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VDC Electronics 12117 Instruction manual
BatteryMINDer Plus®
Model 12117
INSTRUCTION MANUAL
BatteryMINDer Plus® Model 12117*
Maintenance Charger / Desulphator-Conditioner
12-Volt – 1.3 Amp
VDC Electronics, Inc.
147D Woodbury Rd.
Huntington, NY 11743
www.batteryminders.com
techsupport@vdcelectronics.com
*NOT for use with Aviation Type 12-V Batteries
READ AND SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
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B-032009
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Table of Contents
Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Required Safety Instructions..................................................................................3 - 7
Personal Precautions.........................................................................................................................................................4
Preparing To Charge..........................................................................................................................................................5
Charger Location................................................................................................................................................................5
DC Connection Precautions..............................................................................................................................................5
Qualifying Your Battery.....................................................................................................................................................7
Operating Instructions For Charge Information..............................................................................................................8
Connecting The BatteryMINDer Plus When Batteries Are Installed In Equipment......................................................9
Connecting The BatteryMINDer Plus When Batteries Are Outside Of Equipment.....................................................10
General Information..........................................................................................................................................................11
BatteryMINDer Plus Specifications.................................................................................................................................12
Testing Your Battery.........................................................................................................................................................13
Testing With Digital Voltmeter.........................................................................................................................................13
Testing With A Hydrometer..............................................................................................................................................14
Operating The BatteryMINDer Plus.................................................................................................................................15
Parallel-Connected With A 12 Volt BatteryMINDer Plus................................................................................................17
Unit With Call-outs............................................................................................................................................................18
Simplified Operating Instructions....................................................................................................................................19
Troubleshooting................................................................................................................................................................20
FAQs ..................................................................................................................................................................................21
Our Guarantee And Warranty Conditions.......................................................................................................................22
For Repair Or Replacement..............................................................................................................................................23
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Underwriters Laboratories (UL)
REQUIRED SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
WARNING
Model 12117
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE, ELECTRIC
SHOCK, OR INJURY TO PERSON, OBSERVE
THE FOLLOWING:
This manual contains important safety and operating
instructions for battery charger Model 12117.
1. Do not expose charger to rain or snow. It is designed to
operate ONLY INDOORS
2. Use of any attachment not specifically recommended
by the battery charger manufacturer for use with this exact
model of charger may result in risk of fire and electric shock
or injury to person.
3. To reduce risk of damage to electric plug and cord, pull
by plug rather than cord when disconnecting charger.
4. An extension cord should not be used, unless absolutely
necessary. Use of an improper extension cord could result
in fire or electric shock. If extension cord must be used be
sure:
a) Pins on plug of extension cord are the same number,
size, & shape of plug on charger.
b) Extension cord is properly wired and in good electrical
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condition.
c) Wire size is large enough for AC ampere rating of
charge as specified below:
Length of cord, feet
(meters)
25
(7.6)
60
(15.2)
100
(30.5)
150
(45.6)
Wire Gauge (Awg)
18
18
18
16
5. Do not operate charger with damaged cord or plug
- replace the cord or plug immediately.
6. Do not use charger if it received a sharp blow, been
dropped, or damaged in any way, take it to a qualified
serviceman.
7. Charger contains no serviceable parts. If it fails for
any reason, return to the address shown within for a free
replacement under warranty. Incorrect reassembly may
result in a risk of electric shock or fire.
8. To reduce risk of electric shock, unplug charger from
outlet before attempting any maintenance or cleaning.
Turning off controls will not reduce this risk.
9. WARNING - RISK OF EXPLOSIVE GASES.
a) WORKING IN VICINITY OF A LEAD-ACID
BATTERY IS DANGEROUS. BATTERIES
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BatteryMINDer Plus® GENERATE EXPLOSIVE GASES DURING
NORMAL BATTERY OPERATION. FOR THIS
REASON, IT IS OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE
THAT EACH TIME BEFORE USING YOUR
CHARGER, YOU READ THIS MANUAL AND
FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS
EXACTLY.
b) To reduce risk of battery explosion, follow these
instructions and those published by battery manufacturer
and manufacturer of any equipment you intend to use in
vicinity of battery. Review the cautionary marking on these
products and on engine.
