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Catalog Nos. FSL144, FSL18
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• Charge battery for 9 hours before first use. For more information see "CHARGING
THE POWER PACK".
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Cat. Nos. FSL144, FSL18 Form No. 610660-00 (FEB-02-1) Copyright © 2002 Black & Decker Printed in China
BATTERY CAP INFORMATION
Battery storage and carrying caps are provided for use whenever the battery is out of the tool
or charger. Remove cap before placing battery in charger or tool.
WARNING! Do not store or carry battery so that metal objects can contact exposed
battery terminals. For example, do not place battery in aprons, pockets, tool boxes, product
kit boxes, drawers, etc. with loose nails, screws, keys, etc. without battery cap. Without cap
in place, battery could short circuit causing fire or burns or damage to battery.
SAFETY WARNINGS AND INSTRUCTIONS: CHARGING THE SAW
1. This manual contains important safety and operating instructions.
2. Before using battery charger, read all instructions and cautionary markings on (1) battery
charger, (2) battery, and (3) product using battery.
CAUTION: To reduce the risk of injury, charge only Black & Decker Power Packs.
Other types of batteries may burst causing personal injury and damage.
4. Do not expose charger to rain or snow.
5. Use of an attachment not recommended or sold by Black & Decker may result in a risk of
fire, electric shock, or injury to persons.
6. To reduce risk of damage to electric plug and cord, pull by plug rather than cord when dis-
7. Make sure cord is located so that it will not be stepped on, tripped over, or otherwise sub-
jected to damage or stress.
8. An extension cord should not be used unless absolutely necessary. Use of improper
extension cord could result in a risk of fire, electric shock or electrocution.
a. Two-wire cords can be used with 2-wire or 3-wire extension cords. Only round jacketed
extension cords should be used, and we recommend that they be listed by Underwriters
Laboratories (U.L.). If the extension is to be used outside, the cord must be suitable for
outdoor use. Any cord marked for outdoor use can also be used for indoor work. The let-
ters "W" or "WA" on the cord jacket indicate that the cord is suitable for outdoor use.
An extension cord must have adequate wire size (AWG or American Wire Gauge) for
safety, and to prevent loss of power and overheating. The smaller the gauge number of
the wire, the greater the capacity of the cable; that is, 16 gauge has more capacity than
18 gauge. When using more than one extension to make up the total length, be sure each
extension contains at least the minimum wire size.
9. Use only the supplied charger when charging your saw. The use of any other charger
could damage the battery or create a hazardous condition.
10. Use only one charger when charging.
11. Do not attempt to open the charger or the saw. There are no customer serviceable parts
inside. Return to any authorized Black & Decker service center.
12. DO NOT incinerate the saw or battery packs even if they are severely damaged or com-
pletely worn out. The batteries can explode in a fire.
13. A small leakage of liquid from the battery cells may occur under extreme usage, charg-
ing or temperature conditions. This does not indicate a failure. However, if the outer seal
is broken and this leakage gets on your skin:
a. Wash quickly with soap and water.
b. Neutralize with a mild acid such as lemon juice or vinegar.
c. If the battery liquid gets in your eyes, flush them with clean water for a minimum of 10
minutes and seek immediate medical attention. MEDICAL NOTE: The liquid is a 25-35%
solution of potassium hydroxide.
CHARGING THE POWER PACK
THE BATTERIES IN YOUR POWER PACK ARE NOT FULLY CHARGED AT THE
FACTORY. BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO CHARGE THEM, THOROUGHLY READ ALL OF
THE SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS.
The charger is designed to use standard household 120 volt 60 Hz power.
1. Plug the charger into any standard 120 Volt 60 Hz electrical outlet.
2. Slide the charger onto the battery pack as shown in Figure 1 and let it charge initially for
9 hours. After the initial charge, under normal usage, your power pack should be fully
charged in 3 to 6 hours.
3. Remove pack from the charger and place in product. NOTE: To remove the battery, press
down on the release button on the back of the battery (Figure 2) and pull out.
IMPORTANT CHARGING NOTES
1. After normal usage, your power pack should be fully charged in 3 to 6 hours. If the power
pack is run-down completely, it may take up to 6 hours to become fully charged. Your
power pack was sent from the factory in an uncharged condition. Before attempting to use
it, it must be charged for at least 9 hours.
2. DO NOT charge the power pack in an air temperature below 40°F or above 105°F. This
is important and will prevent serious damage to the power pack. Longest life and best per-
formance can be obtained if power pack is charged when air temperature is about 75°F.
3. While charging, the charger may hum and become warm to touch. This is a normal con-
dition and does not indicate a problem.
