You can buy the new V18 Li-Ion Battery pack and charger from Milwaukee and use it with all the old tools. They are not that old or used and both have now charged up fine. 4:51 AM, Jun 20, 2016 My batteries work perfectly on a Milwaukee drill that my friend brought to the shop, so I don't believe it is a battery issue. Over a million batteries are being recalled. @ I let it "cook" for about 15 minutes, put the v28 on the charger and viola! Well it will if I only charge it 3/4 to just when the forth LED on the battery turns on. I figured that for 10 or 15 bucks I'd get the use of my drill again and I wouldn't feel bad if I had to toss the batteries in 2 years. @ @ Took the one off the charger-dead also. I have the 14.4v , 4 of them, all the replacements are fine and the have a 5yr warranty. 9:16 AM, Jul 30, 2015 This model drill uses the slide mount batteries. Come join the discussion about the industry, trades, safety, projects, finishing, tools, machinery, styles, scales, reviews, accessories, classifieds, and more! what is in all of our heads, Milwaukee & dewalt issue recall, or bad battery performance??? Held the 9 volt connected to it just a little longer and YES it does work. i never had one explode but i know i had al ot of them that were't that old just stop working all together and won't charge. @ @ Huh?!?!?! The configuration of the 2 battery packs is different. I have three Milwaukee 18V 2.4Ah batteries that I've rotated, usually keeping two fully charged, for the last 3 1/2 years. Lighter than NiCd batteries, the V18 Lithium-Ion battery keeps you working longer, with no memory effect. 3:07 PM, Feb 3, 2018 Downsides being heavy and having less power density. I always thought NiCD was the best option, as they can handle a lot of abuse and are pretty cheap. I keep forgetting to call Milwaukee, I have two batteries that fall under this, and need new batteries anyways. The Milwaukee pack has the connector spot welded to the top of 2 batteries. 10:15 PM, Jan 19, 2015 I love the tools, but one of the batteries seemed to die after a few years (but very little usage.) Thanks a lot, AFTER TWO YEARS LAYING HELPLESS IN THE GARAGE THIS FIX WORKED PERFECT, Wow- thank you for this. Hate to say this but it worked, at first my 18 lithium battery did not work so I tried it again and left my 9 volt attached for a little longer then 30 seconds when I heard a sound like a pop so I disconnected it from the 9 volt and placed on my charger and to my surprise it worked I was happy as hell. 7:23 AM, Apr 24, 2015 I just paralled a fully charged v18 L-Ion battery with my v28 L-Ion battery that wouldn't charge (Charger flashing Red-Green). Due to the extraordinary circumstances surrounding COVID-19, some of the remedies identified in recall press releases may not be available at this time. I'm a homeowner and I don't use a drill that much but when I need it I want it to work. When they threw 2 lion batts that I had for a year that were sucking they each had less than 150 charges each that's 2 batteries figure 4 6 8 12 15+ batteries, you do the math. I wasn't going to spend 86.00 bucks on the same batteries that I know would only last me a couple of years. I first ran onto this over two years ago and just let the battery sit. I could hear the charger cycle , tick..tick..tick and the first LED on the battery would blink in time with the ticking from the charger. Just tried it on my 18v and I will say after about 15seconds I heard the battery click. Works like a charm! @ 4:54 PM, Dec 31, 2016 I was using them outdoors in very cold damp weather. The LED lights on the battery would come on by themselves and stay on for maybe a day or two... weird. I HAVE PURCHASED EXACTLY A YEAR AGO THE 1/2" HAMMER DRILL WITH 2 BATTERIES AND THEY DON'T HOLD A CHARGE ANY MORE. Both batteries work flawlessly and I'm glad I don't have to go through the pain of warranty replacement, yet. Then I found a direct replacement 18v NiCad battery for 86.00 bucks. i was considering makita, but if i could stay red i want too, i need a nice impact driver, and the old 18v has nothing good. I have three (3) V18 in house that can not be rebuilt. Lift the top off the pack. You could get an 18v drill for 29.00 bucks but it didn't come with a battery and charger. You also run the risk of damaging a battery if you heat it up too much while soldering. just the litium ion 18v? Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled battery packs. let me know what you think. I trimmed a little metal off one side of the connector with a tin snips (a scissors would work fine) and with a soldering gun put a blob of solder on each side of the connector. 9:25 AM, Feb 14, 2017 So I took them home and forgot about them for a fortnight or so then thought I would give them another try. Yeah, I read about that on their website yesterday. just the litium ion 18v? After about 2 1/2 years I noticed that one of the battery packs ran out of juice pretty fast. The Harbor Freight pack has its connector simply soldered to a red and black wire. Thanks in advance! If charged longer the green light on the charger will not come on indicating a full charge and the battery will not work in the tools. 1:55 PM, May 25, 2015 6:30 PM, Apr 18, 2017 Next I installed the battery release tabs. I did find a Milwaukee 18v NiCad 2 pack for 130.00 bucks. The first thing I did was disassemble the battery packs. @ Patriotism is being loyal to your country all the time and your government when it deserves it. WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. 