10. PERSONAL PRECAUTIONS
When working with/near a lead acid battery.
a) Someone should be in range of your voice or close
enough to come to your aid when you work near a lead acid
battery.
b) Have plenty of fresh water and soap nearby in case
battery acid contact skin, clothing, or eyes.
c) Wear complete eye protection and clothing protection.
Avoid touching eyes while working near battery.
d) If battery acid does contact skin or clothing, wash
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immediately with soap and water. If acid entered the eye,
immediately flood the eye with running water for at least 10
minutes and get medical attention immediately.
e) Never smoke or allow a spark of flame near battery or
engine.
f) Be extra cautious to reduce risk of dropping a metal
tool or auto part onto battery. It might spark or short circuit
battery or other electrical part that may cause an explosion.
g) 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 to metal,
causing a severe burn.
h) Charger is designed to be used for charging lead acid
batteries only. Never use it to power a low voltage electrical
system other than in a starter-motor application, or for
attempting to recharge dry cell batteries that are commonly
used in home appliances. These batteries may explode and
cause injury to persons and damage property.
i) NEVER CHARGE A FROZEN BATTERY OR A
BATTERY AT A TEMPERATURE ABOVE 123° F.
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BatteryMINDer Plus® 11. PREPARING TO CHARGE
a) If necessary to remove battery from vehicle to charge,
always remove grounded terminal first. Turn off all
accessories in the vehicle, so as not to cause an arc.
b) Be sure area around battery is well ventilated while
battery is being charged. Gas vapors can be forcefully blown
away by using a piece of non-metallic material as a fan.
c) Clean battery terminals. Be careful to keep corrosion
from contacting eyes.
d) Add distilled water to each cell until battery acid reaches
level specified by the manufacturer. This helps Purge
excessive gas from cells. Do not overfill. For a battery with
out cell caps, follow manufacturer’s recharging instructions.
e) Study all battery manufacturer’s specific instructions
such as removing or not removing cell caps while charging
and recommended charge rates.
f) Determine voltage of battery by referring to car owner’s
manual and make sure it matches output rating of battery
charger.
12. CHARGER LOCATION
a) Make sure charger is as far away from battery as output
cables permit.
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b) Never place charger directly above battery being
charged; gases from battery will corrode and damage
charger.
c) Never allow battery acid to drip on charger when
reading specific gravity or filling battery.
d) Do not operate charger in a closed-in area or restrict
ventilation in any way.
e) Do not set battery on top of charger.
13. DC CONNECTION PRECAUTIONS
a) Connect and disconnect DC output clips only after
removing charger from outlet. Never allow clips to touch
each other.
b) Attach clips to battery and chassis as indicated in 14(e),
14(f), 15(b), and 15(d).
c) Attach clips to battery posts and twist or rock back and
forth several times to make good contact. This keeps clips
from slipping off terminals and reduces risk of sparking.
14. FOLLOW THESE STEPS WHEN BATTERY
IS INSTALLED IN VEHICLE. A SPARK NEAR
BATTERY MAY CAUSE BATTERY EXPLOSION.
