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    • workingboy
    • By workingboy 7th Nov 18, 1:08 PM
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    Tesco/Powerforce replacement 18v Battery
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    • 7th Nov 18, 1:08 PM
    Tesco/Powerforce replacement 18v Battery 7th Nov 18 at 1:08 PM
    Got a Tesco/Powerforce 18v Battery Drill which I've had for a few years.
    The drill itself is ok and serves me well.
    But the Battery no longer holds its charge for much more than 3/4 days.

    Searched high and low for a battery and seems Tesco no longer supports this drill.
    All thats on the battery is CDD04CH-180B 18VDC and is Ni-Cd.

    Although I cannot find a replacement battery, could I replace the existing small batteries with Li ion batteries or would that mean a change of charger too.
    Or total no go with the drill itself with these batteries.
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    • jk0
    • By jk0 7th Nov 18, 1:15 PM
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    • 7th Nov 18, 1:15 PM
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    • 7th Nov 18, 1:15 PM
    You'll need a new charger for lithium ion batteries.


    Could you find nickel metal hydride in the same shape? They will be happy with the same charger.


    BTW, have a look at Amazon. You might find the correct shape of battery for a different make of drill.
    • Head The Ball
    • By Head The Ball 7th Nov 18, 1:28 PM
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    • 7th Nov 18, 1:28 PM
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    • 7th Nov 18, 1:28 PM
    Got a Tesco/Powerforce 18v Battery Drill which I've had for a few years.
    The drill itself is ok and serves me well.
    But the Battery no longer holds its charge for much more than 3/4 days.....
    Originally posted by workingboy
    How often do you use the drill?

    Unless you are using it regularly can you not just live with the short battery life?

    Put it on charge a few hours before you need to use it.
    Every Village has its Idiot.

    If you don't know who your Village Idiot is

    it is probably you.
    • shaun from Africa
    • By shaun from Africa 7th Nov 18, 1:42 PM
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    • 7th Nov 18, 1:42 PM
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    • 7th Nov 18, 1:42 PM
    To be honest, by the time you've replaced the N-Cad cells with li-ion ones and bought a new charger, you would probably be better off buying a new drill.
    Something like this:
    https://www.screwfix.com/p/titan-tti699com-18v-1-5ah-li-ion-cordless-combi-drill/4908p
    for 50 and it comes with two batteries.
    • workingboy
    • By workingboy 7th Nov 18, 1:56 PM
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    • 7th Nov 18, 1:56 PM
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    • 7th Nov 18, 1:56 PM
    Thanks Guys.

    Yes searched through flea bay to try and match, nothing.

    Sound like the best options with costs etc, is the Screwfix option.
    • troffasky
    • By troffasky 8th Nov 18, 10:14 PM
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    • 8th Nov 18, 10:14 PM
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    • 8th Nov 18, 10:14 PM
    And then be in the same position in a few years? How about, spend more on a branded tool for which you can get replacement batteries from different suppliers.
    • GDB2222
    • By GDB2222 9th Nov 18, 12:08 AM
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    • 9th Nov 18, 12:08 AM
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    • 9th Nov 18, 12:08 AM
    Titan is fine. And somebody will be along in a minute to say how many different brands of drill use the same batteries as Titan.
    No reliance should be placed on the above! Absolutely none, do you hear?
    • troffasky
    • By troffasky 10th Nov 18, 9:33 AM
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    • 10th Nov 18, 9:33 AM
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    • 10th Nov 18, 9:33 AM
    If that's the case, then "Problem Solved".

    Buying a branded version of something might not seem like an obvious money saving tip, but you have to think about the total cost of ownership rather than the initial purchase price.
    • EachPenny
    • By EachPenny 10th Nov 18, 11:58 AM
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    • 10th Nov 18, 11:58 AM
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    • 10th Nov 18, 11:58 AM
    And then be in the same position in a few years? How about, spend more on a branded tool for which you can get replacement batteries from different suppliers.
    Originally posted by troffasky
    But if we "think about the total cost of ownership rather than the initial purchase price" then we will need to consider:-
    (a) The cost of replacement batteries (now and in the future)
    (b) The availability of replacement batteries when we need them in a couple of years time
    (c) Whether they will still work (if we hedge against (b) by buying them now and keeping them in a box until needed).

    Does anyone want to do the maths?
    "In the future, everyone will be rich for 15 minutes"
    • troffasky
    • By troffasky 11th Nov 18, 9:31 AM
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    I started to do the maths, but...50 doesn't get you very far in the branded power tools game. 110 is the starting point for a Dewalt kit for a comparable tool [with only one battery at that].

    I think I must have been believing my own explanation to the Mrs as to why I'd spent so much on a Makita drill.

    As you were!
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