BC40EWB ManualENSP 022908.qxp
SAFETY GUIDELINES / DEFINITIONS
D A N G E R : Indicates an imminently hazardous situation which, if not avoided, will result in death or serious injury.
WA R N I N G : Indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided, could result in death or serious injury.
CAUTION: Indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided, may result in minor or moderate injury.
C A U T I O N : Used without the safety alert symbol indicates potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided, may result in property damage.
RISK OF UNSAFE OPERAT I O N . When using tools or equipment, basic safety precautions should always be followed to reduce the risk of
personal injury. Improper operation, maintenance or modification of tools or equipment could result i n serious injury and property
damage. There are certain applications for which tools and equipment are designed. Black & Decker strongly recommends that this
product NOT be modifi e d and/or used for any application other than for which it was designed. Read and understand all warnings and
operating instructions before using any tool or equipment.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
GENERAL SAFETY WARNINGS AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL APPLIANCES READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS
READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS
WA R N I N G : Read all instructions before operating product. Failure to follow all instructions listed below may result in electric
shock, fire and/or serious injury.
• AVOID DANGEROUS ENVIRONMENTS: Don't use charger in damp or wet locations. Don't use charger in the rain.
• KEEP CHILDREN AWAY. All visitors should be kept at a distance from work area.
• STORE IDLE APPLIANCES INDOORS. When not in use, charger should be stored indoors in dry, and high or locked-up place –
out of reach of children.
• DRESS PROPERLY. Do not wear loose clothing or jewelry. They can be caught in moving parts. Rubber gloves and substantial,
non-skid footwear are recommended when working outdoors. Wear protective hair covering to contain long hair.
• USE SAFETY GLASSES AND OTHER SAFETY EQUIPMENT. Use safety goggles or safety glasses with side shields, complying
with applicable safety standards and, when needed, a face shield. Safety glasses or the like are available at extra cost at your local
dealer or Black & Decker Service Center.
• DON'T ABUSE CORD. Never carry appliance by cord or yank it to disconnect from receptacle. Keep cord from heat, oil, and sharp edges.
• DON'T OVERREACH. Keep proper footing and balance at all times.
• DISCONNECT CHARGER. Disconnect the charger from the power supply when not in use and when changing functions.
• GROUND FA U LT CIRCUIT INTERRUPTER (GFCI) protection should be provided on the circuits or outlets to be used.
Receptacles are available having built in GFCI protection and may be used for this measure of safety.
• USE OF ACCESSORIES AND AT TA C H M E N T S . The use of any accessory or attachment not recommended for use with this
appliance could be hazardous. Note: Refer to the accessory section of this manual for further details.
• S TAY ALERT. Watch what you are doing. Use common sense. Do not operate charger when you are tired.
• CHECK DAMAGED PA RT S . Before further use of the tool, a guard or other part that is damaged should be carefully checked to
determine that it will operate properly and perform its intended function. Check for alignment of moving parts, binding of moving
parts, breakage of parts, mounting, and any other conditions that may affect its operation. A guard or other part that is damaged
should be properly repaired or replaced by an authorized service center unless otherwise indicated elsewhere in this instruction
manual. Have defective switches replaced by authorized service center. Do not use tool if switch does not turn it O N and O F F.
• DO NOT OPERAT E portable electric tools near flammable liquids or in gaseous or explosive atmospheres. Motors in these
tools normally spark, and the sparks might ignite fumes.
• OUTDOOR USE EXTENSION CORDS. When tool is used outdoors, use only extension cords intended for use outdoors and so marked.
• EXTENSION CORDS. Make sure your extension cord is in good conditi o n. When using an extension cord, be sure to use one heavy
enough to carry the current your product will draw. An undersized cord will cause a drop in line voltage resulting in loss of power and
overheating. The following table shows the correct size to use depending on cord length and nameplate ampere rating. If i n doubt, use
the next heavier gage. The smaller the gage number, the heavier the cord.
Minimum Gage for Cord Sets
WA R N I N G : This product or its power cord contains lead, a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer and
birth defect or other reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling.
Total Length of Cord in Feet
American Wire Gage
WARNING: BURST HAZARD: Do not use the unit for charging dry-cell batteries that are commonly used with home appliances.
