Blue or green: how to choose the right Bosch device
With almost 2,000 products in our online shop, Bosch and Bosch Professional are well represented. But it isn’t just the accessories that set the tools apart. Knowing the difference between the green and blue Bosch models helps you choose the right product.
Whether you’re a professional or a DIY enthusiast, you want a device that lets you do what you need. There’s nothing worse than getting stuck part way through a project.
Bosch only recently made their blue power tools available to the general public. Since then, most complaints they received were due to customers picking the wrong tool. So you don’t end up in the same situation, I’ve gone through the features of the two models to help you make the right choice.
Blue vs green
The green model is compact with bold handles and easy-to-use controls. This power tool strikes the right balance between power and weight. In other words, it always packs in the power you need. But at the same time, it’s still light and compact enough for long, low-fatigue work. This series also boasts all-rounders that combine features of special devices in one neat design.
DIYers usually don’t know how much power they’ll need for a job. This is where Bosch’s intelligent syneon chip comes in. It makes sure the tool only uses as much energy as it needs. As a result, the chip optimises battery life per charge. In the green power tool range, you’re guaranteed battery system consistency within the volt classes. Only the blue and green battery systems aren’t compatible with one another.
Blue Bosch Professional
You’ll probably have different requirements for power tools for work and private use. Blue Bosch tools have features that meet professional body standards and make them suitable for use on building sites. These include certified rubber cables and special filters on vacuums.
A prerequisite for tradesmen is being able to keep their power tools switched on for long periods of time. Traditional battery devices risk overheating and need a break now and then. Bosch responded to this problem with cool pack technology for its professional series.
The battery cell structure along with special plastics immediately disperse any heat. This means you can use Bosch Professional battery tools as long as you need to. The Bosch Professional batteries can be used across all tools in the blue series in the corresponding volt classes.
Electronic cell protection (ECP) system
Both the blue and green tools come with electronic cell protection known as ECP. This safeguards the lithium-ion batteries from high temperatures, overload and deep discharge. As a result, the batteries have a long lifetime. If there is any chance of the tool overloading, the ECP automatically turns it off. This protects both the battery and the device.
As tradesmen and DIY enthusiasts have different expectations for their power tools, the Professional and DIY series are available with different accessories. This is the main factor that sets the grey range for professional use apart from the green models for DIYers. On the whole, the accessories can be used with both blue and green models. But there are a few things to bear in mind:
Because the Bosch Professional range is made for constant use, grey accessories have enough dimensional stability and a long enough lifetime. If you intend to work regularly and on commercial projects in particular, it’s a good idea to choose grey accessories.
Another limitation to watch out for is the SDS system for drills and hammer drills. SDS-plus is compatible with both Professional and DIY tools. However, SDS-quick only works with green tools and SDS-max only for the blue range.
Comparing the blue and green Bosch
If you think blue power tools are automatically superior, you’d be wrong. It’s not quite as simple as that. In fact, it’s better to choose a tool based on your requirements. Below, I’ve listed three power tools along with their different features to give you a head start.
PSR 18 LI-2 Ergonomic, 2 batteries (Battery-operated, 18V, 2500mAh, Li-ion)
The new drill driver from Bosch: Ergonomic, compact, lightweight and powerful! Featuring a Syneon Chip for intelligently controlled energy for every project.
This light and compact cordless drill driver features the perfect ergonomics for DIY enthusiasts. It’s also ideal for overhead work and all kinds of maintenance and renovations.
- Compact design thanks to the EC motor
- Kickback control feature keeps you safe by stopping the motor in an emergency
- New design lets you work without hurting your back
- Glow from the LED lights up the workspace
CHF 250.–15% discount with voucher code
GSR 18-2-LI Plus, 2 batteries in L-Boxx (Battery-operated, 18V, 2000mAh, Li-ion)
Attractive solution for the entry-level segment of professional applications.
This cordless drill driver is perfect for screwing and drilling through wood and metal. The power-weight ratio is well-suited to working with metal and interior fixtures.
The LI plus screwdriver is the exact opposite of the green screwdriver in the light range. While the blue model is meant for smaller applications, the green tool is ideal for creating larger holes. The LI plus device is especially useful for working on interior fixtures and for commercial projects where a lot of drilling is required. Thanks to its rotational speed, the LI plus has a higher penetration rate than the green model. This is why the green version is a bit more powerful.
- Single-sleeve drill chuck with thrust ring and torque adjustment
- Belt clip and bit holder
- Loop holder to stop the tool falling when working on scaffolding
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CHF 218.–instead of 242.–1
PBH 3000-2 FRE (750W, 230 V)
2 speed hammer drill for powerful drilling, hammering and chiselling in concrete!
This is an all-rounder for DIY enthusiasts. It combines a hammer drill and standard drill in one tool.
- 2 gears for full use of the drill
- Speed preselection for default rotational speed
- Hand guard on the back handle ensures safety while working
CHF 291.–15% discount with voucher code
GBH 2-26 F (830W, 220 - 230 V)
Fast all-rounder for daily use.
This hammer drill is made with rigorous commercial use in mind, for example mounting in concrete decks. It features easy-to-use block design. You can also use alternative drill chucks for precise drilling in wood and metal.
- Carbon brush switching enables uniform speed in forward and reverse rotation. It also ensures the carbon brushes have a long lifespan.
- Large switch with lock
- Strengthened additional handle for commercial use
- Metal change chuck for commercial use
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PLR 50 C (50m, 635nm)
The new benchmark for perfection! Now also with App!
Thanks to its colour touchscreen and clearly arranged buttons, the laser measure is easy for DIY enthusiasts to get to grips with. It offers extra features via tilt sensors. With the Bosch PLR 50 C, it’s easy to create plans and material provisions in combination with the measure&go app. The laser measure also comes with illustrated instructions that make it easy to use.
- Links up with your smartphone via the PLR measure&go app
- 50 metre measuring range
- Easy to use thanks to modern colour display and touchscreen
- Precise measurements with +/- 2 mm accuracy
- Inbuilt electronic instructions for ease of use
CHF 141.–15% discount with voucher code
GLM 50 C (50m, 635nm)
The smart solution for easy measuring and documenting.
The Bosch Professional GLM 50 C is suitable for commercial outdoor use thanks to robust casing that protects it from splash water. It also comes with adaptable features, such as the stake-out function. You can transfer values to the floor plans using the measure&go app and create quotes and material provisions quickly. It also gives high measuring accuracy.
- Precise measurements with +/- 1.5 mm accuracy
- Robust and reliable with ISO certification and protection level IP54
- Easy to replace and smartly document values using the GLM measure&document app – create digital floor plans, import and edit existing floor plans and export results with the GLM floor plan app.
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