Reanimate Old Battery Drill




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Introduction: Reanimate Old Battery Drill

I was in dire need for a battery powered drill, but my good one was at my local Makerspace and I could not be bothered to drive over there at 0100 in the morning.

I remembered that I had bought one some 15 years ago in a supermarket. After I dug up my basement looking for it, I found it in the store-room with a dead battery.

I will show now what I did to reanimate it, for fun and... fun. ;-)

Step 1: Take Apart the Battery

The battery pack was held together with 4 screws. After loosening them, it fell apart into three pieces:

  • old batteries (dump)
  • top cover with contacts (need new wires to go to the new battery)
  • lower case (needs holes for battery wires to go through)

Step 2: New Energy

I decided to use a lipo battery pack as my new power source. My drill originally had a 12V power source, so I needed a 3 cell LiPo pack.

I had an old Macbook battery with a broken cell sitting on my desk for ages, and took the occasion to finally rip it apart to build a new battery out of it.

This is quite easy, but I found no instructable detailing how its done.

So I made one! =)

Step 3: Build Top Case Connector

Easy step, find a matching battery cable, solder it to the contacts in the top case.

Maybe your drill is old enough that it doesn't matter, but watch out for polarity anyways!

I want to have the battery connector outside of the plastic case, thats why I left the cables that long.

Step 4: Lower Case

Now I had a problem. I needed to drill holes to get a working battery for my drill. The battery was empty (after sitting on my desk for month).

Adjustable desk power supply to the rescue!

I put 2x two holes next to each other, broke out and filed of the middle to have two long holes.

Step 5: Assembly

The battery fits nicely. The reason why I wanted to put the wiring on the outside is:

  1. I need a easy way to access the balancing port for charging and use of a lipo warner (recommended)
  2. I want to be able to disconnect the lipo from the contacts

Happy drilling! :-)



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    Is it possible to use batteries from nokia phones 3,7v NiMh without the current protection circuit and still use the factory charger?

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    Not recommended, the phone controls the charging. There are little circuit boards inside that only provide a low voltage cuttoff. Not charging. I just used a nokia battery's innards to replace my psp battery's innards.

    I used your lipo instructable to make rc car batteries and now this one to fix my craftsman c3 battery from old laptop batteries! Thanks.

    Take a look at a bunch of similar approaches

    I love the fact that you had a dire emergency needing a drill at one in the morning then left the battery on your workshop desk for a month. Sounds like most of my projects! lol.

    But seriously, I have concerns that others may follow your instructable and subject themselves to explosion or fire damage by charging a Li-Po battery with a non-regulated charger when they didn't understand the necessity or hazards involved, and I don't remember seeing any strong warning of the dangers of that fact.

    Great Idea, But those Batteries can be a pain,like charging them when the power goes out. Any good DIY Shop is incomplete unless you have a Good " BRACE & BITS SET," It's slow going, But it only uses HUMAN Power.

    Got a similar drill but instead of using an old mac book batt, al usean old laptop adaptor. I believe this will suffice

    Lucky you had screws holding the case together, most are welded now, making it much more difficult to reuse.

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    Yeah, thats really unnecessary. But nothing a small hacksaw can't fix. ;-)

    Well, in my experience you can usually take out from LiPo what they give you (current wise), but you should imidiatly stop when the cell voltage reaches 2.8V (which is why I recommend the LiPo warner).

    I still wanted it to be cordless. =)