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Done with cordless, or is there a way to keep them alive if not used frequently?

Old 01-11-2019, 06:19 AM
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I no longer use tools frequently enough is the problem I'm sure. Actually it's only a problem as far as the tools are concerned, I'm okay with it! Did my share of projects over the years, in slow down mode whether I like it or not. With two homes, spending 6 months in each, the time away, and the the fact they aren't used daily, hell even weekly I'm certain is the enemy.

So it seems every other time I pick up one of the tools, the battery is dead. Many times the battery is dead dead, won't charge any more. Yesterday I went to use my PC circular saw, (4" one) cut about 1" with it and it died. Walked in, pulled #2 battery off the charger, it was dead, went back in and got the corded old saw, and 100' of cord out... PIA... I have already went to HF and bought quite a few tools (the least frequently used) to replace the battery stuff, reciprocating saw, impact gun, grinder/sander. Out at the SD house, I built quite a tool arsenal doing garage sales, good old tools and cheap.

Aside from going back to cords, is there another way? A way to store batteries? Am I missing anything?
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Old 01-11-2019, 06:23 AM
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I no longer use tools frequently enough is the problem I'm sure. Actually it's only a problem as far as the tools are concerned, I'm okay with it! Did my share of projects over the years, in slow down mode whether I like it or not. With two homes, spending 6 months in each, the time away, and the the fact they aren't used daily, hell even weekly I'm certain is the enemy.

So it seems every other time I pick up one of the tools, the battery is dead. Many times the battery is dead dead, won't charge any more. Yesterday I went to use my PC circular saw, (4" one) cut about 1" with it and it died. Walked in, pulled #2 battery off the charger, it was dead, went back in and got the corded old saw, and 100' of cord out... PIA... I have already went to HF and bought quite tool a few to replace the battery stuff, reciprocating saw, impact gun, grinder/sander to name just a few. Out at the SD house, I built quite a tool arsenal doing garage sales, good old tools and cheap.

Aside from going back to cords, is there another way? A way to store batteries? Am I missing anything?
Mike. I've got 11 PC batteries, and only 1 good one..it was recently rebuilt by bulbs and batteries.

PC 18v batteries are just plain shitty. I've got so many PC tools in good condition, I'm having a hard time replacing them and justifying it. When I finally get pissed off enough, I'm going to Ryobi.
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I don't leave them on the charger and I plan my jobs ahead to put the batteries on charge. I seem to get more life out of them that way. Or it's in my head that I do.
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when you open up those old batteries, its just a series of "d" batteries soldered together! look it up on youtube! easy enough to get them back going again!
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Mike. I've got 11 PC batteries, and only 1 good one..it was recently rebuilt by bulbs and batteries.

PC 18v batteries are just plain shitty. I've got so many PC tools in good condition, I'm having a hard time replacing them and justifying it. When I finally get pissed off enough, I'm going to Ryobi.
Yeah... I don't know why I even bought PC after the fiasco I went through with them some years ago with the 19.2v, remember THIS thread? I may have already had these... I just replaced one battery and charger in the last month with my Ryobi drill & impact set, don't think they're any better. My crane mechanic buys all Milwaukee tools and loves them, but they get used frequently...
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My Milwaukee stuff seems to be holding up fairly well with very little use over 2 years (1/2 Impact, grease gun and a blower are what I, currently, have)
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I live in Florida and felt my tool batteries weren't lasting as long as they should. When I bought the last round of batteries, the charger and batteries were brought in the house. This seems to have helped them tremendously. For me, I believe it was extreme heat in the garage that was shortening their life. Current batteries are at least 4 years old and not showing signs of going bad.
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Free parts and service for life. Includes batteries as I asked...


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Old 01-11-2019, 06:34 AM
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NiCads and NiMH need to be kept charged and recharged periodically. Li-Ions actually prefer to sit in a partially-discharged state and will recharge fully when needed. As long as they're not cold, they'd be a better choice for intermittent use.
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Sell it all then buy new stuff that you need. That's what I did to get rid of 3 brands and types of chargers etc and went to all milwaulkee brand, buying new tools and batteries as the need arose.
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I use ridgid tools. Once the batteries are fully charged, take them off. When I use to keep them on the charger all the time, the batteries didnt last long. When i started taking the same batteries off the charger as soon as they were fully charged, they lasted and performed much better. Dont understand why, just seems to work best for me this way
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Free parts and service for life. Includes batteries as I asked...

Thanks, I will definitely look in this..... I want to read reviews and see what people have experienced with the Free parts & service for life... Would be great if they were like Sears was in the old days.
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I’ve notice the battery issue with my Ryobi tools.theni stopped to think, geez some of these batterie are over 10 years old. You don’t realize how much time goes by. Now I date them. I’ll still stick with the brand.
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As mentioned above RIGID....there are better tools but no better warranty and the RIGID stuff are still top tier.

They hold up really well I’ve transitioned to almost all rigid just because of the warranty MAINLY battery replacement. I demand a lot of my equipment and probably use them 350 days a year for hours on end. I have or currently have owned every brand.
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Nicad and lition are to be charged and maintained in differant ways.
nicad should be completly discharged and then completly charged for storage.
Lition should be recharged before complete discharge but is best stored at approx half charge. DO NOT store on charger.
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Originally Posted by JAGSARE1 View Post
I live in Florida and felt my tool batteries weren't lasting as long as they should. When I bought the last round of batteries, the charger and batteries were brought in the house. This seems to have helped them tremendously. For me, I believe it was extreme heat in the garage that was shortening their life. Current batteries are at least 4 years old and not showing signs of going bad.

Never thought of that with these batteries but that is what kills car and boat batteries. Heat is the enemy!
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Rigid tools and batteries are the best.I have about 15 tools and 25 batteries and have never had a failure.The batteries usually last all day without changing.The trick is to have all the same brand tools.The lifetime warranty is unbeatable.Both tools and batteries are covered,you just need to register them.
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I have a ton of battery powered tools in 3 locations. I pull the batteries off the tools and charge them after use and every other month or so I cycle all of them through the chargers. I've had a couple fail but not many.
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No complaints with my 20v dewalt batteries. I charge them after use and they are ready to go.
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When you have a dead tool battery that the charger won't recognize, take a car battery charger and just touch to the terminals on the tool battery then plug it in and it will charge.
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