Left battery impact driver out in rain

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Old 06-17-16, 07:42 AM
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Left battery impact driver out in rain

I Left my Bosch 18 V. battery impact driver out in the rain, standing upright, and it is now dead. Is there any hope? And what is my course of action if there is?

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Old 06-17-16, 08:07 AM
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Pull apart and blow out the water with a blow gun, pull the brushes out and blow them off and the armature.
Set everything in a plastic bag and a hand full of rice to absorb the moisture.
 
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Old 06-17-16, 09:11 AM
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I leave mine in a car/truck in the sun or just set them out in the sun and let the heat bake the mositure out.

Does the tool do anything or make any sound when you pull the trigger or is it toally dead? Does you battery have a battery charge indicator? Does it show a charge? Have you tried a different battery in the tool? After drying have you tried charging the battery?
 
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Old 06-17-16, 09:31 AM
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It has several days to dry. There is no response when I pull the trigger, not even the light. I have a different, fully charged battery on it. There is no charge indicator.

I'll try the disassembly rice idea.
 
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Old 06-17-16, 10:32 AM
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I had a multi meter get drowned, opened it up and let dry for a month, put attery back in a d it works like a charm. Had to buy a new one to use while drying. Almost threw it out several times before it started to work.
 
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Old 06-17-16, 11:05 AM
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The flip phone I had before this one got dropped into the creek on multiple occasions. Each time I took the cover off, battery out and set in on the dash of my truck. Always worked great the next day [sometimes in a few hrs] Dropping the phone on a rock and smashing the screen is what finally did it in.

I'd open it up as much as you can without getting too involved and set it somewhere it can dry thoroughly for a few days and then plug in a freshly charged battery.
 
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Old 06-18-16, 04:26 PM
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So I went out to the shop today and....eureka, it worked. Another device successfully faith healed by the DIY Forum!
 
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Just a tip from one who has had to resuscitate far too many pieces of equipment from getting wet. Always dry before you apply any power and that, as stated, can take many days. The first reflex is to try it and see if it works and applying power can be the death blow. Glad yours survived Gary.

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Old 06-19-16, 04:09 AM
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That's great advice, thanks.
 
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Old 06-19-16, 09:53 AM
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Great info! I left a impact out in the rain and ended up replacing the electronic board. Glad it worked for you.
 
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