|Forum topic by curliejones||posted 06-02-2016 03:49 PM||349 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
06-02-2016 03:49 PM
I have only two battery-operated tools (and a flashlight) from DeWalt and I’m a DIYer, so they see only occasional use. The two are 18V drill/driver and a 1/4” impact driver. These were a lot of help building my new shop, but I’ll be using my compact pair of Makita tools for shop work. I have a 5- year old 10.8V Makita set and the original Li-ion batteries are still working fine. Should they go out, I’ll definitely replace them and keep using the tools.
My question to the community: Since DeWalt sells an adapter and an adapter kit that allows use of 18V tools with the newer 20V max Li-ion batteries, I’d love some feedback from any and all who may have purchased the adapter and or kit. The kit is sold for $150 as DCA1820 adapter, a charger, and two 1.3 Ahr batts. whereas the adapter is sold separately for around $55. If my research is correct, the adapter allows for the use of compact batteries only with perhaps the largest being only 2 Ahr. To buy the 2.0Ahr batteries separate from the adapter. A new charger is required to charge the Li-ion batteries so buying separately costs closer to $180.
My orginal Ni-Cd batteries from DeWalt only lasted about 2.5 years whereas the replacements I currently use are still working fine after 2 years. They are large and heavy. BUT, 1.3 Ahr batteries are for short duration.
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