First the charger went, then the batteries died, and then before I could buy replacements the company then switched to the 18V format and dropped all product support for the 14.4V line.
I purchased a new 18 Volt drill from another manufacturer in protest but it really wasnÃÂ¢Ã¢ÂÂ¬Ã¢ÂÂ¢t as good as my old one, the chuck slips when drilling and the drill clutch doesnÃÂ¢Ã¢ÂÂ¬Ã¢ÂÂ¢t seem to handle torque well.
So how to resuscitate my old tools cheaply?
I had two 18V batteries and chargers from other tools and when I jumped them to the 14.4V tools they seemed to run okay. The challenge then was to convert a 14.4V battery into an adaptor.
Step 1: Step 1 Salvage
Step 2: Step 2 Solder Some Bits You Salvaged
Solder on a new wiring as needed for the clips
Step 3: Step 3 , Glue the Terminals Back In
Note the polarities carefully!!!!!!
I use common plastic seals-everything glue as itâs also waterproof and serves as a good insulator
Step 4: Step 4 Solder in a Clip to Attach to the New Battery
Step 5: Step 5 Cutting the Base to Fit the New Battery
Step 6: Step 6 Reassemble and Glue on Something to Hold Them Together
Glue on some salvaged hook and loop fastener strapping.
This pic shows the new battery clipped to the adaptor but not yet inserted
Step 7: Step 7 Insert Battery Into Adaptor
You may need to cut the hole a wee bit wider than than the battery's neck to allow the clip to pass.
Fasten the straps to hold it together
Step 8: Step 8 Polarity Check
Mark what side and what colour wire your polarities are on the adaptor so you don ât short out your tools by mistake. I have one 18V battery with the positive and negative the same side as the adaptor and one that is reversed......
Step 9: Step 9 Inset Into Tool
Insert into your favourite tool!
Now you can get back to fixing all those things you said youâd get around to if you only had tools that worked.
I haven't run into any problems so far with the difference in the voltage. No guarrentees on that by any means. Matching voltages is preferrable but close will probably work fine. 14.4 and 18 might work okay, 9.6 and 18 will probably melt down but who knows......