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Old 06-25-2008, 01:36 PM   #1
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NiCd charging question

so my understanding with NiCd batteries is they should be used until they they are obviously low, but not completely dead, and that if you are not using them, they should be re-charged about once a month to keep them working well. My question is, do I need to ensure that the battery is pretty much dead at the end of a month before charging it? Trying to avoid memory issues with some new batteries that I have. thanks


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Old 06-26-2008, 01:41 PM   #2
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hello, yes NiCad batteries should be run to full dead before you recharge them to avoid the memory problem. It is OK to recharge them sometimes before they are dead, but not as normal practice.
These batteries in power tools don't last very long. I've replaced mine with new NiMH cells, take apart the battery pack and remove the tabs and resolder them to the NiMH cells in the same config, the charger works the same. They last longer than the NiCad and don't have the memory issue.


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