hello all ,
As a birthday present I had a 18v PowerG cordless screwdriver set bought
for me from Netto ,which had two batteries and is a fantastic tool , the
only problem is the battery charger has broken (it is out of guarantee) and
i have looked high and low to find a compatible charger as i dont want to
throw it away , I cannot even track down a contact site / number for Powerg
in the uk ,has anyone got any ideas whereI coud find a compatible charger
(the charger is 22v dc output I think (don't have it with me at the moment))
. apologies for the scant info but if anyone can help me I would be truly
Thanks in advance for any help
Is the charger a fast, or a trickle (overnight) type?
Fast chargers can be quite complicated - with temperature feedback from
sensors in the battery pack, a microprocessor in the charger, etc. They
tend to be designed to work with a particular make and model of battery
pack. You generally need an exact replacement.
However, a trickle charger can be very, very simple. At its simplest, it
is an (un)regulated power supply (easily obtainable from places such as
Maplins) combined with a current limiting resistor (again, easily
obtainable from Maplins, or equivalent). The hardest part is
mechanically connecting the charger to the battery pack.
So, if you can't buy a replacement charger and can't get the original
repaired, you may be able to make your own - possibly using the original
charger mechanics to make the electrical connection and using a couple
of quids worth of bits from Maplins...
Netto may have details of the distributor/importer so it is worth asking via
http://www.netto.co.uk /. Is there any mention of customer support in the
instruction manual? Is PowerG the correct brand name? Is the country of
origin marked on the tool? For example, if it was made in China then
www.chinese-embassy.org.uk/ might be able to trace the company. It sounds
like the batteries slot into the charger for charging; if so, then unless
they have used similar sized batteries to Black & Decker, Bosch, Makita,
Draper or other big brand rechargeable tool then I doubt that a compatible
charger will do. I suspect that this is a disposable screwdriver.
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