I am looking for a new rebuilder, I had been using PrimeCell.
About 2 years ago I had a battery rebuilt by Prime cell and it worked
great for about 18 months. This battery was run down almost completely
5 days out of the week. Pleased I had it rebuilt again in June. within
2 months I saw that the battery was already not performing as expected.
I contacted Primecell and they made several suggestion of things to
check and none helped. They suggested returning the battery and I would
get a 2/3 discount on replacement since the rebuild had been less than
For those using Primecell, their warranty is free replacement for the
first 30 days, you pay 1/3 for replacement after 30 days and you pay 2/3
replacement between 60-90 days. After that the battery is out of
warranty. AND you pay shipping both ways.
Prime Cell does not stand behind their products. In this particular
instance a new battery comes with a 6 month battery from the manufacturer.
So any recommendations?
Were they XRP batteries? The reason I ask is that line is winding down
and those batteries (at least to me) are reasonably cheap to buy new.
I can buy a pair of them at the local HD for$90.00.
What may I ask did it cost for PrimeCell to rebuild one of them?
Keep in mind that those batteries may be old from actual date of
manufacture. These batteries may already be well past their prime.
Something to think about.
Typically it is always better to have a battery rebuilt with new Fresh
I bought a couple of Makita drills and just used the DeWalt XRP as a
backup, although it is a very usable drill and still a good backup in
I may buy a L-ion battery for the DeWalt, but haven't done any homework
on them yet. They're awfully damn proud of two L-ion 18v batteries and a
charger these days.
IME, the L-ion batteries keep a charge longer when not under use, so
they should be ideal for keeping the old Dewally as a rarely used
> What may I ask did it cost for PrimeCell to rebuild one of them?
Two 18v XRP's for $96 from PrimeCell in 2008, they quit as described above.
Two more 18v XRP's for $70 from
Also in 2008, and they lasted a bit longer, but not much.
Basically no longer happy with either of these rebuild services ...
From what I understand a L-Ion charger will most often charge the other
type batteries however not the other way around. From what I understand
you need a special smart charger for L-ion.
Look at this place, I am doing a 72 hour recycle recharge on my battery
to see if that helps but will probably order here if I need to replace
it. This is for the robot vac BTY. :~)
6 month warranty and I - mailed them 2 times this morning with quick
Might also look at BatteryPlus near your home.
Glad this thread came up. I have 7 yr old batteries that may need rebuilding.
They charge, but don't stay charged for very long, at all. For a PC drill,
bought in 2005. I've never search for a charging service, here.
On Friday, November 30, 2012 1:26:13 AM UTC-6, Upscale wrote:
For some time, I've considered sending my batteries to PrimeCell, but as long as I could charge and use them, even for a short while, I've hesitated sending them. This PrimeCell report is appreciated.
The local "Builders Tools & Fasteners" can probably direct me to a rebuilder. I do at least half of my "tool business" with them and Marion seems to know every related business in the area and their owners by first name. Backup advisors (W-rec) are always appreciated, as well.
I recently bought a couple of batteries from
batterydepot.com for my Bosch and so far so good.
prices are better than primecell and shipping is 99cents and
I don't have to send them and pay shipping both ways
I actually don't know. The instructions that came with the drill and battery
said not to leave the battery in the charger for more than seven hours, so
the six-hour choice on the timing unit works adequately.
AS a follow up, the battery in question powers an iRobot vacuum cleaner.
It absolutely runs 5 days a week and most of the time the unit will
shut down once the battery becomes discharged to a certain degree.
Typically the daily run time is about 90~105 minutes. The Primecell
battery is not quite 6 months old and runs for 25 minutes. The previous
battery ran for 70 minutes after 18 months.
Anyway I went with Battery Plus. They had the 3000mah battery in stock
today and the cost was $50 less $5 with a coupon. ONE YEAR WARRANTY.
If it only lasts a year it is still cheaper than the Primecell that
lasted 18 months.
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