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Old 12-03-2012, 02:22 AM   #1
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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?

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Old 12-04-2012, 04:39 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:01 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:06 PM   #4
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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
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:42 PM   #5
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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.
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Old 01-12-2013, 02:03 PM   #6
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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
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Old 01-12-2013, 02:17 PM   #7
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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


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Old 03-12-2013, 10:22 PM   #8
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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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