Convert your Ni-Cad Milwaukee Tools to Lithium-Ion

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  1. Anonymous says:

    >Li-Ion also have a longer runtime and more charges in their lifetime.

    Wrong. Li-ion has 1-1.5 year shelf life, and can only take 300-800 cycles (makita, milwaukee), where NiCd (dewalt, makita) can be 1000-1500, and lasts well over 2 years. Milwaukee’s claim “2000” charges on V28 line is bogus. After 2000 cycles you will have 10-40% of the original capacity, if not 0. I use cordless drills at work every day, we have about 30 various 18v dewalt drills and all of them are 2-3 years old, and batteries retain 60-80% of the original capacity. Batteries are recharged at _least_ once a day.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Millwaukee and it’s parent company Ridgid or TTI who also is Ryobi are not very smart in interchanging NiCad & Lion batteries in my opinion as the heat rating for Lion batteres is greater than NiCad. This means that the tool will have problems due to the higher amount of heat running the tool (consumer reports) unless they have dumbied down their batteries somehow. These manufacturers have not redesigned the tool, the battery, & the charging system to be in balance with each other like say – Makita has. No one else can claim 40% less weight & 280% more work like those guys can. What can These other companies really compare themselves to other than themselves? The media needs to test, and re-test apples to apples to show who is pulling the wool and who has the best performance, per battery, power, torque (measure it all the same), who’s batteries charge the fastest and the fullest, how much work can be pulled from the batteries? Just because you say you have a 30 gallon gas tank does not necessarily mean you can use 30 gallons. What does the charging system do? Does it analize the battery? Does it insure you have an optimum charge? When a magazine does a test on tools, are they considering their sponsors or advertisers? Are they being totally objective? I know being unbiased is a tough thing to do, but this is part of journalism. Well, I am off my rant. Prove me wrong! Do the tests, be objective.

  3. Brian Mark says:


    Thanks for sharing your opinions.

    First off, we’re not a magazine. We’re an online retailer.

    Secondly, all the claims you’re mentioning were not in this article at all. If you’ve got a problem with a magazine, please take it up with them.

    I just plan on selling these to people with existing Ni-Cad tools because they are a decent upgrade and our customers have been pretty happy with them so far.


  4. Anonymous says:

    I was always told that you can not use lithium batteries with a nicad drill. I know you can use nicad with lithium drills, but not the other way around. Is this true, and if it is, what is the difference in these batteries.