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Old 04-22-2014, 04:14 AM   #1
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Is DC9096 NiCad or DC9180 Lithium-Ion battery better?


I have a Dewalt 18v cordless tools, now I want to buy batteries for my cordless tools but I do not know any better battery for my stuff, DC9096 NiCad or DC9180 Lithium Ion battery?

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Is DC9096 NiCad or DC9180 Lithium-Ion battery better?


Those numbers don't mean anything to me, but in general, nicads lose power slowly over the charge. Li-on keeps delivering power longer but when they are done the tool quits, no warning. That is why many now have charge gauges. I have run many nicads until no longer rechargeable, but have never had to replace a Li-on.

My vote would be for li-on.

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Li-I also do not work when cold. So if you live in a cold climate and leave your tools in the truck overnight they will be dead in the morning.
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I have a Dewalt 18v cordless tools...
I do too. All 18V niCad's...
Mine are leftovers from when I worked for a living.

How many tools do you have and how hard do you use them? That's the DIY question you have to answer regarding replacements (tool or battery).

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I (want) to buy batteries for my cordless tools...
Do you NEED to buy new batteries?
I needed some this winter. (2Pk for $120)
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...DC9096 NiCad or DC9180 Lithium Ion battery?
Will your tolls work with either type?
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Is DC9096 NiCad or DC9180 Lithium-Ion battery better?


Li-ion would generally be considered the better battery. But does your tool use justify the higher cost of the batteries and charger ?

The Li-ion will fit and work in the older "ni-cad" tools, but being slightly smaller you will have an overhang where the tool base "fits" the battery. This is cosmetic, the battery snaps firmly in place.

Your older ni-cad charger (black) cannot safely charge the Li-ion batteries. The newer yellow charger can charge both ni-cad and Li-ion.
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Li-I also do not work when cold. So if you live in a cold climate and leave your tools in the truck overnight they will be dead in the morning.
Well... they don't charge when they're cold, but they still work. I leave my hitachi (Li-I) in the van all the time in Manitoba Winters without too much issue. They won't charge however until they warm up a little.
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Li-I also do not work when cold. So if you live in a cold climate and leave your tools in the truck overnight they will be dead in the morning.
So, how much temperature limit of li-ion battery is?
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Those numbers don't mean anything to me, but in general, nicads lose power slowly over the charge. Li-on keeps delivering power longer but when they are done the tool quits, no warning. That is why many now have charge gauges. I have run many nicads until no longer rechargeable, but have never had to replace a Li-on.

My vote would be for li-on.
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I do not understand why the battery is not memory effect and limited self-discharge mode that will extend the life of batteries.

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