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So Why Doesn't My Changzhou Electronics, Ltd. Battery Recharger Work?

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  1. W. Wat son

    W. Wat son Guest

    Many months ago I bought an X1 (Xl, X.1, Xl?) battery charger with four
    Ni-MH batteries. I put the batteries in (correctly), and plug the unit into
    a wall plug with the rotatable two prongs (male). I wait about 10 hours,
    and the batteries show no sign of life. Maybe I threw away some part of
    this. It has a DC12 plug on the side. I don't recall getting any wall wart
    with this. If that's the key, then what's the AC plug for? Is there a way
    to test this device?
    --
    Wayne T. Watson (Watson Adventures, Prop., Nevada City, CA)
    (121.015 Deg. W, 39.262 Deg. N) GMT-8 hr std. time)
    Obz Site: 39° 15' 7" N, 121° 2' 32" W, 2700 feet

    Most vehicle/deer accidents occur at sunset.
    Vehicle deer whistles are ineffective.

    Web Page: <home.earthlink.net/~mtnviews>
     
  2. Take it apart and look at it. Does it have a switch on the side? Maybe
    you have to set it for AC. Also, some mfgrs put user manuals up on the
    web. You may be able to find it there.

    --
    Regards,
    Robert Monsen

    "Your Highness, I have no need of this hypothesis."
    - Pierre Laplace (1749-1827), to Napoleon,
    on why his works on celestial mechanics make no mention of God.
     
  3. W. Wat son

    W. Wat son Guest

    I tried finding their web site. It's Chinese, and the company seems to be a
    newcomer to the market.

    I noticed your quote at the bottom. You might be interested in the book
    Pendulum by Aczel. It's about Foucault's pendulum. His discovery proved the
    earth moved, and was the final nail in the Aristolean view of the universe,
    which the Church had held firm as their view. Also just a plain interesting
    book about French science, and the history of Foucault's times.


    --
    Wayne T. Watson (Watson Adventures, Prop., Nevada City, CA)
    (121.015 Deg. W, 39.262 Deg. N) GMT-8 hr std. time)
    Obz Site: 39° 15' 7" N, 121° 2' 32" W, 2700 feet

    Most vehicle/deer accidents occur at sunset.
    Vehicle deer whistles are ineffective.

    Web Page: <home.earthlink.net/~mtnviews>
     
  4. D'oh! Well, you may need to open it up and post a picture on
    alt.binaries.schematics.electronic.
    Sounds quite interesting. Perhaps I'll check it out from the library.
    Thanks.


    --
    Regards,
    Robert Monsen

    "Your Highness, I have no need of this hypothesis."
    - Pierre Laplace (1749-1827), to Napoleon,
    on why his works on celestial mechanics make no mention of God.
     
  5. Dan Ritter

    Dan Ritter Guest

    I wouldn't take the thing apart. It sounds like you don't have the
    knowledge to test it. If you do have a voltage tester you can test the
    voltage at the battery terminals. This would probably have to be done
    with the batteries in. Usually these chargers are meant to charge 2
    batteries at a time so put in 2 batteries and normally a light will go
    on indicating that the unit is charging the batteries. Otherwise I
    would phone the store where you bought it. Explain you're problem and
    ask if they can check it for you. If you get any trouble then talk to
    the manager. Often regular employees will just give you stock answers
    or just not know how to deal with the situation. Hopefully you have
    your reciept. If not explain that and hopefully they will help you. If
    your warranty has expired and the thing has never worked from the start.
    Try to be nice and explain that to the manager. Normally they are
    capable of putting themselves in your shoes and will try to help you.
    Try not to get mad at them until they actually are starting to be
    unreasonable. I've worked in electronics retail a long time so I think
    I know what I'm talking about.

    I hope this helps. :cool:
     
  6. W. Wat son

    W. Wat son Guest

    See <http://shop2.outpost.com/product/4011572?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG>.

    --
    Wayne T. Watson (Watson Adventures, Prop., Nevada City, CA)
    (121.015 Deg. W, 39.262 Deg. N) GMT-8 hr std. time)
    Obz Site: 39° 15' 7" N, 121° 2' 32" W, 2700 feet

    Most vehicle/deer accidents occur at sunset.
    Vehicle deer whistles are ineffective.

    Web Page: <home.earthlink.net/~mtnviews>
     
  7. W. Wat son

    W. Wat son Guest

    I guess I had some fantasy notion that these were so popular everyone
    interested in rechargeables had one. When I go into Fry's Electronic store
    in Sacramento, 60 miles from here, it seems that's the only kind they have.
    Here's a picture
    <http://shop2.outpost.com/product/4011572?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG>. I
    bought it 3-4 months ago and no longer have the receipt. I was quite
    surpised to discover in my first attempt to use it that it just didn't
    work. Never had that happen before, so I started thinking I might be
    missing a part or it had some feature I was missing. Now that I see the
    error of my ways, I'll dig out my meter and check it out.

    --
    Wayne T. Watson (Watson Adventures, Prop., Nevada City, CA)
    (121.015 Deg. W, 39.262 Deg. N) GMT-8 hr std. time)
    Obz Site: 39° 15' 7" N, 121° 2' 32" W, 2700 feet

    Most vehicle/deer accidents occur at sunset.
    Vehicle deer whistles are ineffective.

    Web Page: <home.earthlink.net/~mtnviews>
     
  8. Unless there is a switch, or you are somehow using it wrong (which seems
    unlikely) it's crib death. You might be able to fix it, but the store
    may take it back. If you used a credit card, Fry's may be able to
    reference your purchase using that.

    --
    Regards,
    Robert Monsen

    "Your Highness, I have no need of this hypothesis."
    - Pierre Laplace (1749-1827), to Napoleon,
    on why his works on celestial mechanics make no mention of God.
     
  9. W. Wat son

    W. Wat son Guest

    Well, next time I'm near our *local* Fry's, I'll give it a try. I may take
    my wife to the airport next week, and I'll pass by it. I don't think the
    unit needs screws to hold the case on. There's some catch inside that seems
    to require three hands to open the two halves. Oh, well. I hope the
    batteries are OK.

    --
    Wayne T. Watson (Watson Adventures, Prop., Nevada City, CA)
    (121.015 Deg. W, 39.262 Deg. N) GMT-8 hr std. time)
    Obz Site: 39° 15' 7" N, 121° 2' 32" W, 2700 feet

    Most vehicle/deer accidents occur at sunset.
    Vehicle deer whistles are ineffective.

    Web Page: <home.earthlink.net/~mtnviews>
     
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