Ni Cad Batteries suck. They develop dendrites that short out the cells.
Go Lithium Ion Next time, and buy a good brand, like Bosch.
Stuffing 16 1.2V cells into a drill battery overheats the cells in the middle of the pack when charging, causing them to fail.
Hint: A 14.4 Volt Drill battery lasts twice as long as an 18 or 19.2 volt battery, it is lighter, and it develops as much torque if it is a good make.
To my way of thinking, there is a definite cut off point where cordless no longer makes any sense. They are fine for some things, and ludicrous for others, but people keep buying them, even when you can buy a small generator relatively cheap, and buy AC tools for a song. Go figure.
I think its a my wang is bigger than yours thing. Pretty soon we will see a big Dewalt pod on the trunk of cars.