Black & Decker BDCf20 Instruction manual

20V max* led flashlight
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It is important for you to read and understand this manual. The information it contains
relates to protecting YOUR SAFETY and PREVENTING PROBLEMS. The symbols
below are used to help you recognize this information.
DANGER: Indicates an imminently hazardous situation which, if not avoided, will
result in death or serious injury.
WARNING: 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.
NOTICE: Used without the safety alert symbol indicates potentially hazardous
situation which, if not avoided, may result in property damage.
WARNING: Read all safety
warnings and all instructions. Failure to
follow the warnings and instructions may result
in electric shock, fire and/or serious injury.
Save all warnings and
instructions for future
The term “power tool” in the warnings refers
to your mains-operated (corded) power tool
or battery-operated (cordless) power tool.
1) Work Area Safety
a) Keep work area clean and well lit.
Cluttered or dark areas invite accidents.
b) Do not operate power tools in
explosive atmospheres, such as in the
presence of flammable liquids, gases
or dust. Power tools create sparks which
may ignite the dust or fumes.
c) Keep children and bystanders
away while operating a power tool.
Distractions can cause you to lose control.
2) Electrical safety
a) Power tool plugs must match the
outlet. Never modify the plug in
any way. Do not use any adapter
plugs with earthed (grounded)
power tools. Unmodified plugs and
matching outlets will reduce risk of
electric shock.
b) Avoid body contact with earthed or
grounded surfaces such as pipes,
radiators, ranges and refrigerators.
There is an increased risk of electric
shock if your body is earthed or grounded.
c) Do not expose power tools to rain
or wet conditions. Water entering
a power tool will increase the risk of
electric shock.
d) Do not abuse the cord. Never use
the cord for carrying, pulling or
unplugging the power tool. Keep
cord away from heat, oil, sharp
edges or moving parts. Damaged or
entangled cords increase the risk of
electric shock.
e) When operating a power tool
outdoors, use an extension cord
suitable for outdoor use. Use of a
cord suitable for outdoor use reduces
the risk of electric shock.
f) If operating a power tool in a damp
location is unavoidable, use a
ground fault circuit interrupter
(GFCI) protected supply. Use of a
GFCI reduces the risk of electric shock.
3) Personal safety
a) Stay alert, watch what you are
doing and use common sense
when operating a power tool. Do
not use a power tool while you
are tired or under the influence of
drugs, alcohol or medication. A
moment of inattention while operating
power tools may result in serious
personal injury.
b) Use personal protective equipment.
Always wear eye protection. Protective
equipment such as dust mask, nonskid
safety shoes, hard hat, or hearing
protection used for appropriate conditions
will reduce personal injuries.
c) Prevent unintentional starting.
Ensure the switch is in the off
position before connecting to power
source and/ or battery pack, picking
up or carrying the tool. Carrying
power tools with your finger on the
switch or energizing power tools that
have the switch on invites accidents.
d) Remove any adjusting key or wrench
before turning the power tool on. A
wrench or a key left attached to a rotating
part of the power tool may result in
personal injury.
e) Do not overreach. Keep proper
footing and balance at all times. This
enables better control of the power tool
in unexpected situations.
f) Dress properly. Do not wear loose
clothing or jewelry. Keep your hair,
clothing and gloves away from
moving parts. Loose clothes, jewelry or
long hair can be caught in moving parts.
g) If devices are provided for the
connection of dust extraction and
collection facilities, ensure these
are connected and properly used.
Use of dust collection can reduce dustrelated hazards.
4) Power tool use and care
a) Do not force the power tool. Use
the correct power tool for your
application. The correct power tool will
do the job better and safer at the rate
for which it was designed.
b) Do not use the power tool if the
switch does not turn it on and
off. Any power tool that cannot
be controlled with the switch is
dangerous and must be repaired.
c) Disconnect the plug from the power
source and/or the battery pack from
the power tool before making any
adjustments, changing accessories,
or storing power tools. Such preventive
safety measures reduce the risk of
starting the power tool accidentally.
d) Store idle power tools out of
the reach of children and do not
allow persons unfamiliar with the
power tool or these instructions
to operate the power tool. Power
tools are dangerous in the hands of
untrained users.
e) Maintain power tools. Check for
misalignment or binding of moving
parts, breakage of parts and any
other condition that may affect the
power tool’s operation. If damaged,
have the power tool repaired before
use. Many accidents are caused by
poorly maintained power tools.
f) Keep cutting tools sharp and clean.
