I will get the newest version with the removable/drop in battery, that seems like a great feature (for a number of reasons). The more I look around the more I realize this is the way to go for me. Of all the ones I've compared online I keep coming back to the B&D 19" w/removable battery.
I am going to begin my local in-store search for one and then will scour the interwebs for a better price if there is one.
Again, thanks for all the input...keep it coming!