TO REDUCE RISK OF A SPARK NEAR
BATTERY:
a) Position AC and DC cords to reduce risk of damage by
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BatteryMINDer Plus® hood, door, or moving engine part.
b) Stay clear of fan blades, belts, pulleys, and other parts
that can cause injury to persons.
c) Check polarity of battery posts. POSITIVE (POS, P, +)
battery post usually has larger diameter than NEGATIVE
(NEG, N,–) post.
d) Determine which post of battery is grounded
(connected) to the chassis. If negative post is grounded
to chassis (as in most vehicles), see (e). If positive post is
grounded to the chassis, see (f).
e) For negative-grounded vehicle, connect POSITIVE
(RED) clip from battery charger to POSITIVE (POS, P, +)
ungrounded post of battery. Connect NEGATIVE (BLACK)
clip to vehicle chassis or engine block away from battery. Do
not connect clip to carburetor, fuel lines, or sheet-metal body
parts. Connect to a heavy gage metal part of the frame or
engine block.
f) For positive-grounded vehicle, connect NEGATIVE
(BLACK) clip from battery charger to NEGATIVE (NEG, N,
–) ungrounded post of battery. Connect POSITIVE (RED)
clip to vehicle chassis or engine block away from battery. Do
not connect clip to carburetor, fuel lines, or sheet-metal body
parts. Connect to a heavy gage metal part of the frame or
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engine block.
g) When disconnecting charger, remove charger from
AC receptacle, remove clip from vehicle chassis, and then
remove clip from battery terminal.
h) See operating instructions for length of charge
information.
15. FOLLOW THESE STEPS WHEN BATTERY
IS OUTSIDE VEHICLE. A SPARK NEAR THE
BATTERY MAY CAUSE BATTERY EXPLOSION.
TO REDUCE RISK OF A SPARK NEAR
BATTERY:
a) Check polarity of battery posts. POSITIVE (POS, P, +)
battery post usually has a larger diameter than NEGATIVE
(NEG, N, –) post.
b) Attach at least a 24 inch long 6-gauge (AWG) insulated
battery cable to NEGATIVE (NEG, N, –) battery post.
c) Connect POSITIVE (RED) charger clip to POSITIVE
(POS, P, +) post of battery.
d) Position yourself and free end of cable as far away from
battery as possible – then connect NEGATIVE (BLACK)
charger clip to free end of cable.
e) Do not face battery when making final connection.
f) When disconnecting charger, always do so in reverse
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BatteryMINDer Plus® sequence of connecting procedure and break first
connection while as far away from battery as practical.
g) A marine (boat) battery must be removed and charged
on shore. To charge it onboard requires equipment specially
designed for marine use.
QUALIFYING YOUR BATTERY
Preliminary Requirements
NOTE: The BatteryMINDer Plus has no electrical output
unless it is connected to a healthy battery. Testing the
BatteryMINDer Plus with a volt or an amp meter without the
unit being connected across a good battery will result in a
false reading. If you experience any problems, or are not
sure of how to properly use or connect your BatteryMINDer
Plus, please e-mail our technical support at:
techsupport@vdcelectronics.com or call our toll-free technical support line 800-379-5579 x206 (Eastern Time).
Be certain to leave your phone number with the area
code, time zone and the best time to call.
To gain the best result from your new charger and to
maximize the life and performance of your batteries we
strongly recommend you qualify (test) your batteries before
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attempting to either charge-maintain or desulfate them.
Remember, even if you just purchased a “new” battery it
may have been subjected to conditions that have caused
“sulfation” such as high temperature storage (>=80°).
NOTE: If your battery is new and you are certain it
was not subject to conditions that could have caused
sulfation*, even before you purchased it, then you can
disregard our recommendations for qualifying / testing
your battery, before using the BatteryMINDer Plus.
* Such as high temperature storage (=/> 80°F) and/or
allowed to self-discharge to 12.4 Volts or lower.
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BatteryMINDer Plus® OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS FOR
CHARGE INFORMATION
Model 12117
permanent installation, especially in a wet /
marine environment
FOLLOW THESE STEPS WHEN BATTERY IS
OUTSIDE OF VEHICLE OR EQUIPMENT.
