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I have a 98.5% response rating, comprised of over 21,000 total positive responses.
You don’t get a rating like that by selling things that don’t work as advertised, or by treating customers with only the utmost respect!!!!!
I have a Bachelors Degree in Business (4-year degree) and an Associates Degree in Electronics Technology (2-year degree), so I am well versed in what I discuss below. I had a 22-year career with GE Healthcare involving electronics before I started this business.
Which Skil 3-hour chargers will this kit repair?
This kit will repair ANY of the SEVEN chargers listed below;
Skil 9.6-volt 3-hour charger model 92370 (part number 2607224627).
Skil 9.6-volt 3-hour Warrior charger model 92950 (part number 2610923354 which has GREEN lettering on both parts of the charger. 9.6-volt Warrior chargers with WHITE lettering on both parts of the charger are NOT repairable with this kit. But if one is sent to me, I will repair it for you (see next paragraph). They might have part number 2610993823 listed on them, or no part number at all).
Skil 12-volt 3-hour charger model 92490 (part number 2607224629).
Skil 12-volt 3-hour Warrior charger model 92970 (part number 2610923355 which has GREEN lettering on both parts of the charger. 12-volt Warrior chargers with WHITE lettering on both parts of the charger are NOT repairable with this kit, but if you send it to me, I will repair it for you (see next paragraph). They might have part number 2610993822 listed on them, or no part number at all).
Skil 14.4-volt 3-hour charger model 92590 (part number 2607224631).
Skil 14.4-volt 3-hour Warrior charger model 92980 (part number 2610923356 which has GREEN lettering on both parts of the charger. 14.4-volt Warrior chargers with WHITE lettering on both parts of the charger are NOT repairable with this kit, but if you send it to me, I will repair it for you (see next paragraph). They might have part number 2610992951 listed on them, or no part number at all).
Skil 18-volt 3-hour charger model 92990 (part number 2607224633 ONLY, which has a GREEN light, NOT a RED light). The 18-volt charger with the RED light (Warrior part number 2610995852) is NOT repairable with this kit. But if you send it to me, I will repair it for you (see next paragraph).
If you have one of the "Warrior" chargers listed above that I stated was "NOT repairable" with this kit (the Warrior chargers with the white lettering and the 18-volt charger with the RED LED), there is no kit that can be made available, as those were designed totally differently. I can repair them for you, however. Just click on the "Ask seller a question" link in the upper right hand corner of this sale page for details on how that process works.
Items included in this kit;
Below is what you will receive when you purchase this kit (Please do NOT ask me how to perform the two BONUS tests listed below before buying and receiving the kit, as that information is part of the KIT instructions you will receive. I will NOT divulge that information without a kit purchase);
a) one easy-to-read, simple-to-follow, 8-page instruction booklet. There are many high-resolution pictures showing exactly how to take your charger apart very easily, how to remove the bad part, how to install the new item and then reassemble the charger. I even found a way to repair it without unsoldering the old item.
b) one part that has been pre-measured and pre-bent so that your repair can be made in less than 7 minutes. The item I send you will be BRAND NEW and EXACTLY the same as the one in your charger now. It will be pre-measured and correctly pre-bent for you so that all you have to do is solder it in place.
c) one piece of the part that holds the above item in place
d) one piece of solder (more than enough to repair TWO chargers)
e) one self-adhesive label to apply to your charger, after the kit has been installed. It contains my user ID, name, address, phone number and a blank spot where you can fill in the date that you purchased the kit from me. This information is listed so that you will be easily able to contact me in the future. Date is needed to help me verify that you purchased a kit from me in past, so that I can quickly send you a replacement part, should the charger burn out in the future. Or incase you need to contact me for ANY reason in the future.
f) BONUS ITEM #1 – instructions on how to test your battery, even before you install the kit. This would be helpful incase you find out your battery is bad and you DO NOT want to replace it. Then you don’t have to waste your time installing the kit. And you can send the kit back to me and I will refund you half of the kit purchase price (shipping fees cannot be refunded, of course). I can only refund half, because I will have paid an listing fee, an selling fee and a PayPal fee. Those fees amount to approximately half of the price of the kit.
g) BONUS ITEM #2 – instructions on how to test your charger to be sure you aren’t wasting your time installing the kit. As mentioned elsewhere in this sale, there is about a 1 in 200 chance that your charger will not be able to be repaired with this kit. With a digital OR analog multi-meter or ohmmeter, there is a 10-second test to determine if this kit will repair your charger or not. And if you do not have a meter, or don’t know how to use one, you can take your charger to any Radio Shack or auto mechanic who has one, and I’m certain they would test it for you free. But even if your charger can’t be repaired with this kit, I will send you a repaired charger for only $5 plus $5 shipping if you return the kit to me. That fee will help cover my labor to repair a charger for you. The charger will be sent to you via 2-3 day Priority Mail service from the United States Post Office.
