A lot of time when people need new Panasonic power tool battery they will either go to the store and look around, do a little research online, or maybe even ask friends or family for recommendations. This is a good way to get some opinions.
If you are going to be going to the store to check out what is available, it is best to be prepared ahead of time. You should familiarize yourself with common trends for each type of tool you need and then figure out what features are the best fit for your situation. You can save yourself a lot of money by looking at what you need rather than what is the “best”.
What are some example of what I’m talking about? Let’s take a look at the example of cordless drills and drivers. You might be tempted to buy something that has Lithium Ion batteries and hammering action, and possible 18 volts of Milwaukee cordless drill battery. That would be nice, but it will also be expensive. The description of what I just threw out there is for contractor grade tools.
What are you going to be using the drill for? Let’s say that you are planning on building some light furniture and maybe will use the drill on weekends mostly. You probably don’t need a super powerful drill with the most expensive battery technology. You could probably get by with a 12 volt drill, no need for hammering action, and you could probably do fine with a NiCad battery as opposed to Lithium Ion. Sure, a Lithium Ion battery would be really nice, and would charge faster, but if you aren’t planning on using the drill for continuous hours at a time you could save a few bucks in this department.
See what I’m doing here? I’m trying to find the specific features that I probably do need, and then going out and finding a tool to match those needs. This will help me to maximize my dollars and get what I need all at the same time, rather than blow all my money on a battery for power tools that may be a bit overblown for my needs.