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Father’s Day Power Tool Shopping

OEM batteries make for safe, smooth projects

June 7, 2022 – Shopping for a gift for Father’s Day? Power tools are always the right size. Plus, dad is sure to enjoy using them more than a tie or some cologne. Luckily, dad’s new cordless toy will probably come with a (rechargeable) battery included – but you still might want to pick up a spare to go along with the gift.

Why? With a new cordless power tool, you will eventually be in the market for primary, spare, or backup batteries to ensure future projects receive the power needed to get the job done! So, give dad a head start by including it with the gift. 

You will have a lot of choices when buying backup or replacement batteries, and they are not all created equal. The Power Tool Institute (PTI)urges consumers to buy safe and smart replacement batteries – meaning those manufactured by their individual tool’s original equipment manufacturer (OEM). An OEM battery is seamlessly compatible with dad’s new power tool and charger, and has undergone rigorous testing to back it up. Each OEM has its own proprietary control circuity that is not available to third-party component suppliers. 

Knock-off or counterfeit batteries are out there that might seem like a bargain at first glance. But potential consequences include poor performance and shorter tool life or even overheating and complete failure. Even worse, the battery might burst, causing a fire or explosion that results in personal injury and/or property damage.

Pay close attention to the packaging, too, because makers of these knockoffs sometimes use colors and typefaces similar to those of the recognized brands specifically to confuse buyers. Purchase batteries from authorized dealers and be suspicious of any price that seems too good to be true. It probably is.

For more information and helpful power tool safety tips, visit https://www.powertoolinstitute.com/.

About PTI

Since its founding in 1968, the Power Tool Institute (PTI) has established itself as the leading organization for building global understanding of power tools and for maintaining high standards of safety in the industry. Its members, a list of whom can be found here, represent market-leading brands in the areas of portable and stationary power tools. For more information, contact PTI 216-241-7333 or pti@powertoolinstitute.com. On the Web: www.PowerToolInstitute.com and www.TakeChargeOfYourBattery.com.