I have a Bosch rechargable drill for lowering and raising the steadies but neither of the two battery packs hold a charge more than 24 hours , do I need to replace them or is there a way of sorting the problem thanks in advance Tony
Yes! Agreed, it really is a great source of annoyance!
If the batteries are Ni-Cad (which they probably will be), it is a sad fact of life that Ni-Cad batteries have a "memory". If they are let to run down and left in that state for a week or two, they will eventually think that the run down state is normal, hence they won't hold a charge for very long. Most DIY users only use a drill occasionally. The batteries get run down from when they were last used to when they are required again which could be weeks. Once they are in the run down state, the only way to recover them is to charge them then discharge them several times and hope that this will refresh their "memories".
One solution is to find a 12v drill, take the battery pack off, remove the individual batteries from the pack, drill a small hole in the case and wire the connections inside to a long lead with a plug on the end and replace the modified battery pack. Having done that, put a suitable socket just under the caravan at the front and the rear and connect them both to the caravan battery. Alternatively, one could put one socket in the middle on one side or the other and have a lead long enough to reach the socket from both ends of the caravan. This rather defeats the object of the freedom of the cordless drill but is a solution as !2v DC is always available (provided the caravan battery is charged, which it normally would be).
About 4/5 months ago, B&Q were flogging a 12v battery drill for about £10.00. They were pretty gutless but OK if you are prepared to do the final tweak with the normal steady winder handle.
Suffice to say that if you were to replace the battery packs, it would be an expensive solution and exactly the same run down situation would obtain after a while. Even Ryobi and Black and Decker battery packs cost around the £40-£50 mark each. Goodness knows what a Bosch battery pack would cost. I have in the past investigated buying individual Ni-Cad batteries and making up a replacement pack but it was just as expensive to buy the batteries as it was to buy a complete ready made pack.
Perhaps a trawl through battery pack suppliers on the net would find something. I have in the past been looking for replacement batteries for my video camera and D-SLR camera and found them by going to "Batteries" and then puttiing in the model number. Try Duracell, they may have something. Other than that I can't really help.
Post by andymacdonald30 on Apr 4, 2010 18:13:24 GMT
If the batt is not too far gone Sometimes you can get away with Drain the batt till the drill stops, wait a few mins and use the drill again It will run for a couple of mins or so, wait and do it again do this till the drill will not work at all Warm the batt on a radiator and do it again
Time consuming but it will bring the amount of charge back up a bit I did have a torch light bulb to drain a drill batt at work Left it attached for a couple of hours till it would not light up at all But I like the response from Dickers That is a good one
Or just go and buy a new drill, its usually cheaper than buying a single replacement battery
Hi Tony, Seeing as it's a Bosch, if you need to order a spare battery pack you could do worse than try a crowd called its London www.itslondon.co.uk/, they have always done me proud, just remember the prices do not include the dreaded vat Al
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Thanks for all the trouble in giving the input and advice , I am currently giving the charge / discharge cycle a try and will give a feedback when done in case it is of use to others with the same problem. Tony
I gave up on Ni-Cad drills. Last year I bought a Black & Decker 14.4v Lithium Drill. I wouldn't really recommend it as an all purpose Drill but it seems quite adequate for doing the Caravan legs and smaller drilling jobs. It retains it charge for ages.
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Thanks for the advice , I have tried the recharging and discharging to no avail , a very slight improvement but not enough to make them of any use . I guess the best way is to go down the lithium route as suggested by Mike...Trooper
Perhaps a bit late now but I have a 11 year old Skil drill. Its battery lasted until last year no problems and it is only used for the steadies - so I bought a replacement and if it lasts ten years I'll be happy! Rod
Sorry for the long delay in leaving feedback but we have been away a lot . I tried several times recharging / discharging to no avail so gave up and threw the old cordless drill . Bought a new Bosch lithium this morning (being the discount day for us old uns
Sorry for some reason I must have hit the send button .... Wednesday being the discount day for us old uns at B and Q so hopefully this will last a lot longer Thanks to all those who gave advice Regards Tony