28th November 2019


Are NiCad and lithium ion batteries interchangeable?

Answer: It is not the same, but they are interchangeable. The PC18BL is a lithium-ion battery and the PC18B is a NiCad battery. They use the same chargers and will work on the same tools.

Furthermore, which is better NiMH or lithium ion?

Power: Li-ion and NiMH batteries can actually hold a similar amount of power, but the lithium-ion cells can be charged and discharged more rapidly. Li-ion also doesn't have as much of a "memory effect," which occurs when a battery is recharged before it is fully empty. This can diminish a battery's capacity.

Can you charge a lithium battery in a NiMH charger?

Depending on the type of NiCd charger you have, the older NiCd charger may undercharge NiMH batteries (most likely), it may overcharge them (less likely), or it may charge NiMH batteries properly (but it's not likely to do so automatically and could take a very long time).