If you can replace them with the same cells, it should be fine.
Otherwise, as others point out, your charger may not be right. Some
of these cells/batteries have internal protection chips so it matters
which ones are used. I wouldn't do it.
Likely an overreaction but in this litigious society, it's
Big thing is to use the on board charging chip, and connect them to your
cells correctly. If you do not have the chip, your charger will likely
not recognize the battery pack and refuse to charge it. It also will not
keep the pack correctly balanced and charged and will not shut down the pack
when it gets over heated, be it by charging, damage, discharging or hard
use. Now that can cause a fire, no doubt.
I refitted Li Ion batteries into NiCad packs. I used the brand's chips and
charger in the Li ion pack. I love it.
A friend of mine just built a high capacity bank of lithium ion cells
for his electric Miata - 144 volt pack, each cell about twice the size
of a lb of butter. The protection circuits are "generic" - one per
cell, and what they do is basically bypass the cell during charging if
the cell temperature gets too high or (not sure) if the voltage gets
out of spec. The charge controllers/protectors are not specific to the
particular cells. There is a way to "turn on" the cell again if it
shuts down due to over discharge(low voltage shutdown protection)
I am registered for lifetime and had some replaced under that but they
didn't say you had to tell them the serial numbers of the new batteries
to keep it in effect.I contacted them and they weren't very helpful in
getting it changed. Jim
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You would THINK, with them having the warrantee, the serial number of
the original registered battery, and supplying the new batttery, they
would record and re-register the serial of the replacement - but that
would make too much sense for Home Despot (the owner of the ridgid
On Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:58:54 -0400, email@example.com wrote:
I overstated it. Emerson OWNS the Ridgid brand. I believe in North
America the rights to the name are held by Home Depot through a
licencing agreement - since no-one else can sell the Ridgid brand of
power tools in North America, they "effectively" "own" the brand.
i think it is a unique business arrangement with HD. Some Ridgid tools are
and or were available elsewhere, think shop vac, but a vast majority of the
new Ridgid power tools are only available through HD.. Ryobi has a similar
arangement with HD, years ago you could buy Ryobi most any where. Sears
had that, a similar arrangement with the Craftsman brand name, now you can
buy Craftsman at Ace Hardware.
On Tuesday, September 2, 2014 8:26:24 AM UTC-5, Leon wrote:
I think the big difference is how the tools are designed and manufactured.
I love to see how business changes and how they are run. It seems these d
ays that most really large companies have little to do with some of their o
wn products, other than to make sure the numbers "work". An outside engine
ering firm brings a design for a new sander to a Big Box Store, and their t
eam evaluates the service life, the usablility, the design, and the most im
portant aspect, cost to manufacture. There is no doubt that some of the BB
Ss have an interest in the companies they choose, but don't own them. They
do however, own all other aspects of their product including the engineeri
ng designs, distribution, etc.
Distributing a mass produced name friendly product across many channels jus
t makes sense. For the most part, the higher the count of manufactured wid
gets goes, the less price per widget results. So why not sell a mediocre br
and like Sears anywhere you can? Same with Ridgid; they sell Ridgid tools
(in a limited selection) at our largest plumbing supplier here, and now I s
ee they have Ridgid recon items, brand new batteries and other Ridgid neces
saries at CPO Outlets.
At once time, HD had a licensing deal with Ryobi. I think I read that Ryob
i has since been purchased in whole or part by HD but don't know. So, 20+
years ago I wanted a new, powerful 14.4 drill. Ryobi was the only affordab
le one out there, and I got a tip from a guy working there at HD that their
other brands had been coming back as returns, but not the Ryobi. It was m
arked "Ryobi Industrial" on the box. He assured me that the brand was big
everywhere but here in the USA.
As much in their infancy as USABLE battery powered tools were in those days
, that drill was a winner and lasted about 5 years on the job as my only co
rdless drill. When I decided to retire it, it was because of the price of
replacing two batteries (think 15 years ago). Now Ryobi is quite different
and is now a name like so many others. Look halfway down the page and see
if you recognize any of the brands owned by this investment group:
I think most tools these days are designed not with long term usability lik
e Festool does, but more for a guy looking for utility value. Personally,
I am somewhere in the middle. I love using a really nice tool, but find it
hard to let go of the cash these days. And for the most part, unless you
jump all the way up to a Festool type brand, I am not so sure we get much d
ifference in our tools these days regardless of what we spend.
On 09/02/2014 1:54 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Slightly different w/ Craftsman. Sears (now called the Sears Holding
Company) OWNS the Craftsman trademark (TM) and marketed it exclusively
until got into so much trouble financially they decided to try to glom
onto anything they could get out of it from licensing arrangements.
Which is only a prelude to the comment I really intended to make...this
proliferation of Craftsman probably has no real disadvantage in large
markets but in small ones like here where the Sears store is just one of
the affiliate catalog/small store ones, when the Ace Hardware is allowed
to sell Craftsman, too, that seems to me to be patently unfair to the
Sears franchise owners just on the other end of town a mile or two away...
While don't do much at Sears, (they're also the only GE appliance outlet
in town just as an aside) it's another problem with keeping any variety
at all in a small town; it would be an option gone if it can't/doesn't
survive and this ploy by their parent can't be helping.
It would appear that way but you can buy Rigid brand vacuums and
accessories through a number of retailers and Amazon.
While HD sells the vast majority of the Ridgid product line some of the
line is available elsewhere.
Business 101, make the discount or freeby more difficult so that the
appearance of a good deal brings the customer in but does not get fulfilled
for what ever reason. Coupons bring attention to a product and offer a
discount but the amount of coupons that are actually used vs. distributed
is very very very small. Free replacement batteries bought by HD and
given away is an expense that they would rather not fulfill, so you have to
jump through a few hoops as discouragement.
The offer of free replacement encourages you to buy from HD and costs them
nothing, untimely they have to make good after a period of time. If it was
a matter of simply walking in with a battery for exchange they probably
would not be able to afford the generous warranty. Making the customer
resister and send off for replacement parts after the sale is an
convenience that most will forget or not have time to wait for.
I guess I didn't see the registration process as jumping through hoops.
We've become so accustomed to instant access/results from everything
these days that filling out a registration card and mailing it in with a
receipt is seen as jumping through hoops.
Last I checked, those batteries were about a hundred a pop. It took me
about 45 mins to complete my registration process. I don't know about
you, but I don't make $267/hr. :-)
I haven't had to *use* my warranty yet, however. We'll see how easy the
process is whenever that happens. Maybe I'll be back here b!t@hing and
moaning about it then, who knows? :-)
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