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Old 06-09-2013, 07:41 AM   #16
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What, the guy's interested in finding an effective way to make use of his real world stuff. What's the problem with helping him do that?

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Old 06-09-2013, 07:49 AM   #17
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Ask anyone who's ever raced RC car, you can indeed solder the cells together, it's actually the industry standard.........


If you don't want to mess with that, Batteries Plus can rebuild your battery with better cells for less money than new or you can find plenty of cheaper options for sale on the web. I've tried both of these options, and was happy with batteries from each........
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Didn't know that Batteries plus did that. Good find.

Heck, you can get the replacement batteries for a Hybrid now for $0.25 on the dollar.

Have Batteries Plus do it James and let me know how it turns out.
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Ask anyone who's ever raced RC car, you can indeed solder the cells together, it's actually the industry standard.........
He did ask someone that has, I have built and raced RC cars. Tons of fun.

I've borrowed a friend's homemade spot-welder to make tight and break-proof connections between cells for 7 cell packs. Which I did after roasting at least one nicad cell AND dealing with cracks from soldered joints. All that banging around means you're much better off with a welded connection.

Then there's how many of those battery packs are constructed inside. There's often just not enough room for anything else.
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You have to make sure you have enough overlap of the tab and use a hot enough iron. The most common mistake guys make soldering anything is to use the wrong size iron for the job.

When your doing those tabs, you want a BIG iron....quick heat so you don't damage the batteries....

I've been repairing packs for some 30 odd years....have yet to damage a battery.
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There are several websites that sell new and rebuilt batteries pretty reasonable for almost all cordless tools.
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/15-NiCd-SubC.../330401958745?

By far the best deal I've ever found on brand name sub-Cs.
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The problem, which Im sure all of you have run into is the cost of replacement batteries.
You got that right. I really liked my 19.2V Sears cordless tools. Batteries eventually died. Replacement batteries were very expensive, but one day found on sale a Sears drill+worklight +batteries+charger kit that was less than two replacement batteries. Bought the kit. (even though I already have the drill and a different spotlight) But unfortunately, all batteries are not created equal. Sears makes batteries in several different Amp-hr capacities. Capacity is not marked on the battery or the package. The new batteries I got in the kit are totally useless --- Arghh!!!!

Now I have to decide if I should spring for a set of the 19.2V Lithium Ion batteries and a new charger, or upgrade to a better set of cordless tools.
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Just buy new batteries.
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You got that right. I really liked my 19.2V Sears cordless tools. Batteries eventually died. Replacement batteries were very expensive, but one day found on sale a Sears drill+worklight +batteries+charger kit that was less than two replacement batteries. Bought the kit. (even though I already have the drill and a different spotlight) But unfortunately, all batteries are not created equal. Sears makes batteries in several different Amp-hr capacities. Capacity is not marked on the battery or the package. The new batteries I got in the kit are totally useless --- Arghh!!!!

Now I have to decide if I should spring for a set of the 19.2V Lithium Ion batteries and a new charger, or upgrade to a better set of cordless tools.
I have been buying recon tools from Bosch CPO for a long time and found them to be very good. I just purchased an 18 volt drill, two high AH NIMH batteries, charger and case for $119. I really like Bosch tools and most of what I own are Bosch, except for some Makita stuff. Two 2.5 AH Batteries would cost about $108 or so so again, "they" have made it cheaper to throw your old perfectly good tools into the landfill. So much for "Green" I have priced the rebuild kits and it is my opinion that the price of those is simply not competitive.

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