|Forum topic by Eric_S||posted 1157 days ago||3449 views||0 times favorited||34 replies|
1157 days ago
At first I thought it was the wiring of the outlet I was using to connect my Makita Li-Ion battery charger, but its the charger as it happens at every outlet in my house. When I plug it in, you see a big spark. I burned one of my outlets plugging it in and had to reset the fuse. It has always happened since day of purchase.
I’ve tried with a battery connected before plugging in and without and it happens both ways. I have a Makita DC18RA Rapid Battery Charger for Li-Ion Batteries.
It scares the hell out of me everytime I plug it in. I think i’m going to get electrocuted or start a fire, once its plugged in its fine. I was thinking of attaching it to a surge protector and just switching it on and off.
This just doesn’t seem correct or safe? Is mine defective in some way?
Any advice? Anyone have a similar issue? Is plugging it into a 20amp GFCI outlet safe? I would think so.
EDIT: to clarify, the spark happens only at initial plugin, it isn’t constantly doing it. The batteries charge fine as well but yeah it’s scary still.
-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN