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CAT. NO. FS18C
FORM NO. 90530561
Copyright © 2008 Black & Decker
Important Safety Instructions
• SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS. This manual contains important safety and operating
instructions for this 3 hour battery charger.
• Before using charger, read and understand all instructions and cautionary markings on (1)
charger, (2) battery pack, and (3) product using battery pack.
DANGER: 120 volts present at charging terminals. Do not probe with conductive objects.
Danger of electric shock or electrocution.
DANGER: If battery pack case is cracked or damaged, do not insert into charger. Danger of
electric shock or electrocution.
DANGER: Never attempt to open the battery pack for any reason. If the plastic housing of
the battery pack breaks or cracks, return to a service center for recycling.
WARNING: Don't allow any liquid to get inside charger. Electric shock may result.
CAUTION: To reduce risk of injury, charge only Black & Decker rechargeable batteries.
Other types of batteries may burst, causing personal injury and damage.
• To facilitate the cooling of the battery pack after use, avoid placing the charger or battery
pack in a warm environment such as in a metal shed, or an uninsulated trailer.
• Do not expose charger to rain or snow.
• Use of an attachment not recommended or sold by Black & Decker may result in risk of
fire, electric shock, or injury to persons.
• This charger is not intended for any uses other than charging Black & Decker rechargeable
batteries. Any other uses may result in risk of fire, electric shock or electrocution.
• To reduce risk of damage to electric plug and cord, pull by plug rather than cord when
• Make sure cord is located so that it will not be stepped on, tripped over, or otherwise
subjected to damage or stress.
• An extension cord should not be used unless absolutely necessary. Use of improper
extension cord could result in risk of fire, electric shock, or electrocution. If an extension
cord must be used, make sure:
• That the pins on plug of extension cord are the same number, size and shape of those
of plug on charger.
• That extension cord is properly wired and in good electrical condition and the wire size is
large enough for AC ampere rating of charger as specified below.
An extension cord must have adequate wire size (AWG or American Wire Gauge) for safety.
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 individual extension contains at least the minimum wire size.
RECOMMENDED MINIMUM AWG SIZE FOR EXTENSION CORDS
Total Extension Cord Length (feet)
• Do not place any object on top of charger or place the charger on a soft surface that might
block the ventilation slots and result in excessive internal heat. Place the charger in a position
away from any heat source.
• Do not operate charger with damaged cord or plug — have them replaced immediately.
• Do not operate charger if it has received a sharp blow, been dropped, or otherwise damaged
in any way; take it to an authorized service center.
• Do not disassemble charger; take it to an authorized service center when service or repair is
required. Incorrect reassembly may result in risk of electric shock, electrocution or fire.
• The charger is designed to operate on standard120 VAC, 60Hz household electrical power.
Do not attempt to use it on any other voltage.
• To reduce risk of electric shock, unplug charger from outlet before attempting any cleaning.
Removing the battery pack will not reduce this risk.
• NEVER attempt to connect 2 chargers together.
• DO NOT store or use the tool and battery pack in locations where the temperature may reach
or exceed 105°F (such as outside sheds or metal buildings in summer).
• A small leakage of liquid from the battery cells may occur under extreme usage, charging
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.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
READ AND UNDERSTAND ALL OF THE INSTRUCTIONS IN THIS MANUAL BEFORE
ATTEMPTING TO CHARGE THE BATTERY PACK FOR YOUR TOOL.
Your charger is designed to use standard 120 volt AC, 60 Hz power. Do not use DC or any
other voltage. Charge time is 3 to 9 hours depending on battery pack type and condition.
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
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 the battery charge
initially for 9 hours. After the initial charge, under normal usage, your power pack should
be fully charged in 3 to 9 hours.
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3. Unplug charger, and remove the battery pack. Place the battery in the tool and be
certain that it is inserted fully into the tool cavity until it "clicks" into place.
NOTE: To remove the battery from the tool, press down on the release button on the
back of the battery (Figure 2) and slide out.
Important Charging Notes
1. Longest life and best performance can be obtained if the battery pack is charged when
the air temperature is between 65°F and 75°F (18°- 24°C). DO NOT charge the battery
pack in an air temperature below +40°F(+4.5°C), or above +105°F (+40.5°C). This is
important and will prevent serious damage to the battery pack.
2. The charger and battery pack may become warm to touch while charging. This is a
normal condition, and does not indicate a problem.
3. If the battery pack does not charge properly — (1) Check power 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 battery pack to a
location where the surrounding air temperature is approximately 65°F - 75°F (18°- 24°C).
(4) If charging problems persist, take or send the tool, battery pack and charger to your
local service center.
4. The battery pack should be recharged when it does not produce sufficient power on jobs
which were easily done previously. DO NOT CONTINUE use under these conditions.
Follow the charging procedures. You may also charge a partially used pack whenever you
desire with no adverse affect on the battery pack.
5. Black & Decker battery packs that are labeled "NiMH" should only be used with chargers
labeled "NiMH" or "NiCd/NiMH."
6. Under certain conditions, with the charger plugged into the power supply, the exposed
charging contacts inside the charger can be shorted by foreign material. Foreign
materials of a conductive nature such as, but not limited to, steel wool, aluminum foil, or
any buildup of metallic particles should be kept away from charger cavities. Always unplug
the charger from the power supply when there is no battery pack in the cavity. Unplug
charger before attempting to clean.
7. Do not immerse charger in water or any other liquid.
The RBRC™ Seal
The RBRC™ (Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation)
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.
• Battery will not charge.
For assistance with your product, visit our website www.blackanddecker.com for the loca-
tion of the service center nearest you or call the BLACK & DECKER help line at
Use only mild soap and damp cloth to clean the charger. Never let any liquid get inside the
charger; never immerse any part of the charger into a liquid.
This product is not user serviceable. There are no user serviceable parts inside the charger.
Servicing at an authorized service center is required to avoid damage to static sensitive
READ ALL OF THE INSTRUCTIONS IN THIS MANUAL BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO
CHARGE THE BATTERY PACK FOR YOUR TOOL.
To assure product SAFETY and RELIABILITY, repairs, maintenance and adjustment should be
performed by certified service centers or other qualified service organizations, always using
identical replacement parts.
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:
1-800-544-6986 or visit www.blackanddecker.com
Full Two-Year Home Use Warranty
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. This
product is not intended for commercial use
Free Warning Label Replacement: If your warning labels become illegible or are missing,
call 1-800-544-6986 for a free replacement.
Black & Decker (U.S.)
701 E. Joppa Rd.
Towson, MD 21286
• Charger not plugged into
a working outlet.
• Surrounding air temperature
too hot or too cold.
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• Plug charger into a
working outlet. Refer to
"Important Charging Notes"
for more details.
• Check current at receptacle
by plugging in a lamp or other
• Check to see if receptacle
is connected to a light
switch which turns power off
when you turn out the lights.
• Move charger and
tool to a surrounding air
temperature of above 40
degree F (4,5°C) or below
105 degree F (+40,5°C).
for Service &