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smokeyjo 02-16-2010 07:47 AM

fix dead ryobi battery
 
Does anyone know how to fix a dead 18v ryobi battery?? Thanks Joe

campos202 02-16-2010 10:56 AM

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Originally Posted by smokeyjo (Post 400755)
Does anyone know how to fix a dead 18v ryobi battery?? Thanks Joe

Batteries Plus will rebuild it for you. They swap out the cell. Can't remember how much it is though.

brokenknee 02-16-2010 09:38 PM

I believe they usually charge pretty close to what you can buy a replacement for. The up side, you usually get higher capacity cells put in.

I rebuild my own packs, one of these days I will get around to posting a how to thread on the subject.

Some may suggest zapping the battery pack to bring it back to life. This really only has a short term effect and the "hairs" will come back in short order. This can also be dangerous if not done properly.

Best to get it rebuilt or buy new.

aggreX 02-16-2010 09:56 PM

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Originally Posted by smokeyjo (Post 400755)
Does anyone know how to fix a dead 18v ryobi battery?? Thanks Joe

The most cost-effective means to "fix" relatively inexpensive ryobi batteries is replacement. In the past year I have picked up discontinued kits from 49 (impact+nicad) to 99 (drill+lithium+light) which include chargers and two batteries. I think two new 18V ryobi batteries are 49. Rebuilding batteries may provide better components but at a higher cost IMO

Thurman 02-18-2010 08:29 PM

I found tutorials on YouTube about rebuilding battery packs for tools. After pricing the cells + delivery, it was not so attractive-to me. I own nine (9) DeWalt and two (2) Firestorm batteries, 18 volt. We don't have a Battery Plus around here. I've used "Prime Cell", I believe in Pennsylvania, for five (5) DeWalt and both Firestorm battery rebuilds, to the higher (2400 amp/hr ?) cells. app. 1/2 the cost of a new DeWalt/Firestorm at the 1200 amp/hr. I do not work for these people, I just use/pay for their services. Thanks, David IF this is improper to mention--someone will let me know: I'm paying a $46/battery for the 18 volt Ni-Cad units with upgrade.

PaliBob 02-19-2010 10:20 PM

Your battery may not be practical for a rebuild if the case top cannot be opened through a screwed on cover. Some cheap batteries have a molded on cover.

I use Battery Plus for my 18V DeWalt tools and they are great. If you walk-in they are also open for negotiation.

http://www.batteriesplus.com/t-storeloc.aspx

itin1200 02-20-2010 08:51 AM

Add my vote for Batteries Plus. Just had them rebuild a Porter Cable 14.4 volt nicad for $30. Replacement was $60-$75 around the web, so pretty good deal.

While there I asked about lithium-ion batteries. The tech told me they aren't rebuilding them yet because they are too dangerous. Didn't ask what makes them dangerous.

Giles 02-20-2010 10:33 AM

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Originally Posted by smokeyjo (Post 400755)
Does anyone know how to fix a dead 18v ryobi battery?? Thanks Joe

Don't feel to bad---I bought a new Ryobi cordless tool set and also bought two extra batteries. After ONE YEAR all CHINESE made BATTERIES are dead or will only last a short time.
I will have more money in my batteries then I paid for the kit!!!

CZ DIY 02-04-2011 12:51 PM

A year later and it looks like Batteries Plus still doesn't rebuild these lithium batteries. I just called and verified.

Anyone know the best deal on the larger Ryobi Lithium 18v batteries? I'm not interested in the slim ones, unless it's a killer deal.

Edgar214 02-04-2011 03:04 PM

I get my Ryobi 18V on Ebay.
Mike

bjbatlanta 02-04-2011 05:05 PM

That's why I buy Ridgid. Lifetime warranty on tools AND batteries. I've replaced at least 4 or 5 (for 10 or 12 tools) over the past few years at NO cost.


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