Properly maintained cutting tools with
sharp cutting edges are less likely to
bind and are easier to control.
g) Use the power tool, accessories
and tool bits, etc. in accordance
with these instructions, taking into
account the working conditions
and the work to be performed.
Use of the power tool for operations
different from those intended could
result in a hazardous situation.
5) Battery tool use and care
a)Recharge only with the charger
specified by the manufacturer. A
charger that is suitable for one type of
battery pack may create a risk of fire
when used with another battery pack.
b)Use power tools only with
specifically designated battery
packs. Use of any other battery packs
may create a risk of injury and fire.
c)When battery pack is not in use,
keep it away from other metal
objects like paper clips, coins, keys,
nails, screws, or other small metal
objects that can make a connection
from one terminal to another.
Shorting the battery terminals together
may cause burns or a fire.
d) Under abusive conditions,
liquid may be ejected from the
battery, avoid contact. If contact
accidentally occurs, flush with
water. If liquid contacts eyes,
additionally seek medical help.
Liquid ejected from the battery may
cause irritation or burns.
6) Service
a) Have your power tool serviced by a
qualified repair person using only
identical replacement parts. This will
ensure that the safety of the power
tool is maintained.
WARNING: When using electric
appliances, basic precautions
should always be followed,
including the following:
• Read all the instructions
before using the appliance.
• To reduce the risk of injury, close
supervision is necessary when an
appliance is used near children.
• Only use attachments recommended or
sold by the manufacturer.
• To reduce the risk of electrical shock, do
not put light in water or other liquid. Do
not place or store appliance where it
can fall or be pulled into a tub or sink.
• Use only the charger supplied by the
manufacturer to recharge.
• During or immediately after use, don’t lay
light flat on lens surface.
• Replace broken bulb in a well ventilated area.
• Don’t touch lens surface when bulb is lit
or immediately after use.
• Handle light with care around any
flammable surface.
• Do not expose light or charger to wet
or damp areas. Do not expose light or
charger to rain or snow.
• Do not wash light or charger with water or
allow water to get inside light or charger.
• While light is in use, do not cover with
cloth or other flammable materials due to
increased risk of fire.
• Do not operate without lens cover
assembly attached.
• For household use only.
WARNING: Burn hazard. Do not
operate flashlight or charger near
flammable liquids or in gaseous or
explosive atmospheres. Internal sparks
may ignite fumes causing personal injury.
WARNING: The lens gets very hot
during use. To reduce the risk of burns,
do not touch hot lens. To reduce the risk
of fire, keep away from combustible
materials while in operation.
CAUTION: When not in use, place
tool on its side on a stable surface
where it will not cause a tripping or
falling hazard. Some tools with large
battery packs will stand upright on the battery
pack but may be easily knocked over.
.................earthing terminal alert symbol
.................Class II Construction
(double insulated)
.../min or rpm...revolutions or
reciprocation per minute
............Read instruction manual before use
.................Use proper respiratory protection
................. Use proper eye protection
.................Use proper hearing protection
The label on your tool may include the
following symbols. The symbols and their
definitions are as follows:
or AC.......alternating current
or current load speed
.................Class I Construction
1. On/Off button
2. Pivoting 12 LED light housing
These products use the batteries and chargers listed in the chart below.
Catalog #
20v Max* Lithium-Ion Battery:
20v Max* Type 1 22wh Lithium-Ion Battery: LB20
20v Max* Lithium-Ion Battery Charger:
Lithium 2 Amp Fast Charger:
Lithium 2 Amp Fast Charger:
20v Max* Lithium-Ion Battery Charger:
Important Safety
Instructions for
Battery Chargers
manual contains important safety
instructions for battery chargers.
• Before using charger, read all instructions
and cautionary markings on charger, battery
pack, and product using battery pack.
WARNING: Shock hazard. Do not
allow any liquid to get inside charger.
CAUTION: Burn hazard. To reduce the
risk of injury, charge only designated
Black+Decker batteries. Other types of
batteries may burst causing personal injury
and damage.
CAUTION: Under certain conditions,
with the charger plugged in to the power
supply, 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.
• DO NOT attempt to charge the battery
pack with any chargers other than the
ones in this manual. The charger and
battery pack are specifically designed
to work together.
• These chargers are not intended for any
uses other than charging designated
Black+Decker rechargeable batteries.
Any other uses may result in risk of fire,
electric shock or electrocution.
• Do not expose charger to rain or snow.
