The usual suspects, Ebay and Amazon.
My guess is that it will be cheaper to
buy a new drill set. Rather than the
a la carte option of batteries. Sadly,
that's so often the case in our throw
yes that is true... with ebay, amazon.
however, further search apparently revealed another alternative...
For the price of the batteries, I would go to Lowes and get a Dewalt that is
on sale for $ 89 that comes with 2 batteries.
I don'tknow what it is with the replacement batteries for almost all
devices, but they seem to run almost as much as the tool and new batteries.
I have a very good Mikita drill the batteries quit on me years ago and when
checking on the price of batteries, decided to go with a new Dewalt. If
that Dewalt batteries quit, I will probably just buy a whole new combination
drill and batteries of some brand. Maybe the same brand, and maybe another.
Yup. I opt for corded tools wherever possible. The last thing I need
when I take on a project is to find the battery flat -- then, after
waiting for it to recharge, discovering that it won't hold a
significant charge. Or, perhaps, any charge at all!
So, I'm "suddenly" faced with making a new purchase -- instead of
tackling the job at hand.
I had a delightful little cordless soldering iron many years ago.
Came up to temperature almost instantly (push button to turn on).
But, as it didn't see regular use, the battery eventually failed.
Do I buy another? Or, an entire replacement iron? Or, just
resolve myself to live with the corded irons and keep an outlet
(or extension cord) nearby whenever in use?
[Ans: the latter]
BTW, I've saved a couple of cordless drills to convert to "hand/foot-crank"
generators! Far more available power than you can get from the toy
hand-crank flashlights. Much less than what's available from a genset
or car alternator -- but also easy to use indoors without having to
rely on a fuel source! (other than the fuel source that keeps your
Sounds like the soldering iron I had. A whal or wahl , something like that.
Great for a couple of quick connections, but I did not use it very much
after I had it for a year or so. Then it took longer to recharge it than to
heat up the one with a cord. Battery finally would not hold a charge, so
Possible. I think Wahl made the clippers we used to groom the puppiemonsters.
And, this looked a lot like that!
It wasn't very robust -- flimsy would be a gracious description!
But, very effective for small jobs when you just needed to join
a few items and didn't want to have to "get all set up" with the
soldering station, mask, illuminator, etc.
I wonder how much scrap goes to landfills in the form of
batteries... and, if the economics make sense when all
things are considered!
The Wahl company that made the clippers made the soldering iron I had. They
started out making clippers (saw the first one a few years ago when I
changed barbers) and later made the soldering iron.
I had a soldering gun for the quick jobs if I needed a lot of heat, but for
a quick PC repair the gun was too much of a good thing where the iron was
I have a couple of "soldering pencils/stations" that are temperature
controlled (one allows me to actually *set* the temperature; the
others have the temperature "encoded" in the replaceable tip that
is currently selected) that I use for most work. I can adapt them
(by selecting the appropriate tip) for the type of work that I'm doing.
E.g., soldering thru-hole components usually works well with a small tip;
less bulk, less thermal mass required, etc. OTOH, sodering the metal
mounting tabs for, e.g., a USB connector *into* a PCB needs a lot more
heat in a lot larger area -- so, a bigger tip.
I have a hot air iron (Leister) that I use for surface-mount components.
And, a Weller "coat hanger" gun that I use for soldering really heavy
gauge wire, etc.
(I call it "coat hanger" cuz you can use a wire coat hanger bent in the
appropriate shape as a heating element, in a pinch -- crude!)
Years ago, I had a heavy soldering "wand" that was suitable for sweating
joints on pipe! :-/
You know, when you get to Heaven, there are no battery operated tools.
But there are receptacles every 20 feet. They tried battery tools
for a while, but when the batteries wore out, instead of recycling
them properly, some would just drop them on the floor. And of course
there was no floor and the batteries would fall to earth, going
enormously fast by the time they hit the ground. Several people were
hurt and 2 were killed. The press covered it on those 2 occasions and
said "died of unknown cause" because they didn't think the battery
would have enough speed to kill. No one wanted to admit the obvious,
that they had falled from a great height.
On Fri, 4 Dec 2015 08:07:31 -0600, dilbert firestorm
As someone else already mentioned, use Primecell.com
I had the same drill as you and the rebuilt batts were better than the
new ones that came with it.
Eventually I dropped the drill off a ladder and broke the gears. Then
I had to purchase a new replacement with LiIon batter. They seem to
last forever before requiring a charge.
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replacement bateries are usualy old new stock.so they dont work well.......
so company x manufacturers millions of a battery operated drill, and orders thousands of replacement batteries.
the original batteries begin to fail so they start selling the replacements that have been sitting on the warehouse shelf for years.
they are unused but as old as the batteries they are replacing and cost almost as much as a new drill. worse because they are old they dont work well
the feds should require all cordless tools have easy to replace cells in the battery packs, this could be done.
just open the packs and install new cells.
oh and dont solder to any new cells you purchase.
the manufacturers spot weld the connections, which doesnt heat the cells.
soldering heat yyour new cells and can do long term damage,.
yeah, I was gonna bring this up after seeing a number of instructable
pages about replacing batteries.
replacing batteries can be had for $12-15 and in some cases, free, old
batteries can be brought back to life if they are NICD batteries, not
sure about NIMH batteries tho.
I see that they are basically R/C batteries placed in a container.
It's a basically a rip off more or less based on the razor blade model
I have older B&D Firestorm and a Dewalt drills that both take a 9.6 Volt
battery. The batteries look alike, but are not fully interchangeable
due to some slight mechanical differences. However a Firestorm battery
can be charged in a Dewalt charger.
It may be possible to purchase a Dewalt 9.6 Volt battery and transfer
its contents to the Firestorm battery case. However the cost may be
greater than purchasing a new drill with a modern battery!
As others have suggested, your best bet may be to find a place like
"Batteries Plus" that can rebuild your batteries. They may want to sell
you a new one for the same price as a rebuild, but be aware that their
new battery may not fit your drill. I purchased one of their Ray-O-Vac
batteries for the Dewalt drill. It will not fit on the B&D Firestorm.
Walmart used to carry the 9.6 Volt Firestorm batteries, but discontinued
them. I found a couple on clearance for a bargain price several years
ago. I doubt there are still any out there, but you never know.
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