A SPARK NEAR THE BATTERY MAY CAUSE
BATTERY EXPLOSION. TO REDUCE RISK OF
A SPARK NEAR BATTERY:
a. Check polarity of battery posts. POSITIVE (POS, P,
+) usually has a large diameter than NEGATIVE (NEG, N, -)
battery post.
b. Connect (RED) charger clip to (POS+) post of battery.
c. Position yourself and free end of cable as far away
from battery as possible, then connect NEGATIVE (BLACK)
charger clip to free end of cable.
d. Do not face battery when making final connections.
e. When disconnecting charger, always do so in
reverse sequence of connecting procedure and break first
connection while as far away from battery as practical.
Do not attempt to permanently install
any charger not specifically designed for
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BatteryMINDer Plus® CONNECTING THE BatteryMINDer Plus
WHEN BATTERIES ARE INSTALLED IN THE
EQUIPMENT
Follow these instructions when battery is installed in
equipment (vehicle, PWC, boat, tractor, etc.). A spark near
battery may cause battery to explode. To reduce risk of a
spark near battery:
1. Position DC output cord to reduce risk of damage by
hood, door, covers, or moving engine parts.
2. Stay clear of fan blades, belts, pulleys, and other parts
that can cause injuries.
3. Check polarity of battery posts. The POSITIVE (POS,
P, +) battery post usually has a larger diameter than the
NEGATIVE (NEG, N, -) post.
4. Determine which post of battery is grounded
(connected) to the chassis of equipment. If the negative post
is grounded, see Item N. If the positive post is grounded,
see Item P.
N. For negative grounded equipment, connect the
POSITIVE (RED) clip from the charger to the POSITIVE
(POS, P, +) ungrounded post of the battery. Connect the
NEGATIVE (BLACK) clip to the vehicle chassis or the
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engine block away from the battery. Do not connect the clip
to carburetor, fuel lines, or metal body parts.
P. For positive ground equipment, connect the
NEGATIVE (BLACK) clip from the charger to the NEGATIVE
(NEG, N, -) UNGROUNDED post of the battery. Connect
the POSITIVE (RED) clip to chassis or engine block away
from the battery. Do not connect the clip to carburetor, fuel
lines, or sheet metal body parts. Connect to heavy gauge
metal part of the frame or engine.
5. When disconnecting the charger, disconnect it from
the AC outlet, and then remove the clips from the vehicle
chassis, and the battery posts.
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BatteryMINDer Plus® CONNECTING THE BatteryMINDer Plus
WHEN BATTERIES ARE OUTSIDE OF
EQUIPMENT
Model 12117
practical.
7. A marine (boat) battery must be removed and charged
on shore. To charge it onboard requires equipment
specifically designed for marine use.
Follow these steps when battery is outside of vehicle or
equipment. A spark near the battery may cause battery
explosion. To reduce risk of a spark near battery:
The BatteryMINDer Plus charges and maintains any size 12volt car, boat, RV, motorcycle battery without overcharging.
1. Check the polarity of battery posts. The POSITIVE
(POS, P, +) battery post usually has a larger diameter than
the NEGATIVE (NEG, N, -) battery post.
2. Attach at least a 24 inch long 6-gauge (AG) insulated
battery cable to the NEGATIVE (NEG -) battery post.
3. Connect the (RED) charger clip to (POS+) the post of
the battery.
4. Position yourself and free end of cable as far away
from battery as possible, and then connect the NEGATIVE
(BLACK) charger clip to free end of the cable.
5. Do not face battery when making final connections.
6. When disconnecting the charger, always do so in
reverse sequence of the connecting procedure, and
break first connection while as far away from battery as is
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The BatteryMINDer Plus comes complete with a molded
ring terminal assembly and insulated battery clips. The ring
terminal assembly has a replaceable flat 3 Amp automotive
type fuse. Never replace with a higher rated fuse.
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BatteryMINDer Plus® GENERAL INFORMATION
The BatteryMINDer Plus charges and maintains any size 12
volt car, boat, RV, motorcycle battery without overcharging.
