Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Bosch BC-830 Charger

Since I have such a large collection of Bosch Fat Pack batteries on hand, I thought it would be wise to pick up a Bosch charger. The model that I saw on eBay is called a Bosch BC-830 charger. They can be bought for $55 with shipping additional if you want to "Buy It Now." However, if you are willing to bid on one, you can get them for less. I paid $41 with shipping for this one.

They are surprisingly large. Easily looking like a little boombox. I will be opening one up so that I can attach some heavy duty cables and adding a couple of Anderson Powerpole connectors so that I can use it with my assembled pack.

The BC-830 charger along side a disassembled Bosch Fat Pack 37V.

The battery connector part of the BC-830 charger.

Here's the LED indicators on the BC-830 charger.

More later,

Friday, September 3, 2010

More Sony/Konion packs from DoctorBass Opened Up

Well, after about a week, I finally took apart the Makita 18V packs to see what shape the batteries were in. I examined each group of cells to see which ones are good and which ones aren't.

Of the 5 packs I bought, 2 have all 10 cells working. 2 had 8 cells out of 10 working and one that ha only 2 good cells out of 10. I guess that's 38 good cells out of 50 which averages out to be around $1.71 per good cell which is a tremendous bargain. That's $17/pack and about 80% cheaper than a new pack.

Of course, finding these packs is not extremely easy. You have to find a reputable reseller of recovered rechargeable batteries and be willing to accept a fair inconsistent set of batteries, find the bad ones and replace them and then reconfigure the packs to your liking. It's a fair bit of work, but the price is right.

Here's a pack with all ten cells in good shape. They are a bit dusty after many months of use.

Here's a pack with only 2 (hopefully) good cells. You measure each cell individually to see which ones are below standard. In order to open these packs, you'll need a long reach Torx T-2 Security bit. Security bits are the torx screwdrivers with a small hole at the very tip of the tool which prevents it from working with anything but the security bits. Be prepared to buy the special screwdriver or face a daunting task of cracking open the case!

Here's a shot of a Bosch Fat Pack opened up alongside 2 Makita packs. Similar sizes but the Makita packs are stacked evenly and not staggered like the Bosch.

More later,