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Old 03-21-2013, 03:04 PM   #1
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How Long Did Your Cordless Tool Batteries Last?


One of my Makita 18volt Lithium-ion batteries just died. It was 2 years old, used quiet a bit but definitely not abused.

It just made me wonder how long to expect a lithium-ion battery to last.

How long have your batteries lasted?
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Old 03-21-2013, 04:40 PM   #2
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One of my Makita 18volt Lithium-ion batteries just died. It was 2 years old, used quiet a bit but definitely not abused.

It just made me wonder how long to expect a lithium-ion battery to last.

How long have your batteries lasted?
I still have some in the field from 4 years ago, seem to be going strong. Bosch 18v slim-packs (1.3ah). I have two 3 year old fat packs(2.6ah) as well.

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Not lion, but my festool nicads are still going strong after 5 years.
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My makita lith batts have been dropping like flies- 4-5 died in less than a year.
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I've used a Hilti 14.4v cordless set for 4 yrs. still going strong. I've worn the rubber coating off the battery bottoms.
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Li batteries
Ridgid = 1 died after 2 years, sold other still working after about 3 years (18v)
Festool = both still going strong after 3-4 years.
Nicds always seemed to replace every 2 years
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those makitas will crap out if you overheat them and throw them right on the charger. its important to let them chill out for a minute. and don't put the charger in the sun.

friend of mine killed 2 batteries in the same day (almost new), almost new, building a deck with the cordless saw and charging in the hot summer sun.
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my 18v dewalt liion's are going strong after I think 4 years (not constant/everyday use-just me using them). The nicad's are almost all crapped out though (6-7 of them)-I'm ready to toss them all in the recylcling bin-but replacing with new liion's is pretty expensive.
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I have had one makita fail in 6 years and I think it was my fault as I left it in the radio for a while and forgot about it.

I still have one left from the very first set I bought in the UK that 6 years ago. I def has about half the life it had from new but it still charges and works ok. It's always best to keep them topped up even if they are 50% charged.
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I was gettin a year top with mine but i think the cold weather eats them up.
My 20v dewalts are going strong
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My dewalt 20's are showing signs of wear...don't hold a charge like they used too. Makita's, all 3 of the 1830 batteries I have have been through nearly 3 tool upgrades over 4 years and are still as good as new.
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My makita lith batts have been dropping like flies- 4-5 died in less than a year.
That's exactly how my NiCad 12volt Dewalt ones went after 4 years.
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One of my Makita 18volt Lithium-ion batteries just died. It was 2 years old, used quiet a bit but definitely not abused.

It just made me wonder how long to expect a lithium-ion battery to last.

How long have your batteries lasted?
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My makita lith batts have been dropping like flies- 4-5 died in less than a year.
Are they the 1.5 or the 3.0's?
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My Makita batteries last about 3 months til they're worthless! I need to upgrade my tool set!
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I sell my Makita kits when about a year to a year and a old with my oldest batterys in them
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None of my Rigid li-ions show any signs of wear yet with pretty hard use.

If and when they do however I'll just trade them in for free replacements over and over

All my Dewalt nicads have gone down the crapper though. I think I have one that I can get about 30 minutes of mild use from. I only like keeping one around for the occasional one or two holes into concrete.
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Batteries are a very difficult thing to judge. The usage of batteries from one individual to the next is completely different. Also, a single drop can damage the cells, hot temperatures, cold temperatures. Too many variables to compare.
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My Hilti NIMH batteries are six years old and still work fine, but I don't use my cordless drill every day.

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