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Craftsman  C3 19.2-Volt 4-Port Multi Chemistry Charger 17311

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Dimensions and Weight:
Item Weight (lbs.): 5
Overall Dimensions: 15.5L x 11.5W x 4.25H
Product Overview:
Fits Brands/Models: Craftsman
Type: NiCad Charger, NiCad Battery, Lithium ion Charger, Lithium ion Battery
Batteries:
Battery Voltage: 19.2
Charge Time (Hrs.): 1
Number of Batteries Included: None
Warranties & Coverage:
General Warranty: 1 year limited

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This Multi Chemistry Battery Charger Delivers Reliable Power

Whether you’re working with NiCd or have taken the step to lithium ion, Craftsman C3 19.2 volt 4 port multi chemistry charger delivers a full charge in an hour or less for each individual battery in succession. And to make it more useful, it features a programmed sleep mode that ensures fully charged batteries can be stored in the charger without potential over-load damage. Designed for serious maintenance, after five days in sleep mode, the charger wakes and checks the status of each battery on it, topping up any drain-off, so every battery you reach for is always good to go.

Work benches are made for working, not storage, so this multi chemistry battery charger features an integrated wall mounting system that get it, and four of your spare batteries up and out of the way. And since it features a quick release mechanism, when you need to head to the jobsite, it’s ready in seconds. A solid charger that’ll top up both 19.2 volt NiCd and lithium ion batteries, add this essential to your kit, and get the power you need to get the job done right.

  • Craftsman C3 19.2 volt 4 port multi chemistry charger includes: 4 battery charger and quick release wall mount
  • Works on both formulations of C3 19.2 volt batteries
  • Charger doubles as battery storage
  • Protects against over-charging with sleep mode
  • Sleep mode wakes after 5 days of storage to ensure a gull charge
  • Status button instantly check charge status
  • Backed by a 1 year limited warranty

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Added on December 18, 2009

 

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58 Reviewers (72.0%) would recommend this to a friend.
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Praise4 found this helpful
toolboxhero
Apr 13 , 2010
C3 19.2 v 4 Port Charger-It's more than just a block of plastic!

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!

 

Criticism6 found this helpful
AmeriKen46
May 18 , 2011
Consistently Unpredictable

I own at least one of every C3 tool (multiples of many). I bought 3 of these 4-port chargers several months ago. I've succumbed to the (unadvertised) fact that it cannot charge multiple batteries simultaneously. But I absolutely do not understand why many of the long-since-inserted batteries, when removed, have little or no charge. If those same batteries are then put into a single-port C-3 charger, they become fully charged.

These 4-port chargers (at least the three that I own) cannot be depended upon for any serious application. They make great wall-hung storage points but they are frustratingly unreliable as battery charges. I have reverted to my suite of single-battery C-3 chargers. All three of my 4-port C3 chargers are now unplugged and used only to store my batteries-in-waiting.

Very expensive and very disappointing.

 

Jack0

Greene, NY

Jun 14 , 2014
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A real charge using this !!

I bought this to finally try the new style C3 batteries. I wish I had done it a long time ago. I had 5 of the old chargers so this unit is more practical plus it checks and monitors the batteries while the batteries are connected. Well built ..

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Cue2

Zebulon, NC

Jun 10 , 2014
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False advertising

The description says this will charge 4 batteries in one go, it wont. It only charges them one at a time, not all 4 at once. Any other brand chargers, like Ryobi, specifically say they only charge one at a time in the description, but Craftsman doesn't and trys to be vague about it.


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schszbrgr4782

York, PA

May 30 , 2014
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Very nice product

this is a very nice charger it seems to make my batteries last longer

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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WhatAGuy

Miami, FL

Apr 22 , 2014
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Useful Charger

Does what it says it will do. Keeps up to 4 C3 19.2 volt batteries charged and ready for use. LEDs signal bad battery, charging status and ready. Simple and easy to use.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Apr 13 , 2014
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Great Product

This was exactly what I was needing to keep my NiCad and Li-Ion batteries charged and ready to use whenever I need them. I can just plug them in and not worry about overcharging them.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Oldhwff

New Baltimore, MI

Apr 3 , 2014
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A Super Charger

This charger handles 4 batteries at once. It checks and maintains the level of charge at preset intervals. It also handles both lithium-ion and ni-cad batteries. It comes with a quick-release bracket that allows you to hang the unit out of way, but you can take it with you if needed.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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zozman

Peru, IL

Feb 18 , 2014
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Lacks Any Multi-Chemistry

I have to agree with the posters who said this charger was problematic. In a cold garage at 20 degrees and charging both 5-year old Ni-Cad batteries and a new Li-ion (LIB) battery, this charger could not handle the LIB. On numerous ocasions, the charger would erroneously indicate the LIB battery was defective. A meter test indicated otherwise. Maybe the garage temperature was discharging the batteries beyond the charger's capabilities, but alarming any battery as defective when meter testing showed no defect is problemeatic. I ended up unplugging the unit as it took too much of my time to reposition batteries all the time. What I would recommend is to use this charger for NiCad batteries only and select the single charger 25926 for the LIB. This charger is not a plug-your-battery-in-and-forget-it type. (Reviewer was not compensated for nor affiliated with the manufacturer) zoz


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ALZ34CHEVY

Indianapolis, IN

Jan 27 , 2014
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Great Charger

This is a great charger for anyone who really uses their battery tools a lot. Keeps them charged and ready to go . Charges my old batteries as well as the newer ones.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Fungi01

Greensburg, PA

Jan 13 , 2014
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Good Timesaver

With this charger I can charge both my old style batteries and my newest lithium ones. I can mix an match what I need charged, I charges one at a time then starts on the next one once one is finished charging. I come in handy as I go through batteries quickly.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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snuffy49

Lanark, IL

Dec 13 , 2013
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Great Product

I really like that you can charge both ni-cad and lithium batteries with the same charger. It will also keep your batteries charged so when you go to use them they are not dead.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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