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You’ve got a back-up battery for your TV remote, your smoke detector, and your toothbrush, right? So, why not have a battery back-up for your windshield repair equipment?
It’s easy to get out there on a job and forget about checking your batteries – it’s the same when you’re at home. The difference is that the batteries you use for your windshield repair equipment are typically larger than what you would stock in your home.
Keeping your batteries charged and having a back-up battery or battery charger just in case is always a good practice. We’ve heard quite a bit over the years that not having a plan to fall back on causes headaches while on the job, so we want to remind you that it’s best to be prepared!
Keep a back-up battery
Delta Kits recommends having a spare battery for every battery operated tool you use, and keeping rechargeable batteries plugged in whenever not in use. Don’t worry about over-charging, the new technology in all batteries and chargers sold by Delta Kits is amazing, so just leave them plugged in.
If you do find yourself out on a job with dead batteries, here are a few things you can do:
- Find a 110V outlet to plug your charger in. While we don’t recommend partially charging batteries regularly, a few minutes will often provide enough of a charge for your Dremel drill to get one hole drilled or for your Ignite UV light to cure a repair or two.
- Most repairable windshield damage can be repaired without using a drill and should be, in our opinion, although if you are used to drilling everything, you may have to give the resin a bit more time to fill the damage properly.
- Use sunlight instead of your UV light to cure the resin. While not ideal, the sun will certainly do the job if you are in a pinch.
- Use the 12V receptacle, either in your vehicle or the customer’s vehicle, to power a 12V UV light or moisture evaporator.
Some additional items that to consider having on hand for emergencies:
- Portable jump starter. Some new units are small and very handy!
- A/C to D/C power converters. These are smaller and more reliable than most jump starters, but you must have an A/C outlet to plug it into.
- D/C to A/C power inverters. Excellent for running 120V tools off your 12V vehicle. Light duty models plug…. Continue Reading