Handheld chargers

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Could you use a lower voltage charger to charge a higher voltage tool? For example what would happen if you tried to use a 6 volt charger to charge a 7.2 volt item (assuming the adapter fits)
 
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Generally it will not charge the battery correctly. The charger has to be matched to the battery voltage and chemistry. Depending on the type of battery, the charger will apply a slightly higher voltage than the battery rating for a particular amount of time.

The reason I'm so vague is that you have to charge a lead acid battery much differently than a lithium ion battery for example. It is important that the charger matches the battery or the battery could overheat and explode or be damaged.
 
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The adapter won't fit. Check the amperage as well as the voltage. Chargers are too cheap not to use the correct one.
 
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