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I was just about to toss yet another Dewalt 18v battery charger in the garbage, because every time I put in a battery it would blink .. .. .. .. (problem powerline). My last charger just stopped blinking altogether so I threw it away. But now that I'm thinking about it, what does, "problem powerline " mean, exactly? I've tried plugging it in to different outlets, same result .. .. .. .. could the cord be the problem? If the thing is smart enough to flash trouble codes, is it telling me I can do something - or is it telling me to toss it? Did anyone bother to read the manual?

I'll. Be. Back.

(post #124057, reply #1 of 20)

Are you saying now you wish you'd read the manuel?


 


be faulty


 


 

 


'Nemo me impune lacesset'
No one will provoke me with impunity

 

 
   

'Nemo me impune lacesset'
No one will provoke me with impunity

(post #124057, reply #8 of 20)

> "Are you saying now you wish you'd read the manuel?"

No, Razz. That would be an inefficient use of a wish. I wish I had a magic drill that could run forever and shoot lazers.

I'll. Be. Back.

(post #124057, reply #9 of 20)

heh heh


You must be talking about Panasonic.


 


 


 


 

 


'Nemo me impune lacesset'
No one will provoke me with impunity

 

 
   

'Nemo me impune lacesset'
No one will provoke me with impunity

(post #124057, reply #11 of 20)

By the way, how is that panasonic?


Tim




 

 

(post #124057, reply #12 of 20)

Was a terrific buy and since a battery puked out on my old 14.4 bosch it's turned into the drill I use.


Can notice the battery charge life from the 14.4 in that you don't get quite as much runtime out of it but I'm happy with the gun for sure. Has a compact feel to it and can still produce ok for the light weight stuff I've been doing.


Milwaukee's new battery system is the thing to watch now tho'.


 


 

 


'Nemo me impune lacesset'
No one will provoke me with impunity

 

 
   

'Nemo me impune lacesset'
No one will provoke me with impunity

(post #124057, reply #13 of 20)

Milwaukee's new battery system is the thing to watch now tho'.


 


Why is that ?


Tim




 

 

(post #124057, reply #15 of 20)

Tim,


You working for Milwalkee now?


 


 

 


'Nemo me impune lacesset'
No one will provoke me with impunity

 

 
   

'Nemo me impune lacesset'
No one will provoke me with impunity

(post #124057, reply #16 of 20)

Reread my post please and yu may retake the exam. <G>


Tim




 

 

(post #124057, reply #17 of 20)

ok

 


 

 


'Nemo me impune lacesset'
No one will provoke me with impunity

 

 
   

'Nemo me impune lacesset'
No one will provoke me with impunity

(post #124057, reply #18 of 20)

Tim,


You working for Milwalkee now?


 


 

 


'Nemo me impune lacesset'
No one will provoke me with impunity

 

 
   

'Nemo me impune lacesset'
No one will provoke me with impunity

(post #124057, reply #2 of 20)

I had a Panasonic charger do the same thing.  The chargers are so complex now, you can't do anything with them.  For goodness sake, don't throw away the battery !


Tip:  I bought a charger from a guy on EBay.  Now I'm always uncomfortable with buying tools on EBay - sort of like buying from the pawn shop, figured they were stolen.  But I had a little interchange with the guy.  His drill case was stolen at Home Depot but the charger was at the jobsite.  Made perfect sense. 


(okay, I misread, somehow thought you'd trashed a battery . . . sorry)


Greg


Edited 2/14/2006 1:14 pm ET by GregGibson

(post #124057, reply #3 of 20)

The Dewalt charger is suposed to blink when the battery is first installed, then when it glows steady, it is in maintence / top up mode. which should be done on regular bases, or so says in manual. These are good drills and batteries, if you look after them, not drag them right down ect. There  are also places that will rebuild batteries for 1/2 price of new.  Check out dealer service places  and ask couple questions, most will tell you if you got a faulty one.


IF IT WAS EASY, EVERYONE COULD DO IT !

(post #124057, reply #4 of 20)

Here is what manual says:1: Plug the charger into appropriate outlet before inserting battery pack,  2: Insert the battery pack into charger, making shure the pack is fully seated in the charger. The red ( charging light will BLINK continuously indicating that the charging process has started.  3: The completion of the charge will be indicated by the red light remaining ON continuously.  The pack is fully charged and may be used at this time or left in the charger.


Indicator light : - - - - - - -  pack charging,____________________ fully charger


____ . ___  . _____  Hot / cold pack delay, ........................ Replace pack , ..    ..     ..


problem power line (some problem with power source such as generators or source is out of limits of charger.)  Hope this helps.


IF IT WAS EASY, EVERYONE COULD DO IT!


 

(post #124057, reply #5 of 20)

Maybe a good idea to write the table of blink patterns on a little piece of paper, and stick it to the charger under clear plastic tape.  Makita chargers come with a label like that. 

 


 


-- J.S.


 

 

 

-- J.S.

 

(post #124057, reply #10 of 20)

John Spung,


 My Dewalt charger (18v) Came with a label on it that shows that.


 


Dennis C.

(post #124057, reply #6 of 20)

I was sure surprised by our local Franklin Building Supply having a whole barrel of 18v Dewalt chargers for $10 ea.  18v bare drills were $110 and batteries $47.


If line voltage in your area is a little off there are gizmos for evening out the voltage, but I'd just get a 12v dewalt charger, or a 110v converter and charge out of your vehicle.

If I could edit my location it would say I'm now in Reno :-)

(post #124057, reply #7 of 20)

I have one that does the same thing. I accidently left it out in the rain. If you figure out how to fix let me know.   Me, I just bought a new one on E-bay for $17.00 or something like that plus shipping. Works well.

(post #124057, reply #14 of 20)

I've tried plugging it in to different outlets, same result .. .. .. .. could the cord be the problem


Makes me think about receptical polarity. Hot right and ground down on older recepts, and hot left and ground up on recent code installations.


Just a WAG, but you might just replace one of the recepticals with a new one and try the charger again.


 


Dave 

(post #124057, reply #19 of 20)

With two broken PC chargers I finnaly took one apart and found that it had an automotive type fuse SOLDERED to the circuit board. I soldered a jumper over the fuse and they both work fine and don't seem to be as jitterey in the cold weather. I thuoght about desoldering the fuse but was worried about overheating the board. Default may use a similar faulty design.

regards ...........Rik......

(post #124057, reply #20 of 20)

you sure that was a fuse and not a diode?  Was the 'fuse' visably blown?  I have a PC 19.2 V charger..might haveta look inside..sonmething don't sound right there.


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