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    Another use for a 36v 3phase battery charger

    I have an Exide 36 volt battery charger I would like to repurpose into something useful. This was used for a 24v defunct forklift. I don't want to scrap it if there could be some other use for it. No interest from anyone on Ebay or Craigslist (have it listed for $200). I have plenty of welders so no desire for that conversion if even possible. Thank you for any ideas or thoughts.

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    Good question! I'm going to send this out to some of our electrical hobbyists to see if we can get you some good answers.

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    What's the output current rating Wiebster?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiebster View Post
    I have an Exide 36 volt battery charger I would like to repurpose into something useful. This was used for a 24v defunct forklift. I don't want to scrap it if there could be some other use for it. No interest from anyone on Ebay or Craigslist (have it listed for $200). I have plenty of welders so no desire for that conversion if even possible. Thank you for any ideas or thoughts.
    Someone posted an instructable about building a plasma cutter - I think you'll have a lot of the big parts for that build. Worth a look, perhaps.

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    Another use for a 36v 3phase battery charger-img_4471.jpg
    This is the data tag off the charger. I'm definitely interested in a plasma cutter build. Thanks for looking into to some ideas.

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    i know you mentioned that you had welders,
    but the first thing i thought was heavy duty spot welder
    i like the plasma cutter idea
    Where there is a Will, there is a Way!

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    Take the lid off, lets see the guts! Wanna see some caps, transformers, diodes, and get a idea of the control section...

    Remember to be careful, DC can put it on you and it aint nothing nice.

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    Yup gota see the good stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Imbeciliac View Post
    Someone posted an instructable about building a plasma cutter - I think you'll have a lot of the big parts for that build. Worth a look, perhaps.
    I have read some where this guy used a transformer from a microwave oven. You may want to search the net

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    Guts pictures will be coming up in a couple days. I should have posted them right away.

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