Originally Posted by asbestos
Even though Li-ion has advantages in size and weight. it is more sensitive to abuse- heavy loads, hot recharge, and the like. so it may not be the best choice for tools. even though Ni-Cd is old tech it is more robust in a tool application.
I vote for sending them out for a rebuild, most places that do it put in top quality cells that hold more juice and perform better.
Rebuilding can be a good option, I have had it done myself. But I need to take exception with the statement "it may not be the best choice for tools" regarding LiIon. I have owned and used very heavily battery tools since about 1990. Ni-cd, NMh and LIon. Li-ion is by far the best performer.
As for "hot recharge" - The chargers have a thermostat built in and also a cooling fan so to prevent charging while hot. And as far as "heavy load" - I have no idea about that - my newest LiIon tools are the heavyist duty cordless I have ever owned and outperform any other battery tool, under heavy load, I have ever owned.
That said - The battery tools do not compare performance wise to a similar corded tool. The proved the case in several tests I did with drills and reciprocating saws (comparing cordless with corded).
Have a nice day.