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Can You Use A Lithium Ion Battery In A NiCad Drill-Charging, Comparison and Usage

Mar 01, 2021   Pageview:144

If you have a tool that uses a particular type of battery, it is possible you might want to find out if that tool can be compatible with another type of battery. That is especially the case when you have a spare battery of another kind that you can use in that tool. In this article, you are going to be finding out if a lithium ion battery can work in a NiCad drill tool.  From charging to a brief comparison between the two batteries to how they are used, you are going to be overdosed with the essential information.

What drill batteries are interchargeable?

You will not be out of place if you are seeking to establish whether drill batteries are all interchargeable. That is, if one battery charger can be used to charge another battery. Before you can get this one right, you need to understand some things about these tools concerning how they are manufactured.

Drill tool battery chargers are not designed like smartphone chargers. It is not like smartphones were you can use almost any type of charger to charger any phone as long as they have the same charging port. They don’t have to be the same brand. As long as the port is fitting, you are good to go.

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For drill tool battery chargers, it does not work that way. There is a bit of limitation regarding the chargers that can charge a certain drill tool. So for most cases, it has been noticed that a particular brand of battery can work with any charger from that same brand.

For example, if you are using a drill tool that works with a battery that is produced by manufacturer A, what that simply means is that any charger you are going to use on that drill tool has to come from manufacturer A. If you are getting a charger from manufacturer A for a drill tool that is for manufacturer B, it is very likely that it would not work.

Even if the voltage specifications are different for the two chargers, it will work when it is the one manufacturer; so long as the voltage written on the charger is not lesser than the required voltage for charging the battery.

That said, there are a few battery options that seem to work on drills that were manufactured by other brand. Perhaps, we will take a better look at that in the coming section. But the above submission seems to be more prevalent in this industry.

Are lithium ion batteries better than NiCad?

Lithium ion batteries have achieved widespread attention in recent times. Everyone wants to know how it works, and all that.

Therefore, if you want to compare NiCad and lithium ion batteries, you have to look at things from different perspectives.

First, you might need to look at them from the point of which one of them is the most recent innovation. In this regards, it is very obvious that lithium ion batteries are topping the charts. While NiCad batteries do have their innovative products, we cannot compare the two of them considering the kind of attention lithium ion batteries are getting at the moment.

Secondly, you need to compare them based on their efficiencies. Without a doubt, this is another area where lithium ion batteries seem to be making all the headlines. A lot of technology are switching to lithium ion batteries for backup power. The solar power industry and electric vehicle industry are two good examples to illustrate this point. Their slow rate of discharge and fast charging speed have made them the obvious and preferred choice for many items today. As far as we know it, lithium ion batteries will still be leading the pack until something new comes on board.

Thirdly, the lithium ion batteries are proving to be more cost-effective than most other batteries in the long run. The fact that they do not require any sort of maintenance to keep them running has been a big plus for those are using it.

We can go on and on, but we will stop here. If you have been reading in between the lines, you should know which of the two batteries is superior. There is a huge of advantage of using one over the other. But, eventually, everything still boils down to your choice.

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Can you use a lithium ion battery in a NiCad drill craftsman?

NiCad drill craftsman and lithium ion batteries have had a bit of history. These two items have come a long way. To answer the above question, I’m afraid we need to look at all the transitions that have taken place over the years.

The very first set of lithium ion batteries that accessed the market did not work on NiCad drills. The NiCad drill tools had their own battery, which was older than lithium ion batteries. As such, the lithium ion batteries did not work with the tools because of backward compatibility issues.

But thanks to more technology innovations and the hard work of researchers, all those backward compatibility problems were later resolved. They somehow found a way to make the duo work. Interestingly, there were a couple of battery manufacturers whose products were forward compatible and backward compatible.

After considering the battery, it is only appropriate that we also look into the chargers. The challenge presented by compatibility was also existing for chargers. In most cases, the chargers were backward compatible. That is, they could work or support older technologies. But they were incompatible with newer technologies.

So the simple implication is that a NiCad charger was not going to work with a lithium ion battery. That is how the NiCad charger were designed to function. You can only use a lithium ion battery for your NiCad drill tool when you have another option for charging the battery.

Although researchers are still working to resolve all these hitches by creating a more user-friendly, compatible system, some of these challenges still exist.


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