The BatteryMINDer Plus comes complete with a molded ring
terminal assembly and insulated battery clips. The 18-gauge
lamp wire for connecting multiple batteries is not provided.
General
The BatteryMINDer Plus Charger/Maintainer/Conditioner
Model 12117 is designed to charge and maintain your
battery without overcharging it. The unit utilizes patented
technology to produce a wide range of high frequency
pulses (RFP) designed to dissolve both old and newly
formed sulphate. The pulses free the battery from sulphate
and extend the life of your battery.
Model 12117
of 11 volts for a 12 volt battery and 5.5 volts for a 6 volt
battery), Amp and the condition of the batteries must be the
same to charge more than one battery at the same time.
See page 17 for more information on parallel and series
connections.
Use the BatteryMINDer Plus whenever your battery
is not used for 4 days or more. This will prevent new
sulphation from taking place and will lead to dramatically
increased battery life and performance. Do not remove the
BatteryMINDer Plus from your battery unless you place the
battery back in service.
Failure to keep the BatteryMINDer Plus connected to your
battery at all times that the battery is not in service will affect
its performance.
The 12 Volt BatteryMINDer Plus allows you to charge
up to 4 batteries (parallel connected for 12 volt, or series
connected for 6 volt) at a time. The batteries must be the
same type (starter, deep cycle, sealed gel, etc.). Also, the
battery voltage (6 volt, 12 volt), the resting voltage (minimum
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BatteryMINDer Plus SPECIFICATIONS
Input
Output
Output
Charge Voltage
Float Voltage
Desulphation Pulse
Float Current
Size/Weight
Operating Temperature
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105-130 Vac 50/60 Hz 0.19A
12 Vdc @ 1.00 Amps
10.5 Vdc @ 1.3 Amps
14.0 Vdc
13.4 Vdc
1.0A @ 3.26 MHz
5 mA - 200 mA
3-3/4” L x 2-1/2” W x 2-1/4” H / 2.3 lbs
0°F - 125°F
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BatteryMINDer Plus® TESTING YOUR BATTERY
It is extremely important that you determine the health of
your battery before you attempt to recharge and recondition
it.
Batteries that have caps for adding distilled water can
be tested with a hydrometer or digital voltmeter. Sealed
batteries can only be tested with a digital voltmeter.
TESTING WITH DIGITAL VOLTMETER
1. Test the battery. If the voltage is less than 11 volts,
charge the battery overnight with a regular charger or with
the BatteryMINDer Plus.
2. Do not use or charge the battery for 8 hours.
3. Test the battery with a voltmeter. If the voltage is less
than 12.2 volts (25% charge), the battery might have too
much sulphation to reach full charge.
4. Connect the BatteryMINDer Plus to the battery.
5. Lightly touch the Desulphation button to start the
maintenance / desulphation mode right away.
6. Let the BatteryMINDer Plus desulphate the battery at
least a week.
7. Test the battery again with a voltmeter.
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NOTE: The BatteryMINDer Plus has no electrical output
unless it is connected to a healthy battery. Testing the
BatteryMINDer Plus with a volt or an Amp meter without the
unit being connected across a good battery will result in a
false reading. If you experience any problems, or are not
sure of how to properly use or connect your BatteryMINDer
Plus, please e-mail our technical support at:
techsupport@vdcelectronics.com or call our toll-free
technical support line 800-379-5579 x206 (Eastern Time).
Be certain to leave your phone number with the area
code, time zone and the best time to call.
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BatteryMINDer Plus® TESTING WITH A HYDROMETER
Read the tester instructions carefully for most accurate
readings.
1. When using the tester the first time or after a long period
of non-use, fill the tester with the battery fluid and let it
sit for 1/2 hour. This will soak the balls in order to give
you more accurate readings. Failure to do so can lead
to false readings indicating a battery in worse condition
than it really is.
