Rebuilt Batteries Cheaper Than New
One editor puts Primecell and Voltman Batteries
I was skeptical about rebuilt cordless-tool batteries. However, since the two 12-volt batteries that came with my 10-year old Porter-Cable drill couldn’t hold a charge anymore, I didn’t have much to lose.
To make it a three-way comparison, I bought a new 12-volt Porter-Cable battery for $56, the lowest price I could find. After charging and discharging each battery three times to condition them, I tested them using a new 1-in.-dia. spade bit for each battery.
The rebuilt Voltman battery ran out of juice after 8-1/4 holes, the new Porter-Cable battery lasted 8-1/2 holes, while the Primecell rebuilt battery went for 9-1/2 holes.