Simple tip for knowing which batteries are charged

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03-05-2016 02:17 PM

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I’m forever trying to figure out which of my cordless batteries are charged and which ones aren’t.

My flash of insight (I needed to post it, since I don’t get too many)...

Set them one way, and they are full, the other way they need a charge. And write on them which is which, so I don’t get confused.

-- Troy | | The more I see nature, the more I am amazed at the Creator. - Louis Pasteur

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#1 posted 03-05-2016 02:19 PM

Simple and effective!

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#2 posted 03-05-2016 02:24 PM

I’m not near as organized as you are. Mine get turned on the shelf. I just put a small piece of blue tape on them when I take them off the charger. I pull the tape off when I put them into the tool.

-- Grant Wilkinson, Ottawa ON

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#3 posted 03-05-2016 02:27 PM

Also a good idea.

-- Troy | | The more I see nature, the more I am amazed at the Creator. - Louis Pasteur

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#4 posted 03-05-2016 06:19 PM

I have 6 or 7 batteries and I’ve tried laying them on one side or the other, then I forget which side up is charged. So I tried turning them label in or label out, but again I forgot which is which. Somehow I never thought to simply write on each battery! I like this idea and fully plan on stealing it from you.



Now where did I leave that dang Sharpie marker??

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#5 posted 03-05-2016 08:46 PM

I was trying to think of a solution…

thanks for posting this simple idea.

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#6 posted 03-05-2016 09:11 PM

The most elegant solutions are almost always the simplest, so this is an extremely elegant solution to nagging problem!

-- Dave - York, Maine

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#7 posted 03-06-2016 01:10 AM

At my house, if they are lying on their side, they are dead. Upright is charged.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 03-06-2016 05:23 PM

Do you also date them so you will know how many days they have been sitting there discharging themselves?


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#9 posted 03-13-2016 01:41 AM

Nope – I have a couple of extras and I just swap them out first thing each day I’m in the shop.

-- Troy | | The more I see nature, the more I am amazed at the Creator. - Louis Pasteur

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#10 posted 03-13-2016 01:55 AM

Thanks to Milwaukee’s fuel 18 v batteries I always know what state of charge the batteries are in. Very handy. Thanks Milwaukee.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#11 posted 03-13-2016 05:14 AM

I have a couple ryobi batteries with the charge lights on them they say there full but are dead. ok tools, sucky batteries.bought 4 batteries one took a charge.90 mile round trip to return them!

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