IMO,battery life is related to "use it or lose it",and not
overcharging.(simple chargers,not 'smart chargers')
NiCds like to be used,not stored.
NiMh,I'm not sure about,I don't have any experience with them.
I have only two DeWalt drills, one 12V 90 degree drill, and a corded 1/2
chuck one. Neither get used much.
My Bosch 18V and older Milwaukee 18 V get worked out almost daily, and have
only had to replace one of the Milwaukee batts out of 4.
One of my guys bought a Hitachi 14V kit, that was basically a drill, case,
and a light for $70 at Lowes...its alright for running sheetmetal screws and
such, but it takes forever to charge, and the charger weighs as much as my
Miwaukee drill with the battery attached.
I am kinda sold on the Bosch line right now, IF I had to go buy another
cordless. The fact that they can be dropped from a pretty good distance and
still keep on going is a plus.
The Panasonics...I never had one, but wanted the Shark model that had the
bit that could be moved from side to side, top to bottom of the axis so that
you could get into some tight spots...Johnstone used to carry it, but never
could justify the $300 or so that it was.
Cordless are best for the pros but typical homeowners who only occasionally
use them are still better off with the plug-ins, more power, cheaper, last
forever and are always ready to go.
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I have some issues with the yellow stuff too, my gray stuff seem to be ok so
far. Big Red is now red communist (Milwaukee Techtronics) Hong Kong company
ITT. I think it is still manufactured in the US for the time being. The
website shows an impressive 28V cordless claimed to be lighter and last
twice as long as the 18V models. Checkout the cordless bandsaw! But they
forgot the chainsaw!
Sure GerryAtric I wonder why the Makita 9.6 stick pack introduced in
80? Units are still sold and used today by pros, Because they work, I
have 2 one purchased in 86 with original packs that still work. If you
buy a tool be smart enough to stay in the line and same pack size, who
wants to lug around a generator and cord everywhere.
It is a problem.
My solution was to break open a battery pack when it failed and use a
digital voltmeter to find the bad battery. Out of 10 cells, only one
was defective so I replaced it, soldering in the replacement. Like
They sell replacement cells, but you can just as easily salvage one
of your 'spent' packs and use those batteries on all of your other
It ain't purty, but it sure is stout.
I have a set of rechargable Black & Deckers (from back when they
weren't crap) that the batteries have finally given up the ghost. In
my case the newer stuff is so much more powerful and can do a lot more
so I'm scrapping the old stuff completely. Regardless of that the
majority of my tools are, and will remain, of the corded variety.
"I've been here, I've been there..."
Even for minor drilling jobs at my bench (where there are plenty of
outlets) or around the house (again many outlets), I find it easier to
just use the cordless.
No extension chords, and no chord to tangle/untangle and just get in
My trusty old Sears 3/8" works perfectly and has
the power to drill anything within reason. Just
get out the 100' electric cord and have at it.
Bought two HD 12V drills, one with a keyed chuck
and one with a keyless chuck for $12 and $15.
Freedom! sure they aren't as powerful as a corded
model, but I ain't dragging a long cord around.
And talk about not changing bits. Put a drill in
one and drive screws with the other. Most fun
I've had since I switched my commuter car from a
Chrysler to a Dodge Colt. Just watch battery
voltage to determine when to charge and never
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