|Project by woodbutcherbynight||posted 08-09-2016 02:02 AM||1113 views||1 time favorited||10 comments|
For years I have used a timer box that my charger plugged into and that turned the whole works off and no more short charges. This has worked well but I only had one and I have more than one tool. Sure I have just switched the plugs and moved on but I wanted to not have to bother with it. So I bought a 10-60 minute charger online and some 120vt switches and made an all in one unit. One timer, three switches to turn on three plugs. Timer goes off, system is shut down no matter how many chargers are in use.
Why bother at all? One of the biggest complaints you get about cordless tools is the battery life. Batteries are affected by temperature, humidity, overheating from heavy use,and of course how many times they have been charged. A friend of mine works for Streamlight and he informed me they expect a battery to have about 1000 charges before the enviable spiral to death. Oddly to satisfy customer demand for fully charged batteries all the time the manufactures have made the chargers to maintain a battery if left plugged into the charger and it is plugged in to house power. I did a small test and found my flashlight charger came on and off 3 times in one day. That adds up over the course of one year.
Maybe useful for you, maybe not. Either way this is my solution. Overall cost was about $20 and a few hours one night to make two boxes. Basic electrical skills and even more basic carpentry skills as I only had to make a baseplate to mount it all to.
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