Typically as a general rule 24 - 48 hours immediately after purchase and after every use. It is also recommended to recharge every 30 - 60 days for approximately 12 hours or until the battery status indicators show full when the product is not in use. Periodically recharging the jump starter will maximize the efficiency of the internal battery, ensure that it’s always ready when you need it as well as greatly prolonging its service life.
The vast majority of Black & Decker’s jump starter/power station products have a built-in AC charging adapter. Simply connect a household extension cord into the AC charging adapter on the unit to begin charging. Unplug extension cord when green charging LED illuminates solid or flashes. Models without a built-in AC charging adapter connect to the jump starters using a small barrel pin connection.
All of the Black & Decker jump starters have battery status indicators. The units can have 2 - 4 LED indicators depending on the model and when all of the LED illuminate and the green LED lights or flashes, the unit is fully charged. These indicators are like a battery “fuel gauge” to show how much charge the internal battery currently has.
It is very important to review the safety warnings and instruction manual first. All Black & Decker jump starters do have reverse polarity alarms. This will give you an audible alarm and visual indication if you connect the cables in reverse until you disconnect it. Be advised that the unit is to be in the OFF position when first connecting it to the battery. Reversing the polarity of a jump starter that is in the ON position upon connection may cause irreparable damage and will void the product warranty.
A jump starter is a product with an internal portable battery with jumper cables attached, it must be recharged and can boost a vehicle without the need of another vehicle or being plugged into household AC power. A Battery Charger has no battery and must be plugged into household AC power to function. Battery chargers are designed to charge automotive batteries or for maintaining a charge; whereas jump starters assist your vehicle's battery to start a vehicle.
The battery status button may need to be pressed and held for several seconds to get battery status indication. If the jump starter was not properly maintained and is completely depleted the indicator lights may not illuminate.
The power switch must be turned ON. All of the Black & Decker jump starters have safety features such as an ON/OFF power switch that prevent sparking or arching until a proper connection is established.
Most Black & Decker battery chargers have a “Float Mode Monitoring” feature. This feature monitors the battery's voltage, and if it drops below a predetermined voltage level, the unit will turn on and top off the charge. It does not continuously “trickle charge” or constantly charge the battery, which over time will prolong a batteries serviceable life. The charger will operate in this mode until disconnected.
Black & Decker battery chargers have a safety feature that prevents power to the clamps until the proper polarity is detected. This requires voltage in the battery. Other than deep cycle marine batteries, deeply discharging a typical automotive cranking battery to this low of voltage is very damaging and not recommended.
The Overtime Condition indicates that the battery has not accepted a charge after 18 hours of continuous charging. The battery may have internal damage and needs to be replaced. Have the battery tested by a professional battery technician.
Most Black & Decker battery chargers either automatically select the battery type or give the user the option of battery type. These battery chargers will charge the following 12VDC battery types: WET, GEL, AGM as well as deep cycle cells. Refer to manufacturer's specifications for your battery type.
The Battery Reconditioning feature (not on all models) is an automatic mode that once started continues for 24 hours and then stops. A series of electrical pulses attempt to break the crystalline form of lead sulfate to turn these chemicals back into useful electrolytes. More than one 24 hour cycle may be needed to restore. However, if after 5 cycles this does not improve the battery's condition, discontinue and recycle the battery.
The charge rate depends on the size and capacity of the battery and how quickly you want to recharge it. Most Black & Decker chargers are fully automatic and monitor the charging via the microprocessor. If the rate selected is too high for the connected battery size/type, then the charger will adjust the charge rate automatically.
Some Black & Decker Battery Chargers have an Engine Start feature or Engine Start Timer, Either feature can be used to help start a vehicle.
Yes, some Black & Decker battery maintainers have a switching relay that switches the unit on and off as certain pre-determined voltages are reached. The clicking sound is normal operation and the switching from yellow to green simply indicates this operation. Depending on the model, yellow indicates it is charging and green indicates the battery is fully charged.
A battery maintainer is designed to maintain a battery's charge level and not to recharge a discharged battery. The maximum amperage of a maintainer is 2 amp and may take a significant amount of time to recharge a discharged battery. This depends on the battery capacity and the level of discharge.
It is normal for the fan to be on in order to keep the transformer and electrical circuitry cool during normal charger use. Keep the area near the charger clear of obstructions to allow the fan to operate efficiently.
Black & Decker offers many different models which have different types of battery status indicators. Reference the Product Instruction Manual for details regarding your particular lights battery status LED indicators. Typically a spotlights LED indicators will illuminate solid or change to green when fully charged.
Black & Decker suggests that you recharge your spotlight immediately upon purchase, after every use (even if only for a short period) and every 30 days to maintain the battery capacity. Lithium-Ion products are recommended to be recharged every 6 months when not in use.
Black & Decker spotlights containing sealed lead acid batteries (these spotlights are physically heavier) require frequent maintenance (recharging) to maintain optimal battery life. All batteries lose energy from self-discharge over time and more rapidly at higher temperatures. If a spotlight is not charged for long periods of time, or left in a discharged state, the internal battery will hold less of a charge which results in decreased overall runtime. It is also recommended to check the halogen bulb filament for any damage as it may be blown and replace if necessary. Black & Decker lithium-ion spotlights require less maintenance and only need to be recharged every 6-8 months. LED and HID bulbs are not user serviceable and cannot be replaced.
This will depend on the model as the battery and bulb size (wattage) determine the runtime. Reference the product instruction manual for more detailed information. Typical runtime for most Halogen spotlights is approximately 15 - 25 minutes. Black & Decker offers other bulb technology spotlights such as LED or HID if you are looking for longer runtimes and/or more powerful output.
Corded means that the unit can be powered through the power/recharging cord (corded spotlights are powered through DC cords only). Cordless indicates the unit has an internal battery and can be used without a cord.
All of Black & Decker's power inverters have voltage and short circuit protection alarms and shutdown. This audible alarm indicates there is a voltage problem, a short circuit with the connected appliance, or that the connected battery is nearing approximately 11 volts. Check the battery voltage and make sure it falls in the nominal operating voltage of the inverter. Reference the Product Instruction Manual for these specifications.
Most 120V AC powered appliances have a rating label on the product or has rating information in the manual. Locate the input specifications for the appliance. These are usually listed in amps. Most power inverters are rated in watts. Approximately 110 watts = 1 amp. (i.e. if you have an appliance with an input current of 1.5 amps you would need at least 165 watts.) It is recommended to use a larger model than you think you'll need (at least 10% to 20% more than your largest load).
All of Black & Decker power inverters are 500 watts and under, and come with an accessory outlet (cig lighter) input cable as well as battery clips. The reason for this is due to the limitations of a vehicle's accessory plug outlet, a typical vehicle accessory outlet can only safely produce about 100 AC watts. The DC accessory plug in your vehicles provides enough output for the Black & Decker inverters to run small appliances such as personal computers, cell phones, portable DVD players and other smaller electronics.
No, not only do these models not come with this connector, but the current draw is too much for the DC accessory outlet. These larger inverters must be connected directly to the battery using the included clips.
No, do not use any Black & Decker power inverter with medical devices. It is not tested for medical applications.