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    Yesterday I grabbed my reciprocating saw, some blades, and a couple batteries and put them in my tool bag, ready to go outside and put that saw to work. Then I had a thought: what if there was a nail or some other small metallic part in the bag (I use this bag a lot to transfer various tools and parts)? I could contact the terminals. Why don't manufacturers make slide on battery covers? I guess I could use some large Zip-Lock bags, but just seems to me a slide on cover makes sense.

  • #2
    check E-Bay..A fellow uses a 3D printer to make battery "hangers".
    They are secured to a wall and they hold your battery.
    This may meet your needs to protect the battery contacts.

    Warning they are not cheap!

    Cactus Man

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    • #3
      Exactly

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      • #4
        I saw the wall hangers but didn't see one that locked. Seems like the type that comes with a/c cords and usb plugs would be very cheap. I can always use my Ridgid USB adapter.

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        • #5
          I have been at this over 50 years . I have never had any of My MANY 18 volt or other batterys short out on some loose metal in with them. There's nothing to worry about. Tool
          I can build anything You want , if you draw a picture of it , on the back of a big enough check .

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          • #6
            I haven't either.
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            I was using my JobMax a few days ago -- working on some picture frames. I accidentally knocked over a bottle containing small nails and frame mounts -- stuff bounced everywhere. Since I wasn't changing heads, the battery was on the tool. If I had been changing heads, there's a good chance the battery is setting open to an unlucky accident.

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            • #7
              Ryobi used to make covers. Don't know if they still do and it doesn't help with RIDGID batteries, but they have been available from at least one company.
              "It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?" Bob D. 2006

              https://www.youtube.com/user/PowerToolInstitute

              https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1p...qcZKHyrqKhikFA

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              • #8
                I'm thinking now that it doesn't need to be elaborate -- something like the little white plastic protector used on a/c cords, but shaped to fit the terminals on the Ridgid batteries with a small tab on top (to make it easy to remove.)
                Last edited by jaftwo; 11-29-2019, 01:27 PM.

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                • #9
                  Something like this $2.25 transport cap for DeWalt FlexVolt batteries would be nice.
                  Since FlexVolt batteries can be used on 20V Max tools I wonder if this will fit standard DeWalt 20V Max batteries too.
                  https://www.mmtoolparts.com/store/n4...lexvolt-dewalt
                  You can see it mounted on a 60V battery here. Looks to me like it would fit a 20V battery.
                  I just ordered two to have for when I am transporting batteries since they are only $2.25 each. With shipping about $10 to my mailbox.

                  DeWalt also makes a cap for their 8V batteries used in their gyroscopic screwdriver.
                  You get two batteries in the kit and a cap is included for each battery.
                  https://www.dewalt.com/products/powe...y-kit/dcf680n2
                  I've had one of these drivers for a couple years and love it. I keep it in my electrical kit as it's just the right size for light electrical work.

                  I've searched and not found similar caps for other brands, including RIDGID, Milwaukee, Ryobi, Makita, and Festool. But that may have to do with the design of the battery terminals. I suspect the FlexVolt battery ahs a transport cap because of the higher voltage and battery capacity which creates a higher risk of fire should it somehow be shorted.





                  "It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?" Bob D. 2006

                  https://www.youtube.com/user/PowerToolInstitute

                  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1p...qcZKHyrqKhikFA

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                  • #10
                    My dewalt 60 volt battery's have a slide on cover and it also disconnects them from 60 volt and makes them 20 volt. this allows them to go onto an airplane

                    Rick.
                    phoebe it is

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                    • #11
                      Rick, will that cover fit the 20v batteries since the 60v batteries can be used on 20v tools I would think it would be.
                      "It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?" Bob D. 2006

                      https://www.youtube.com/user/PowerToolInstitute

                      https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1p...qcZKHyrqKhikFA

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                      • #12
                        The FlexVolt cover has 2 tabs in it that push on a slide switch that does most of the switching the pack from 20v to 60v, so it wouldn't fit the straight 20v batteries without some modification. It also doesn't put the 60v battery in 20v, no cover at all or installed in a 20v tool does that, but the cover rather disconnects it completely from the B+ and B- terminals for shipping by pushing the slide switch into a 'dead' state between the 20v and 60v where none of the 4 contacts in there are doing anything, which is kind of redundant as the cover covers them anyway, but the more the better there.

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                        • Bob D.
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                          thanks that's very helpful.
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