2. After inserting the tester in a cell, gently tap the tester
several times against the inside wall of each cell to
dislodge air bubbles that will cause more balls to float
than should. Failure to do so can yield false readings
that indicate a battery that is not fully desulphated or
does not qualify for desulphation.
3. If no balls float in any cell, the cell is considered shorted.
This means that your battery is beyond the point of
being properly recharged or reconditioned.
4. If each cell floats two or more balls (or 1260 on gaugetype), your battery can be reconditioned.
5. Always rinse the tester with fresh water after every use.
6. Store the tester in the holder to prevent breakage.
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Battery Voltage vs. Charge Percentage
Hydrometer
Voltage
Percentage
Reading on
Each Cell
1.270
12.7 volts
100%
1.250
12.5 volts
75%
1.190
12.3 volts
50%
1.150
12.1 volts
25%
1.120
11.8 volts
0%
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BatteryMINDer Plus® OPERATING THE BatteryMINDer Plus
DISPLAY
OPERATING CONDITION
Red Solid Light
The RED indicator lights to show that
there is AC power going into the unit.
Green Solid Light
When the unit is attache to your battery, the GREEN solid light lets you
know that the unit is charging your
battery.
Green Blinking Light
The GREEN blinking light lets you
know that it is desulfating your battery. If there is excessive sulfate in
your battery, it cannot accept full
charge, and the BatteryMINDer Plus
does not automatically start desulfating. The voltage in the battery has to
go up to 14 volts in order for the unit
to automatically start desulfating.
Before you connect the BatteryMINDer Plus to your battery,
test the battery for any shorted cells and check the voltage
in the battery. The battery must have a minimum resting
voltage of 11 volts before the unit will turn on. Resting
voltage means that the battery has not been charged or
discharged within 8 hours minimum. If you test a battery
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that has not rested for at least 8 hours, you will get incorrect,
inaccurate readings.
1. If the resting voltage is less than 11 volts, use a
regular charger to charge the battery to full voltage before
connecting the BatteryMINDer Plus to it. See page 13 for
more information on testing the battery. See pages 9 & 10
for more information about installing the BatteryMINDer Plus
inside or outside of the equipment.
If battery first before you connect it to the BatteryMINDer
Plus.
Note: The BatteryMINDer Plus does not turn on if the
battery’s voltage is lower than 11 volts.
2. Plug the battery clip assembly (supplied) into the mating
plug at the end of the BatteryMINDer Plus’ output cord, or
attach the ring terminal assembly (supplied) to your battery’s
terminals (RED to + and BLACK to -). Never use both at a
time.
If your batteries are disconnected or removed from your
vehicle, you may use a series or a parallel connection
depending on the voltage of the batteries. Six (6) volt
batteries must be in series.
3. Attach the battery clips to the posts or terminal clamps
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of the battery (RED to + and BLACK to -).
4. The GREEN indicator lights when the proper connection
is made. The GREEN LED is powered by the battery and
lights even when the BatteryMINDer Plus is not plugged into
an electrical outlet. Do not leave contacted when power is
off.
5. Plug the BatteryMINDer Plus into an AC electrical outlet
as soon as possible after you have made the connection
to the battery. Note: The unit will use the power from your
battery and drain the battery if you do not plug it into a live
electrical outlet.
6. The RED LED indicator lights to show there is AC
power going into the unit. If the RED LED does not come
on, check your outlet to make sure it is switched on. The
RED LED stays on unless the outlet is switched off or the
BatteryMINDer Plus has failed.
7. The BatteryMINDer Plus charges your battery to
full voltage first before it automatically goes into the
maintenance/desulphation mode. The GREEN LED stays
solid during the charging mode.
