Recycle Your Cordless Tools

The materials found in cordless tool batteries are recyclable. Manufacturers reuse the materials to assist in the manufacture of new products. While it is not mandatory to recycle cordless tool batteries in each state, the states of New York and California do enforce such laws. Recycling Makita tool batteries has a positive effect on the environment and helps to reduce hazardous spills at landfills.

Remove the battery from your cordless power tool. Cordless power tools vary by model type and manufacturer, so refer to your owner’s manual for complete battery removal instructions.

Go to Call2Recycle’s website, which belongs to The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation, a nationwide battery disposal organization.

Locate battery recycling facilities across the Unites States and Canada using the “drop off locator” tool.

Find a cordless power tool battery disposal and recycling center in your state. Enter your zip code and choose the nearest location.

Drop off your battery or arrange pickup if a drop-off facility near you is not available. Recycling services are available free of charge.

Alternatively, recycle locally. Contact a replacement Hitachi tool battery store in your town and inquire about recycling services. Drop off your cordless power tool batteries as directed.

Contact an organization such as Workaid and Tools for Self Reliance if you wish to recycle old work tools. These and other organizations accept tools in poor condition and then refurbish and distribute them for work projects in developing counties.

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About Black & Decker Cordless Drill Instructions

The Black and Decker company manufactures a wide range of power tools designed to make tasks at home and on the job easier to accomplish. From corded circular saws and impact drills to cordless screwdrivers and cut off saws, Black and Decker makes a power tool that can help make a project easier to accomplish. The cordless drill manufactured by the company is designed to be durable and easy to use.

Place the charger stand on a table or work surface and plug the power cord into an electrical outlet. Place the battery for the Black and Decker cordless drill in the charger stand so that the red light illuminates. Watch for the red light to flash indicating the battery is charging.

Remove the battery when the red light glows steady and no longer flashes. Insert the small rounded end of the battery pack into the handle of the Black and Decker drill. Push the battery into place until it snaps in securely.

Hold the Black and Decker cordless drill by the handle. Locate the forward and reverse switch on the side of the drill above the trigger. Push the button on the left side of the drill so it extends through on the right side to operate the drill in a forward direction. Push the button, when extended on the right side, so it extends from the left side of the drill to operate the Ryobi tool battery in reverse.

rn the chuck counterclockwise until the bit or driver can be inserted. Turn the chuck clockwise to tighten the bit or driver in place.

Set the torque on the drill based on the job to be done, such as drilling or driving a screw. Determine the proper setting by turning the torque selection collar at the base of the chuck to the lowest setting. Drill with the cordless drill or drive a screw and observe the clutch to see if it ratchets or clicks. Adjust the torque ring until the driver does not ratchet and continue driving or drilling.

Set the gear range on the Black and Decker cordless drill. Locate the gear range selector switch near the front of the Paslode drill battery. Slide the selector forward for faster drill speed and lower torque or back for slower drill speed and higher torque. Choose the setting based on personal preference and the task at hand.

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How to Choose Power Tool 18V Battery Types

The 18-volt or 18v Hitachi tool  battery powers most power tools, from cordless drills to jig saws. While all the types of 18v batteries power tools offers are rechargeable, there’s a wide range of value, charge life and cost you need to understand when shopping for batteries. Find DeWalt batteries at your local hardware or construction supply store, or order them online. If you don’t have a battery charger, you’ll need one; you can find multi-type chargers that will charge any of power tools 18v batteries.

Purchase 18v nickel cadmium (or NiCad) batteries if you are a casual drill user or if you need to purchase the least expensive battery type. While nickel cadmium batteries are rechargeable, Michael BlueJay’s website, a well-known website reviewer, terms them “obsolete,” you get very few recharges and they last 50 percent less than nickel-metal hydride Panasonic tool batteries.

Buy nickel-metal hydride batteries if you use the drill semi-regularly and want a good value battery. These batteries go dead if you don’t use them for some time, so they make poor casual-use batteries. But they are easy to find, relatively inexpensive and offer a long life and recharge function.

Purchase lithium-ion batteries for the most value for your money. These are more expensive, but they have a long life, recharge well and don’t lose a charge when not in use like the nickel-metal hydride batteries do. InfoBarrel notes that these can be recharged 2,000 times, making them a good AEG battery value for the heavy drill user or the homeowner who plans to use the drill occasionally for many years.

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When a Bosch 14.4-Volt Drill That Wants a Charge

The Bosch battery pack that plugs into the handle on your 14.4-volt Bosch cordless drill has several battery cells mounted inside of it. If you plug your Bosch cordless drill into the recharger and the status light turns on, it indicates that the drill wants to take a charge. However, if the drill never actually charges, you can rebuild the battery pack with replacement battery cells and restore life to your worn out drill.

