I'll just send it back at this point, too worried about it cutting out while on it. Of course that would depend on it actually working, no signs of life!! Definitely stay off the rapid charger.
Email to me today from Jason at eWheels:
"IMPORTANT URGENT Safety Advisory on the 16X & 5A Rapid-charger!
We have just received an alarming report of a 16X catching on fire after being used with a defective charger. Under the circumstances, it was extremely fortunate that the Wheel was outside at the time, where the damage was relatively minor.
Here is a summary of the facts:
After a few weeks of normal use, the Customer noticed that when the charger was plugged into the wall (but not the Wheel), the charger's LCD readout was showing '1 . ' on the Voltage readout (see image below), instead of the normal ~84v
The charger was emitting a low frequency clicking sound
Pressing the charger's reset button kicked off the charge cycle, where the voltage had continued to climb exceeding 88v, as represented on the charger's LCD display
15 minutes later, the rapid-charger turned off, but on turning on the Wheel, the Customer observed the voltage (reported through WheelLog) completely discharging in seconds
He then plugged in the standard charger, about one hour later the Wheel caught on fire
What is being done & recommendation:
This charger is being sent to an independent laboratory for analysis, I am also coordinating for the King Song 16X battery to be sent in the laboratory for over-voltage testing.
Until we receive the lab results back & have a complete understanding of exactly what went wrong, it is strongly recommended not to continue using the rapid-charger.
WARNING: if you do continue using the rapid-charger, please double-check that the voltage readout displays ~84v before plugging into the Wheel & keep an eye on the charging progress.
For context, the charger supplier, JaiRui, has produced hundreds-of-thousands of chargers, we have seen many cases of the charger failing in a multitude of ways, but invariably it has been in a harmless under-voltage state. This is the first & only such case of an over-voltage condition, but considering the extreme severity & intensity of a battery fire, other chargers from this production batch may also be effected.
We will continue to update you as more information becomes available. "