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Battery-Powered Welder vs. Engine Driven Welder: Which Is Right for You?

When it comes to welding equipment, the possibilities seem endless these days. Two options

available for portable welding are battery-powered welders and engine-driven welders. If

you’re considering one of these welders, it’s important to understand the advantages of each

one and which applications they work best in. Here’s what to know before you make a buying


Understanding Battery Powered Welders

With battery-powered welders, you’ll get both portability and convenience. These compact

units are powered by rechargeable batteries, providing the flexibility to weld in remote, rugged locations or when you’re working in confined spaces where traditional power sources aren’t easy to access. This makes it simpler for contractors, maintenance personnel, and field

technicians to get work done on-site without interruption.

ESAB recently entered this market with its first-ever battery-powered welder, Renegade VOLT.

It comes with a DeWalt FLEXVOLT battery platform, a detachable battery box, and a standalone, 4-port, fast charger. With it, you can go straight to a job site, set up in seconds, and start welding immediately without cords or cables getting in the way. This makes it a great fit for jobs like maintenance and repair work, construction projects, and light industrial fabrication.

Understanding Engine Driven Welders

In contrast, engine-driven welders like the Ruffian series from ESAB are driven by internal

combustion engines, providing a reliable and independent power source. These too are ideal

for remote job sites or areas lacking electricity infrastructure. However, they’re different from

battery-powered welders in that they are best used in medium and heavy-duty applications,

such as pipeline construction, infrastructure development, and agricultural machinery repair.

Their high power output and extended duty cycles make them valuable tools for professionals

who need to tackle demanding welding tasks, without having to rely on grid power. With

engine-drive welders, professionals can access the power they need to perform the most

demanding jobs in the field, on a construction site, or on the farm.

Next Steps to Help You Decide

While battery-powered welders offer unmatched mobility and convenience for those on-the-

go, engine-driven welders provide robust power and performance for demanding industrial

settings. Understanding your unique needs will help you select the right welding solution.

If you want to find out more about battery-powered vs. engine driven welders before making a

move, continue reading about VOLT’s many benefits, or check out this video overview of the



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