Oct 11 , 2018
Power Tool Batteries: Replace the Cells in the Battery Pack
When your power tool battery pack bites the dust, probably your first inclination is to buy a new one. But if the battery is out of production or the price of a new one is sky high, consider rebuilding it yourself instead of paying a professional rebuilder. That’ll save you about $25. You’ll need new cells, a soldering iron and rosin-core solder, a glue gun, and some wire and tape. The whole process takes about an hour.
Most power tool battery packs use 1.7-in. x .9-in. “Sub C” size batteries. Remove the screws that hold the pack together and yank the top off. Then remove the cluster of batteries and measure one of the cells. Then get the milliamp-hour (mAh) rating off the old batteries (or search online for the cell specs). If you’re willing to spend more, upgrade to cells with a higher mAh rating—they hold more juice. Just make sure they have a discharge rating of 5C or higher. And always buy cells with the tabs already welded in place (all-battery.com is one online battery seller). Then get to work.
Arrange and Glue
Lay out the first row of new cells on a flat surface and arrange the polarity and solder tabs in the same direction as the old pack, using the old battery pack as a template. Then glue them together with a hot-melt glue gun. This isn’t the only thing you can do with hot glue. Check out 19 of our favorite hot glue hacks.