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Posted on POWER TOOL BATTERIES !!! How long can I / should I expect them to last?

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#1 posted 05-13-2009 08:21 AM

Join the club. Batteries usually last from 3 to 5 years. They have a finite number of recharges in addition to which not using them regularly also causes them to fail faster. The batteries do best when cycled from charged to discharged on a regular basis. Some companies advertise 1000 charges but there are lots of variables that change that. Also some of the early rechargeable batteries needed to be taken through a full discharge and recharge periodically or they developed a short cycle discharge memory and will not fully charge. New batteries and NiCads do not have that problem.
For tools in the Makita and Craftsman price range it is almost easier to buy new tools that come with new batteries; especially if the tools are used a lot and also show some wear. In your case it might be better to buy the batteries because you tools haven’t had much use. New batteries for my Porter Cable 14v drill are $75.00, for about $160 I can get a new drill with two new batteries…go figure (-;

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