Metabo HPT (Hitachi) Multivolt 36V AC/DC Adapter ET36AM

Ever wish you could plug in your cordless battery powered tools with some sort of adapter? The technology has always been available and easily implementable however greedy corporations and lowsy boardroom politics prevent us from benefiting from such adapters for the most part. Dewalt did make one available for their cordless Flexvolt 12″ miter saws but unfortunately this ac/dc adapter is only good for two cordless tools, bummer. However we have some good news as Metabo HPT (formerly known as Hitachi) now has an ac / dc adapter ET36AM and is fully compatible with all of the Multivolt 36V cordless power tools.

The ac / dc adapter is coming out later this month of October 2018 and will be priced at $149.97. At this price it’s very expensive, especially when you consider that the Dewalt Flexvolt AC/DC adapter is only $50. But at least the Metabo HPT AC/DC Multivolt adapter is has a long 20 foot power cord so you won’t need your extension cords most of the time.

Since many will believe that Metabo HPT are actual Metabo power tools, keep in mind that they are not the same as actual Metabo power tools. Hitachi did some weird stuff this year by changing their name to Hikoki for those of you outside the USA and they changed their name to Metabo HPT here in the USA. So Metabo HPT is a rebranding of Hitachi. In fact the HPT abreviation stands for Hitachi Power Tools. Learn more about the Metabo HPT name change by clicking here.

A big thanks to Cody Robertson for spotting the AC/DC adapter!

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This release may influence another mainstream brand to produce one. If that happens it would near force the others to follow. Heres hoping!


Definitely could help now that Metabo HPT has one. I guess the success of this adapter will affect if others make their own or not.
One thing though is that Hitachi’s adapter is over priced, considering Dewalt’s is only $50 USD.


Join the discussion…Dewalt’s adapter simply rectifies the 120VAC line voltage to 120VDC, while Metabo’s adapter actually down converts the 120VAC line voltage to 36VDC. The difference in circuit complexity is substantial, and that’s the reason for the pricing disparity. Metabo is rating their converter circuit at 2000 watts peak. I’m actually surprised they were able to bring this to market at $150. (Also, FYI Dewalt had a 120VAC to 24VDC converter for a NiCd line of tools years ago and it was a $200 fan-cooled beast of electronics design.)