Replacement drill batteries

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  1. KyleS1

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    I have an Hitachi DV18DVC drill with 3 batteries and they are all knackered. Drill is about 5 years old but has had little use. The batteries barely hold a charge.
    I've seen replacements batteries and they are around £35+ each. Recently there was an offer someone posted on here for a Bosch lithium ion cordless with 2 batteries for £65. I'm thinking I'd be better with something like this as li-ion batteries don't tend to suffer as much with infrequent use. So similar cost and get a new drill. Is that good logic for self justification? :)
     
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    It is good logic, I've got a Bosh Hedge trimmer and the replacement battery is almost 5 quid more than buying a new trimmer with battery. Of course the logic falls apart if you can find a third parter manufatcurer supplying a battery at a much lower cost. Which is what i did.
     
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    Definitely go Li-Ion, much better for longevity.

    Sell the old Hitachi on E Bay - someone will buy it!
     
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  5. KyleS1

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    Yeah thinking li-ion is the way to go. The cost dfference is too close. Shame that Bosch deal has finished I think.
     
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  7. KyleS1

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    Yeah just spotted at homebase, will check stock. :)
     
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    Arse, no stock.
     
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    Go to Amazon and look at "other sellers". It will be available in 2-3 weeks at £64.97 on Prime.

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    and if you add it to your basket the two battery one appears in there
     
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    Like so:
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    Pity, I just paid the postage at Homebase and I'm not in a hurry :)
     
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    How are you getting on with it? I missed the deal!
     
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    Very nice, well balanced drill. And the batteries are compatible with my Bosch Hedge trimmer :clap: So the other way of looking at it is I bought two spare batteries for my hedge trimmer and got a free drill and extra charger:)
     
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    Excellent. Will have to keep my eye out for another deal.
     
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    Not sure if its an old wives tale but was told that putting a battery into a sealed bag and then putting it in a freezer for 24 hours can give an old battery a new lease of life...
     
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    It's best to store them half full. Lithium-ion batteries stored at full charge or no charge will lose their capacity.
     
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    Looks nice, but only one battery.

    £39.99 for a second battery
     
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    Seen a Bosch blue deal with two batteries for sub £100 that is tempting me.
     
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    Do you have a link to that as that might be a very tempting price for a Blue.
     
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    Screwfix had it for £99.99 in the store (guess same online too) but I'm sure I saw it on amazon for £89.99.
     
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    I say this most times the topic comes up, but if you don't use the drill much, why not just go corded? Cheaper to buy in the first place, most often more powerful and you wont have to worry about expensive replacement batteries when you get round to using it next time.

    Yes there is some mild inconvenience of having to run an extension lead to wherever you are working but I'd take that over forking out for either a new drill or new batteries every few years.

    I totally get the cordless argument for tradesfolk and other people who use them all the time, but not for the occasional DIYer.
     
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    Completely agree with this.

    My cordless has old batteries so they lose their charge and whenever I want to use a drill I'd need to put them on charge the night before. And then once charged I'd usually end up running out of juice and switching to my corded anyway.

    Now, I just use my corded.

    Mind you, I am tempted to get myself something small and lightweight that I can use to drive screws.
     
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    But then how could I run around the house chasing my kids pretending it's a gun!?
    Plus, this is a tech forum, so we must use the best tech :)
     
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    Axminster usually has better deals than a lot of places. For example Screwfix might seem cheaper but they supply the drills with very low 'Ah' batteries

    I've had the latest Bosch blue stuff for a few months now, it's pretty good.
     
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    I saw that. Very tempted. Can't see any mention of 3 year warranty on the site though.
     
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    Id like to like your post but the app won't let me. Think I know what my next purchase is going to be. :)
     
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    A PC? :D
     
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