Need new Makita batteries, Ni-Cad or NiMH?

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02-23-2012 04:45 PM

I could do with getting new 14.4v batteries for my cordless drills. The Ni-Cad ones that came with the drills are on their way out – after three years – but I can’t complain as they have done a lot of work.
I just wondered if anyone can explain the difference between Ni-Cad and Ni-MH batteries, I know the chemistry is different, but I mean in terms of performance/longevity, and I presume the Ni-MH ones are better, but why?

I am only interested in replacing the batteries at the moment and not changing to Li-Ion (or Festool) as I have other equipment purchases to make this year.

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#1 posted 02-23-2012 11:29 PM

NICADS are a much more rugged battery than any others out there. You can ruin a NIMH by discharging it too fast. I have NICADs in my 12 year old Makitas that I use almost every day (9.4 v.) I just, last month, had the battery packs rebuilt at a cost of $22 each. NIMHS will last longer per charge but the NICADS last all day long so I like them.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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#2 posted 02-23-2012 11:52 PM

Both mine are NICAD. Just had 2 rebuilt. Now, the drill is happy.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#3 posted 02-23-2012 11:57 PM

I haven’t checked, but I doubt that you can substitute one for the other, (without modifications) because the connectors/plugs are different. The electrical design for the charger may be different as well.

-- Joe

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