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How do I resurrect my black and decker firestorm 18v batteries?

I hear there is a way to get these batteries to hold a charge again. Any idea? I am trying to avoid dropping down 50 bucks in batteries. Thanks

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i have the same question for makita 14.4 batteries. they are at the point of charging them and after resting for a day there is little or no charge.

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I have been told that Batteries Plus may be able to rebuild them. Don't quote me on that however. I haven't taken mine in yet.

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I've tried to run the batteries flat; clamping the trigger on, then recharging and then completely discharging again, it's never made a difference - when the battery stops holding a good long charge it's time for new batteries, however the replacement batteries often cost more than the drill did originally.

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I've tried to run the batteries flat; clamping the trigger on, then recharging ...
For reconditioning to be successful, it has to be on a cell-by-cell basis. You can't do the entire battery pack at once.

When a dormant cell won't hold a charge overnight, it's all but certain that it's suffering from dendrite growth.
(see Can you shock a cell phone battery? )

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Not trying to be overly picky - but I thought that the branched growths that occur in batteries were called "Dendrites" from the from Greek word "dendron," which means "tree.."

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... I thought that the branched growths that occur in batteries were called "Dendrites" ...
Right you are. I have corrected my posts on the topic.

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Batteries Plus rebuilt my Milwaukee 18 volt packs. At the time, 1 yr ago, they could only rebuild the packs if they had removable tops with screws. If its sealed, they would not attempt the rebuild.
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Batteries Plus rebuilt my Milwaukee 18 volt packs. At the time, 1 yr ago, they could only rebuild the packs if they had removable tops with screws. If its sealed, they would not attempt the rebuild.
Some may, we've had one guy carefully cut it open with a razor blade and repair them before.

The Rigid stuff at home depot though warantees the batteries forever though...

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