These batteries may burst and cause injury to persons and damage property. Use the unit for charging/boosting a LEAD-ACID battery
o n l y. It is not intended to supply power to a low-voltage electrical system other than in a starter-motor application. NEVER EQUALIZE
A GEL OR AGM BAT T E RY, these may burst and cause SERIOUS INJURY and property damage.
WARNING: SHOCK HAZARD:
• If an extension cord is used, make sure that:
a) the pins of extension cord are the same number, size and shape as those in the charger,
b) the extension cord is properly wired and in good electrical condition,
c) the wire size is large enough for the AC rating of the charger as indicated in the table in the previous section.
• Do not operate unit with damaged cord or plug; or if the unit has received a sharp blow, been dropped, or otherwise damaged
in any way. Do not disassemble the unit; take it to a qualified service technician when service or repair is required. Incorrect
reassembly may result in a risk of electric shock or fire, and will void warranty.
• Use of an attachment not supplied, recommended or sold by manufacturer specifically for use with this unit may result in a
risk of electrical shock and injury to persons.
• NEVER submerge this unit in water; do not expose it to rain, snow or use when wet.
• To reduce risk of electric shock, disconnect the unit from any power source before attempting maintenance or cleaning.
Turning off controls without disconnecting will not reduce this risk.
WARNING: RISK OF EXPLOSIVE GASES
• Working in the vicinity of a lead acid battery is dangerous. Batteries generate explosive gases during normal battery operation.
For this reason, it is of the utmost importance that each time before using the charger you read this manual and follow
• To reduce the risk of battery explosion, follow these instructions and those published by the battery manufacturer and
manufacturer of any equipment you intend to use in the vicinity of the battery. Review cautionary markings on these products
and on the engine.
• This equipment employs parts (switches, relays, etc.) that produce arcs or sparks. Therefore, if used in a garage or enclosed
area, the unit MUST be placed not less than 18 inches above the floor.
• THIS UNIT IS NOT FOR USE BY CHILDREN AND SHOULD ONLY BE OPERATED BY ADULT S .
CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE:
• Pull cord by plug rather than cord when disconnecting the 120V AC Charging Adapter from the unit.
• NEVER ATTEMPT TO JUMP-STA RT OR CHARGE A FROZEN BAT T E RY .
• To recharge this unit, use only the supplied AC Charging Adapter.
• Vehicles that have on-board computerized systems may be damaged if vehicle battery is jump-started. Before jump-starting,
read the vehicle's owner's manual to confirm that external-starting assistance is suitable.
• When working with lead acid batteries, always make sure immediate assistance is available in case of accident or emergency.
• Always have protective eyewear when using this product: contact with battery acid may cause blindness and/or severe burns.
Be aware of first aid procedures in case of accidental contact with battery acid.
• Have plenty of fresh water and soap nearby in case battery acid contacts skin.
• If battery acid contacts skin or clothing, wash immediately with soap and water for at least 10 minutes and get medical
• Never smoke or allow a spark or flame in vicinity of vehicle battery, engine or charger.
• Remove personal metal items such as rings, bracelets, necklaces and watches when working with a lead acid battery. A lead
acid battery can produce a short circuit current high enough to weld a ring, or the like of a metal, causing a severe burn.
• Never allow battery acid to come in contact with this unit.
• Do not operate this unit in a closed area or restrict ventilation in any way.
• FIRST AID – SKIN: If battery acid comes in contact with skin, rinse immediately with water, then wash thoroughly with soap
and water. If redness, pain, or irritation occurs, seek immediate medical attention.
EYES: If battery acid comes in contact with eyes, flush eyes immediately, for a minimum of 15 minutes and seek immediate
• LCD Liquid Crystal Display: If liquid crystal comes in contact with your skin: Wash area off completely with plenty of water.
Remove contaminated clothing. If liquid crystal gets into your eye: Flush the affected eye with clean water and then seek
medical attention. If liquid crystal is swallowed: Flush your mouth thoroughly with water. Drink large quantities of water and
induce vomiting. Then seek medical attention.
• GROUNDING AND AC POWER CORD CONNECTION INSTRUCTIONS – Charger should be grounded to reduce risk of electric
shock. Charger is equipped with an electric cord having an equipment-grounding conductor and a grounding plug. The plug
must be plugged into an outlet that is properly installed and grounded in accordance with all local codes and ordinances.