Here are the items/tools you need to install the kit;
If you have (or can borrow) the THREE common tools or their alternates listed below, and have some electrical tape and about 7 minutes of time on your hands, you can save yourself from having to purchase a new charger to replace the burned out one that you have. Below are the three tools you will need to install this kit;
1) a hacksaw. If you don’t have a hacksaw, you can use a sharp flat head screwdriver and a hammer instead, but this will increase your repair time by a minute or so.
2) a soldering gun/iron. If you don’t have a soldering gun/iron, you can substitute a small flathead screwdriver tip that has been heated up by placing it on a hot electric stove burner or over the flame from a gas stove burner. You can also use a propane torch to heat the tip up. But again, using the alternate items will increase your repair time by a minute or so.
3) a pocket knife. If you don't have a pocket knife, a razor blade or an Xacto knife will do just fine too.
Here is an optional item that would be good for you to have;
An optional item that IS NOT NECESSARY, but would be beneficial to have (or to borrow) is a digital or analog multi-meter for testing voltage and resistance/ohms. If you don’t have one, and you REALLY wanted to do some initial testing yourself, you can take your charger to an electronics store like Radio Shack or any auto mechanic and have them test it for you. They will usually do this for no charge.
The meter just makes it easier to tell if your charger has the very COMMON failure that gets fixed with this kit (796 out of 823 chargers I have received to date have the common failure). This test is very simple to perform and takes about 10 seconds. It doesn’t even require that you disassemble the charger.
But not to worry, even if your charger has an UNUSUAL failure (and about 1 out of every 200 received by me to date have had an unusual failure), I will still take care of you. All you would then pay is the $5.00 shipping expense that it will cost me to ship you a repaired charger once you send me your old charger with the unusual failure! This process is fully explained in the instructions included with the kit.
If the main item in the kit fails ANYTIME in my lifetime, you will get a new replacement part for just $3.
Should you ever burn out your REPAIRED charger in the future, I will sell you the main part that burns out from the KIT for only $3.00, and that includes shipping! However, along with the $3.00, you will have to mail me the failed part which weighs less than a pound, so shipping it back to me will be inexpensive for you. You do NOT have to mail me the whole charger. After I have verified that you have purchased a kit from me in the past, I will then ship you a replacement part.
Will I sell just the item that fails from this kit?
Yes, I will. I have another sale listed for it. Just click on " View seller’s other items", which is located in the upper right hand corner of this sale page, and look for "PART" instead of "KIT" in the sale description. But once you get the part, and wonder where it goes or how to EASILY install it, I will have to charge you a small fee for that information (which will be emailed to you), since you didn't buy the kit! AND you won’t get the other necessary items required to repair your charger. However, if you order just the part instead of the kit, you will receive a page of information that explains how to get this information in case you decide you need it.
The part that I send to you to replace the failed part in your charger is the EXACT same as the item that was in your charger originally, not an imitation or alternative part!
It took a while, but in my 18 months of investigating the failures on this charger, I have determined that there is only one item that fails in 99.5% of these chargers. I know this because I have been paying customers $5 for bad chargers that they sent me during this period, and now have over 800 of them.
Only 4 of those 800 had an item fail that was different than the item in this kit. And when I contacted the 4 customers whose chargers did NOT have the suspected item in my kit fail, the explanations that I received were either;
1) A lightning bolt strike somewhere near the home in a recent storm. This causes a high, quick voltage spike to be sent through the entire electrical system/wiring of their house. The people that had these failures also had other devices fail in their house like their answering machine, telephone, microwave oven, etc). This occurred in 3 of the 4 failures.
2) There was improper voltage being supplied or regulated to the home. When I asked them to measure their household AC voltage with an analog voltmeter at the outlet where they had the charger plugged in, they advised that the needle on the meter was not steady (fluctuating line voltage), or was at least 10% below or above the 110 to 120 AC volts required for proper charging (poorly regulated power was being supplied to their house by their power provider). This only occurred in 1 failure.
