Drill Charger Timer

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Project by doncharles posted 01-22-2011 12:03 AM 2531 views 17 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I designed this device to time the operation of the 120V AC battery charger for my battery powered drill. I found out the hard way that the battery chargers for these batteries run HOT. If left plugged in all the time, they will burn out. These type chargers run $40.00 to $70.00. Yes, it is true that this charger will cost $30.00 to $40.00, But, it will not burn out. The timer is a spring wound timer. The timer is basically a switch that will stay on for the time set. This switch (timer) will carry an electrical load up to 1HP (745.6 Watts). I have never had a timer go bad, but if it did you can replace it for $20.00 or less. The battery charger for my 19V craftsman drill draws 65 watts.

If you send me your email address & you are a LJ & mention Timer I will email you, FREE, a PDF file that has easy to follow instructions to build this project.

NOTE: If you do not get your plans within one day, PLEASE send me another massage.

-- doncharles AKA Don

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#1 posted 01-22-2011 12:57 AM

I use the same setup to run an IR heater element and another for my glue pot. 1 hour is plenty of time to heat either. If I forget to turn it off, no problem…

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#2 posted 01-22-2011 12:58 AM

that’s a great idea
why didn’t I think of that?

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#3 posted 01-22-2011 01:23 AM

dang thats a good idea! im always forgetting to unplug my chargers!

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#4 posted 01-22-2011 01:25 AM

That is an ingenious idea to make battery charging safer. I have read quite a few articles about guys setting their houses on fire from battery chargers..especially these new Lithium Ion batteries. This is a great, mechanical, set it and forget it set up. Thanks for sharing.


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#5 posted 01-22-2011 01:27 AM

wow nice setup. Can you blog about how you made this little devise? I think it would help alot of LJers including me.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#6 posted 01-22-2011 01:46 AM

That’s a great idea!. Not only does it make charging safer and extend the life of the charger, but it also saves energy.

-- Brian in Leesburg, GA

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#7 posted 01-22-2011 02:44 AM

Check the manual for your battery chargers .. some do this automatically. Although most do not.

-- Easy to use end grain cutting board designer:

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#8 posted 01-22-2011 02:48 AM

This is so cool, and will probably give you a pm on the infor. thank for posting and sharing BC

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#9 posted 01-22-2011 04:44 AM


This looks like a great idea, but I’m just a little confused. Why can’t I just plug my rechargeables into the timer I use on my lights to automatically turn my charger off?


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#10 posted 01-22-2011 05:35 AM

The lamp timer may work fine, but be careful not to overload it

-- doncharles AKA Don

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#11 posted 01-22-2011 07:23 AM

Wonderful solution

-- Norman

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#12 posted 01-22-2011 09:13 AM

Nice Idea, but couldn’t you just plug you charger into an ordinary light timer and when you charge your battery set timer on for as long as you want it to charge?

-- Life is too short for negative drama & petty things. So laugh insanely, love truly and forgive quickly!

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#13 posted 01-22-2011 02:54 PM

I have often wondered why someone hasn’t made a device like this or built it into the charger. Leaving them on all the time is just part of the phantom power consumption that goes on in our homes. All those little transformers for cell phones, cameras, printers, calculators, etc. etc.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#14 posted 01-22-2011 03:15 PM

wow, that is a great idea!!!

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#15 posted 01-22-2011 06:49 PM

Great Idea!!!

-- Stumpybear,Petersburg PA

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