I have an old (8 years?) 9.6 v Cordless DeWalt drill. Long ago the batteries
reached the point where they would not hold any type of charge. I considered
buying new batteries but they cost almost as much as a new drill. The drill
has been taking up space the last couple of years and I am in the middle of
a cleaning out session. Anybody have any suggestions on reviving or saving
it? Hate to just put it in the trash (goes against my nature). Don't want to
waste money on it either.
Have the batteries rebuilt at one of the "Batrees-R-Us" places. They just
open up the shell and replace the cells inside. If you can find the right
place, you can save as much as half the price of new batteries. Many people
report better performance than with a new battery. I was going to do this
with my last batch of batteries, but found new ones for 75% off. Couldn't
I can recommend Primecell www.primecell.com. They are not particularly
cheap (maybe 25% less that new batteries, but for that price they'll
upgrade to the latest battery technology (NiMH for my 12V DeWalt XRP))
and modify the circuit to work with your stock charger. They rock!
(and seem to run forever).
I had the same problem with a 15 yr.. old dewalt 12V cordless drill. The
drill worked just fine but the batteries were shot. I found replacements
(new) for a faction of the cost on eBay. Good luck
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