This item that fails cannot be purchased in the United States currently. And even if you could, it would not be pre-measured and pre-bent to fit your charger.
I spent extensive time and effort researching where this item was manufactured, and I can tell you it was not made on this continent. The third world country where it is made was very difficult to negotiate with, due to a language that very few people speak or write here in the US. And to top it off, this company would not sell me ANY material unless I purchased enough of it to repair 2000 chargers! They have no distributors in the US, nor do they have any plans to add any in the future. I also have to measure and bend the item (I had a tooling expense, not to mention the labor cost), or pay someone else to do it for me. Even if you COULD find this part in this country, it would not be pre-measured and pre-bent for you so that it can be easily installed. So as you can see, I have already invested a LOT of bread in inventory.
The process to repair this charger is pending patent (pat. pend.) and all documentation is copyrighted.
In addition to the extensive bread invested in the INVENTORY for this effort, I also have lawyer fees, fees to "cover" the patent, the patent application fees and the patent maintenance fees. Believe it or not, the maintenance fees alone due in the first 11.5 years of a patent are now at $3500.00!! I was just shocked about that. But I may not need to maintain the patent beyond the first two maintenance periods (7.5 years), so I may only pay the first $1600.00 of that and then let someone else steal the patent at that time.
Background information on this kit;
It may have taken me 18 months to do it, but I FINALLY have the patent applied for (pat. pend.), the documentation copyrighted, and the price negotiations complete!
Batteries are also shown in the sale picture to help you determine whether this is the same type of charger that you have.
This is the same charger that can sometimes be bought at hardware and building supply stores for $34.95 to $39.99, if you can find them! Virtually all stores have stopped stocking these chargers due to the high failure rate caused by the customer trying to charge a defective battery. Many customers were buying a charger, and returning it a short time later saying that the charger only lasted a few minutes (customers were unaware that their battery was bad, which then caused the charger to overheat and burn out).
This charger was purposely designed by Skil to burn out when attempting to charge a bad battery. This is because the charger that was designed for the older Skil "Warrior" Drill Series had a serious problem. They would overheat, melt and sometimes start on fire, when you attempted to charge a defective battery. So the newer design that came out AFTER the Warrior series eliminated that problem. But unfortunately, it also happens to burn out the charger in about 5 minutes when attempting to charge a bad battery (this happens for YOUR safety so you don’t have a fire on your hands!).
However, usually at least 20% of the Ni-Cad cells inside the battery pack have to be defective/shorted before it will cause the charger to burn out. There are 8 small Ni-Cad cells inside a 9.6-volt battery pack, 10 inside a 12-volt battery, 12 inside a 14.4-volt battery and 15 inside of an 18-volt battery.
Read this entire sale for detailed information about testing your battery to be sure it doesn’t burn out your repaired charger once you have completed installing this kit. The instructions for testing the battery are also included in your kit.
Return/Exchange Policy for Charger Repair Kits;
Due to the electrical nature of these items, I cannot offer any sort of warranty on the items in these kits. But you can see from my great response rating that I do NOT sell junk!!! Some of the reasons that I cannot offer a warranty is that your outlet power MAY be over 120 volts AC at your house (not THAT uncommon!), or your house could be struck by lightning. Both of those things can, or will, burn out this charger. I cannot stay in business if I have to replace chargers due to any act of nature, etc. So you'll just have to trust in my good response rating. But if it is determined that this kit will not repair your charger (and the charger is not severely heat-damaged), then for an additional $8.00, I will ship you a repaired charger after I receive your defective charger that can’t be repaired with the kit.
These kits are shipped out almost every day of the week, unless something unusual comes up, in which case they will be shipped out the following day. Never does it take more than two days for me to ship.
I must charge STATE sales tax of 5.6% on shipments to Wisconsin locations (or items picked up in Milwaukee). There are no additional shipping or handling fees to pick this item up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin other than the sales tax of 5.6%.
Overnight FedEx service is no longer available.
Please give me a CORRECT address and your phone number!!
If the Post Office cannot locate your address, the kit will be returned to me. If this happens, I can either refund your sale payment (minus the original shipping fee, the return shipment delivery fee if any, the listing fee, the selling sale fee and the PayPal fees if any), or I can ship it to another address if you pay another shipping fee of $4.99. So it is a good idea to provide me with your phone number in case I need to contact you. It is also a good idea to be sure your email and physical addresses on your PayPal and accounts are correct and up to date.
I ***WILL*** combine shipping!
