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Old 11-01-2011, 08:06 AM
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I have just about given up on my Makita Lithium Ion batteries 18v. 2 more just died in the last couple of weeks. Another went a few months ago. And I had 2 more replaced over the last 2 years.

Are there any good lithium ion batteries available?

My old NiCads lasted for at least 10 years. I use them for household stuff and boat. They do not get used on a daily basis.

I like the fast charging and power but they are expensive to replace.
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Old 11-01-2011, 08:57 AM
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Surprised the Makitas are giving you grief. My only experience is with Craftsman C3 Lithiums and they have been good for almost 2 years now. My usage is intermittent also. I like the quick charge and the battery 'gas' gauge that tells me how much charge is left. Also the lack of discharge while in storage is handy.
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Old 11-01-2011, 10:07 AM
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Bought some cheap porter cable ni-cad tools from lowes a few years ago. I love them, I don't use them on a regular basis but they always deliver plenty of power when I need them. I have not owned any lithium tools, but I cant see spending the extra on them when the ni-cad has been treating me just fine.
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Old 11-01-2011, 01:28 PM
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As a general rule:

Ni-Cad is a better battery chemistry in hot or cold weather conditions.

Heavy drain tools like saws or small angle grinders, Ni-Cad handles hot loads better...light drain products like drills, screw drivers & impact drivers and if weight is more of a factor on these prducts, Li-on is a good choice

Li-On provides more recycles/recharges...it also discharges much slower when it's not being used say over a 30 day period verses Ni-Cad.

18V batteries with similar 3.0-3.3 amp hour cells of either one is like a gas tank...they deliver about the same power and are only as efficient as the switches, motors and transmissions of the products that they are running.

The type of tool and application is a big factor as to what type of battery chemistry to use...although heavier, Ni-Cad is still a good chemistry (not as environmentally friendly)...I hope that helps.
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Old 11-01-2011, 04:15 PM
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Curious if you had the 18v that has two layers of batteries or the one layer 18v? I have the single layer, thinner pack makita 18v li-on and one died after a year, which sux.
There are a couple companies that rebuild the batts with better than OEM batteries, I have a huge box of dead tool batts Im gonna send em one day.
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