Top 5 Best Cordless Ratchet Wrench Tools (3/8″ drive) – 2018 Review

Last updated on September 2nd, 2018 at 03:43 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 ACDelco Cordless Ratchet 12V Heavy Duty 3/8 Ratchet Wrench Tool SetBressanon 3/8in Cordless Ratchet Kit with 2000mAh Lithium-Ion battery and chargerIngersoll Rand Cordless Ratchet -R3130-K12 with 1 Li-on Battery, ChargerEarthquake 12V Max Lithium 3/8
Users' Ratings
  • 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 REDLITHIUM™ Battery Technology delivers more work per charge and more work over pack life than any battery on the market
  • Employs REDLINK™ Intelligence technology that enhances optimized performance and provides overload protection using total system communication between tool, battery and charger
  • Has a forward/reverse toggle
  • 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 motor that delivers upto 54 ft-lbs of torque
  • Features a forward/reverse toggle
  • Has a variable speed trigger
  • Has a 20V 2500mAh Li-ion battery that ensures great portability
  • Has a composite construction that makes it lightweight yet strong enough to protect it from repeated drops
  • Has a sturdy plastic carrying case
  • 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
  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. 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. Delivers some good amount of torque with high RPM
  2. Ratchet locks for manual use in case battery runs out
  3. Works well with snap-on tools
  4. Its IQV20 Series battery and charger can be used with other IQV20 series tools
  1. Powerful and strong
  2. Easy to use
  3. Battery Life
  4. Can be used as a regular ratchet
  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. 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. Most expensive
  2. Quite bulky on your hand
  3. Not suitable for working in tight spaces
  4. Does not have an on-board LED light
  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
Parts Included
  1. Milwaukee cordless ratchet
  2. 3/8” to 1/4" adapter
  3. 1 M12 battery
  4. 30-minutes charger
  5. Carrying case
  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. Ingersoll Rand cordless ratchet
  2. (2) Lithium-ion Battery kits
  3. IQV20 Charger
  4. Blow-molded 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 0-160 RPM 0-220 RPM 0-225 RPM 0-170 RPM
    Max-Torque 30ft-lbs 57ft-lbs 35ft-lbs 54ft-lbs 60ft-lbs
    Drive Size 3/8" Square 3/8" Square 3/8" Square 3/8" Square 3/8" Square
    Weight 4.63 pounds 2.64 pounds 3.9 pounds 3.5 pounds 3.0 pounds
    Length 10.75 inches 10.2 inches 12.6 inches
    Battery System M12 (Li-ion 12V/3000mAh) Li-ion 12V/1500mAh 12V 2000mAh Li-ion 20V 2000mAh Li-ion 12V 2000mAh
    Warranty 5 Years Limited Warranty and 2 years on Battery 1 Year Limited Warranty 1 Year Warranty 3 Years 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.

    Video Review of the Milwaukee Cordless Ratchet

    AC Delco 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 Cordless Ratchet 3/8 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 (10,11,13,14,17mm) 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.

    Ingersoll Rand Cordless Ratchet 3/8 Review

    A perfect replacement for the air ratchet is the Ingersoll Rand Cordless Ratchet. It is a heavy duty high-performance tool that packs 54ft-lbs of torque similar to what you would get from a typical air ratchet. With a 3/8 drive socket, this wrench lets the auto mechanic break lose almost all intermediate sized bolts in the engine bay, transmission, and oil pan with so much ease and flexibility. It boasts the IQv20/IQv12 battery series Li-ion charger that has a USB charging port to charge your phone, tablet or other USB charged devices.

    Verdict: Althouh its price is a bit high, this powerful cordless ratchet is a perfect addition to you workshop especially if you have other Ingersoll Rand power tools that use the IQv20 line Charger and battery.

    Earthquake XT 3/8 inch 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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