Buy included battery?

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I have just purchased an EGO leaf blower with 5 amp battery and charger. I plan to also buy a leaf blower, currently available at $180 complete with 2.5 amp battery and charger, or $150 alone. Even if I consider the additional charger worthless despite its individual $70 list price, I am paying only $50 for the battery, while it would be $150 if bought separately. I do not use these tools frequently, so I will not have to worry about running out of power using one battery for both pieces, or all 3 if I also get a chain saw (I can always wait to finish my occasional job until next day). So do I pass up what looks like a real bargain on a second battery for my tools, or do I spend the extra $50 so that I can have another at 1/3 the separate cost in preparation for my original battery dying in 3 years? And then how likely is it that the “new” $50 battery will die on the shelf as it waits 3 years to be used? (I’ve seen the advice to run it occasionally.) Any thoughts for one who likes to get the best deal? And while I’m not complaining about the prices, I wonder: why the weird pricing of these individual components?

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I came to the same conclusion and have pretty much always bought the complete kit when available, the only recent exception is the Multi-Tool Power Head (PH1400) since they have not released the kits yet.  There is an excel spreadsheet in this thread, I compared the cost to add a battery over the  bare tool; the best value is adding the 5.0 battery to the 16" chainsaw for $80 more.
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Also, you should cycle through your batteries instead of leaving them on the shelf.
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The 15" trimmer with the 2.5 Ah battery goes on sale next week at Home Depot. $199 regularly, it will be $179 next week.
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Ricardo, in my opinion it's always good to have a spare battery. Just in case something were ever to go wrong with your main battery you have a backup, and if you run out of power just before finishing a job you can use the spare instead of waiting to charge.

I have a small lot and used to think I should only have the one battery that came with the mower. But having one of the smaller batteries on hand is nice, especially for the handheld tools since it's so much lighter.