A Quick and Easy Guide to Charging a Lithium-ion Power Tool

Battery powered power tools have become massively popular in recent years as lithium-ion batteries have fallen in price, but we sometimes get questions from customers who have never owned one and want to know about the process of charging the batteries. 

Because of this, we’ve put together a quick guide to show you exactly how simple this process is so you can start using your tools as soon as possible.

Although lithium-ion power tools are are usually supplied with batteries that have some charge in them, we suggest that you always fully charge them before operating them for the first time.

Step 1: Plug the charger in to the mains

The first step is the most obvious - you have to take the battery charger and plug it in to a suitable mains socket.

If you’re doing this in a shed, garage our outside via an extension socket, make sure it’s in a dry location.

Step 2: Insert the battery in to the charger

Once the charger is plugged in, take the battery and slot it in to the charger. 

Lithium-ion batteries are usually designed so that it can only be inserted one way, so take care to not force it in the wrong way. 

Step 3: Take the battery and insert it in to your power tool

When the battery is fully charged, the charger cradle will display green LED lights. 

Carefully remove the battery and slot it in to your power tool. 

Again, the battery will be designed to fit in one way, so take care to get it the right way around. 

When inserting the battery in to your cordless power tool, be sure to push it in firmly until it clicks in to place. 

Top tip: At this point, take a spare battery and put it on charge as well. This way you know you have a replacement battery which is fully charged and ready to go when the first battery has run out of power. 

Step 4: Removing the battery from your power tool to recharge it

When your power tool does run out of power, you’ll need to release the lithium-ion battery so you can put it on to charge. 

To do this, find the release clips and firmly push them in, then proceed to pull the battery out of the tool. 

These clips are fitted to stop the battery from accidently being removed during operation. 

As you can see, charging and replacing lithium-ion batteries in cordless powers tools is a quick and easy process, which allows you to spend more time focusing on the DIY at hand. 

You can view our full range of lithium-ion power tools here, and if you have any questions about our selection, please don't hesitate contacting us on 01437 700123.