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How to extend battery life in Ni Cad batteries.

If you still have some of the older Ni Cad battery tools and you are not getting very long life between charges, try this trick. Put your batteries in a bag or container that you can seal, and stick them in your freezer for 3 to 4 days and them pull them out and let them warm up to room temperature before you re-charge them. This is only a short term solution and does not work all of the time but I have seen it successful on many different brands of tools. Hope this helps!

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