Question about Porter Cable-Cable PCL180DK-2 18-Volt Cordless Lithium-Ion Drill/Driver Kit
I purchased two weeks ago a new PCL180DK-2 thinking the li-ion charger and cells would be an upgrade from the conventional nicads in my older drill. Batteries seem to not hold charge well, and after two brief usages of drill neither pack charges. I'm trying to get this thing returned to dealer, but I've got to ask you if there have been problems of this kind reported for this drill kit with the li-ion packs...
This should help address your question...http://blogs.popularwoodworking.com/editorsblog/PorterCable+Faces+Issue+Headon.aspx
Posted on May 12, 2009
I bought one of the combo set of Porter Cable tool, with a drill, a
drive and a light, two 1.5Ah lithium batteries and a charger. I don't
use those tools, so I left them in the bag. Last week, when I took them
out, the two batteries are all drained. One charged fine, but the other
won't take a charge, the red light blink on the charger as broken
battery. I left it on the charger for one night, nothing happened. I was
thinking of contact them, but since I can't remember when did I buy
that tool set, I didn't bother.
The battery is easy to open. There are four security screws, torx style, so you need a screwdriver bit that can take that out, and the bottom of the battery just pop open easily. In my case, the six cells in the pack were all drained below 1v, at about 0.7v. So I used a battery to charge each cell a little bit pass 1v, you should be able to do that with normal AA battery. It will be better to have a multimeter always connected so you know what the voltage is when charging them(by charging, I mean just connect the AA battery's positive side to the positive side of the one cell, ground to ground, if you have alligator clips, it'll be easy). After that, put the battery pack on the charger, it'll start to charge.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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