Re: Seems like cordless batteies always dead when needed.
The Lithium Ion batteries are quite an improvement over the old Ni-Cad, etc.
I've had cordless drills from the early nineties on, Makita, Freud, Porter Cable, DeWALT, use Milwaukee, DeWalt and Porter Cable at work. Never really used a Bosch much. My personal choice is Makita, it just fits my hand better.
As for the dead batteries, your drill is dated a little and therefore the batteries are dated also.
Cordless is great but you have to use the tool enough to make the investment worth it.
I buy seldom used tools, Oscillating tool, Hammer drills, Jig saw, Routers, etc. that are corded, they will work today and 10 years from today long after tool manufacturers move on to the next design in cordless tools.
You can buy replacement batteries from Interstate Batteries for about any major brand of cordless tools but you can buy a new drill for the same money a couple batteries would cost you.
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