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In the construction business, a minute saved is way more than a penny earned. Time is of the essence, and when the batteries in power tools run down on the jobsite, it can be a major interruption. Typically, it can take 45 minutes to an hour to recharge. Plus, with original equipment manufacturer (OEM) chargers, batteries can build up excessive heat, greatly reducing their overall life span.
A new technology solution for recharging batteries is now available on the market. This new charging platform from 10C Technologies, Inc., takes a different approach to the recharge. Rather than sending a fixed, constant current that stops when the battery voltage peaks, as is the case with OEM chargers,
10C chargers use a patented, low-heat technology to transfer energy faster at safer temperature levels. The technology cuts charging time down to about 15 minutes. The charger can also recondition batteries, a process that takes about 20 to 30 minutes. The system extends the life of batteries up to two times and revives up to 70 percent of batteries considered ready for recycling.
One of the keys to this new system is that it can charge up to four different batteries from four different brands of power tools, all at the same time, thanks to its universal adapter system and its ability to use just one power source. With so many different brands of power tools floating around the jobsite, it is convenient and easy for workers to quickly recharge and get back to the job at hand.
Eliminating the need for multiple chargers on a jobsite can help keep it organized and simplify the search for the right charger in the middle of a task. 10C chargers work with all major brands’ batteries, and the chargers themselves are made of rugged, durable, industrial-grade plastics. Batteries charge faster with more battery depth using the technology.
How It Works
Perhaps the most impressive of this new line of chargers is the Crew Charge, which has four ports and provides 15-minute charging along with the ability to charge multiple battery brands, voltages, and chemistries simultaneously. Here’s how this low-heat charging technology works:
- The smart charge technology detects battery status.
- A rapid charge is initiated based on battery status.
- The charge adjusts to protect the battery and maximize the charge.
10C chargers also provide easy-to-understand battery diagnostics. Interchangeable battery adapters quickly and easily snap into place for immediate use.
This advanced technology relies on automated charging algorithms that uniquely identify battery voltage, capacity, brand, and overall condition to optimize the delivery of the charge to the battery. This extends battery life. The charger also safely monitors and controls battery charging thermal characteristics, so batteries can be charged under extreme hot and cold conditions.
Why It’s a Winner
This new technology will change the amount of work that is possible on a jobsite. It reduces the time workers need to recharge their power tools, and it extends the life of the batteries in those tools while recharging them. Plus, it is a “green” technology, reducing energy waste and the number of discarded batteries in landfills.
This simple technology investment could save quite a bit of money in the long run. A typical power tool battery costs between $50 and $90. By extending the life of those batteries, contractors can save.
“At first, builders were placing single orders for these chargers, but now large organizations, such as construction companies and even the U.S. Postal Service’s maintenance group, which has 350 shops across the United States, are standardizing their charging systems across multiple sites,” explains Tony Jewitt, CEO of 10C Technologies.
“Using a single charging platform is the simplest way to get the most value from their battery investment,” he adds. “Companies are buying this technology with the specific goal of cutting their expenses on rechargeable power tool batteries in half. For large companies, those expenses are in the millions of dollars, so the savings are substantial. The real return on investment for this new technology is keeping people productive and significantly cutting costs.”