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Old 01-20-2015, 04:25 PM   #61
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Does anyone know if you can replace the older nicad batteries with newer lithium ion batteries?
Do that with extreme caution or not at all. I don't know the technical details but the charging characteristics are very different for lithium batteries and they must be charged with a charger designed for them. Here I went to youtube and searched on "lithium battery fire" It gets real ugly real fast. Overcharging them will do that.
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Do that with extreme caution or not at all. I don't know the technical details but the charging characteristics are very different for lithium batteries and they must be charged with a charger designed for them. Here I went to youtube and searched on "lithium battery fire" It gets real ugly real fast. Overcharging them will do that.
When I bought lithium batteries for my Ryobi NiCad drill, it came with a new smart charger that works with NiCad or Lithium batteries.
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Do that with extreme caution or not at all. I don't know the technical details but the charging characteristics are very different for lithium batteries and they must be charged with a charger designed for them. Here I went to youtube and searched on "lithium battery fire" It gets real ugly real fast. Overcharging them will do that.
I was expecting to have to get a new charger if I had found a lithium battery for my drill but from doing a quick web search the only replacement batteries I could find were ni-cd or ni-mh. I could probably get a decent new drill at the cost they wanted for a couple ni-mh batteries.
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Thanks everyone for all the responses - I learned so much from reading them! I did order a drill recommended by one of you, and will report back on how it works out for us.

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Thanks everyone for all the responses - I learned so much from reading them! I did order a drill recommended by one of you, and will report back on how it works out for us.

Thanks again,

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Any chance of a spoiler alert by telling us the color?

I suppose that would probably give it away.

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I've swapped battery pack sizes on some of the B&D cordless tools to use higher voltage battery packs. For them, its just a matter of trimming a tab and then making a battery lock/latch to hold the other pack in place. Still use the proper charger for the batteries though. The tools run VERY well but I'm pretty sure I'm shortening their life by using them hard. Don't really care--most are used and I've gotten more than my money's worth out of them.
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I've swapped battery pack sizes on some of the B&D cordless tools to use higher voltage battery packs. For them, its just a matter of trimming a tab and then making a battery lock/latch to hold the other pack in place. Still use the proper charger for the batteries though. The tools run VERY well but I'm pretty sure I'm shortening their life by using them hard. Don't really care--most are used and I've gotten more than my money's worth out of them.
I did this 20yrs ago with a 38 year old 7.2v Makita drill (they were orange back then), upped to the 9.6v battery that fits the same profile but is longer. No problems at all, and it has seen mucho regular use.
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