What is the voltage of a jigsaw?

     
     
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 Volts, Wonkee Donkee, Voltage, Power 

Voltage (or electrical potential energy) is the strength of an electric current. 

 

Whereas the power of a corded jigsaw is determined by the wattage of the machine, the power of  a cordless model is indicated by its voltage. 

 
     
   

Corded jigsaws

 
 Corded jigsaw, mains-operated jigsaw 

However, when thinking about main-operated jigsaws, voltage is still important.

 

Corded jigsaws are available with a voltage of either 110 volts or 240 volts, however this difference in voltage does not result in a difference of power. 

 
     
 110V jigsaw and step-down transformer 

Instead, the voltage of a corded jigsaw specifies whether the tool can be plugged straight into the mains electricity supply or whether it will require a step-down transformer in order to run safely. 

 

For more information, see Which jigsaw voltage should you choose?

 
     
   

Cordless jigsaws

 
 Cordless jigsaw with barrel-grip handle 

For cordless jigsaws on the other hand, voltage is the primary measure of power.

 

The voltage of a cordless model will be between 12 and 36V.

 
     
 Using powerful cordless jigsaw 

The higher the voltage of a cordless jigsaw, the more powerful its motor and, therefore, the more efficient the tool will be. 

 

For more information, see How to choose the right voltage for a cordless jigsaw.

 
     
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