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Battery failed for Kitchenaid KHB3581 immersion blender -- now what??


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11 hours ago, weinoo said:

I haunt Amazon.

Indeed.     But much of the offerings on Amazon were picked up at garage sales and flea markets.    I found parts to my favorite Oster mini-processor for pennies on the Amazon price, like $5 for a grouip now selling for $40 on Amazon.     Granted, the Bay Area is garage sale and flea market heaven.  

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6 hours ago, weinoo said:

You probably HAVE castles where you live.

 

I was in this one (well, what remains of the castle) just this morning. It's the nearest to where I live, about 5 km. There was a castle even in the small village where I live, but it was destroyed by the friendly guys who owned that other castle; you know how it works, if you live 5 km away you are too different and become a mortal enemy.

There were ducks too, but they were the ones haunting me. A group of wild ducks decided to take the fancy life and become the owners of the moat around that castle. It's forbidden to hunt/touch any animal living there, so they learned they can do whatever they want and no humans will harm them. If you go there without stale bread to offer to the new place owners, then they will quack at you till you are deaf. A male one was quacking vehemently at me, I told him "quack as much as you want, as soon as you put your nose out of this area you end up in my oven", he turned around, shook his tail at me, turned again and resumed quacking. I guess he learnt the local dialect.

 

 

 

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On 5/24/2021 at 8:42 PM, ElsieD said:

This is just a comment on KitchenAid products in general.  I had a KA mini chopper which I loved because it was the only mini chopper that came with a blade that sliced on one side, shredded on the other.  The little plastic thing where the top attaches to the work bowl broke off and I went to my favourite kitchen store to order a replacement.  Much to my surprise, I found out that KA does not stock much of anything in the way of spare parts. 

 

I had a very similar issue with my full-size KA food processor. Interlock mechanism on the work bowl broke. They sold them for probably 15 years, but there are almost no replacement work bowls available. I finally found one with the wrong color handle after searching for ages.

 

I don't think KA actually manufactures anything but its stand mixers in house. *Those* seem to have great parts availability -- everything else, not so much. I'm pretty sure the issue with my FP was that they switched manufacturers -- I bought this one because it was made in France, but the new ones haven't been for ages.

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On 5/23/2021 at 6:25 PM, Smithy said:

I got it apart. I have a battery part number. Maybe there's hope after all!

 

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Thanks Smithy for adding me to the forum.

Any luck with this? Did you manage to buy the same or similar lithium batteries and fixed the re-charging issue?

I got the same problem, you see. And I've only used the KitchenAid for like 10 times! 

I'm thinking more that the battery charger and the charging station with it are at fault, or the cause for the broken battery, because I have left the battery in the holder on charge for a long time without using it. Maybe it got overcharged. Surely the charger or station should have a cut-off mechanism build in?

(I need to test first though, if the battery is broken and not the charger or station...)

 

Anyway, if you did manage to fix it, please share some more details and pictures how you done it, as I'm now left with an almost new KitchenAid that's completely  useless.  :(

 

Cheers!

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4 hours ago, pallemans said:

 

Thanks Smithy for adding me to the forum.

Any luck with this? Did you manage to buy the same or similar lithium batteries and fixed the re-charging issue?

I got the same problem, you see. And I've only used the KitchenAid for like 10 times! 

I'm thinking more that the battery charger and the charging station with it are at fault, or the cause for the broken battery, because I have left the battery in the holder on charge for a long time without using it. Maybe it got overcharged. Surely the charger or station should have a cut-off mechanism build in?

(I need to test first though, if the battery is broken and not the charger or station...)

 

Anyway, if you did manage to fix it, please share some more details and pictures how you done it, as I'm now left with an almost new KitchenAid that's completely  useless.  :(

 

Cheers!

 

I'm afraid I have nothing to report. I found those lithium batteries, or ones very similar, at local vape shops. They were pretty pricey: I've forgotten now, but at least $5 apiece, and maybe more like $8 apiece. I decided I'd better try to get the old batteries out of the holder before spending that kind of money. They are spot-welded in place. Would my soldering gun take care of that? Maybe. I have a friend who is an excellent tinkerer who might have been able to do something with it, but he was busy. I think it might also be possible to rig a different power supply altogether; it wouldn't look as pretty because the battery pack wouldn't go back into its holder, but it would make the blender usable again.

 

While I was pondering all these possibilities, I got busy with other things...and then found a deal on a much simpler, much less expensive rechargeable wand blender. 

 

So there my KitchenAid set sits, still with no power. The wand blender I picked up isn't nearly as good (no speed adjustments, only a whisk and a double blade) but it does most of what I want. I haven't given up on the KitchenAid - that is, haven't given up enough to throw it away or sell the parts - but I left it at home when I went traveling for 6 months.

 

Sorry I don't have better news for you. I still think there are possibilities, but I can't show you how it's done. If YOU figure it out, please post!

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gosh.  I have a 1978 plug in Bosch blenderizer shtick thingie that (as of yesterday) is still fully operational . . .

 

maybe this battery powered stuff is not all it's cracked up to be . . . ?

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1 hour ago, AlaMoi said:

gosh.  I have a 1978 plug in Bosch blenderizer shtick thingie that (as of yesterday) is still fully operational . . .

 

maybe this battery powered stuff is not all it's cracked up to be . . . ?

 

I'm inclined to agree with you. I got it as a (requested) Christmas present because we spend months on the road, living off the grid, and I didn't want to have to start the generator to run a wand blender. The waste of all that equipment for want of a viable battery, however, really rankles. Even if they offered separate battery packs, or used batteries that could be purchased at any hardware store, I'd feel better about it.

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there's a bell dinging somewhere dimly.... I someone having the same issue - that battery pix triggered it . . .

 

the spot welding is used because they use steel (instead of copper) - soldering as a repair is essentially impossible.

if you can find a shop that does automotive electrical repair - the diodes in alternators are spot welded - they may have suitable equipment to spot weld the battery pack back together.

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You can make your own spot welder using broken microwave oven transformers or go for hooking up a bunch of super capacitors.

 

Check out youtube on DIY.

 

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Okay, this may be a silly question but I'll ask it anyway. Can you un-spot-weld something? Will a spot welder work to detach the old batteries from their connectors?

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