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For over two decades, the Dewalt 18V NiCad battery has powered thousands of DEWALT tools. I have personally owned DEWALT tools with this battery in the past and I was very pleased with its performance, even on the jobsite.
The time is coming soon, though, when you’ll no longer find this battery at major retailers. DEWALT has announced that their 18V NiCad battery platform will soon be phased out. The current supply is estimated to last through March 2022, though that is subject to customer demands and subject to change.
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DEWALT 18V Tools Will Live On, Though
Those who are holding on the DEWALT 18V NiCad Battery system and tools are encouraged to upgrade to the 20V MAX platform, which currently features over 250 tools. However, if you still use 18V DEWALT tools and don’t plan to upgrade any time soon, in the event you need new batteries, you can use the 18V to 20V adapter, which allows the use of 20V MAX lithium ion batteries in most 18V DEWALT tools.
Regarding this adapter:
The adapter is not compatible with FLEXVOLT® Batteries or 20V MAX* 6.0Ah, 8.0Ah, or 10.0 Ah XR® Batteries (DCB206, DCB208, DCB210) and should not be used with DEWALT batteries in DC970 or DC759 tools. In addition, 18V chargers may not be used to charge 20V MAX* Batteries via the adapter. *Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 20 volts. Nominal voltage is 18.– Dewalt
Do you use DEWALT 18V tools and plan to stick with them or do you plan to switch over to the 20V MAX platform? Let us know in the comments below!