Battery dilemma


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Old 10-16-21, 07:55 AM
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Battery dilemma

I have an old Makita 14.4 cordless drill that uses a Ni-Mh battery. The drill itself works great, but it's getting to where battery life isn't very good any more. I've looked at name brand Makita batteries and at about $150, I can buy a new drill and batteries! So I looked at knock-off batteries and I can get 2 for about $40, with just slightly better Ah (3.0 vs. 2.8).

Does anyone have any experience, good or bad with the cheap knock-offs? I hate to buy a new drill when I just don't use it as much as I used to, since I now have an impact driver that I bought about 15 years ago. I also have a corded 1/2" Milwaukee drill for the real heavy stuff
 
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Old 10-16-21, 09:21 AM
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I'm 50/50 with aftermarket batteries. Some work as advertised and some wouldn't even stay plugged into the tool.

Another option is to rebuild your battery packs with new cells. Purchase new, quality NiMh cells. Try to find ones that are tabbed for easier soldering into the new pack. Open the plastic case of your battery packs and replace the cells.
 
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Old 10-16-21, 09:36 AM
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Have bought them off of Amazon for my weed eater and drill.
Have bought about 4 of them.
One of them was hard to remove from my drill so I returned it. The replacement worked fine.
All of them ere as good if not better than the originals.
 
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Old 10-16-21, 10:35 AM
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Bought two for a 19v Ryobi drill off amazon. They both fit well, charge well and work well. I'm happy.
I'd think it's mostly the luck of the draw..... 50-50 like Dane said.
I bought them from amazon because if they had a problem they were going right back.
 
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Old 10-17-21, 03:08 AM
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Thank you all for the responses! I think I'll give Amazon a shot.
 
 

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