4. If the power pack does not charge properly—(1) Check current at receptacle by plugging
in a lamp or other appliance. (2) Check to see if receptacle is connected to a light switch
which turns power off when you turn out the lights. (3) Move charger and power pack to
a surrounding air temperature of 40°F to 105°F. (4) If the receptacle and temperature are
OK, and you do not get proper charging, take or send the power pack and charger to your
local Black & Decker service center. See Tools Electric in yellow pages.
5. The power pack should be recharged when it fails to produce sufficient power on jobs
which were easily done previously. DO NOT CONTINUE using product with its power
pack in a depleted condition.
6. To prolong power pack life, avoid leaving the power pack on charge for extended periods
of time (over 30 days without use). Although overcharging is not a safety concern, it can
significantly reduce overall power pack life.
7. When the battery is inserted into the charger, the red "Charging Indicator" light will come
on indicating that there is contact between the battery and charger. The light will stay on
as long as the battery is in the charger and the charger is plugged into a working outlet. It
WILL NOT flash, go out or change to a different color when the charging cycle is
8. The power pack will reach optimum performance after being cycled 5 times during normal
usage. There is no need to run the batteries down completely before recharging. Normal
usage is the best method of discharging and recharging the batteries.
To turn the light on, depress the button shown in Fig. 1. To turn it off press the button a
REPLACING THE LIGHT BULB (USE BLACK & DECKER REPLACEMENT BULB)
NOTE: If bulb has been lit, let the light cool for several minutes before changing bulb.
Remove battery before changing bulb.
To replace the bulb, insert a flat bladed screwdriver into the slot of the bulb holder and rotate
it 1/4 turn counterclockwise as shown in Figure 2. Remove the bulb holder and rotate the
bulb until the v-shaped notch in the rim of the bulb aligns with the tip of the terminal on the
bulb holder as shown in Figure 3. The bulb is spring loaded and will pop out. To replace the
bulb align it as in Fig. 3 and press in, then rotate 1/4 turn as shown in Figure 4 so that rim of
bulb is locked under the tip of the terminal.
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Use only mild soap and damp cloth to clean the tool. Never let any liquid get inside the tool;
never immerse any part of the tool into a liquid.
IMPORTANT: To assure product SAFETY and RELIABILITY, repairs, maintenance and
adjustment (other than those listed in this manual) should be performed by authorized service
centers or other qualified service organizations, always using identical replacement parts.
THE RBRC™ SEAL
Seal on the nickel-cadmium battery (or battery pack) indicates that the costs to
recycle the battery (or battery pack) at the end of its useful life have already been
paid by Black & Decker. In some areas, it is illegal to place spent nickel-cadmium
batteries in the trash or municipal solid waste stream and the RBRC program
provides an environmentally conscious alternative.
RBRC in cooperation with Black & Decker and other battery users, has established programs
in the United States and Canada to facilitate the collection of spent nickel-cadmium batteries.
Help protect our environment and conserve natural resources by returning the spent nickel-
cadmium battery to an authorized Black & Decker service center or to your local retailer for
recycling. You may also contact your local recycling center for information on where to drop
off the spent battery, or call 1-800-8-BATTERY
Black & Decker offers a full network of company-owned and authorized service locations
throughout North America. All Black & Decker Service Centers are staffed with trained
personnel to provide customers with efficient and reliable power tool service.
Whether you need technical advice, repair, or genuine factory replacement parts, contact the
Black & Decker location nearest you. To find your local service location, refer to the yellow
page directory under "Tools—Electric" or call: 1-800-54-HOW TO (544-6986).
FULL TWO-YEAR HOME USE WARRANTY (EXCEPT BULBS)
Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc. warrants this product for two years against any defects in material
or workmanship. The defective product will be replaced or repaired at no charge in either of
The first, which will result in exchanges only, is to return the product to the retailer from whom
it was purchased (provided that the store is a participating retailer). Returns should be made
within the time period of the retailer's policy for exchanges (usually 30 to 90 days after the
sale). Proof of purchase may be required. Please check with the retailer for their specific
return policy regarding returns that are beyond the time set for exchanges.
The second option is to take or send the product (prepaid) to a Black & Decker owned or
authorized Service Center for repair or replacement at our option. Proof of purchase may be
required. Black & Decker owned and authorized Service Centers are listed under "Tools-
Electric" in the yellow pages of the phone directory.
This warranty does not apply to accessories. This warranty gives you specific legal rights
and you may have other rights which vary from state to state. Should you have any
questions, contact the manager of your nearest Black & Decker Service Center.
Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc.,
701 E. Joppa Rd.
Towson, MD 21286 U.S.A.
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