Batteries for portable electric tools buying guide
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- Nickel cadmium
- Nickel metal hydride
- Amperage hour
Which type of battery do I choose: Ni-cd, lithium-ion or Ni-Mh?
Recently, it is tending to be replaced in favour of lithium-ion batteries. It is also recommended to fully drain Ni-Cd batteries before recharging and do not leave them on chargers once they are fully charged. These batteries have a large number of charge cycles, giving them a longer lifetime.
How to determine the power and autonomy of a battery
- The current of a battery is expressed in ampere hours (Ah), this value directly influences the run time and the charging capacity of the battery. The higher the amperage, the longer your battery will last.
- The voltage of a battery is expressed in volts (V) and quantifies the strength of the current the battery provides - more appropriately than simply calling it power. Thus, the higher the voltage, the greater the force the screwdriver will be able to deliver.
To choose a battery, it is, therefore, advisable to look for the combination of these two qualities that best suits your work. If the voltage of a battery must remain the same to not damage or inhibit your work, the amperage can be increased for a longer run time.
A final tip for choosing your battery
For do-it-yourselfers who are curious about know-how and want to learn more information related to batteries for portable electric tools, follow the advice of our editors and discover more of their guides:
- How to choose your power tool battery charger
- How to choose your electric screwdriver
- How to choose your electricitools
- How to choose your drill
And to work safely:
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