My Makita 1210 battery pak finally gave up (actually all three
did). Looking for a replacement on the web. Came across
several battery supplers with great prices, but dubious
creditentials. Most seem to be in California, several web sites
with different names, have the same look and feel (not to
mention the same bricks and mortar mailing address, and grammer
So the question (number 1), are these batteries any good (they
have a one year warranty). They run about 1/2 price of a name
I'm guessing they are a China speacial, knockoffs.
Question two, where is a good place to buy name brand batteries.
I've googled Makita batteries and found several sources, but I'd
like some customer feed back. Toolbarn looks good, but doesn't
appear to ship to Canada
A little over a year ago I ordered a couple of replacement batteries for my
Craftsman drill/saw/light from:
They arrived quickly, and have performed well. A bit more power than the
stock batteries, and last longer. They are a generic battery (no brand
name), but I'd definitely buy from them again.
I just had batteries for my PC and Milwaukee drills rebuilt by Batteries
Plus. At $48 per pack, they were a bit more expensive than mail-order, but
they are local and I didn't have to pay shipping.
If you're gonna be dumb, you better be tough
I have my batteries rebuilt by Magnacharge in Mississauga, Ontario. From
memory anyway, they work better than when they were new. I've always had
batteries rebuilt through my business name so I'm not sure if they'd take
off the street business or not.
You might consider having your own units rebuilt. I haven't done it yet but
this company received some favorable comments on other woodworking forums.
I;m planning on sending a couple of out-of-production Makitas myself.
I have found my some of my Craftsman batteries if they drop way low
they will not charge in the drop in charger. If I use my model
aircraft all mode battery charger it will bring them back and they will
then charge ok in the drop in charger later.
Also check yellow pages under "Batteries". We have in the Cleveland,
OH., area a battery dealer that rebuilds battery packs and they perform
as well or better than original. I have purchased NiHd batteries
elswhere and they have put packs together for my model aircraft.
Lots of good information from people, Thanks. I've bookmarked
several sites for future access.
I've checked out most of the sites suggested. Pak rebuilding
will be in the future. For those paks that I can't get inside
I've decided to go three ways here. With one pak I'm going to
rebuild it myself. The case is just snapped together. The
cells are available from Digi Key for $2.50 CDN each (10
Pak number two will be replaced with one of those discount no
Pak number three may be rebuilt
I want to check the reliablity of the no name pak the rebuilds
and my own assembly.
I used to rebuild battery paks for the RC hobby shops here in
town. I still have my battery cycler, and tester, and can
verify the capacity of the battery paks as they age.
For the poster that suggested that it might be the charger, it's
not. I hand charged the battery pak on my bench power supply
then cycled them on my tester. The reason all three went is
because I cycle through them, one after the other. They
actually arn't totally dead, they just don't last very long.
By the way,
The new Li_Ion battery paks won't be repairable. They have
micros built right into the battery pak, no replacing of cells,
when they die. The replacement Li-Ion cell for my cellphone was
$79.00 CDN, and that's for a very small battery!!
go to princess auto ... get their cheap no-name 18volt battery for
12$ and strip it down. It uses the same 1.2volt cells as my 14.4
dewalt and prob many others .... they may have a lower mah rating but
for the price, what the hell..its worth it. and you have a few spare
cells left over.
i have rebuilt all 3 of mine with these cells and they work just fine
they are the same physical dimensions and they are the same
1.2volts... theer was no name on the dewalt cell .. on the donor
cells there was some unknown name ... the first thing to do is to open
both cases. the dewalt uses torx screws btw. the cells are induction
welded together with metal strips . strip down the new battery first
..you can just peel the strips off the cells with a little effort ..
and position the new cells in the host case in the proper orientation.
I reused the metal strips but you could use wire i suppose. DON'T use
acid core solder!
a bit of liquid flux is a big help too.
as i said... i suspect the MaH rating of the new cells is a bit lower,
but the price more than makes up for that.
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