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      01-25-2014, 12:28 AM   #1
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Ground prong on OEM battery tender broke off - safe to use?

I know nothing about electrics. The ground prong on the cord for my battery tender (OEM) broke off. Is it safe to still plug it in?

I can probably fumble my way to DIYing a new plug end, but it's still damn cold and my garage isn't heated.
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I know nothing about electrics. The ground prong on the cord for my battery tender (OEM) broke off. Is it safe to still plug it in?

I can probably fumble my way to DIYing a new plug end, but it's still damn cold and my garage isn't heated.
You will be fine.
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I know nothing about electrics. The ground prong on the cord for my battery tender (OEM) broke off. Is it safe to still plug it in?

I can probably fumble my way to DIYing a new plug end, but it's still damn cold and my garage isn't heated.
If it were me, I'd put a new one on, it's a $2 part at home depot and should be relatively easy, even more so if the cord is double-insulated like it ought to be, with a black jacket surrounding 3 insulated interior wires. If that's the case, green is ground, black is hot (thin prong on the outlet) and white is neutral (thick prong).

Believe it or not, the polarization and grounding actually DO make a difference and will reduce the risk of shocking yourself, especially in a garage setting where water on the well-grounded concrete is a real hazard and where the tender has a good chance of getting knocked around.

But if the price is risking your balls to the cold to get the job done, it's not a big deal. It's probably going to be fine for the near future, anyway, no rush to do it tonight.
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Awesome. Thanks to you both. I'd like to try to do it myself at some point, but as I say: once this ridiculous weather shifts.
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LOL reminds me of when I was an undergrad. I had this fancy Swedish made in China iron that was given to me, and the plug broke. A buddy who was getting his masters in EE said yeah, you have to buy a new iron. You don't want to use that one anymore, and I can't imagine it'd be more than $100 or $120.

Then, another roommate who was taking some ga* a** major like psychology goes, run over to the supermarket (it was walking distance) and buy a new plug and put it on yourself, it's a rip-off at the supermarket but probably around $5. Go and tell moneybags over there that I saved you $95.

It's kind of funny how someone who was a EE had no practical knowledge of how to fix a simple problem.
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Garage likely has gfci. No worries.
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