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FESTOOL DISCUSSIONS => Ask Festool => Topic started by: pettyconstruction on December 24, 2017, 03:55 PM

Title: New Bluetooth batteries
Post by: pettyconstruction on December 24, 2017, 03:55 PM
In another post , I see a new Bluetooth system coming to the UK.,
and hopefully to the US as well.
My question is this ,are the batteries new? Or is the Bluetooth technology already built in ?

The reason for my question is that I had , in the last month bought 4- 18v 6 ah batteries , and would like to know if the tech is already built in?

I have a Maaxis set up , but the remote is not working for some reason , the light on the remote works , but not the vac.
I will check the battery , and after Christmas , get in touch with Rick if it continues to not work.

Thanks ,Charlie
Ps. Merry Christmas to all my FOG family.


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Title: Re: New Bluetooth batteries
Post by: GarryMartin on December 25, 2017, 03:51 AM
They're new batteries. They have a Bluetooth symbol on them if they are Bluetooth-enabled...

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Title: Re: New Bluetooth batteries
Post by: Upscale on December 25, 2017, 11:03 AM
They're new batteries. They have a Bluetooth symbol on them if they are Bluetooth-enabled...

How does Bluetooth work with a battery?
Title: Re: New Bluetooth batteries
Post by: SRSemenza on December 25, 2017, 11:06 AM
They're new batteries. They have a Bluetooth symbol on them if they are Bluetooth-enabled...

How does Bluetooth work with a battery?

Basically transmitter / receiver in battery .... same in CT vac  module. They communicate to remotely turn on / off the vac when using cordless tools.  There is more in the CT updates topic.

Seth
Title: Re: New Bluetooth batteries
Post by: pettyconstruction on December 25, 2017, 11:07 AM
Thanks for the reply ,and merry Christmas .
Sucks cuz I bought 4 new bats
Charlie


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Title: Re: New Bluetooth batteries
Post by: Runhard on December 25, 2017, 11:23 AM
How long have the airstream batteries be available in NA? I would guess that the Bluetooth batteries would be available maybe in the second half of 2018 for us in NA.
Title: Re: New Bluetooth batteries
Post by: demographic on December 25, 2017, 12:28 PM
As its bluetooth and theres a reciever at the extractor end fitted to the outlet I would assume some bright spark can make an app to remotely start the extractor using a phone also.
Of variable benefit and sometimes it would be great and others not so great.

I really hope Festool doesn't go down the route of making batteries that you can remotely stop after a certain time period like the Dewalt batteries as I feel thats making overly complicated and I don't lime the idea of hackable batteries.
Title: Re: New Bluetooth batteries
Post by: Rick Christopherson on December 26, 2017, 03:08 PM
I have a Maaxis set up , but the remote is not working for some reason , the light on the remote works , but not the vac.
I will check the battery , and after Christmas , get in touch with Rick if it continues to not work.


Check the obvious first, that the vac is in auto, and listen for the relay to click when you press the remote.

Then remove the cover and check that the plugs didn't come loose.

With the vac in auto, unplug the vac and plug it back in. Look for a little LED to light up for 1 second. If it doesn't, then Maxsys isn't getting power. If it does light up, then try re-pairing the remote (see back page of manual).

If you hear the relay click, then we'll have to troubleshoot your CT-vac.
Title: Re: New Bluetooth batteries
Post by: pettyconstruction on December 26, 2017, 11:19 PM
Thanks Rick,I will try that tomorrow.
Charlie


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Title: Re: New Bluetooth batteries
Post by: yetihunter on December 28, 2017, 02:42 AM
How long have the airstream batteries be available in NA? I would guess that the Bluetooth batteries would be available maybe in the second half of 2018 for us in NA.

They announced these new batteries about 13-15 months after bringing the airsteam out in the uk and within the same year of introducing them to the states.

One should appreciate the different form factor for the sanders, but concerning the standard 18v range, seems pretty sketch. 
Title: Re: New Bluetooth batteries
Post by: Gregor on December 28, 2017, 05:33 PM
One should appreciate the different form factor for the sanders, but concerning the standard 18v range, seems pretty sketch.
Adding some grills and an air channel is simpler than to get wireless right (plus the fun with having to certify it, emission testing and the whole red tape of paperwork that comes with it). Dosn't have to be ill will - and as far as I see it the remote that fits the hose seems to be more practical than the bluetooth enabled batteries anyway...