8. The GREEN LED indicator starts blinking automatically
after the BatteryMINDer Plus has charged the battery to
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full voltage and goes into the maintenance mode. If there
is a lot of sulphate in your battery, If it cannot accept a full
charge the GREEN LED indicator will not start blinking
within 72 hours. Press the Maintenance button to manually
start the maintenance mode which will also continue the
Desulphation Process. Given sufficient time (2 weeks +)
additional sulphate will be removed. Retest your battery
to determine if it has fully recovered. If not, continue the
process or discard battery. Your battery may be defective
for reasons other than sulphation.
9. Leave the BatteryMINDer Plus connected to your
battery at all times when it is not in actual use. You can
never over desulphate your battery.
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BatteryMINDer Plus® PARALLEL-CONNECTED with a 12 VOLT
BatteryMINDer Plus
Batteries of the same type only (engine starting, deep cycle,
gel) can be maintained at the same time in parallel (+ to +,
- to -). When you connect the batteries in parallel, you are
keeping the total voltage the same. For example, if you
connect two 12 volt batteries in parallel, the voltage of the
combination is 12 volts.
Model 12117
12 VOLT (SERIES)
Inc. does not provide any type of wire harness to
accomplish this, due to the many variations in size and
terminal configuration.
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12 VOLT (PARALLEL)
–
+
–
TO CHARGER
12V
TO CHARGER
+
Connect each battery to one another using 18 gauge (lamp
cord type) insulated wire. Strip at the points where you
wish it to be in electrical contact with the posts of each
battery, then use ring or clip connectors. VDC Electronics,
TO CHARGER
TO CHARGER
When you connect multiple batteries in parallel, connect
the + of the first battery to the + of the second battery.
Then connect the - of the first battery to the - of the second
battery. The + of the first battery and the - of the first battery
connect to the BatteryMINDer Plus if possible; otherwise,
connect to the accessible battery.
6V
6V
6V
6V
12 VOLT (SERIES-PARALLEL)
Using 6 Volt Batteries.
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Maintenance Button
A.C . Connection
D.C. Connection
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BatteryMINDer Plus®
Model 12117
Simplified Operating Instructions
(Read and thoroughly understand ALL SAFETY Instructions (pages 3-7) and
Qualifying Your Battery (page 7), BEFORE proceeding further.
1. Attach battery connector (either clips or ring terminal assembly) to output cordset of charger. Use either type, but not
both at the same time.
2. Connect to battery (before plugging unit in 120 Vac electrical outlet) RED to + and BLACK to -. GREEN LED indicator
will light.
3. Plug BatteryMINDer Plus into 120 Vac electrical outlet. RED LED indicator will light.
4. BatteryMINDer will automatically charge and maintain batter. When in maintenance mode, GREEN LED indicator will
flash.
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BatteryMINDer Plus®
Model 12117
TROUBLESHOOTING
Problem
GREEN LED is not on
RED LED is not on
Solution
If the solid indicator light does not come on, you have not made a proper connection
to the battery. The GREEN LED lights up even before you have plugged the unit
into an electrical outlet, if you have made the correct connection to the battery(s).
If the RED LED Indicator light does not come on when you plug the BatteryMINDer
Plus into an AC outlet, check that the outlet is switched on. If the light still does not
come on, the BatteryMINDer Plus might have failed.
GREEN LED does not blink
If the GREEN LED indicator does not start blinking within 72 hours, the unit was not
automatically, after battery has been able to bring the battery to full charge. The unit is designed to automatically go into
on charge for a long while
the maintenance mode when it reaches full voltage 14.4 volts. See pages 16 & 21
to correct.
I don’t think that the
BatteryMINDer Plus is working
properly
The BatteryMINDer Plus will not start if the voltage in the battery is lower than 11
volts in a 12 volt battery. However, the LEDs (RED & GREEN) will still light. Test
it on a known good battery. GREEN LED should start blinking after a short period
of time. Test the battery with a digital voltmeter. It should read in the range of 13.6
– 14.4 volts DC when the BatteryMINDer Plus is running. Also, the unit will feel
warm to the touch when it is working.
