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Old 04-11-2006, 08:56 PM   #1
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I have two sets of power tools (battery operated). One is the Firestorm I thinks. 14vdc batts, The two batteries for that set died on the same day, it seemed. Well I let that set since because I have a nicer set of Ryobi 18 vdc power tools.

About 2 weeks ago I tried to use the Drill from the Ryobi and found that BOTH the 18 vdc batteries were dead. I went looking for some new batteries and could only find some that ran around $79.

Well, I put that on hold, because I went 'flying' in the garage last week and broke my forearm and both wrists. Next time I WILL get the ladder.

Today I was in HomeDepot to argue with the Paint Department. The guy I spoke to today was able to mix the paint I need, that the guy told me 3 days ago was impossible.
The paint was on sale 3 days ago, so the paint guy today went and got me the sale price as their guy the other day was dumb as a stick.

Back to the Batteries, As I was feeling decent about HD today, I decided to look for the batteries before I got in line.
The idiot in the tool area went looking and decided that they had NO batteries for Ryobi, at all. He said that I should use Dewalt batteries.

I turned and looked at the bottom row of the tools and Lo and Behold there was a box of 2- 18vdc Ryobi batteries. ON Sale for $39.99.

I do not know how long they will last but 2 for $20 each is a great price




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The prices will come down on the nickel cad. batteries because of the lithium ion replacing them.

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$39.95 for 2 batteries is HDs everyday price. Ryobi sells replacement batteries at a very reasonable price. The only Ryobi tool I own is an 18v cordless drill (and the only brand of cordless I would buy because of this marketing position)
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$39.95 for 2 batteries is HDs everyday price. Ryobi sells replacement batteries at a very reasonable price. The only Ryobi tool I own is an 18v cordless drill (and the only brand of cordless I would buy because of this marketing position)

I guess it was my mistake.
I saw two batteries in a package and a bright Red tag that advertised $39.95. All the other tags on the shelves were much smaller and a plain color.

Plus seeing every other manufacturer with comparable battery sizes were about $79 each. I assumed that these were on sale. I did not stop trying to grab it with the better of my hands to get it into the cart.

But sufficed it to say I was pleasantly suprised at the Normal (?) price thinking it was a great sales price to stop and investigate the normal price that HD sells it for.
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Wow, everyone is dumb, an idiot.....and your the one ...well....your original posts tells it all...
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Understand that you can take your old batteries to a battery shop and some of them can rebuild the old ones for a reasonable fee.
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Then you have a new rebuilt battery.
The cost of new ones is so liitle compared to the expense and use you would get out of this so called "rebuilt" battery.
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can anyone tell why the batteries should die anyway in the first place?.... I thought they suppose to last forever... or close to at least... especially for DIYers who only use it ocassionally... I am hoping that for me Milwaukee 18v and still look that way so far... consider the money to spend on these crab batteries... may be buying a good brand tool make much more sense...
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If you use occasionally or professional...
Recommend you makita 18v lithium-ion battery
very low discharge for whole years and very long life cycle then Ni-cd and
Ni-mh.just about 200buck at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Makita-BDF452H...7195630&sr=1-5

The battery it made in japan,confidence to last loooonger...
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I have never tried this however I have this read in several other forums etc: Take the "dead" batteries and put them in the freezer overnight, then next day take em out and just let em sit and thaw out, I would think you decide that when they get to room temp, then try again to recharge them. Supposedly this works most of the time.
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if this work... can I also assume I can store my batties in the garage/cold room in winter which is at freezing temperature.... as I was worries doing so will kill the batteries... and I have to go through the trouble of bringing all those batteries inside at winter... where I store all my tools in coldroom and garage...
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The problem with storing in a freezer or cold place is that condensation build up will ruin a battery. Like someone else said above, Lithium-Ion batteries are great because they don't lose very much charge while being stored.
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Although I don't understand whatever technical description you said... but looks like the yearly migration from north to south have to be continued...
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I have never tried this however I have this read in several other forums etc: Take the "dead" batteries and put them in the freezer overnight, then next day take em out and just let em sit and thaw out, I would think you decide that when they get to room temp, then try again to recharge them. Supposedly this works most of the time.
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Consider it tried. I have a Dewalt 14.4 that was not taking a full charge. I froze it then thawed it then cherged it aint no different.
Worth a try anyway.
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Min: OK thanks however it would be too ez if it did work eh?
I send mine out to a rebild shop, fairly inexpensive and they upgrade em.
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