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Offline AstroKeith

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Festool Phone charger
« on: July 21, 2021, 05:41 PM »
Not sure what I think about this. Its a neat idea - turns a Festool 18V battery into a USB charger, including wireless charging.
Useful in an emergency, but otherwise dont we all have chargers to hand?
at £50 its priced OK IMO.
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Offline Bob D.

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Re: Festool Phone charger
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2021, 09:31 PM »
Yes we all have chargers, but being able to charge a phone after your power has been out for a few days is priceless. I know you can use many different power sources, this just adds one more.

If you needed to make a call it would be frustrating to be sitting there with a dead phone and three fully charged 18v batteries without an adapter to power that phone.

The wireless charging is a nice touch but I wonder how efficient it is compared to using a cord. I have enough batteries and adapters for my other tool brands that I could probably go a month without power and keep my phone charged.
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Offline rylim

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Re: Festool Phone charger
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2021, 10:20 PM »
I managed to find the specification of the Phone Charger, and not really impressed with it. The USB-C charging power (12W)is quite low and not even par with up to date fast charging standard (20W or 36W). With that price, I would rather get a power bank with fast charging capability.
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Offline Bob D.

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Re: Festool Phone charger
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2021, 04:41 AM »
Most USB charge adapter outputs I have seen are rated in Amps.
But looking at the wireless chargers I see they use watts for many
of them.

1.2A seems to be about normal and 2.1A for faster charging of phones
that can accept it or for tablets.
« Last Edit: July 22, 2021, 04:45 AM by Bob D. »
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Offline AstroKeith

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Re: Festool Phone charger
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2021, 05:56 AM »
Most USB charge adapter outputs I have seen are rated in Amps.
But looking at the wireless chargers I see they use watts for many
of them.

1.2A seems to be about normal and 2.1A for faster charging of phones
that can accept it or for tablets.

The introduction of QC & PD fast charging capability made it more complicated. These can vary the voltage for compatible phones etc. So Watts it has to be really,

Shame the USB ports on this charger aren't QC or PD compatible! Festool releasing a product that is already out of date.
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Offline Spandex

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Re: Festool Phone charger
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2021, 02:29 PM »
I’m not sure I’d call it out of date… 12w (and no QC/PD) is perfectly acceptable for charging phones, which is what this product is designed to do.

But, if they’d put QC and/or PD it would have gone from being a phone charger to being a mini power bank with loads more uses. It would have bumped the price up, but I’d have probably bought one, whereas a phone charger alone isn’t enough for me to blow the cobwebs off my wallet.

Offline Sparktrician

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Re: Festool Phone charger
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2021, 03:08 PM »
I'd prefer to use an Anker PowerCore charger that allows me to charge three devices simultaneously, and even power my camera when I'm doing night sky photography.  I will note that the price has gone up by $20 since I bought mine three months ago.
« Last Edit: July 22, 2021, 03:10 PM by Sparktrician »
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Offline Spandex

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Re: Festool Phone charger
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2021, 04:06 PM »
I'd prefer to use an Anker PowerCore charger that allows me to charge three devices simultaneously, and even power my camera when I'm doing night sky photography.  I will note that the price has gone up by $20 since I bought mine three months ago.
And that’s basically what I use, but I’d still like to have something with similar outputs, but that runs off Festool batteries. Not to replace it, but for different situations.

Offline HarveyWildes

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Re: Festool Phone charger
« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2021, 09:19 PM »
I use the DeWalt and Milwaukee equivalents, which use cables, on camping trips.  Works great.

Offline demographic

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Re: Festool Phone charger
« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2021, 02:31 PM »
Handy for three day festivals where your vehicle is half a mile away and you want to charge yer phone though eh?

Offline Sparktrician

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Re: Festool Phone charger
« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2021, 03:24 PM »
I'd prefer to use an Anker PowerCore charger that allows me to charge three devices simultaneously, and even power my camera when I'm doing night sky photography.  I will note that the price has gone up by $20 since I bought mine three months ago.
And that’s basically what I use, but I’d still like to have something with similar outputs, but that runs off Festool batteries. Not to replace it, but for different situations.

Just try slipping a Festool battery in your back pocket...   [blink]
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Offline Spandex

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Re: Festool Phone charger
« Reply #11 on: July 23, 2021, 04:09 PM »
Just try slipping a Festool battery in your back pocket...   [blink]
Exactly. Different situations.

Like I said, I already have a slim, lightweight QC/PD battery, but I’d also like a Festool adaptor that did the same because there are lots of situations where I already have Festool batteries with me (although I don’t tend to use my back pocket for them).

If I was going on holiday, I wouldn’t be using a Festool phone charger.

Offline demographic

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Re: Festool Phone charger
« Reply #12 on: July 24, 2021, 05:28 AM »
I use the DeWalt and Milwaukee equivalents, which use cables, on camping trips.  Works great.

Aye, same here. Well, with the De-Walt ones anyway.