• Pull by plug rather than cord when
disconnecting charger. This will reduce
risk of damage to electric plug and cord.
• Make sure that cord is located so that it
will not be stepped on, tripped over, or
otherwise subjected to damage or stress.
• Do not use an extension cord unless it is
absolutely necessary. Use of improper
extension cord could result in risk of fire,
electric shock, or electrocution.
• 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
of flammable liquids, gases or dust.
Inserting or removing the battery from
the charger may ignite the dust or fumes.
• If battery contents come into contact
with the skin, immediately wash area
with mild soap and water. If battery
liquid gets into the eye, rinse water
over the open eye for 15 minutes
or until irritation ceases. If medical
attention is needed, the battery
electrolyte for Lithium-Ion batteries
is composed of a mixture of liquid
organic carbonates and lithium salts.
• Contents of opened battery cells may
cause respiratory irritation. Provide
fresh air. If symptoms persist, seek
medical attention.
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.
Minimum Gauge for Cord Sets
VoltsTotal Length of Cord in Feet
51-100 101-150
(0-7,6m) (7,6-15,2m) (15,2-30,4m) (30,4-45,7m)
Ampere Rating
MoreNot more
American Wire Gauge
6 - 10
• 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. The
charger is ventilated through slots in
the top and the bottom of the housing.
• Do not mount charger on wall or
permanently affix charger to any
surface. The charger is intended to use
on a flat, stable surface (i.e., table top,
bench top).
• 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 a risk of
electric shock, electrocution or fire.
• Disconnect the charger from the outlet
before attempting any cleaning. This
will reduce the risk of electric shock.
Removing the battery pack will not
reduce this risk.
• NEVER attempt to connect 2 chargers
• The charger is designed to operate on
standard household electrical power
(120 Volts). Do not attempt to use it on
any other voltage.
WARNING: Burn hazard. Battery
liquid may be flammable if exposed to
spark or flame.
• Charge the battery packs only in
Black+Decker chargers.
• DO NOT splash or immerse in water
or other liquids. This may cause
premature cell failure.
• Do not store or use the tool and battery
pack in locations where the temperature
may reach or exceed 105°F (40˚C) (such as
outside sheds or metal buildings in summer).
WARNING: Never attempt to open the
battery pack for any reason. If battery pack
case is cracked or damaged, do not insert
into charger. Do not crush, drop or damage
battery pack. Do not use a battery pack or
charger that has received a sharp blow, been
dropped, run over or damaged in any way
(i.e., pierced with a nail, hit with a hammer,
stepped on). Damaged battery packs should
be returned to service center for recycling.
WARNING: Fire hazard. 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. Transporting batteries
can possibly cause fires if the battery
terminals inadvertently come in contact
with conductive materials such as keys,
coins, hand tools and the like. The US
Department of Transportation Hazardous
Material Regulations (HMR) actually prohibit
transporting batteries in commerce or on
airplanes (i.e., packed in suitcases and
carry-on luggage) UNLESS they are properly
protected from short circuits. So when
transporting individual batteries, make sure
that the battery terminals are protected and
well insulated from materials that could
contact them and cause a short circuit.
NOTE: Lithium-Ion batteries should not be
put in checked baggage.
Important Safety
Instruction for Battery
WARNING: For safe operation,
read this manual and manuals
originally supplied with tool before
using the charger.
The battery pack is not fully charged out of
the carton. Before using the battery pack and
charger, read the safety instructions below.
Then follow charging procedures outlined.
Read all Instructions
• Do not incinerate the battery pack
even if it is severely damaged or is
completely worn out. The battery pack
can explode in a fire. Toxic fumes and
materials are created when battery
packs are burned.
• Do not charge or use battery in explosive
atmospheres, such as in the presence
location where the surrounding air temperature is approximately 65°F 75°F (18°- 24°C).
d. If charging problems persist, take
the tool, battery pack and charger to
your local service center.
4. The battery pack should be recharged
when it fails to produce sufficient power on
jobs which were easily done previously.
DO NOT CONTINUE to use under these
conditions. Follow the charging procedure.
You may also charge a partially used pack
whenever you desire with no adverse affect
on the battery pack.
5. 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.
6. Do not freeze or immerse charger in
water or any other liquid.
WARNING: Shock hazard. Do not allow
any liquid to get inside charger. 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.
1. The best storage place is one that is
cool and dry away from direct sunlight and
excess heat or cold.
2. Long storage will not harm the battery
pack or charger.
