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2.0 out of 5 stars Only 1.5 Amp-hours, that's even less than 1.7Ah in the A1718 it replaces, 7 July 2011
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This review is from: Black + Decker A18 Slide Pack Battery 18.0V (DIY & Tools)
Black & Decker A18 Slide Pack Battery 18.0V
This seems to be B&D's replacement for the A1718 battery. The A1718, with 1.7 amp-hours didn't last very long: this 1.5Ah replacement will run out even earlier. (1.5Ah means that, if your product draws 1.5 amps, it will last an hour. If it draws 15 amps, it will last 6 minutes). There are third-party OEM products that advertise 2000Ah at the same price - but they were out of stock when I tried to buy one. I don't understand why B&D is going backwards! I should have suspected that something was up when B&D replaced the power rating flash on the side of the pack with "Fire Storm". :(
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Initial post: 26 Aug 2012 23:45:35 BDT
L. Lester says:
Nickel cadmium (Nicad) batteries are pretty old technology now. They suffer from 'memory effect' which means that if you re-charge before they are fully run down, they will only re-charge to around the same discharged point. I've just ordered the B&D strimmer and I'll see how long the battery will run for. If it's not up to the job, I'll open up the pack (done this before on their cordless electric drill) and I'll replace it with lithium polymer batteries which are half the weight and twice the duration. (I'm into the hobby of model aircraft which extensively uses lipos now instead of Nicds or nickel hydride batteries)

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Sep 2013 16:10:12 BDT
Si says:
Interested to know how you get on, but one question. If the Battery is now 18v and 1.3Ah; but the charger was originally charging an 18v/1.7Ah battery, what will it do to the replacement battery? Will the charger and/or the replacement battery get damaged?

Posted on 17 Sep 2013 16:12:08 BDT
Si says:
Write up now states 1.3Ah,....going down all the time.

If the Battery is now 18v and 1.3Ah (in your case 18v & 1.5Ah); but the original charger was designed to charge an 18v/1.7Ah battery, what will it do to the replacement battery? Will the charger and/or the replacement battery get damaged?

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Feb 2014 16:10:15 GMT
DIVE the GYM says:
Whats the cost of the Li replacements?
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