I love this hedge trimmer. No cord to bother with and, so far, my battery has held up very, very well. Performance I've had no issues with charging the battery or battery life. A cradle, of sorts, slides onto the battery and charges from any wall socket. I couldn't even say how long the charge lasts because I've never run it down entirely. I just slide the battery into the trimmer grip/handle and go trim. It rarely gets snagged, cuts through small trees and vines and has had no glitches, whatsoever. It's just a matter of thumbing the 'safety', pulling the trigger, and doing the work. Ease of Use Excellent. For years I used a Craftsman trimmer with a 50-ft extension cord running out of my house; it was tiresome, bothering with a cord every time. Going cordless has been a huge time-saver. I use my trimmer right side up and upside down, depending on what I'm trimming. I'm short, so I have to flip it over to gain an extra five to six inches of reach. Handling Again, excellent and very easy. If I'm using it for an extended period of time, keeping the safety depressed and the trigger engaged has led to some very mild forearm soreness. This, to me, is negligible since, do any one thing long enough and muscles will get sore. Durability I use my trimmer every week between May/June to mid-October, and randomly (as needed) otherwise. I generally use it about twenty to twenty-five times a year, have had it over three years and have never had any problems with battery or actual trimming performance.