Cordless power tools are a great way to complete home DIY projects or even construction jobs. They are convenient and easy to use, since you do not have to worry about tripping over a power cord. You can use them in awkward and small spaces since they are designed to be compact and are highly ergonomic.
Your power tool batteries will lose power gradually. That is bound to happen. Eventually you will have to throw out the lifeless battery from your cordless woodworking tool and get a new one. But there is a LOT you can do to increase the life of the battery.
A cordless tool rechargeable battery will lose its capacity to hold a charge over time. This happens with age, and with the rigours of usage. What you have to do depends on the kind of battery your power tool has, which in technical terms is known as the ‘chemistry’ of the battery. The 3 kinds of batteries found in 99% of woodworking tools are Li-ion (Lithium Ion), Ni-Mh (Nickel Metal Hydride), and NiCd (Nickel Cadmium).
How To Care For Rechargeable Batteries
Keep the battery charged
Running the battery down till its completely drained isn’t good for almost any battery. Even NiCd and NiMh batteries that have the (alleged) “memory effect” only need to be completely discharged once in 20-30 days to counter this problem. (more about “memory effect” in this post).If your woodworking tool has a Li-ion battery you do not ever need to fully discharge it as these batteries do not suffer from memory effect. Partial discharges are good for Li-ion batteries. Charge them whenever you get the chance and preferably before they fall below 20% charge.
Discharge The Battery Regularly
In other words, use the tool. Just as important as keeping the battery charged is keeping those electrons moving inside the batteries. Batteries do not like to be left idle for long periods of time. If you are not going to use the tool much, buy a corded model instead or store the batteries the right way.
Most batteries need to be charged fully to keep them healthy. Li-ion may be an exception to this. They prefer partial charges and dis-charges. No harm done in fully charging it as well if you want the longest run-time on a single charge.
Protect the battery
Keep it cool and dry. Do not drop it or give it hard bumps. Li-ion batteries are particularly susceptible to high temperature and hard shocks. Do not leave your batteries in a hot place, inside or outside the tool. Do not get it wet.
Do not deep discharge your battery.
If the power tool starts showing signs of weakening in power, charge it up or use a 2nd backup battery. Do not run down the battery till its drained.
Adjust tool power settings.
Your cordless woodworking tool may have settings for variable speed and power. Using a lower setting when its sufficient for the job will run the tool for longer for every charge.
Do not overcharge.
Most modern woodworking tools have chargers that will not overcharge a battery. Some are designed specially so that you can leave your NiCd and NiMh batteries on them to keep them charged.
Made with rechargeable lithium ion batteries, our products are guaranteed to last a long time and are safe to use. After all, we want to make sure that you always get great value for your money.
If this is your first time buying batteries and chargers for your power tools, do not hesitate to give us a call at 02 888 10 333 and ask our friendly customer service team for assistance.