Among the many snow blowers on the market, and definitely among the ones we’ve already reviewed, the Snow Joe iON13SS-HYB snow shovel is truly unique. It’s the world’s first corded electric battery hybrid, allowing owners to switch from corded to battery operation whenever the extension cord runs out or just can’t be bothered plugging it in the power socket at all.
If you are looking for simple and effective devices to pick up snow on the go, this cordless snow shovel is also a relatively low maintenance option. Users have found this kind of shovel quite convenient for clearing patios, sidewalk and similar areas.
Here is a quick look at some of the primary features of the Snow Joe iON13SS-HYB 40-volt Cordless Snow Shovel
The shovel also features adjustable handle combined with ergonomic design for your improved comfort.
The durable scraper bar at the bottom of the shovel unit seems to add to the convenience factor significantly. It helps in clearing right till the bottom without damaging the deck.
Need to be clear, that for picking up deep, heavy, wet snow, you should go for a two stage snow blower. This shovel is ideal for quick, easy snow pickups on decks, sidewalks and small to medium driveways.
The iON13SS-HYB is not a full-fledged snow blower, hence it has some weaknesses, like it’s only good for clearing up snow not deeper than 6 inches and throws snow in only one direction.
It’s still a strong candidate if you want a small, easy to store when not in use, compact electric shovel that offers the freedom of battery operation whenever needed.
This iON13SS shovel comes with a 40V 4.0 Ah EcoSharp rechargeable lithium-ion battery. According to the manufacturer, it provides up to 52 minutes of run time.
In case you need more run time (even though 52 minutes seem to be a lot, especially in freezing conditions!) we can recommend getting an additional battery. This can be used with all Snow Joe and Sun Joe cordless iON power tool models.
You may also want to consider a charger, just in case. The model that fits the bill is the Snow Joe + Sun Joe iCHRG40 iON 40 V EcoSharp Lithium-Ion Charger, which enables you to charge the additional battery while throwing snow on your driveway!
The user reviews indicate that most customers appreciate the efficiency of this snow shovel, especially for snow that is 2-6 inches deep. The relatively long life of the battery is also another major advantage, some reportedly cleared a space about 15 feet wide and 30 feet long in a very reasonable time and had used less than 1 bar of battery (source).
However, many users had trouble assembling the shovel together, while most customers had no issues with this and assembled it in 5 minutes. The main cord seemed to be rigid for a few as well.
The company provides a comprehensive 2-year warranty for the Snow Joe iON13SS is a cordless snow shovel. It is a complete cover and reflects the manufacturer’s conviction in the product.
All in all, the Snow Joe iON13SS Hybrid is a cordless snow shovel appears to be a fairly effective option to deal with regular snow cover around your house, with the added benefit of using it with the cord, should you need it. Whether it is the deck, the patio or a small to medium size driveway, this snow shovel appears to be a dependable partner to work with.
Looking for more snow blowers or shovels without the annoying cord? Check out our Best Cordless Snow Blower roundup where we reviewed a number of cordless snow throwers.