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battery charger station??

I have a million different chargers in the shop, to be accurate, a 20V dewalt, three 12V Bosch, a 12V porter cable, and a 12V dewalt, I mounted a power strip on the wall and tried to zip tie/organize them but they still get cluttered. I've been thinking of building either a pullout drawer or some sort of sloping wall mounted shelf to put them on, the problem with all the chargers we have is none of them have screw slots in the back so they could hang from the wall on their own. does anyone have any good pics of how their charging mess is organized?
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I bought this workbench last year. It has a small shelf which is where I put all my chargers and batteries. It's amazing how that stuff adds up.

I believe the current price is more than I paid (after shipping) and I know you are thinking of building something. I thought the picture might give you an idea.
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I built this drill station that is nested behind the back door of my shop (otherwise known as dead space). The station manages my drills, chargers, batteries, and misc. odds n ends.

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all great ideas, Ive been leaning towards a pull out drawer as I have a lot of dead space under my stand up work bench, but I was struggling with how to hide the cords, thats a great help to see you post duncan, I already have drill storage on my bench (ie 3/4" holes that the bit in the drill sticks in) for quick draw action! but I like the hanging station too...dont ya wish they'd outlaw everything but dewalt and we'd all have only one battery!!
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all great ideas, Ive been leaning towards a pull out drawer
If you do that I guess you will want to put some power strip(s) inside the drawer so only one supply cord has to flex (and have slack) as you open and close the drawer. This way you don't have 5 or 10 charger cords making a mess each time you open it.

I understand charging batteries makes some heat. Probably not very much, I am no expert, but in a sealed drawer, several batteries charging up might get warm enough that the lifetime of the batteries is reduced or the chargers don't charge them fully.

I'd leave holes for air to circulate. Just a thought.
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However you design it, a good addition is a timer. I bought a spring wound 1 hr timer at the Borg for $15. Prevents overcharging. Still a good idea to take batteries off charger after charging. (From what I have heard)
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