Locate the screws that secure the top half of the battery pack housing to the bottom half of the housing and remove them with a Phillips-head screwdriver.

Draw a diagram of the battery cells and how they position inside the housing. Each cell has a positive and negative wire connected to it. Label the wires and denote which cell the wires go to.

Lift the group of battery cells out of the housing and slide the wire terminals out of the battery cells by pulling on them with a pair of needle-nose pliers.

Slide the wire terminals into the slots on the replacement Makita battery cells, which you can purchase from many electronic component supply retailers.

Place the group of battery cells back into the housing and place the top onto the housing.

Secure the two pieces of the housing together with the original screws.

Place the Dewalt battery pack back into the Bosch drill and charge it as normal.

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How to Mix Old and New Batteries

Most manufacturers warn against mixing old and new batteries as well as batteries from different manufacturers. With most devices, mixing old and new Bosch 2 607 335 089 batteries will simply drain the new battery faster, costing you more money than if you had bought new ones. However, mixing batteries in some older devices can lead to battery leakage or explosion. For instance, if the device does not have a low-voltage detector to prevent the device from trying to draw energy from a dead battery, the battery may be over-discharged and could potentially explode. Mixing batteries also forces the new batteries to work harder, which can cause them to overheat. That being said, sometimes you only have a few new batteries, but not enough to replace all them in a small electronic device. As long as the device is small, mixing batteries can be completed successfully and safely.

Make sure the device that needs the Bosch 2 607 335 533 batteries is fairly new and small. The risks associated with mixing batteries are minimized in smaller devices. For example, mixing old and new batteries in a television remote will provide you with plenty of battery life.

Stick to the same brand. Using the same brand of batteries will prevent any problems that may arise from mixing different kinds of batteries, such as serious overheating.

Replace as many of the old batteries as possible. A device must have a certain amount of power, or voltage, to work. Since the old batteries will not be providing their share, the new batteries are forced to work harder to provide the power, running them down faster. Using as many new batteries as possible eases the strain on the new batteries.

Keep track of which device has mixed batteries. Doing so will help you remember to exchange all the batteries the next time, instead of having to continually mix batteries, which is not good for the device and will cost you more money.

Replace all the batteries as soon as possible. A full set of fully charged batteries will ensure the maximum life for both the Bosch 2 607 335 685 batteries and your device. This means throwing out all the batteries, as the new ones have been draining faster.

Do not try this in old or large devices. This will increase the likelihood of serious and dangerous malfunctions.

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How to Jolt a Nicad Battery Back to Life

You have purchased expensive reusable nickel-cadmium Bosch 2 607 335 536  batteries in the hopes of saving money in the long run. Instead, you are met with frustration because the batteries no longer hold charge. Fortunately, there is a solution known as jolting, or zapping, using common items found in the garage. If not exercised regularly, nickel-based rechargeables develop an inner crystalline formation, which degrades the charge quality. Jolt your nicads using a 12-volt DC power source to break up crystallization, thus saving you money.

Wear all proper safety equipment. Set your volt-meter to the proper range for your battery. Hold the red lead on the positive battery terminal, and the black lead to the negative terminal. Read the meter: If the tested voltage is under 90 percent of the voltage labeled on the Bosch BAT040 battery, then it needs to be jolted.

Separate the alligator clips from the 12-volt battery charger so they are not touching anything conductive. Turn on the battery charger. Hold the red/positive clip to the positive terminal of the worn battery. Tap the black/negative clip against the negative battery terminal 10 times, taking care not to hold a connection. Repeat this process for each worn nicad battery you have.

Test each battery again: if the reading is still below 90 percent, repeat the jolting process until a desired reading is achieved. Shut off the battery charger. Recharge the refurbished batteries in their respective chargers for the factory recommended amount of time.
Fully discharge and recharge your nicad batteries every few uses to avoid the need for future jolting.

Only jolt nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cd) batteries, as other battery types may explode.

Do not HOLD the alligator clips on the Bosch BAT412 battery, as they may overheat or leak.

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How to Condition NiMH Bosch Batteries

Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) Bosch D-70771 batteries are commonly used to replace AA and AAA alkaline batteries. NiMH holds an advantage over traditional alkaline technology in that NiMH can be recharged. This can add up to a substantial savings over the life of your battery operated device. To get the longest life and best performance out of your NiMH batteries, they must be used correctly.

Charge the battery completely before using. The first charge should be a complete and slow charge. Do not use quick chargers to perform this initial charging.

