Cordless battery problems
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    Situation. I have some Skil equipment (flashlight, drill, saw) that run on 14.4 V rechargeable batteries. I have 3 batteries, one was weaker but had been obtained earlier. These were used regularly, charged generally when weak or when I anticipated that I would need them. Now none of the equipment works, and none of the charger lights come on when I put it on any of the batteries. It looks like ther was some built in timer to make them all go bad at the same time. Anyone have a better idea what happened? I can understand batteries going bad, but the cahrger light should have gone on

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    Are you sure your charger is functional?? Sounds like it may be the culprit. Put a meter on the leads.

    Replacement chargers can be had pretty cheap on ebay.

    I switched to Panasonic Cordless tools with the NiMH (nickle metal hydride) batteries and they are fantastic!! I use them very hard with my business.

    NiCad batteries absolutly SUCK wind. NiMH batteries have no memory issues and you can slap them on the charger at any time.
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    3 Batteries were tested with all 3 battery chargers. Nothing lit up.

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    Wow....... that is odd.

    Take it to the Batteries Plus store at the location below. They will test them for free. I think they can recondition NiCads if memory serves me.

    740 SE Greenville Blvd
    Greenville, NC
    252.353.8143
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    WOW. I told my wife it is odd how one can get help with many non-beekeeping things here. Surprised with how it helps me to find answers outside what I think of. Thank you.

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    Anyone use Skil 14.4 V equipment? I have a flashlight, drill, and saw available for nominal fee plus shipping. Batteries plus was not able to recondition the batteries for me. $45 to buy new one. Not worth it to me.

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    Here a guy on ebay selling the new battery for 14.99. He's got a couple listed. Another guy has a new one for 9.99

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Skil-14-4-Volt-B...QQcmdZViewItem
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    You did try reconditioning the batteries?
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