If you would like more than one of an item on an sale, or win more than one of my sales, just contact me by clicking on the "Ask Seller a Question" link in the upper right-hand portion of this sale page. Shipping for each additional kit ordered is $1.99.
Canada and Mexico shipments:
If you do not choose the international priority mail option, then I cannot guarantee you will get the package in Canada or Mexico. So if you want a guarantee, use the international priority mail option. Mexico pays the same priority mail price as Canada, but won't allow that option to be entered in addition to the ones I have shown. Sorry!
I only accept PayPal, per ’s new rules. But you can easily pay via your checking account, Visa or Mastercard through Paypal also. WI residents will be required to pay 5.6% State sales tax. Free Pick Up in Milwaukee, WI. Email me by clicking on the link entitled "Ask seller a question" located in the upper right-hand corner of this sale page if you want to make other arrangements. Please pay within 7 days.
I will ONLY leave response after response has been left for me. Too often I have been threatened with negative response after I have left positive response in advance. Sorry about that, but it is what ALL the savvy sellers on do!
Check your battery to avoid burning out your newly repaired charger!!!!!!!!
To check whether your Ni-Cad battery pack is good or not, read the next couple of paragraphs. Or, if you don’t trust me, there are other sites on the web that will explain how to do this test. But if you don’t have a voltmeter, try to find someone who does (or go to Batteries Plus, or Radio Shack, or you local auto repair shop who will all probably gladly check the voltage of a battery or two for you for free), as it is the only TRUE way to determine if you have a good battery or not. Many people on sell voltmeters on their sales… both the old analog style with the sweeping dial, and the newer digital style with the numeric readout. They aren’t expensive either… less than $10!
A little background on batteries: Ni-Cad cordless drill battery packs are usually made up of numerous 1.2 volt Ni-Cad cells (10 of them in a 12-volt battery pack). And if even just one of those ten cells goes bad (they short out, actually), it can cause your charger to burn out. Skil designed the charger to PURPOSELY burn out, so that is doesn’t melt and start on fire. Their previously designed charger for the Skil Warrior series did just that, so this new current design (which burns out when trying to charge a bad battery pack instead of melting/starting on fire) was the way that they remedied the problem!
The actual battery test is nothing more than to charge your battery for 5 minutes with a good charger and then check the voltage with a voltmeter. WARNING!!! If you need to test more than one battery, and the first battery turns out to be bad per the test described here, be SURE to let your charger cool down for a few hours before testing another one. If you don’t, and you have two bad batteries, then that is just like charging ONE bad battery for TEN minutes!!!
That is enough to burn out a charger for sure!
If the voltage reading that you get after charging your battery for 5 minutes is below the batteries rated voltage (for a 12-volt battery, that would be 12 volts, of course), then there is a chance that your battery is going bad, and more and more of the Ni-Cad cells inside will likely also be going bad shortly. A good or new Ni-Cad cell with charge up to about 1.4 volts. A good used cell will charge to about 1.35 volts. See below for a list of battery ratings, and what a good battery should charge to after 5 minutes.
A 9.6 volt battery pack has 8 Ni-Cad cells inside, and should charge to about 10.8 to 11.2 volts. If one cell is shorted, it would charge to about 9.45 to 9.8 volts. If it charges to somewhere in between (9.9 to 10.7 volts), the battery is still good, but has some weaker cells that may be on their way to shorting out. It could take days to short out, or it could take months. There is no real way to tell. Just be sure to watch it so that it doesn’t drop below 9.6 volts, or you risk burning out your charger!
A 12 volt battery pack has 10 Ni-Cad cells inside, and should charge to about 13.5 to 14.0 volts. If one cell is shorted, it would charge to about 12.15 to 12.6 volts. If it charges to somewhere in between (12.7 to 13.4 volts), the battery is still good, but has some weaker cells that may be on their way to shorting out. It could take days to short out, or it could take months. There is no real way to tell. Just be sure to watch it so that it doesn’t drop below 12 volts, or you risk burning out your charger!
A 14.4 volt battery pack has 12 Ni-Cad cells inside, and should charge to about 16.2 to 16.8 volts. If one cell is shorted, it would charge to about 14.85 to 15.4 volts. If it charges to somewhere in between (15.5 to 16.2 volts), the battery is still good, but has some weaker cells that may be on their way to shorting out. It could take days to short out, or it could take months. There is no real way to tell. Just be sure to watch it so that it doesn’t drop below 14.4 volts, or you risk burning out your charger!
