The Gyro screwdriver is primarily designed for household use, so it doesn’t need huge 18V power packs like a cordless drill.
It also weighs just 301 grams (10-5/8 oz.), not the roughly 2 kg of those massive construction drills with their huge power packs.
The Gyro’s battery is a lithium type; Black & Decker doesn’t provide any specifications beyond that, other than the 4V rating.
The packaging has the handle exposed with a “Try Me” label that’s hard to resist.
The body is made from a heavy type of plastic typically found on drills and other rechargeable tools and the black sections shown in our photos are a semi-soft rubbery type material to enhance the grip.
The Gyro screwdriver comes with a small charge, just enough to allow some experimenting, but Black & Decker recommends giving the Gyro a long 16 hour charge before first use, then recharging it after each use for optimal battery life.
In reality, we charged it once for the 16 hours and it hasn’t needed another, even after a lot of use.
So far, the battery shows no signs of weakness, although I just noticed that the LED blinks twice about 10 seconds after I use the Gyro and then lay it down on the tool cart.
I’m not sure what the two LED flashes signifies? The owner’s manual says that when the LED flashes rapidly for 5 seconds, the battery is nearly depleted. I guess I’ll give it another charge soon…
The Gyro comes with a recharger that has a special keyed two-prong connector that fits into the bottom of the handle. So don’t lose this charger or you’ll have to buy another Gyro-specific version (~14.00).
UPDATE: I forgot to mention, there is no battery charging indicator LED anywhere on the charger outlet or the drill. This means that it’s difficult to ascertain the battery charging status at any stage during the charging or discharge process.
The Gyro holds a standard 1/4″ drive hex bit and it comes with a flat-bladed screwdriver bit and a #2 Phillips head bit.
Any 1/4″ drive accessory will fit, such as extension bits or bit holders or quick-release bit holders like the Wiha ClicFix Bit Holder (review) we reviewed not long ago.
You’ll probably need some type of bit holding extension to work on motorcycles, as many of the screws are hidden deep in the fairing or bodywork.
Remember, this is a screwdriver, so it’s basically a tool designed for screws — not nuts and bolts. It works fine on fairing Torx screws, Phillips head and general types of small to medium sized screws.
Although it has a lot of torque for its size, it doesn’t have enough power to unfasten anything big or any nuts or bolts with a foot-pound torque rating.
From “R.L.” (September 2016): “Thank you for reviewing the B&D Gyro screwdriver! You hit the nail on the head (pun intended) on several of the points exactly I also had with this product. But then you can’t beat the price of course.
Ultimately, I opted out and went for the DeWalt DCF680G2, although not as expensive as stated on Amazon (shocked!). But still appreciate your review confirming your findings.”