Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Rural north/central Louisiana
Hope this is the right forum for this issue. I ran into this problem recently and solved it by mere accident and want some electronic/electrician techs to chime in as to what happened. Here's the deal; bought the Shorai battery and charger about a month ago and everything is well for a while. Went to put the battery and charger on 'store' for about a week and when I plugged in the charger....nothing. I'm using a 20amp outlet in my garage and have been for some time with nary a burp. Here's where it gets interesting. To troubleshoot, I plugged in a worklight into this same outlet and it works fine...as does another battery charger. I take the Shorai charger into my house and it works just fine at the microwave outlet but will not work at the garage outlet as a re-test. SAY WHAT??? As a last resort, I filpped the garage outlet breaker on/off 3 times and tested the charger again. Now, it works! What could this charger have detected that caused it to not work until I flipped the breaker 3 times? The house is 19 years old and that breaker has not been touched since the house was built. I'm wondering if the breaker contacts have oxidized over the years from never being moved causing a poor connection...sorta like a lead acid battery's terminals that have that yellow/green buildup that means....OOOPS! No engine turn over. After this incident, I methodically went thru the entire breaker panel flipping all breakers 5 times. Electricity is not my forte' but I'm trying to learn as much as I can. Any input? (edited); just remembered. The outlet has a GFI which I also did the 'test' 'reset' thing twice before stumbling upon the breaker fix. The GFI works fine.
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Last edited by Boit4852; 07-17-2012 at 02:35 AM.