Shorter battery charging time than competitors; only 30 minutes to full charge
Verdict: Milwaukee Cordless Ratchet is nice addition to your toolbox if your work involves accessing nuts and bolts that are located in very tight and dark work spaces. It is also very light and actually the shortest among the top 5 competitors and definitely feels lighter on your hand. Additionally, if you care so much about warranty, you will not go wrong with this power tool because it has an unbeatable 5 years of warranty coverage.
Unfortunately, this tool will not break heads or bust nuts for you because of limited torque rating. Luckily, there is a Milwaukee Fuel version that is bigger and more powerful for heavy-duty applications.

Video Review of the Milwaukee Cordless Ratchet

3/8 inch Aoben Cordless Electric Ratchet Wrench Set Review

If you are an aspiring mechanic or a DIYer with a lean budget for a cordless power ratchet, the Aoben electric ratchet wrench set is a great pick! The tool packs a 12V powerful motor that delivers 35ft-lbs of torque that is sufficient for light-duty repairs and operations. It is sturdy and well-built with a rubberized anti-slip grip to prevent it from slipping out of your hands during operation Like the Milwaukee, the Aoben power ratchet also has an LED light that shines brightly to illuminate dark areas. However, the light does not stay on after the trigger is released. The tool also has a safety switch to prevent it from running accidentally.

The Aoben power ratchet kit includes two 2000mAh batteries that provide long working hours for the tool before the next recharge. However, a major downside about the batteries is that they take significantly longer to charge compared to Milwaukee. Nevertheless, they provide enough juice to complete a typical day’s work for a repairman, electrician, or new mechanic. The package also includes a set of 6 socket wrenches (10mm,12mm,13mm,14mm,15mm,17mm), a 3/8-to-1/4 socket adapter, and an extension bar socket wrench. All these are packed neatly in a plastic-molded carrying case for easy storage.

Verdict: The Aoben cordless ratchet wrench set is definitely not a popular brand but is, by all means, a great bang for your buck and performs very well. However, it is only suitable for light duties because of the torque limitation. Therefore, if you are a mechanic, electrician, or a DIYer looking for an affordable cordless ratchet kit that includes a host of other extras at a price under $100, then the Aoben is what to go for. However, if power is an issue, then you should consider more powerful ratchets.

3/8 ACDelco Cordless Ratchet Review

If you are looking for a ratchet that you can use for some heavy duty applications, then you should consider the AC Delco cordless ratchet. It is a fairly large cordless wrench compared to the milwaukee and Bressanon and delivers much more torque. Precisely, it measures about 13.5 inches long, weighs about 3 pounds, and has a torque rating of 55foot-pounds. Although it is pretty heavy on your arm, it is definitely the tool you need for cranking down nuts hidden in deep crevices where short wrenches won’t reach. This power ratchet is unfortunately not a tool for using in very tight spaces, which is actually one of the major reasons it is not a favorite for technicians and auto mechanics.

The AC Delco cordless ratchet has a way bigger and thicker head compared to the Milwaukee but both have 3/8 inch drive and a 3/8″-to-1/4″ drive adapter. Another downside about the AC Delco is its raised direction dial which like the Bressanon adds another point of contact and could be easily be snapped in tight spaces causing the direction of rotation to change. One more disappointing thing about this electric ratchet compared to the milwaukee is that it does not have an on-board LED light and a battery fuel gauge. However, this cordless ratchet has some outstanding features that make it a perfect selection for replacing your manual socket wrenches:

  • It is long enough to access nuts and bolts located in deep areas.
  • Comes with two batteries
  • Includes a durable molded plastic carrying case
Verdict: Although it delivers slightly less torque than the rated value, the AC Delco cordless ratchet is a heavy duty power tool for breaking lose or fastening nuts and bolts that need more than 30ft-lbs of torque. It is a nice addition to your garage tools and a perfect replacement for the manual socket wrench. The tool ships with two batteries and a durable molded plastic carrying case for almost the same price as the Milwaukee cordless ratchet that only has a single battery and a soft carrying case and of course less torque.

Video Review of the AC Delco Cordless Ratchet ARW1201

Bressanon 3/8 Cordless Ratchet Review

The Bressanon cordless ratchet is another 3/8 inch drive wrench that delivers 35ft-lbs of torque. It is about 10.2 inches long with the head unit being about 2 inches long and 1.4 inches wide between the tip of the drive and the top of the direction control dial.Unlike the Milwaukee and the AC Delco cordless ratchets that only include a battery, a 3/8 to 1/4 inch drive adaptor and a charger, the bressanon ratchet adds 5 different sizes of wrench sockets (10mm,11mm,13mm,14mm,17mm) in its package.

It has a button control switch instead of a paddle switch. Similar to the Ac Delco, this power tool has a raised forward/reverse lever that makes for simple switching between tightening and loosening nuts. Unfortunately, the raised lever adds a point of contact that may be accidently snapped by objects to cause the direction of rotation to change especially when working in very tight spaces or when in an awkward position. Another downside of the Bressanon cordless ratchet is that it cannot be used as a regular manual ratchet. This is a major drawback because it means your work stops when the battery runs out of juice unless you have a spare wrench or battery. Additionally, this tool does not deliver a lot of nut-busting torque, which is another reason why you need a manual ratchet to break the bolts loose or even torque to spec.

Verdict: Clearly, there is quite a lot of limitations with the Bressanon cordless ratchet. However, it is a budget-friendly tool for auto mechanics and repair and maintenance professionals who need to speed up removal of bolts or insertion. Nevertheless, you will need a spare manual ratchet for breaking loose stubborn nuts whose torque exceed its torque range or for applying an extra snug to bolts and nuts.

Earthquake XT 3/8 Cordless Wrench

As its name goes, the 3/8″ Earthquake XT Cordless Ratchet delivers a ‘ground-breaking’ amount of torque that is almost equivalent to what you get from a typical air ratchet. In fact, it is written on its packaging that the power tool “Delivers the power of air” with much flexibility and convenience. This is a simple and robust power tool that can be very useful to any automechanic or repair person. It weighs about 3 pounds and will drive nuts and bolts at a variable speed of up to 170RPM. It features a paddle speed trigger, which albeit finicky, will stop the drive from rotating almost instantly upon release. The Earthquake XT cordless wrench is quite long and will give you better leverage especially when using it as a manual ratchet. However, it can be quite cumbersome to use in very tight spaces. Because of its heavy weight on the head, it can also cause fatigue on your wrist when used for long hours. Its direction dial or switch is raised and may be accidentally snapped to cause the drive to rotate in a different direction when working.

Included in its packaging is a US standard simple charger that has two LEDs(red to indicate charging and green when charging is complete). The packaging conspicuously lacks a 3/8-to-1/4 drive adapter which is often included in many other cordless ratchets.
Three cool things about the Earthquake XT cordless ratchet are:

  • It can be used as a manual ratchet.
  • Stops instantly when the speed trigger switch is released.
  • Comes with a durable molded plastic carrying case
Verdict: Earthquake XT Cordless ratchet is simple budget-friendly power tool that delivers a huge amount of torque almost like a regular air ratchet. If you dont mind its very short warranty period, the limitations on its charger, and its lack of fancy features such as an onboard fuel gauge, then this cordless wrench is absolutely a good deal.


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