Use the battery until it is drained. After the initial charge, use the battery until it is drained and then recharge it. The second charge can be done using either a regular or quick charge device. Although, they charge the batteries in less time, your batteries will discharge faster if you use a quick charger.

Recharge the battery whenever power gets low. NiMH batteries do not need to be completely discharged each cycle. You can connect the batteries to the charger whenever the power starts to get low.

Cycle the Bosch 2 607 336 092 batteries to obtain maximum life. Approximately once every 30-60 days completely discharge the batteries by letting the device that they are powering run until shutdown. Allow the NiMH batteries to remain in a discharged state for four to six hours. Then recharge the batteries using a non-quick charge method and resume normal use.
NiMH batteries are superior to the older NiCAD batteries in that NiMH does not have to be completely discharged with each use. Typically NiMH batteries are available in AA and AAA sizes, however some specialty electronics stores carry C and D NiMH cells.

Never dispose of batteries in a fire. Take your used batteries to a Bosch 2 607 335 278 battery recycling station for disposal. Contact your local government offices for details.

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Rechargeable Battery Care and Maintenance Guide

There are basically three types of rechargeable Panasonic power tool batteries available for use with consumer electronic products: nickel cadmium (Ni-Cad), Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH) and Lithium Ion (Li-Ion). I will discuss the advantages, disadvantages and ways to improve battery performance for each of these three types of rechargeable batteries.

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NI-CAD Batteries
Ni-Cad batteries are probably the most commonly known type of rechargeable batteries in use today. These batteries have a good capacity and maintain a stable voltage throughout their discharge cycle. The stable discharge voltage allows electronic devices, using Ni-Cad batteries, to operate throughout almost the entire discharge cycle. Another advantage to Ni-Cad batteries is that they have a reasonable shelf life between charges. The main drawback to Ni-Cad batteries is the “memory” effect. Another factor that plagues Ni-Cad batteries is the limited number of recharge cycles before the batteries must be replaced. Ni-Cad batteries will usually require replacement every 1-2 years.

Ni-Cad battery memory effect is generally described as the battery operating for a shorter and shorter period of time as the battery gets older. The reason for this is that most people user their Ni-Cad battery operated devices and then promptly place the device into the charger. Over time Ni-Cad batteries develop crystals in the unused portions of the battery material which prohibit the chemical reaction that produces electricity. If you only use your Ni-Cad battery for 30 minutes before placing it back on the charger, over time, your battery will only be able to operate for a maximum of 30 minutes (hence the term memory effect).

There are two simple steps that you can do minimize Ni-Cad battery memory effect. First, always use your Ni-Cad battery operated device until the battery is completely drained. This will minimize crystal build-up and extend your battery’s useful life. Another way to increase your Ni-Cad battery’s useful life is by performing a deep discharge cycle about once a month. A deep discharge cycle is achieved by operating your Ni-Cad powered device until the device completely stops operating. Performing these simple steps should ensure that you achieve maximum life out of your Ni-Cad Hitachi power tool battery.

Ni-MH Batteries
Ni-MH batteries are a newer technology of rechargeable batteries. They have the same advantages as Ni-Cad batteries but they don’t suffer from the memory effect. They also have a longer useful life cycle; about 3-4 years before requiring replacement. The main drawback to Ni-MH batteries is that they have a fairly high discharge rate while in storage. For instance, if you fully charge a Ni-MH battery and then leave it unattended for about a week, it will lose about 20% of its charge.

To avoid this problem, it is advisable to keep your Ni-MH batteries in the charger when they aren’t in use. Because they don’t suffer from the memory effect, keeping them on the charger won’t do any harm. NiMH batteries are more expensive than Ni-Cad batteries, but they will last a lot longer. In the long run NiMH batteries turn out to provide better value.

Li-Ion Batteries
The newest category of commercially available rechargeable batteries are the Li-Ion power tool batteries for AEG. These batteries have all the advantages of Ni-Cad and NiMH batteries plus they have a longer useful life than either of these two types of rechargeable batteries. The main disadvantage to Li-Ion batteries is that they lose about 10% of their useable capacity each year due to chemical breakdown within the cells. There is nothing that can be done to prevent this condition..

Li-Ion batteries have a typical useful life of between 300-500 discharge cycles or about 4-5 years. You can maximize the useful life of your Li-Ion batteries by keeping them on the charger during use (e.g. laptop computer) or keeping them on the charger when not in use. Because Li-Ion batteries are “smart” batteries they cannot be overcharged.

Because Li-Ion battery life is dependent on the number of discharge cycles, anything you can do to minimize the number of discharge cycles will, in effect, increase the battery’s useful life.

