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Started by ranger2408, May 15, 2008, 09:28:40 pm

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Quote from: jabbu on May 17, 2008, 10:34:53 am
Speaking on drills...

Do you guys charge your drills with the inverters or at home/office?

The inverters produce a wave that is not good for batteries? People always say their inverters killed their battery packs around here. I used to charge them at home, but we got some spanking new 1500 inverters in the new trucks and i decided to just use it, but it does say in the manual about it being a synwave or something and packs don't hold up well with that wave.
yeah i heard that happens i charge mine at home


yeah, i use my inverter all the time....  did i mention mine was company issue?   hehehe
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I've heard that too, sorta. I heard that cigarette lighter charges mess batteries up. I was under the assumption that when you use an inverter instead, it eliminates that problem. I never had any problems with my drills, meter, or laptop batteries. Could just be the inverter, but I had a cheapo, so I doubt it. I'd sure like to know for sure, though, before I hook my new laptop up to one.
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Quote from: CableTool on December 18, 2007, 01:53:02 pm
They have like.. yellow crumbely crap on em? And smell odd.
In any event, tonight Ill clean em up and give one a whirl...



i read something about now that i recall, its a wave to convert from ac to dc, nothing to do with the output since it is converted


I have always charged my meters and batteries as well with the inverter hasn't seemed to be a problem. I wonder if it has something to do with the rating of the inverter. I know some are better than others.


The cheap inverters aren't true sign waves. More like + and - sawtooth waves. Higher draw devices don't like sawtooth too much.

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Yeah... it is... sorry, cold rage/fury going on. Little distracted. Thanks for the correction.

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I can say from my own experiences that the brand spanking new inverter in my truck took out the batteries in my SDA5000 meter, My cordless Milwaulkee 18 V Hammer Drill batteries and doing serious damage to my Laptops batteries....Yes it's all company issue. Yes I still use it...

An inverter converts DC to AC by voltage rectifying circuits, where capacitors are "configured" to release a charge on top of the DC squarewave to "resemble" the appearance of an AC sinewave, however in most cases the top of the rectified output voltage is still clipped and in theory is a higher output voltage then what it appears.

In short, it is not recommended to use the trucks inverter for the charging of batteries, but its just so damn convienent, isn't it...

The above is my opinion and subject to change when confronted with a more exact correct answer :D

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18v Dewalt, but I think it's about to go, it smells like it's burning every time I use it.

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Quote from: mzacharko on October 19, 2008, 06:25:25 pm
The smell kinda reminded me of rotting fish and burning tires.......


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I need a new battery for my Dewalt 18volt...they are like 89 bucks. Anyone know of a source that would be cheaper?
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Quote from: jeffmoss26 on June 08, 2008, 07:16:24 pm
I need a new battery for my Dewalt 18volt...they are like 89 bucks. Anyone know of a source that would be cheaper?

Ebay has 'em cheaper, just make sure they're new.

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     i used an 18 vt dewalt hammerdrill for normal shit and a bosch bulldog for hardcore drilling. with the bulldog you can drill through solid concrete or switch to jackhammer and its a chipping gun for jackhammerring concrete or block walls. comes in real handy sometimes, like i used it to chip out and extra 4 inches of block wall on 6 window openings in my basement


also when i bought my dewalt drill i got a whole kit. my favorite tool in there was this cutoff saw :


now that im not a tech i can say that i did not have time to go searching for maintenance men for keys to locked padlocks. cuts any lock any size in less than 5 seconds.  i would justify it in my head by telling myself im a public utility or something like that. and it does it clean so when your done you just put it back on and no one knows until they put in the key and it falls apart haha. this procedure is not in the training manuals


Haha, that beats picking locks any day!
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