An 18 volt battery pack has 15 Ni-Cad cells inside, and should charge to about 20.25 to 21.0 volts. If one cell is shorted, it would charge to about 18.9 to 19.6 volts. If it charges to somewhere in between (19.7 to 20.2 volts), the battery is still good, but has some weaker cells that may be on their way to shorting out. It could take days to short out, or it could take months. There is no real way to tell. Just be sure to watch it so that it doesn’t drop below 18 volts, or you risk burning out your charger!
If your battery pack does not fall within the above ranges, there is a chance that your battery will eventually burn out your 3-hour charger. Sometimes that may take hours, but as the battery loses more and more cells, it will heat up the transformer in the charger more and more until it eventually burns out.
Yes, I know… you are saying "but I am viewing your sale because I have a bad charger!!! How can I test my battery?". I realize that… and am sorry to say that there is a VERY good chance that the reason your charger went bad was because one of your batteries is bad. That is just a fact of life. You will need to somehow charge the battery for five minutes (and in this kit, I provide a way you can do this without repairing the charger), otherwise you may be buying a charger now, and then finding out that your battery is also bad. Many people do that, and I make two separate sales instead of one with discounted shipping.
But not to fear, if you think that both items are bad, I may buy your charger, battery and/or drill from you, if you like. Then you can purchase a new one if you like, or use the items as trade toward a new or used drill set from me. Or you can send both items to me, and I’ll test them for you. It is up to you!
If you read the warning listed further down this page, you may find out why your battery didn’t last long. Many people abuse their batteries by not following the recommended usage, charging and storage instructions supplied with their drill set.
Beware of other battery sellers on !!!!!!!!
Often, these sellers have bought batteries that have been on someone’s shelf unsold for many months or years. A Ni-Cad battery cell has approximately an 18-month shelf life, if not recharged. If the seller is unwilling to charge the battery for you, and you want a refund, you may be stuck shipping it back to them (with you paying shipping back to them, and possibly paying the shipping for a new battery sent to you).
Beware of non-BRAND tools sold on !!!!!!!!
The price may look good, but wait until the battery pack needs replacing (prematurely, as often they are made with inferior Nichido cells), or the tool needs servicing! Try to locate a dealer that sells parts or does repairs! Or find out FIRST what you have to do to get service, once you pay to ship it to them for repair! The cheap imports often use cheap materials that aren’t made to last like name-brand tools.
Beware of "FIX YOUR BATTERY PACK" sales on !!!!!!!!
I have had numerous buyers tell me horror stories of sales that purchased for information on how to fix their defective battery packs. 1) You can replace Ni-Cad cells that are bad, BUT YOU CAN’T SOLDER THEM! Heat is NOT a friend to a Ni-Cad cell… it makes their life MUCH shorter if exposed to excessive heat. They must be fusion welded, which produces virtually no heat. Fusion welders are VERY expensive! 2) Yes, there is a trick that you can apply a high voltage to a cell to "shock" it into pretending to be good again, BUT THIS IS A VERY TEMPORARY SOLUTION! The cell will very quickly revert back to its defective status in only a day or two usually.
Be kind to your Ni-Cad batteries and they will last a long, long time!!!!!!!!
Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. For Skil, this mean you NEVER leave your battery pack charging on a 3-hour charger for more than 5 hours (5 hours is needed to charge a battery fully if it has not been charged in a while)! Those 3-hour chargers constantly charge at .25 amps, even when fully charged. All that does is heat up the cells, and remember, heat is NOT a friend of the Ni-Cad cell (see the below section on 1-hour chargers)! It will make the life of your battery pack much shorter. If at all possible, buy a timer and set it to be on for only 3 to 5 hours. You will get much longer life out of the battery pack that way. Or, order a 1-hour Skil SMART charger, which won’t burn out usually when attempting to charge a bad battery (it senses it is bad, and shuts itself off). Check my other sales for the 1-hour charger, or email me.
You can leave your battery pack on a 1-hour SMART charger for a longer period, since it reverts to a trickle charge once fully charged. But you should still remove it if possible after fully charged, to preserve the life of the battery. See the next section for information about Skil 1-hour chargers.
The seller of this kit, JRL Enterprises, LLC, assumes zero liability for any material or personal injury caused by the purchase or installation of this kit. The buyers of this sale assume total liability for any material or personal injury caused by the purchase or installation of this charger repair kit.
Copyright February 25, 2007 JRL Enterprises, LLC
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