In the new world of cordless power tools, some people have resorted to using a cordless drill. These drills have keyless chuck, lithium-ion batteries, and variable speed settings while also being lightweight. However, one feature that these cordless drills lack is using the device while it is plugged into an outlet. The need to have a cord whatsoever is a drawback for many people, so how can you convert one of these drills to a true corded drill? This article will explain to you how to convert a cordless drill into a corded one.
Conversion of a Cordless Drill
Step 1. Take the cordless drill outside and make sure there are no loose screws or objects that might be dangling down. Then check to make sure you have a properly grounded extension cord capable of carrying at least 20 amps-if not, be sure to ask someone else to help you out.
Step 2. You will first have to find where the corded drill is plugged into it’s via an outlet near the bottom of the machine. There are two ways to do this, and you could take the cordless drill into the other outlet and let the voltage go up to 20-25 volts (which can be fixed by adding a voltage drop switch to your corded drill).
Step 3. You will now want to take the cordless drill’s battery off, you want to keep it in case there is something wrong with it, but it does not need testing.
Step 4. Next up, you will want to undo the screws that hold the cordless drill’s battery cover. When you do this, make sure to take out all of the screws and use caution as you undo them. (If it is hard for you to remove them by hand, you can use a screwdriver). Now that they are all undone take the cover off.
Step 5. This is the part where you will need your husband or wife to help you: they will need to unscrew the part of the cordless drill where the charger plugs in and the other end. This may take a bit of effort, so be sure to keep it stable as you open it up. You might notice that there are many screws, but don’t worry, that’s normal.
Step 6. Once you have removed all of the screws, your cordless drill will be ready to become a corded drill.
Step 7. Finally, you will want to replace the cover on the battery and make sure that it is properly screwed again. The covers are usually pretty easy to screw back on, but make sure that there aren’t any wires still sticking out from inside the cover. If everything is inserted correctly and pulled tight from outside, your cordless drill should now be a corded one.
You will have to test your new drill right away to make sure that it works just fine. If you had to add a voltage drop switch, be sure that you read the instructions on what voltage levels are acceptable, or else you could damage the drill.
Complications During Conversion:
If you experience any problems while doing this conversion, there are a few things you will need to know. First of all, you will need to be careful with the wires of your corded drill, especially if it is an older model. Even though the new corded drill has thicker wires than its original cordless one, you will still want to be careful that they don’t get crushed under the corded drill’s housing.
Another thing that you might need to be prepared for is if your corded drill’s housing does not fit over the cordless one. If the D-shaped section where it fits together is too big, you may need to file it down so that they sit against each other.
The last potential complication is when you add a voltage drop switch at the end of your corded drill. If you have a drill that runs at over 20 volts, the switch might not need to be changed. If your drill runs under 20, you may have to get a voltage drop switch with a lower maximum voltage.
Are There Any Advantages of This Conversion?
There are many benefits to converting a cordless drill to a corded drill, but the most obvious one is that you can now drill directly into the wall of your house. Other advantages are that you will have no worries about running out of battery with your corded drill. There are no safety concerns with extending your corded drill’s reach or any risks of an explosion due to using lithium-ion batteries. Also, you can keep your old batteries on hand in case you need to use them outside of your corded drill.
What Does Ah Mean?
The AH rating is a way to provide a better idea of power by calculating the amount of energy a drill produces. It is determined by multiplying the voltage times the current, then adding it up. For example, if your drill has a voltage rating of 20 volts and a current rating of 10 amps, you would calculate this as follows: 20 multiplied by 10 equals 200 watts. 200 multiplied by 0.5 equals 50 watts. Then you would add these two numbers to get 250 watts.
I hope that this has helped you out with your cordless drill. You can now start using it without worrying about batteries and chargers taking up a lot of room in your garage, and you will have a drill that can be used at a moment’s notice.