Leaf blower battery

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I am still contemplating a leaf blower purchase.  Power does not appear to be an issue, however, comments are indicating the longevity of both the 2.5 amp and 5 amp batteries in the unit do not last long.  Can I ask the experts out there on their experiences to this matter?  
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When you say "last long" are you talking about run time? If so, I generally use a 2.5 ah battery in my 575 blower and use it for generally 20-30 minutes at a shot. Granted, if I'm not actively blowing leaves during that time I just take my finger off the trigger. Also, I rarely use it full force because it has plenty of force even at about half trigger.
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I run mine on high.  Do not use Turbo very often.   I get about 15 minutes from a 5aH battery.  I think the 2.5 would be fine for just cleaning light debris and grass clippings.  As with any battery powered tool, the more power you need, the more battery you need.
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I have had my one and only EGO blower since June of 2014. I am using the original battery. I use it regularly but not as my primary workhorse. I use it for small cleanups and to get into tight spots in gardens and behind bushes. I use it to regularly blow off the driveway and walks. I have a 150' driveway with a 30' x 50' parking area back by the garage. I have about 400' of walkways including the municipal sidewalk out by the street. I use it to blow out the garage and blow off the decks. I use it to clean gutters. I use it to clean up after trimming bushes.

I have never had a problem with the battery not performing to spec. In the almost 5 years I have had the blower I don't think I have drained the battery more than 8-10 times before finishing the task. When that happens I put the battery on the charger, do something else for awhile and finish later. I have no complaints. It is performing as I would expect.

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The EGO batteries has not been an issue; I have one 2.5 Ah, three 5.0 Ah and one 7.5 Ah. They all performed as expected. They're charged and kept in my garage that remains relatively warm in the Winter no lower than low 40s. Usually as soon as the battery is nearing depletion, they are recharged and removed from the charger; have 2 rapid chargers and 1 standard. I have the 530 cm blower, 21" self-propelled mower, power head with string trimmer attachment and pole saw attachment. I also have the snow blower. All tools has been better than my previous gas ones. I am considering other attachments and tools for my collection; a satisfied customer. The string trimmer attachment is also used as a brush cutter with a 10" 80t circular blade; cuts saplings up to 4-5 inches like warm butter.
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Thanks to all....yes, I was referring to run time....obviously, with my electric blower, there is no issue...it is strictly the cord that is a nuisance....the EGO blower would be so much better as far as not being a restriction, but I wouldn't want to have to go outside continuously just to get the job done eventually...know what I mean?....I am thinking that with the CFM being better, maybe I could also move things along quicker?....still wondering if the cost is worth it??
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Home Depot has a refurb 530 blower with battery and charger for $139. Could be a good way to try out an EGO blower without spending too much.
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Just keep in mind that refurbished tools have a 1 year warranty instead of 5 years.
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AND you still get the 90 day Home Depot return policy if you’re not happy with it.
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For general cleanup during lawn season I run the blower quite low on speed and get good battery life, but, in the fall or early spring when I have heavy leaf build up in the nooks/crannies of my yard I have to run the blower on boost most of the time. And yes the battery life is very short. I like you am perplexed that on boost this thing draws power at a faster rate than any of my other EGO toys.
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It takes a ton of power to run a high output blower, much more than running a lawnmower most of the time. Strange but true!
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For turbo usage, I switch to a 5.0 Ah battery and get sufficient time to finish; the extra battery weight doesn't bother me.
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There’s a reason the 575 and 580 cfm blowers were kitted with 5Ah batteries.
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Well, I made a leaf blower choice...the 530 cfm....I wanted the 580, but a reduced price of $149 (Home Depot) compared to $329 made the difference.  I tried it yesterday for the first time....on purpose, and due to a lot of rain producing rapid growth, I mowed the lawn shorter than usual, so this left me with grass clumps down each row; therefore, I had to "blow" the grass around the yard, front and back.  I was able to finish the backyard and when I started the front, the 2.5amp battery quit.  I have another 2.5amp battery and was able to adequately finish the front yard.  The one thing I did notice is that you really have to crank-up the blower speed to really get the ground moving...not necessarily use 'turbo', but at least a higher speed.  I think that as long as I don't have the grass 'clumping', I should be able to get the job done in the future to my satisfaction.  The remaining concern is how it will do in the Fall with those pesky leaves....time will tell.    
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Mike, I have the 530 and works fine on knee deep leaves unless it's wet. I allow it to dry out before blowing.