You might send one of the batteries out to have it refurbished (new
cells). It generally costs about half what a new pack costs. I had
the cells for my 14.4V Porter Cable drill replaced for about $35,
IIRC. They're good as new. You can also do it yourself but I found
it didn't save much money.
That is simply not true. Li, for example, has a very definite number
of recharge cycles, usually something like 500. It doesn't matter
much over what time period or the depth of the cycles, 500ish is all
BTW, I have a few 30yo GE NiCds that still hold a charge. Every once
in a while I run across them and give 'em a charge to see.
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