Dewalt Dead NCID Batteries

I have a great working Dewalt DC984 drill but the battery packs are dead. Should I try risk it with the scissor trick or something? It would be a waste to not use this anymore. Otherwise I will just go get a new Parkside set or something on a budget

250 Piece Survival Gear First Aid Kit

LifeStraw Water Filter for Hiking and Preparedness

250 Piece Survival Gear First Aid Kit

  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I haven't seen those type of dewalt batteries in ages. I assume they're like... 10+ years old maybe? If that's the case it may just be time to let go.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Yep, those are the 18v that they don't make since a few years ago. DeWalt is the 20v slide-in version exclusively now.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Try it, you got nothing to lose anon. Nicad is a great battery chemistry from reliability standpoint, you might be able to review them.
        If not just open the battery and replace the cells. Cheng still makes them, even if they got banned in the west nobody checks the small packages.

        They sell picrel, also the lithium battery is also 18V.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >It would be a waste to not use this anymore.
    If 'jump-starting' the battery doesn't work, new Chinese batteries are on eBay for <$20

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Managed to get one battery pack working after persistently puling out and putting ack into the charger. The charge lasted about 1 min if that so I guess there fricked. From 2008 so no surprise.

      Convert it to a newer lithium battery.

      How do is this something to buy or rewiring etc?

      I just sold all my dewalts after the 3rd 5AH battery pack died.
      stop buying cordless dwalts. their batteries are fricking trash.

      Theres a cheap parkside corded for £20 that would prob be more powerful. I would prob go corded as Im not short of power nearby

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >How do is this something to buy or rewiring etc?
        I just bought an old milwaukee 12v nicd drill at an auction. Then bought a $10 M12 power source. Now I just gotta do some cutting, fitting, gluing, etc and combine the two into one.

        Probably above your skill set.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Convert it to a newer lithium battery.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I just sold all my dewalts after the 3rd 5AH battery pack died.
    stop buying cordless dwalts. their batteries are fricking trash.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Odd, mine are from 2018 and all batteries work fine. I use them almost daily and have never been kind to them. I store all my batteries on chargers.

      https://i.imgur.com/7bx8aNF.jpeg

      Try it, you got nothing to lose anon. Nicad is a great battery chemistry from reliability standpoint, you might be able to review them.
      If not just open the battery and replace the cells. Cheng still makes them, even if they got banned in the west nobody checks the small packages.

      They sell picrel, also the lithium battery is also 18V.

      I still have one Milwaukee 28V from 2011 that holds most of a charge. (The V28 tools like my portaband are why I still use that style battery as their build quality is pre-buyout good.)

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    https://www.dewalt.com/product/dca1820/18v-20v-adapter

    • 1 month ago
      Kevin Van Dam

      There are ebay knockoff versions of these as well. They make the tools bigger and awkward. I remember they offered those XRP packs with lithium cells for a minute, but that would require a different charger as well.

      I definitely wouldn’t spend any more money on NiCd packs tho. Getting a couple of the new dewalt packs and a couple adapters and upgrading the tools as you go isn’t the worst idea.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >kr

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          can a b***h get a donut

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        What an absolutely stupid space-wasting cell arrangement. Proof they haven’t a fricking clue.

        • 1 month ago
          Kevin Van Dam

          For the NiCd? What would you rather do? They kept the edges pretty round and smooth and got the cylinder shaped cells in a shape that leaves room for the locking tabs.

          I’m curious what Ryobi did with the 21700 cells in their new packs.

          Fwiw, Snappy’s 14.4V lithium is one of the coolest setups of 4 cells for those with girl hands that can’t handle the M12 style batteries. Unfortunately there’s no room to upgrade from a 4s1p setup unless you wanted to make the tool super tall.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Wait till the 46800 based packs hit the streets if you want to see something interesting.

            First things first: we go back to 12 V.
            There will be a resurgence of 3.6 V drivers and other hand-held shit.
            The marketing departments will be burning the midnight oil and bursting veins in their foreheads trying to undo the “more voltage is more bedder” bullshit they’ve been promulgating for years.

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              >Wait till the 46800 based packs hit the streets if you want to see something interesting.
              >First things first: we go back to 12 V.
              >There will be a resurgence of 3.6 V drivers and other hand-held shit.
              >The marketing departments will be burning the midnight oil and bursting veins in their foreheads trying to undo the “more voltage is more bedder” bullshit they’ve been promulgating for years.

              Why would they reduce the voltage? Higher volts = smaller wires to carry same amperage.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                >Why would they reduce the voltage? Higher volts = smaller wires to carry same amperage.
                Probably because 46800 cells are frickhuge and it only takes 3 to make a "12V" tool compared to 5 for a "20V"
                >

                I doubt they go lower voltage. I’m pretty sure that 200A DC @12V is going to be hell on switches


                >switches
                SSRs will eat that no problem

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous
              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                Yes, it’s absolutely impossible to redesign plastic moulds for battery packs. Once set, no manufacturer has ever changed them… not in hundreds of years, anyway… and perhaps hundreds of years to come.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                > SSRs will eat that no problem
                Exactly. Everything is already electronic drivers.
                In fact, they could step it up to any arbitrary voltage in the pack itself if they wanted to with 97% efficiency if the collective idiocracy forgot how to design a 12 V motor. Although, they could disassemble one of the billions of 12 V automotive starter motors for some clues.

            • 1 month ago
              Kevin Van Dam

              I doubt they go lower voltage. I’m pretty sure that 200A DC @12V is going to be hell on switches

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Had an old blue Bosch 14.4V drill that was working fine, but the batteries it came with all died.

    These were Nimh iirc. Opened them up and found the cell size written on each OEM cell. Ordered new cells from ebay and soldered those into the batteries in place of the dead cells.

    I still have that drill and although it's definitely no 18V lithium as far as power, it's nice to have around for jobs where two drills = fewer bit changes.

    I think I paid around $15 for enough cells to repair 1 battery. Ended up repairing all 3 eventually.

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    OP here again. I could not for the love of me find a battery adapter that would fit this drill model. I did another full charge of the two batteries I had, then I connected them using two pairs of scissors as mentioned before. I left it like that for 5 mins, let them cool off for another 5 then stuck it back on charge. It's probs too early to say but Atleast one of the batteries has been working without issue over a couple of hours drilling in intervals. Shame I can't get the adapter tho, the ones shown don't clip in properly which means my drill must be even older than I though

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *