12v Power From EGO Power 56v Battery

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Introduction: 12v Power From EGO Power 56v Battery

I have four EGO power tools. They are awesome and I love them. But I look at those 4 huge batteries and I'm sad. So much wasted potential...

I really want EGO to produce a 110V AC power source that runs on their batteries, but I got tired of waiting and decided to build something in the meantime.

Step 1: Buy Some Stuff

I bought three things for this project:

1. uxcell DC 48V Step-Down to DC 12V 20A 240W Waterproof Car Power Supply Module Voltage Converter Regulator Transformer https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01ENGOA4S?ref=yo_pop_m...

2. Ginsco Cigarette Lighter Socket Splitter 12V Dual USB 2A/1A Charger Power Adapter Outlet for Car Boat Marine Motorcycle Scooter RV DIY Kit (Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01B79F8CW?ref=yo_pop_m...

3. An extra EGO charger off of Ebay. $17. Free shipping.

Total project cost: $47.

Step 2: Gut the Charger (DANGER: CAPACITOR DISCHARGE CAN KILL YOU)

I only want the charger for the reliable connection to the battery and the space to hold the parts.

Take it apart. Take most of the stuff out. Save it for other projects. I might put the fans back in if it seems I need them.

MORTAL DANGER: Looks like some big capacitors in there. Don't get shocked. If you don't know how to safely discharge and handle those, then I recommend that you carefully lift the whole 'guts' out by the AC cord and drop it in the trash. Don't touch the board or any of the components as you're disposing of it.

Step 3: Connect Your Stuff Together and Test It Out

You're going to do a bunch of connections. The battery charger (exterior) shows which slots (and therefore which wires) are positive and negative. Connect these to the input on your step-down.

I connected the output to a switch and then to the two outlets.

I use bolts with nuts to attach the wires together. Then I tape it up really well. I know, not professional but it's cheap and easy.

Visually check for shorts and logic before you add power. Once you're sure it's a good circuit then add the battery.

Use a volt-meter to test the output. I got 12.4ish which is not great but adequate.

Step 4: Mount the Components and Put It Together.

Drill some holes. I left room to attach the fan in case I decide I need it.

Step 5: Enjoy Your New-Found Power!

That's it. Pretty simple. Enjoy. I'll let you know if mine gets hot and I decide to add the fans.

In the meantime, head over to EGO's forum and tell them to add an inverter / power / light box to their product line.

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13 Comments

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junglegossip1
junglegossip1

Question 1 year ago on Introduction

I am trying to take apart my EGO ch2100 battery charger as per your video.
I can't figure out what the size bit to use to take apart case. It looks like a torx screw but tried size T10 and T8 and neither fit...
Can you (or anyone) help me here?

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Dublinroad
Dublinroad

Answer 5 months ago

They are the tamper proof torx screws. Just buy a set, about $12 online, the tools can be used with either tamper proof or regular torx screws.

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Unimpressed_Patriot
Unimpressed_Patriot

Answer 10 months ago

Sounds like it Probably has the tamper proof screws. The only difference is that they have a pin in the middle. I usually just find something like a small flat head, and strike it in the middle of torx hole and break that little pin from the center of the screw head

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Unimpressed_Patriot
Unimpressed_Patriot

6 months ago

The link for step-down says specifically "Safety Instructional Manual
1. The load connected to the output end of the power regulator should not be more than MAX LISTED LOAD POWER, any higher rated load will cause damage to the power regulator."
Is that okay still?

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tomwall1969
tomwall1969

Tip 2 years ago

I noticed some people in the comments report damaged batteries. You need a protection circuit to ensure the batteries don't drop below a certain voltage.

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JayG80
JayG80

2 years ago

So I did this, and it works great.. Until you try and charge the battery after.. I killed two batteries - they won't charge anymore. The light just flashes red. Any thoughts?

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JuddM1
JuddM1

Reply 2 years ago

HI Jay,

I haven't had that trouble, but I'm sad that you did. One thing that might be happening is running the battery all the way down? I had one battery that did what you described before I built this project, and I called Ego. They send me a replacement.

On another note, this project is less important now that Ego has released their new Nexus product.

Thanks!

Judd

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JayG80
JayG80

Reply 2 years ago

My kid's ride-on car. The batteries it comes with are crap. I have replaced them and they still die too fast!

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JayG80
JayG80

Reply 2 years ago

No big deal on the battery, I am just worried about killing another. Do you think the Nexus plus a 12v converter would do the job?

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JuddM1
JuddM1

Reply 2 years ago

It will for me. I built this project because the Nexus didn't exist. I wish it was a little bit beefier, but 150W I guess is pretty normal for this class of product. It does what it's supposed to do. Charge phones. Run a light and/or a fan. What are you running on 12V?

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ScottB401
ScottB401

Question 3 years ago on Introduction

Hi Judd, I've been looking for something like this. I have some EGO powertools on order and I'm hoping you may be able to tell me if this is possible. The one tool I need that EGO does not yet have is a lawn scarifier/dethatcher. Amazon has several of these that are reasonably affordable but they are all plug-in units, no battery powered units. Using your instructable, and mating it to this 12.5 amp mower > https://www.amazon.com/VonHaus-Electric-Dethatcher...

Would your method work, just substituting the Ginsco 12v adapter for a 3 prong plug adapter?