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IPT 12-03-2012 01:22 AM

Ni Cad vs Lithium Ion
 
Ni Cad vs Lithium Ion - do LI actually increase power at all or is iot just that it lasts near full power longer? Is it worth it for a weekend warrior if I have 3 Ni Cads to swap back forth too?

LessSinister 12-04-2012 03:39 PM

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Originally Posted by IPT (Post 5873260)
Ni Cad vs Lithium Ion - do LI actually increase power at all or is iot just that it lasts near full power longer? Is it worth it for a weekend warrior if I have 3 Ni Cads to swap back forth too?

The biggest reason to avoid NiCad is the "memory" effect. That is, if you recharge when it's half-full the then next time it will only charge to 1/2 capacity. More or less. There may be other benefits of LI but that was a deal breaker for any of my power tools.

Synner 12-04-2012 07:01 PM

Depends on how its being compared. Typically its duration, holds a charge better in-between uses, and lasts longer. Li requires a special charger with additional circuitry.

Personally I prefer corded, especially if more torque is your goal. Cheaper brands of battery tools are just that, cheap. If what you have is meeting your goals and use then its a waste of money to upgrade.

Rhyno81 01-09-2013 08:06 PM

Li Ion works on the "Full power or no power" principle. meaning it has max power until it loses it charge and stops Ni Cad is always slightly declining from a full charge

SimpleGreen 01-09-2013 08:42 PM

Definitely Lithium-Ion, most for due to the longevity of the batteries. My Makita 18V drill is going on nearly two years old and I use it daily at work. It has tons of cycles on the batteries (Li-ion). Actually, all my power tools are Li-Ion now at home and work.

cfodor 01-12-2013 01:03 PM

I have had both and the li batteries are getting better. I had 36 volt dewalt stuff when it first came out and the batteries did not last that long. You were lucky if you got a year out of them before they would go bad. I have a snap on 18v nicad impact and the batteries have been good for 3 years

Ryanbabz71 01-12-2013 01:17 PM

My lithium ion dewalt drill/impact I got last yr is the best I have ever had. Lighter weight ad the battery lasts much longer


Ryan

DR TOOLS 03-12-2013 09:22 PM

No one mentioned nimh batteries. No instant cut off, no memory effect and have a high discharge rate. Also greener than both. Can use same charger as NiCd. Only pro for lion is its lighter in weight.


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