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Old 08-30-2013, 09:39 AM   #1
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I'm wondering if anyone's dealt with this before, or what products might work for it.

I've got a kid with a couple of different batteries for outdoor toys. Power Wheels jeep and the like. I'd like to have some sort of easy to use timer setup so my wife (or possibly my child) could turn the circuit on and have it only run for a preset amount of time. This so the batteries don't sit on the charger for an excessively long period of time. I've already upgraded to more intelligent chargers than the factory supplied ones, so that's not an issue

This setup would be inside the basement, so outdoor requirements wouldn't be an issue. I'd kind of like to be able to 'flip a switch' and just have it run for probably around 6-9 hours max and then shut off until manually activated again.

And, no, I don't want to get into using the old-school Intermatic dial-type timers. I specifically do NOT want to set up the timer to always run at specific times. Something like how bathrooms at campgrounds or marinas have a knob you turn to activate the lights for a set period of time. I just need a lot longer and interval than the typical 30 minute duration those possess.

Any products come to mind for this?
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Something like this?

http://1000bulbs.com/product/3298/EL...icegrabber.com
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Perhaps something like this:
http://www.amazon.com/Woods-59014-De.../dp/B002C54GH4
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Ah! That's what I'm after. I just didn't seem to be able to use the right search terms to narrow down to it.

There's a 12-hour model as well:
http://www.amazon.com/Intermatic-FD1.../dp/B0047CPAJ8
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Either the one I listed, or the one you listed will work.
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I'm also considering something like that for a cell phone and gadget charging station. I'm planning putting a built-in cabinet in the mudroom. I'd like to use the top of it for charging phones and the like. And put all the transformers in an out-of-view location below (with sufficient ventilation of course).

It'd be nice to have a timer switch in view that allowed turning the whole set off when not needed, as a way to cut down on wasted power consumption. But it'd have to be something usable by the non-technical folks in the house (aka, the wife). That Woods unit might be just the ticket. The intermatic one would be great for the car battery chargers.
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What about those cheap ones that plug into a receptacle? No wiring required.
Just plug your stuff in.
You can set it for on/off operation.

They were all over the TV commercials for years.
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What about those cheap ones that plug into a receptacle? No wiring required. Just plug your stuff in. You can set it for on/off operation.
Don't want any cords visible, nor have to root through any.

For the phones the charger cords will all drop into a slot in the cabinet top, with all the transformers in a space below. I'd prefer to have a wall or cabinet-mounted switch for this (thus the Woods item).

Same thing for the car chargers, best to have the control for them out from the tangle of cords for the chargers and leads to the batteries.
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This makes me kinda think of another question with regards to chargers.

Do you all just leave your portable drill chargers plugged in all the time with a battery in them or do you unplug when the job is done and hope that next time you need to use your drill the battery hasn't lost all juice?
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This makes me kinda think of another question with regards to chargers.

Do you all just leave your portable drill chargers plugged in all the time with a battery in them or do you unplug when the job is done and hope that next time you need to use your drill the battery hasn't lost all juice?
Pictured are watt readings of current draw of a Hitachi portable drill / flash light combo charger. The discharged battery reads 54 watts when charging begins and 03 watts when fully charged less than an hour later. I wouldn't own a charger that doesn't self regulate. I have more funner things to do that set the duck quacker on my iphone to remind me to go turn a charger off.

So my answer is yes, I have one of the two batteries on the charger 24/7.

I have an elderly sister so tight she climbs over the gate to save hinge wear.
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