Re: Wife Wanted Me Out of the House, So Off to the Garage and Clean it Out
I have a "SOLAR" brand battery charger a friend had that stopped working ,and he said if I wanted to mess with it to take it home,or he'd scrap it..
It is a wheeled unit that has 2-10-50-225 amp setting and a timer..thing weighs quite a bit!..
I found it has a fan motor (looks just like an old record player motor !),and the plastic blade had come off the shaft and fell to the bottom of the case..
I was able to press the blade back on without having to take the motor out..
It went on pretty hard,it shouldn't have come off..maybe I should have put some gasket cement on the shaft to glue it on ?..seems to stay on OK..
I pulled off a bunch of electrical tape on the cord near where it enters the case,it had been spliced together crudely with crimp connectors,I cut them off and soldered the wires and re-insulated them,now the fan comes on ,but there is no output voltage at the cables..
I found a fuse inside that looks similar to a solenoid,that tests "good" as far as contunuity,so its not that,and the transformer looks like new,no arc spots or stinky smell like it fried,so I suspect the diodes in it are junk...of course when I googled the model number and found a manual,they do list part numbers,but it is "obsolete" and "discontinued"..probably ditto for the switches and timer on it too...
I did find a post on google from someone with a similar model charger who claimed they used some diodes intended for an alternator (Lucas I think ?) that were the same thing.
..hate to toss this thing away if I could get it working without spending a lot on it--I have seen working units like it at the flea markets for under $50 so I'm not willing to spend much on it..