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Lithium Ion Battery Failures

I’ve had two encounters now with lithium ion batteries that have failed, became thermal runaways, and ended up venting, exploding and catching fire in the process. Believe me, they can release a crap load of noxious gases and smoke in a short amount of time and start a fire rather easily. It’s not an exceptionally […]

Portable Battery Charger/Loading System

I’d started building this a couple years ago and hadn’t finished the project until recently. It’s basically a high amperage battery charger with a small foot print, lot’s easier to move around than your run of the mill big box chargers. The primary side of the transformer is tapped for 5 charging rates from around […]

Atwater Kent Model 85 Restoration

I acquired this radio a few years back and have since started the restoration process. This is their second console superheterodyne radio. Due to RCA trying to corner the market on superhets all the other companies up until 1930 such as AK, to that date had made only TRF’S or tuned radio frequency sets. It […]