Today we’re looking at one of the latest models from Snow Joe. A truly unique presence on the market, this Snow Joe iON18SB-HYB looks like a cordless snow blower but it’s more than that. The hybrid technology behind it allows for a two-way use: with an EcoSharp battery system (a rechargeable lithium-ion battery) and a corded electric power source. According to the manufacturer, it’s perfect for quick pickups of light, fluffy snow. And mid-sized walkways or driveways should be most easily cleaned with its help.
The general opinion on the Snow Joe iON18SB-HYB is certainly still far from taking a clear direction. Reviews continue to express widely different experiences and perspectives, which is why we thought we’ll add our own. Here’s what we’ve found out so far…
Snow Joe iON18SB-HYB main technical features
Innovative is the word that would best describe this cordless snow blower. As already mentioned, it relies on two different power sources. On one hand, you have the brushless motor at 13.5 A and a rated voltage of 120 V, 60 Hz. The no-load speed is 2,200 ± 10% rpm, according to the user’s manual. The maximum plowing capacity can go up to 500 lbs/min (227 kg/min). And the maximum throw distance is said to go up to 20 ft (6 m).
The most popular way of using the Snow Joe iON18SB-HYB, however, is with its famous EcoSharp battery system. The lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 4 Ah and a voltage of 40 V. While a full charge cycle can take from 2.5 to 3 hours, the maximum battery run time is 50 minutes. Also, notably, its charger is Energy Star certified.
Whether you go for the 40 V power source or the limitless AC power, the unit will start with one button push. The auger assisted drive system and 2-blade auger will cut a path of 18 inches width and 8 inches depth. And the Snow Joe iON18SB-HYB should work on any surface, without damaging it in any way. Now that we’ve seen its force, how about its looks?
The design of Snow Joe iON18SB-HYB cordless snow blower
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Delivered to your front door, this Snow Joe iON18SB-HYB will contain the following items:
- The unit of this hybrid snow blower and its handle;
- The EcoSharp® 40 V 4.0 Ah battery and its 40 V charger;
- The handle knobs/deflector knobs, 4 pieces;
- The square J-bolts, 2 pieces;
- The carriage bolts, 2 pieces;
- The rubber washers, 2 pieces;
- The manual of this cordless snow blower and its registration card.
The entire unit is said to be surprisingly easy to put together. Aside from the complete base, one would have to attach the foldable handle with the two J-bolts. The chute is just as convenient to attach, with its dedicated knobs. Plus, the cord and all the cables are directly attached.
Within a few minutes, you’ll have your 28 x 50 x 50 inches Snow Joe iON18SB-HYB ready for work. It sits on a pair of 6 x 1.5-inch tires and it weighs 39.5 lbs (17.9 kg) without the battery. If you also install the battery, you’ll get a total of 42.1 lbs (19.1 kg). Not quite much, though, definitely more than what we’ve seen in other models.
Since the unit doesn’t include any self-driving mechanism, the wheels will come in very handy. The user’s manual advises on using them as a one side pivot point. Apparently, tilting the snow blower on its wheels will help with moving forward or backward. Speaking of the convenience of use, you’ll notice this cordless snow blower has a LED headlight. With a 3 W power, it will make the iON work at any time of the day or night.
The Snow Joe iON18SB-HYB has a plastic outer case and chute, steel auger and rubber blades. As mentioned, the handle will easily fold when needed and the chute can adjust to 180°. Clearing the path to the ground should be the norm, thanks to its well-designed scraper bar. But would the practical feedback confirm all that?
What customers have to say about Snow Joe iON18SB-HYB
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As you know, this is a section that we do not take lightly. We consider our readers’ experiences and the direct feedback from numerous Snow Joe iON18SB-HYB buyers quite revelatory. So, on the plus side, we can tell you that this unit is highly appreciated for offering two snow-blowers in one. That’s right, we are talking about the possibility of using it on battery or on AC power. Moreover, it’s a quiet model, gas-free (again, a welcome trait) and suitable even for one inch of snow.
The issues that are most often mentioned as drawbacks relate, however, to how it handles wetter, heavier snow. The Snow Joe iON18SB-HYB is advertised as suitable for light, fluffy snow, and yet… Some people are unhappy even with how it handles the dry snow. Apparently, the discharge distance is far from the manufacturer’s 20-feet promise. And because the battery takes around 3 hours to charge, other people expressed the desire of having two batteries.
All in all, this cordless snow blower that can also be used with a… cord is relatively new on the market. We’re still collecting data and, as more reviews will appear, the contradictory feedback received so far should be clarified. And maybe the pros and cons mirrored below will help you take a decision…
Pros & cons of using this cordless snow blower
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The greatest benefits you can think of when working with a Snow Joe iON18SB-HYB are that:
- It offers you two operating modes in one cordless snow blower;
- The assembly is very easy to put together;
- It features an interesting and foldable design;
- The unit is ETL approved;
- The battery boasts this popular EcoSharp technology and it is compatible with all the other iON tools;
- The battery charger has the Energy Star certification;
- It facilitates operation with decreased noise and vibrations, thanks to the brushless motor;
- It caters for unlimited clearing time, thanks to the electric capability;
- This snow blower can be used for either daytime or nighttime snow removal;
- It lacks any kind of pull cord;
- It requires no gas and oil maintenance tasks.
The drawbacks of the Snow Joe iON18SB-HYB, as revealed so far, are that:
- The unit is not necessarily the lightest you can get on a cordless snow blower;
- It comes with a single forward speed;
- This snow blower has no reverse speeds whatsoever;
- It actually has no self-driving mechanism;
- It lacks a safety key;
- Using the AC mode always requires removing the battery.
Warranty & support terms for Snow Joe iON18SB-HYB
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Using the cordless snow blower Snow Joe iON18SB-HYB for regular, residential purposes brings a full, 2-year warranty. This policy will cover not just any defect in materials, but also in workmanship. The product will benefit from defective parts repairs/replacements, provided the manufacturer will conclude it was properly maintained and used. The owner has the responsibility of performing all the required maintenance and adjustments, according to the manual. And any use for industrial or commercial purposes will lead to a warranty cut down to only 90 days.
The Snow Joe iON18SB-HYB has a limited, 1-year warranty for the battery, on a prorated basis! The battery replacement will only be performed for free in the first 90 days. After that, the replacement will be done at a prorated cost.
Equally important, Snow Joe reserves the right to exclude from this cordless snow blower’s warranty particular damages. This aspect will target any problem caused by or resulted from accidents, neglect, inappropriate assembly, adjustment or use.
Final considerations of Snow Joe iON18SB-HYB
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The Snow Joe iON18SB-HYB promises such a revolutionary approach but its feedback doesn’t always seem to stand up to the expectations… As already shown, the reasons are various: it’s partly because it’s still very new and not too many people gave feedback; it’s partly because it wasn’t properly used; and it’s because certain people had certain expectations that don’t really match to what this product was intended for.
This cordless snow blower Snow Joe iON18SB-HYB is for light and dry snow. It’s not the most common combination that people enjoy in winters. Yet those who live in such areas are truly the luckiest ones. Also, if you are the type who likes to get out and keep up with the snow, removing it as it lays down… This battery-powered shovel option would be great for you. And the option to plug in the cord, when out of battery and still in need to operate – you will soon enough love it! Plus, the Snow Joe popularity, their warranty, and quality customer support are extra reasons to trust it. So, trust it and try it, that’s our verdict for the Snow Joe iON18SB-HYB!