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We have a Firestorm drill and have had conflicting advice on charging the batteries. which is correct flatten the battery right down or charge as soon as it loses power. ?? thankyou Colin.

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I don't think the newer ni-cad batteries have the memory problem...owner's manuals now say to run them until they start to slow down and then recharge them.

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There are different types of battery, the old ni-cad (nickel cadium) batts lasted longer if you let them run right down before recharging them as they had a 'memory' which meant if you charged them from half life they wouldn't charge as much after a while. The new Ni-mh (nickel metal hydrate) and li-ion (lithium ion) batterys don't suffer from this problem so you can recharge them whenever you fancy. The li-on batts don't tend to run compleetely out of charge as when tehy have lost a certain amount of power they just stop anyway. If your batt has lost some life it is possible to get it re-formatted' in some cases by having it put on a battery discharge tester. This is a bit of kit that fully discharges a battery from full in a short space of time and measures it's capacity by timing it. Because it completely discharges and recharges teh batt acouple of times quickly it can someetimes reinvigourate the batt.

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