Charging Procedure
Black+Decker chargers are designed to
charge Black+Decker battery packs in 3-4
hours depending on the pack being charged.
1. Plug the charger into an appropriate
outlet before inserting the battery pack.
2. Insert the battery pack into the charger
as shown in figure A.
3. The green LED will flash indicating that
the battery is being charged.
4. The completion of charge is indicated by
the green LED remaining on continuously.
The pack is fully charged and may be used
at this time or left on the charger.
Installation and Removal
of the Battery Pack
To install battery pack: Insert
battery pack into the flashlight until an
audible click is heard (Figure B). Make
sure battery pack is fully seated and fully
latched into position.
To remove battery pack: Depress
the battery release button as shown in Figure
C and pull battery pack out of the flashlight.
Leaving the battery in
the charger
The charger and battery pack can be left
connected with the green LED glowing
indefinitely. The charger will keep the
battery pack fresh and fully charged.
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. 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.
3. If the battery pack does not charge properly:
a. Check current at receptacle by
plugging in a lamp or other appliance
b. Check to see if receptacle is
connected to a light switch which turns
power off when you turn out the lights.
c. Move charger and battery pack to a
The RBRC™ Seal
On/OFF Button
The RBRC™ (Rechargeable
Battery Recycling Corporation)
Seal on the lithium-ion
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 lithium-ion 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 lithium-ion batteries.
Help protect our environment and conserve
natural resources by returning the tool to
an authorized Black+Decker service
center 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.
This Class B digital apparatus complies
with Canadian ICES-003. This device
complies with part 15 of the FCC rules.
Operation is subject to the following two
conditions: (1) This device may not cause
harmful interference, and (2) this device
must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause
undesired operation.
NOTE: This equipment has been tested and
found to comply with the limits for Class B
digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC
Rules. These limits are designed to provide
reasonable protection against harmful
interference in a residential installation. This
equipment generates, uses and can radiate
radio frequency energy and, if not installed
and used in accordance with the instructions,
may cause harmful interference to radio or
television reception, which can be determined
by turning the equipment off and on, the
user is encouraged to try to correct the
interference by one or more of the following
• Reorient or relocate the receiving
• Increase the separation between the
equipment and the receiver.
• Connect the equipment into an outlet on
a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced
radio/TV technician for help.
1. To turn the light on, press the on/
off button (1).
2. To turn it off, press the button again.
pivoting the light housing
(FigURE D)
1. The LED light housing (4) can be pivoted
by lifting it to different positions within the
180 degree pivot range.
2. The LED flashlight can also be
positioned on the handle and battery ends
to provide a greater range of light coverage
as shown in FigURE E.
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
maintenance and adjustment (other than
those listed in this manual) should be
performed by authorized service centers or
other qualified service personnel, always
using identical replacement parts.
WARNING: The use of any accessory
not recommended for use with this tool
could be hazardous.
Recommended accessories for use with
your tool are available from your local
dealer or authorized service center. If you
need assistance regarding accessories,
please call: 1-800-544-6986.
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.
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 or province to province.
Should you have any questions, contact the
manager of your nearest Black+Decker
Service Center. This product is not intended
for commercial use.
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If your warning labels become illegible or
are missing, call 1-800-544-6986 for a free
LATIN AMERICA: This warranty does not
apply to products sold in Latin America.
For products sold in Latin America, check
country specific warranty information
contained in the packaging, call the local
company or see the website for warranty
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, call: 1-800-544-6986 or visit
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 two ways. 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
Possible Cause
Possible Solution
• Light will not illuminate
• Battery pack not installed properly.
• Check battery pack installation.
• Battery pack not charged.
• Check battery pack
charging requirements.
• Battery pack will not charge. • Battery pack not inserted into charger. • Insert battery pack into
charger until LED illuminates.
• Charger not plugged in.
• Plug charger into a
working outlet. Refer to
“Important Charging Notes”
for more details.
• Surrounding air temperature • Move charger and battery
too hot or too cold.
pack to a surrounding air
temperature of above 40 degrees F (4,5°C) or
below 105 degrees F
• Unit shuts off abruptly.
• Battery pack has reached its • Allow battery pack to cool
maximum thermal limit.
• Out of charge. ( To • Place on charger and maximize the life of the allow to charge.
battery pack it is designed to shutoff abruptly when the charge is depleted.)
For assistance with your product, visit our website for the
location of the service center nearest you or call the Black+Decker help line at
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