Specifications & Dimensions
|Type:||NiCad Charger, NiCad Battery, Lithium ion Charger, Lithium ion Battery|
|Charge Time (Hrs.):||1|
|Number of Batteries Included:||None|
|Warranties & Coverage:|
|General Warranty:||1 year limited|
|Warranty Detail Link:||craftsman warranty|
|Dimensions and Weight:|
|Item Weight (lbs.):||5|
|Overall Dimensions:||15.5L x 11.5W x 4.25H|
Ratings & Reviews
The 17311 4-port Charger Energy Star Charger is a maintenance station for your C3 batteries. The charger technology helps maintain the life of your batteries and conserves energy. There is no longer a need to remove batteries from charger ti store batteries anymore!
The Craftsman C3 4-port Multi-chemistry Charger will systematically charge 19.2-Volt Ni-Cd or Lithium-Ion battery packs to full capacity in 1-hour or less per port. Now you can store your batteries on the charger without damage to the battery cells. This smart charger achieves maximum battery life and performance by charging battery packs only when a charge is needed. This Energy Star Rated charger enters into sleep mode after charging and maintaining all battery packs to conserve energy. After 5 days of continuous sleep mode the charger automatically awakens, checks the status of each battery pack and tops off the charge only if needed. Status button allows user to check the charge status of the battery packs when charger has entered sleep mode. Wall mounting bracket helps keep work area organized. The quick release bracket allows charger to be easily removed from wall to transport to work area. Batteries sucuerly lock into place allowing for easy transport of battery packs and charger.
- Includes: 4-port Charger and walll mounting bracket
- Voltage: 19.2-Volt
- Weight: 5.76 lbs
- Setup: Some assembly may be required
- Warranty: Craftsman One Year Limited
- Will charge Craftsman C3 19.2-Volt Ni-Cd or Lithium-ion Batteries
- Available for Gift Wrap
Added on December 18, 2009
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Most Helpful Reviews
This new charger is currently not on display in any of the Sears stores. Some of the stores have it, but it is displayed in a sealed box. Sears sent me one to review a month ago. I pulled it out of the box, read the manual, hung it on the wall by the backdoor of my workshop and promptly forgot about it.
But over the last month I have grown to appreciate this new charger. This battery charger just doesn't charge your batteries. It will MAINTAIN them. It will take care of the new lithium batteries and the standard Ni-Cads. It will accept all Craftsman EX and DieHard 19.2 volt battery packs. I no longer have to worry about over charging my NiCad 19.2's I just plug them into this charger and leave them alone. I can easily tell if I have a battery fully charged.
I made a comment recently about how I wish you could hold and look at the new Craftsman C3 19.2 volt 4 port multi-chemistry charger on another discussion board.
I got the retort back: "How would you handle a charger to see if you like it? It's an immobile block into which you stick batteries. There's no ergonomics, balance, or performance you can test by being able to handle it. It just sits there, controlling the flow of electricity...an activity that you can't see happen without plugging it in, and can't quantify by holding it. Color me contrary, but holding one seems kind of pointless."
That's my point: Most battery chargers are just a block of plastic. Most battery chargers just sit there taking up space on your workbench. This one looks cool. It hangs on the wall in it's own wall bracket and has a beautiful blue light that doesn't just blink...it fades on and off when it's sleeping. The charging and maintenance lights are big, bold and not round. It has a soft handle so you just unsnap it from the wall and carry it around. The four batteries CLIP into the unit and can't fall out.
I am going to go into more detail about the indicator lights.
The Blue C3 Light:
After you plug the charger in the first light you see is the blue light in the middle of the unit with C3 emblazoned on it. This light is the "status indicator" and you can easily tell what is going on with the charger itself.
If the light is off the power is off to the charger. If the light shows a continuous blue light the power is on.
When the C3 light continuously fades on and off the charger is in sleep mode. Once the batteries in the ports are fully charged this unique charger goes to sleep. If nothing changes it will wakes itself up after about 5 days and check the batteries plugged in. If there is nothing to do, it goes back to sleep. You can wake the charger up anytime by pressing the light.
When the C3 light fades on and off and then blinks it is telling you there is a bad battery in one of the ports. Press the button and the charger wakes up and shows you which battery is defective.
The other LED lights.
There are two lights by each battery port. A red and a green. The lights tell you what is going on with the battery plugged into the port. Here is a summary of these lights and what they mean.
Red LED: ON Green LED: Off - Battery in and ready to charge
Red LED: Flashing Green LED: Off - Battery is being tested
Red LED: Flashing Green LED: Flashing - Battery is Defective
Red LED: ON Green LED: Flashing - Battery is charging
Red LED: Off Green LED: ON - Battery is fully charged
Red LED: Flashing Green LED: Flashing - Alternately flashing lights. The port itself is having a problem. Pull the battery and reinsert it.
This is much more than just a battery charger, it is an extension of your 19.2 volt tools. Take a look at it, read the manual, plug a battery into and watch it go through the cycles.
I like this one enough to go out and buy my own!
Des Moines, IA
Only charges one battery at a time and it says it maintains them it cooked two of my battery's I don't use them all the time so i thought this was a great buy for my use but it is 6 months out of warranty and now I see what it did to my battery's and Sears won't do a thing for me can't say it enough DO NOT BUY THIS! unless you use your battery's every day so they get removed from the charger every day!
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West Alexandria, OH
I hope Sears get tired of all the returns on these chargers and has Ryobi make one for them that works. In over 50 years of buying Craftsman tools, this has to be the biggest disappointment. Over the past 2 1/2 years, I have tried 4 of them and none of them will maintain a charge in any of the 8 batteries I have. (It is not a battery problem)
New Baltimore, MI
Picked this up to replace the single charger that came with my C3 drill that would no longer charge my batteries. I like the fact that is will maintain the batteries. Only minor issue was the fact it is not clear that this only charges one battery at a time. It does not specifically spell that out in the description. (this is what prevented me from giving it five starts) For me is should not be a huge deal as I rarely use a battery an hour. If you are using a battery every 10 minutes and the charger can't keep up you may be using the wrong tool/power source and should consider a corded tool.
A wonderful thing to have to charge more than one battery. I usually forget when I am done with the first use and this helps me grab a new charged battery and get to work
Sioux Falls, SD
I love the fact you can leave a battery in a charger and it isn't going to ruin the battery. It is awesome that every so many days it checks the batteries to see if they need charging. It is also great that it chargers lithium. Everyone should have one; go buy one now.
This unit makes it easy to have batteries that are always fully charged and ready for use. The fact that the unit monitors the status of the batteries and maintain the full charge with out having to unmount the battery is really great.
Great charger, and HIGHLY recommended if you have multiple batteries. Before, i would reach for one of my NiCAD packs and it would be practically useless it was so empty (although I charged them monthly if I remembered). With this charger, I just keep my NiCADs on the charger at all times, and it checks them every 5 days. So when I reach for a battery, it's ready every time. Also, it charges my newer compact lithium packs well too. It charges one battery at a time, but I would rather have the 1st battery ready in an hour than to have all four batteries ready in 4 hours. Makes sense to me.
The charger works just like the instruction say , but was looking at the outside of the box before I got it , it didn't say it would only charge one battery at a time.it charges in the order they were put on the charger not what I was looking for. Was needing it to charge all at the same time