Here’s a Li-Ion battery maintenance tip; Li-Ion batteries should be conditioned about once a month. Most Li-Ion batteries have a fuel gauge on the battery (i.e. the LEDs on one side of the battery with a test button) and the electronic device (usually a laptop computer) also has monitoring software to manage the battery power. The accuracy of a Li-Ion battery’s self-monitoring circuitry degrades after about a month of use. If you notice that your battery’s fuel gauge or your device’s operating time estimate is way off, then you probably need to condition your battery.

To calibrate (or condition) your Li-Ion battery, fully charge your batteries (let them charge overnight even if they appear to have a full charge) then operate your device until it shuts down. Recharge your batteries and you should notice an improvement in the accuracy of the operating time prediction.

Here’s a Summary of What You Need to Know About Rechargeable Batteries

Ni-Cad Battery

PRO: Steady Voltage Throughout Discharge Cycle, Good Shelf Life
CON: Suffer from “Memory Effect”
TIP: To minimize memory effect, always operate your Ni-Cad batteries until fully depleted. Completely discharge Ni-Cad batteries about once-a-month
NiMH Battery

PRO: Steady Voltage Throughout Discharge Cycle, no “Memory Effect”
CON: Shelf Discharge Rate Higher Than Ni-Cad Batteries
TIP: Keep NiMH batteries on charger when not in use.
Li-Ion Battery

PRO: Steady Voltage Throughout Discharge Cycle, No Memory Effect, Better Shelf Life Than NiMH Batteries
CON: Lose About 10% Useful Capacity Each Year
TIP: Minimize battery cycles by keeping Li-Ion battery operated devices on charger when available. Condition Li-Ion batteries about once-a-month to keep them calibrated.
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What Batteries Will Fit 18V Ryobi Tools

In a world of RYOBI power tool batteries, battery packs and chargers with endless combinations of connectors and sizes, Ryobi Tools keeps it simple. All of the company’s 18-volt tools, sold under the “One+” product line, accept the same batteries, regardless of the type of tool or the date of purchase. Tools brought home from the store yesterday use the same 18-volt battery packs as 10-year-old tools. Ryobi offers three varieties of 18-volt battery packs for its tools.

Ryobi’s One+ line of tools includes more than 40 tools that are powered by 18-volt battery packs. Tools include standard power tools such as drills, saws, sanders and trimmers. However, other devices utilize the One+ 18-volt battery, including vacuums, flashlights, radios and portable fans. The 18-volt batteries for new devices are compatible with old batteries, and new batteries are compatible with old devices.

Nickel cadmium batteries for power tools are the value side of Ryobi’s 18-volt batteries. They’re heavier, bulkier and don’t provide the punch that the lithium ion batteries do. However, you could buy two batteries and keep one on the charger for less than one high-performance lithium ion battery.

For jobs that don’t give much space for tools, the compact lithium ion battery is ideal. It’s also useful for work done above the head. Weighing in at about a pound, it’s 45 percent lighter than the nickel cadmium option. Ryobi claims that it performs 20 percent better than the nickel cadmium battery pack and holds its charge four times longer. At the time of publication, one compact lithium ion battery cost about $10 less than a two-pack of nickel cadmium batteries but about $40 less than the extended-life lithium ion AEG cordless drill battery.

The high capacity battery pack holds the longest charge of all Ryobi batteries. Despite being larger than the compact lithium ion battery, the high capacity battery weighs 1.6 lbs. — less than the 1.9-lb nickel cadmium battery pack. It features a fuel gauge, allowing you to monitor power remaining before the battery pack dies. This additional feature and the higher charge capacity come at a price, though — $89 each at the time of publication.

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How to Reset DeWalt Power Tool Batteries

DeWalt has a selection of woodworking tools and power tools that contain a rechargeable nickel-cadmium battery pack so you don’t have to deal with electrical extension cords and trying to locate a electrical outlet. DeWalt DE9036 battery packs are quick to charge and long-lasting, and contain a microchip that shuts the battery pack off if it overheats. Once the battery pack shuts off, you have to reset it. The reset process clears the microchip’s memory and gives the chip the “all clear” to charge normally.
Press the battery pack removal button, located on the back of the power tool’s handle, to release the battery pack from the DeWalt DE903 power tool battery.

Slide the battery pack along the rail track, on the bottom of the power tool, to remove the pack.

Place the battery pack into the battery pack charger with the metal contact side matching the metal contacts in the charger.

Let the battery pack charge for eight hours. Your DeWalt DE9038 battery pack is now reset.

Reset/charge the battery pack at room temperature (at least 68 degrees Fahrenheit)—do not place the battery charger in a cold garage or other area that is below room temperature. This could lead to the charger failing and the battery pack not resetting/charging.

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