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FAQs
1. How long does it take to go into the float (maintenance)
mode with the flashing GREEN LED indicator?
A. It depends on the size, level of charge, amount of
sulphation, and the temperature of the battery. It can take
less then a minute, hours, days, or even a couple of weeks.
A digital voltmeter connected to the battery will indicate
the charging voltage. The voltage will keep increasing until
over 14 volts then decrease to a lower voltage in the float
(maintenance) mode, about 13.5V). The GREEN LED will
flash.
2. I plugged the BatteryMINDer Plus into A.C. and can’t
measure any D.C. voltage coming out, is it broken.
A. The BatteryMINDer Plus will not output any D.C.
unless connected to a battery that has at lest 11 volts.
3. If I keep the BatteryMINDer Plus connected to the
battery, but disconnect from the A.C. power, will it drain my
battery?
A. Yes it will.
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4. What if I have an (A.C.) power failure, how will that
affect the BatteryMINDer Plus?
A. The BatteryMINDer Plus will return to the same
operating mode that it was in, when the A.C. power returns.
5. Can it be used with another charger at the same time?
My motor home has a converter/charger for the house
battery.
A. No, the BatteryMINDer Plus, can not be used with
another charger. Keep the other charger disconnected.
If it is “hard wired”, then remove the output fuse from the
converter/charger when using the BatteryMINDer Plus.
6. My motor home has several different types and size
batteries; can I hook them together to maintain them?
A. Yes, they can all be maintained together. There
is a procedure to follow: First, the BatteryMINDer Plus
should be used on each battery individually until the float
(maintenance) mode is reached. Then the batteries should
be connected in parallel (positive to positive, negative to
negative).
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BatteryMINDer Plus® OUR GUARANTEE AND WARRANTY CONDITIONS
Model 12117
ONE (1) YEAR 100% UNCONDITIONAL MONEY BACK GUARANTEE
BatteryMINDer Plus Model 12117 is guaranteed to perform as claimed, or we will refund your full purchase price including
all taxes, shipping or handling cost applicable to the purchase. Unit must be returned with Proof of Purchase directly to
VDC Electronics, Inc., not to the dealer from which it was purchased. Physical damage to the unit will limit this guarantee.
®
5-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY
VDC Electronics, Inc. warrants this product for FIVE (5) years from date of purchase at retail against defective materials or
workmanship. It will be repaired or replaced at no charge providing it is returned to VDC Electronics, Inc., freight prepaid
together with Proof of Purchase. We make no warranty other than this limited warranty and expressly exclude any implied
warranty including any warranty for consequential damages. (This limited warranty is not transferable.)
Allow up to ten (10) business days for repair or replacement plus shipping time.
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FOR REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT
Model 12117
In the event that you believe your product may be defective, you MUST speak to a VDC Electronics technician at 1-800379-5579 x206 (ET) before proceeding further.
If after speaking with our tech support personnel it is necessary to return the unit, you MUST request an RMA number.
All returns must be authorized by VDC Electronics.
Items must be returned within 10 days after receiving your Return Merchandise Authorization number and must be
packed in the original packaging with manual and all connectors included. Go to our web site
www.batteryminders.com > Service & Support > Warranty > Customer Return Merchandise Authorization Form
and include the filled-out form with your product.
Your Return Merchandise Authorization number must be shown on the return shipping label as follows:
VDC Electronics, Inc.
Returns Department
Attn.: RMA # (Enter Your RMA# Here)
147 D Woodbury Rd.
Huntington, NY 11743
Note: If your questions relate to safety concerns, please contact: customersupport@vdcelectronics.com or if a
potentially hazardous emergency may exist cease using the product immediately and call (800) 379-5579 ext. 208
(ET) Monday – Friday or contact our tech support at ext. 206. Standard operating questions, clearly answered in
this manual, will not be answered by phone.
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Your Notes:
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