Should You Be Messing With Your Power Tool Batteries?
Posted by Mark Hunter - July 29, 2010
visit our Flickr page for more photos of power tools and their accessoriesPower tools aren't inexpensive. At least the professional ones aren't. And while we at Toolstop strive to bring you the best deals all the time, it's understandable that we all, at times, look to save some cash. One of the ways some try to do this to buy adaptors for their power tool batteries. These devices are intended to allow you to use less expensive batteries in your power tool, thus saving you cash should you wish to buy replacements or extra batteries.
One such product is demonstrated here on YouTube. However, the vendor has had the following experience;
This battery adapter enables you to use inexpensive Ryobi batteries for all your 18 volt DeWalt power tools. This was available on ebay, however ebay pulled the listing at the request of DeWalt and their parent company, The Black & Decker Corporation. They claimed the listing violates their intellectual property rights. I disagree with this decision and will appeal through the proper channels, so please check back here for a link to the re-listing when available. After all if you bought a Ford automobile and converted it to run on natural gas, and then offered that automobile for sale, would that be a violation of intellectual property?
While we've got no comment to make about Black & Decker's claim that the product violates their intellectual property rights, we do have some input to offer of the whole concept of altering, adapting or in any way messing around with your power tool batteries;
1 – it invalidates warranty on both tool and Ryobi battery
2 – The balance of the tool is adversely affect with the extra length and weight in the bottom; the tool is designed around the weight and size, etc, of the approved battery
3 – DeWalt tools are of a much better quality and more time and money is spent on R&D and new technologies; you pay a premium for your power tool, why impact its performance or work-life by using lesser quality components?
4 – Toolstop sells DeWalt batteries at very competitive prices!
If you want more info on the sort of R&D some of the power tool companies put into their battery technology, then have a look at the following videos;
- Ray Wilby of Makita explains lithium-ion battery technology
- Eric Streuli of Bosch walks us through the technology that's packed into Bosch lithium-ion batteries
What are your thoughts on amending, altering, tweaking, tuning and hacking your power tools?
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