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Re: DeWalt cordless drill / fire

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Ellis Kinney

05-29-2013 18:33:07

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I am headed for the barn to unplug my chargers right now. Ellis

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36 coupe

05-30-2013 03:12:51

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 Re: DeWalt cordless drill / fire in reply to Ellis Kinney, 05-29-2013 18:33:07  
Fellow I know left home,remembered he left a tool charger plugged in.Went back and found the charger on fire.I have cautioned many times about the dangers of battery chargers starting fires on this forum.Always got ridiculed by wise As.I did fire reports for our fire dept.I know that many battery chargers start fires.Ive seen flames coming out of battery chargers.The town of Morril lost 3 houses to fire caused by a battery charger.My son in law always had small tool chargers going in his dining room.I warned him about the fire danger.As usual no one listens to the old man.Next time I was there the chargers were gone and there were 2 black scorch marks on the hardwood floor.It looks like both chargers failed at the same time.A lightning strike on the power line probably shorted some diodes.

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05-30-2013 08:49:00

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 Re: DeWalt cordless drill / fire in reply to 36 coupe, 05-30-2013 03:12:51  
How often would you say this happens? Do you think any fire marshal would have a lot of records on chargers starting fires? And is there usually something else like lightning that makes the charger malfunction or can that just happen on its own?

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05-30-2013 09:51:06

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 Re: DeWalt cordless drill / fire in reply to someguy, 05-30-2013 08:49:00  
About eight years ago my 14.4v Dewalt charger was left on for a long period during the day. I came back and could smell something plastic was very hot. I located it as the charger and it was very hot and had distorted the battery case so that it was difficult to remove it from the charger and it would not go in the drill anymore. So I went to the Dewalt dealer and he said there was a recall on my charger for that very reason and gave me a new battery and charger at no cost. I don't have any doubt that it could have caught on fire if it had gotten hotter. That's my experience.

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