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Old 01-21-2014, 08:34 AM   #81 (permalink)
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I put the SLA batteries in an old soft-sided lunch bag that was my daughter's for school. It is lavender and has the word "princess" across the top. But it works perfectly. If I lay the SLA batteries on their side, with the top terminals facing each other, but one with the terminals on the north end and the other on the south end, they can not touch when the bag is zipped up. It works well to protect them.

However, the weight of the battery pack at the plate makes the auger unbalanced / awkward. I went with a 20v lithium ion Menards masterforce brand drill on the auger plate. I am looking to adapt my 24v battery pack if I can find an old masterforce battery to tear apart. I'm hoping the added 6lbs of the auger plate is worth it because of how the bearing helps with the torque.
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Old 01-24-2014, 09:32 AM   #82 (permalink)
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Ron, what size fuse did you use? Looking at some fuse holders and stuff, want to make sure I get the right one. Thanks b
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Old 01-24-2014, 10:21 AM   #83 (permalink)
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I'm running late for a sales call, but I think it was a 20 amp. Don't know if that's the best choice, but it worked once when it was needed.

Scroll through this thread. It's posted in here somewhere.

MANDATORY! To anyone attempting this project, add a fuse or breaker. You can light yourself or your belongings on fire if your drill goes bad or something else shorts out.
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Old 01-25-2014, 11:14 AM   #84 (permalink)
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You can charge both batteries if wired in parallel but not in series... Simply swapping the connections would work to charge and then back in series to use...
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Ok, spoke with a tech guy at batteries plus in Mt Prospect. You can charge batteries in a series but only if you use a charge equal to the total volts if the series. So if you got two 12 volts in a series for a total of 24v, use ab24v charger. Parallel doesn't matter. I found this guide that shows various ways batteries can be hooked up and charged. battery guide
Thanks guys.

To use your existing 12v charger, you can as JKS said, re-wire and charge both batteries in parallel simultaneously just by making yourself another jumper wire. Like this:



It takes all of 20 seconds to swap the wires for charging.
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Old 02-04-2014, 12:11 AM   #85 (permalink)
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Ok, I just received a new marine breaker I got on ebay and added it to the new wooden battery box.







I had a breaker in my original battery unit, but not yet in the new box. Bad timing, but after many years of use, the trigger unit of my drill went bad and left me with this because not having the breaker installed yet.



Some of the wires melted, some vaporized. Lots of smoke. Be sure to add a breaker or fuse protection.

Also, keep your drill dry. I fish in snowstorms, drifting snow and in the rain. I believe it was not keeping the drill covered while fishing in a big snow storm that caused the problem if it wasn't just from the drill dying of old age.
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Thanks for the info Ron, much appreciated. I finally accumulated everything I need to do this but I'm busy with work and kids so it will be a project for next season. I think with this set up and a new Lazer or Nils 6" auger will greatly improve my hole drilling capabilities.
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Old 12-02-2014, 02:27 PM   #87 (permalink)
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Hey Ron, if your still around and reading this, I've got the batteries you sold me and I bought a used craftsmen drill along with a breaker and will be finally getting around to this little project. I will post pics when I'm finished.
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So I finished the project. The most difficult part was deciding how I would keep the contacts flush with the top of the battery pack so the contacts would connect to the drill. I used a slender piece of wood that holds it in place.

I ended up using 10 gauge wire due to my paranoid electrician father who said the drill may pull high loads and could fry the 16 gauge wire I bought. Well, after everything was hooked up we used an amp probe and found the drill only pulls 6 Amps at start up and it drops down to 2-3 while running. So I went overkill. I didn't install a circuit breaker so I'll find out if that's a mistake later.

Overall I can't wait to take it for a spin. Now we just need some ice!!!!
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Looks like we will have ice again soon so back to the top....Thanks RonG
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So I finished the project. The most difficult part was deciding how I would keep the contacts flush with the top of the battery pack so the contacts would connect to the drill. I used a slender piece of wood that holds it in place.

I ended up using 10 gauge wire due to my paranoid electrician father who said the drill may pull high loads and could fry the 16 gauge wire I bought. Well, after everything was hooked up we used an amp probe and found the drill only pulls 6 Amps at start up and it drops down to 2-3 while running. So I went overkill. I didn't install a circuit breaker so I'll find out if that's a mistake later.

Overall I can't wait to take it for a spin. Now we just need some ice!!!!
Glad it worked out for you. Mine's back in use. For the first couple of time's out when the ice was only 2-3" thick, I drilled manually.

New mod? If you run additional lines out, connecting to only the + and - of one of the batteries, you can have a 12v source from your 24v system. I'm thinking of doing that for long, sledless walks to power my Vexilar from the drill battery pack, allowing me to leave the Vex battery at home and lighten my load by 6 lbs.
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