3:59 PM, Dec 17, 2016 I figured if the first one works I'll just go back and get another pack. 2:56 PM, Jan 12, 2018 I called Milwaukee at the 800 number listed in the above links. after the last of my 18v milwaukee batteries died, I switched over to the L-ion, which still work on all of the previous 18v tools, (for no particular reason all those batteries sat in my shop, never discarded them) I just happened to stumble on. I got the green light on the charger but the battery continues dead. I tried all the charging tricks but it just wasn't coming back. This will help you identify the leads on your 5-connector battery: Hopefully some of you are still following this thread and can maybe help a guy out here: I've had a Milwaukee cordless drill for about 3 years. I used a 12v psu and charged it for 40sec and then put it back on the charger. Worked for me too! The whole thing came out easily. The drill wasn't usable. The repair ctr. They can explode causing a laceration. Thanks for the tip Chris!!! Solid red LED on charger and first red battery LED charge indicator is lit. telling you is BS, they date code on the battery is the default if you do not have a receipt. after the second LED on the battery came on I pulled the battery, put it in one of my tools and "voila" it powered the tool. @ The Harbor freight came apart the same way except the screws are just phillips head. The top won't go on unless these are right. or just the gearing that a company uses ect that causes them to die out faster not the battery itself. Turns out the Harbor freight batteries are exactly the same size as the Milwaukee batteries. At the same time the connecting wires have to be flat so the pack fits in the case. I HAD DONE A GOOGLE SERCH AND THESE BATTERIES DON'T SEEM TO BE RECALLED. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. @ 8:06 PM, Mar 25, 2016 So professional users should go with the cheap option while DIY'rs who use their tools a few times a year should spend multiple 100$'s on just the batterypacks? I found some on-line places that did this for you but they charged about the same to rebuild my pack as a new one cost. I use it daily. As others pointed out there are often great deals, so sometimes rebuilding batteries is worth the effort. The recall includes 14.4 and 18 volt 2.4 Ah NiCd Milwaukee Power Plus, Chicago Pneumatic, and Extractor battery packs manufactured between July 1999 and February 2004. The link you selected is for a destination outside of the Federal Government. Hazard: If a vent on the battery cell is damaged or compromised during use, the battery can explode and pose a laceration hazard to consumers. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products. There are 2 black wires that attach at thermistor that is glued between a couple of batteries in the pack. Two came with a drill, one with a cordless Sawzall. That is awesome! Call Milwaukee CS. 5:15 AM, Jun 7, 2017 Two came with a drill, one with a cordless Sawzall. Several years ago, I bought a set of Milwaukee power tools. If you have a charger for 18V Milwaukee lithium-ion batteries, that's the only type of battery you should attempt to charge with that charger.Milwaukee manufactures a separate charger for its 12V batteries. The factory uses wide flat metal strips that are spot welded to the surface of each battery. Not for use with models 1108, 3108, 5364 and 6516. i may have one in the shed, i'll have to go look at it later to see if it's in the recall. Kinda off topic also but did you know that there are only like 5 companies in the whole world that make batteries. @ Any help with what may be wrong with my refurbished gun? I cut the wires off at the connector to get it out of the way. placed the 5.0 on the charger and it showed the charging light and the battery changed completely. Incidents/Injuries: Milwaukee Electric Tool Co. has received 35 reports of incidents, including 11 injuries from battery packs exploding while in use. @ Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Milwaukee Electric Tool Co. at (800) 729-3878 between 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at (pdf). Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission. Then call Fed Ex and they will pick them up at my home address. I found out that one of the major problems with totally rebuilding a pack was tying the batteries together. I charge maybe 2 or 3 times per week, about half the time when I've run it down to zero, the other half when it's just showing 1 LED when the button is pressed. The Harbor freight batteries easily slid into the Milwaukee case. The Harbor Freight batteries were half the capacity, 1.3 ah compared to the 2.3 ah Milwaukee batteries. U.S.Product Safety Commission released the recall July 10, 2007. Apparently these "dead" batteries are a known issue with Milwaukee and often the batteries aren't dead, but just need to be jump started. Contact Us: 800-638-2772 (TTY 800-638-8270), Toll Free Consumer Hotline | Time: 8 a.m. - 5.30. p.m. The charger was flashing between red and green which indicates broken battery. I figured if the first one works I'll just go back and get another pack. Low Price Guarantee and Free Delivery on orders above $99. 48-11-1890). What I really wanted was lithium Ion because they last a long time and don't have a memory. The batteries from my first one still work fine, but when I have them fully charged and put them on my new gun, nothing happens. Apparently these "dead" batteries are a known issue with Milwaukee and often the batteries aren't dead, but just need to be jump started. The repair ctr. 5:25 AM, Feb 11, 2016 The solution? My 2 batteries are part of the recall, according to the CAT.NO. 11:16 PM, Jan 12, 2018 @ As far as lithium ion batts, I don't know about other brands, but milwaukee has a chip built it, which when hooked up to thier diagnostic gizmo, will tell you black or white if you have a defective battery and how many times it has cycled.