Replacements, Conversions, and Battery Maintenance Tips
We love our tools. We even have signs that say, "Don't touch my Tools". Or is that just me? But I hate being on the job or doing a project and losing time with a horrible battery that is at the end of its life. We've all been there. It was on the charger all night but only gives you ten minutes of use. So frustrating. Let's solve that problem today. Don't get stuck again!
But Mr. Hogger, all of my tools are 18v, and I don't want to buy a whole set of new tools. Never fear my dear handyman, we've got you covered. DeWalt offers a 18v to 20v MAX conversion kit. The kit comes with two 20v MAX batteries, charger, and 18v adapter. New life for your old, reliable tools. Making the transition to 20v is much easier now.
How do I make sure to keep my batteries in good working order. My buddie all tell me to do different things. What should I do?
Well, let's debunk some of these myths right now and give you some practical tips on keeping your batteries in great shape.
1. Do not run down the battery all the way. I've heard of some people taping the trigger down to drain the battery. Don't do this. It is much better for the battery to change it as soon as you notice a decrease in power. Let the battery sit to reach room temperature before charging and allow the battery to charge overnight 8 hours or more for peak performance and runtime.
2. Yes, leaving it on the charger is perfectly fine. In fact, most batteries will experience some sort of shelf discharge, so keep it on the charger so you have a fully charged battery.
3. Yes, the outside temperature will affect your batteries. When charging, attempt to keep the battery between 40F and 105F. If you are charging it at or over 105F, I feel for you.
4. Yes, you can charge your batteries with a generator. DeWalt chargers, except the DW9106, have been designed to handle variations in voltage, so it is safe to charge batteries with a generator.
After you have purchased your new set of power for you tools, consider recycling your batteries. Call 1800-8-BATTERY for disposal options.