Makita Lithium Ion


Ok, I'm drooling over the new 18 Lithium Ion pack from Makita.
- Drill (1/2" hammer) - Circ Saw - Impact Driver - Flashlight (who cares) - Mail in for a free recip. saw - Nice bag to keep them in.
I had a nice long talk with the Makita rep at a recent sales event at a buddy's store, and they look outstanding for $800 Canadian. Everything from the battery cel design, the air cooling during the charge, the 4 brush motor.
My old Porter Cable 14.4 drill batteries are dying at just the right time to justify this set!
Brian
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I see from the catalog Amazon sent that most of the other makers are putting together Christmas packages, too. Though I'm a Makita fan, the DeWalt boys have a nice deal going as well. Bought my eldest a 14.4 set when he graduated from college, and it's one of the things from his shop that he took to Germany rather than put in storage. Too handy to have around.
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Makita's new Lithium Ion package goes beyond "nice Christmas packages". This is brand new stuff. Like the other guys, they have really thought out these tools very well. Unlike the other guys, these are 18V tools with the weight of 12V tools, twice the battery life, no battery memory issues and a very smart charging system. Now that's cool. I'm in Canada too. The sets won't be available for another couple of weeks where I am. I was told to expect $800 at the Borg. They're all over the internet for $629 US. I bought the set on eBay a few days ago for around $520 US including shipping. I'm very excited to get the new set. I'll have to wait a couple of weeks though. One of the drawbacks of eBay.
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toolguy wrote:

Lithium ION as 300 cycles.
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There are a couple of problems with Lithium Ion batteries:
1. The life of the battery decreases over time regardless of usage (as much as 50% reduction of battery life per year)
2. Lithium Ion batteries do not handle high current as well as NiMH or NiCd. NiCd handles high current loads the best between the 3 battery types.
3. Lithium Ion batteries do not charge quickly.
4. Lithium Ion batteries are not very durable.
5. Lithium Ion batteries have MAJOR problems with overcharging (i.e. you will severely damage your batteries if you overcharge them).
6. Lithium Ion batteries typically only survive 300-500 recharge cycles.
There are advantages to Lithium Ion batteries:
1. No memory effect (although it IS possible to recondition a NiCd and NiMH to remove memory effect, but it requires dismantling the battery).
2. Highest ratio of energy density vs weight (i.e. they are light)
In the situation of power tools, I would say Lithium Ion batteries are a BAD choice. But don't take my word for it. There are some good articles on www.wikipedia.com (just do a search on each type of battery) and www.batteryuniversity.com. I would wait until LiIon or Lithium Polymer battery technology/chemistry further matures.
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On Tue, 15 Nov 2005 06:10:56 +0000, mkim797

The so called "Memory effect" is just a myth perpetuated purely by hearsay and more recently over the past couple of decades by usenet postings.
It simply DOES NOT EXIST!!!!!!!
Any source that tries to justify "memory effect" is based on cell chemistry and application engineering around 30-40 years out of date.
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Mike wrote:

Got any definitive sources? From what I've read, what most people call "memory effect" is actually voltage depression due to overcharging. As mentioned by the previous poster, this can be repaired, but requires dismantling the pack and discharging the cells individually so that none of the batteries get run "backwards".
Chris
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7 - they are more expensive than NiCd or NiMH

3 - They have the lowest self-discharge rates of readily available rechargable batteries. That means they retain the charge on the shelf and the tool is ready to use after sitting around for weeks.
If you want something rechargeable that is used infrequently, Li-Ion are great. If you want something that you use every day for hours a day, NiCd are best. NiMH good for something in between.
Mike
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