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VDC Electronics 12117 Instruction manual
Instruction Manual
BatteryMINDer® Plus
Models 12106* / 12106A8V* / 12117* / 12118*
Charger / Maintainer / Desulfator
INCLUDES
• (1) 2’ Battery Clip Cord Set with
Quick Connector
• (1) 2’ Fused Ring Terminal Cord Set
with Quick Connector
VDC Electronics, Inc.
147D Woodbury Rd.
Huntington, NY 11743
www.BatteryMINDers.com
techsupport@vdcelectronics.com
*NOT for use with Aviation Type Batteries
READ AND SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
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TABLE of CONTENTS
REQUIRED SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Wire Gauge Table . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . 3
PREPARING TO CHARGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Unit LOCATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
DC CONNECTION PRECAUTIONS . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . 5
CHARGING STATUS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
SIMPLE Instructions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
SPECIFICATIONS . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . 7
Charging Stages. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Indicator Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Maintenance Button . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . 8
Troubleshooting . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . 8
Voltage Table . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . 9
Charging / Maintaining Multiple Batteries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
12-V Parallel Connection Diagram. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
12-V Series-Parallel using 6-V Batteries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
6-V Series Connection Diagram . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 10
Model Diagram . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
FOR REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Guarantee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Warranty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Warranty Registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
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Underwriters Laboratories (UL)
REQUIRED IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
WARNING
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE, ELECTRIC SHOCK, OR
INJURY TO PERSON, OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
This manual contains important safety and operating instructions for
BatteryMINDer Models 12117 and 12118. Do not expose charger to rain or snow. Use of an attachment not recommended or sold by VDC Electronics may
result in a risk of fire, electric shock, or injury to persons. To reduce risk of damage to electric plug and cord, pull by plug rather than
cord when disconnecting charger.
An extension cord should not be used unless absolutely necessary. Use of
improper extension cord could result in a risk of fire and electric shock. If an
extension cord must be used, make sure:
a) That pins on plug of extension cord are the same number, size, and shape
as those of plug on charger;
b) That extension cord is properly wired and in good electrical condition;
and
c) That wire size is large enough for ac ampere rating of charger as specified
in Table below.
Recommended minimum AWG size for
extension cords for battery chargers
AC input rating,
amperesa
Equal to
or
greater
than
But less
than
0
2
AWG size of cord
Length of cord, feet (m)
25
(7.6)
50
(15.2)
100
(30.5)
150
(45.6)
18
18
18
16
If the input rating of a charger is given in watts rather than in amperes, the
corresponding ampere rating is to be determined by dividing the wattage rating by
the voltage rating - for example: 1250 watts/125 volts = 10 amperes
a
6.
7.
Do not operate charger with damaged cord or plug – replace the cord or plug
immediately. Do not operate charger if it has received a sharp blow, been dropped, or
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otherwise damaged in any way; call VDC Electronics Tech Support Dept.
800.379.5579 x206 (ET) for advice. 8. Do not disassemble charger; call VDC Electronics Tech Support Dept.
800.379.5579 x206 (ET) for advice when service or repair is required. Incorrect reassembly may result in a risk of electric shock or fire. 9. To reduce risk of electric shock, unplug charger from outlet before attempting
any maintenance or cleaning. Turning off controls will not reduce this risk. 10. WARNING – RISK OF EXPLOSIVE GASES
a) WORKING IN VICINITY OF A LEAD-ACID BATTERY IS DANGEROUS. BATTERIES GENERATE EXPLOSIVE GASES DURING NORMAL BATTERY
OPERATION. FOR THIS REASON, IT IS OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE
THAT YOU FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS EACH TIME YOU USE THE
CHARGER. b) To reduce risk of battery explosion, follow these instructions and those
published by manufacturer of any equipment you intend to use in vicinity of
battery. Review cautionary marking on these products and on engine. 11. PERSONAL PRECAUTIONS
a) Consider having someone close enough by 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 contacts
skin, clothing, or eyes. c) Wear complete eye protection and clothing protection. Avoid touching
eyes while working near battery. d) If battery acid contacts skin or clothing, wash immediately with soap and
water. If acid enters eye, immediately flood eye with running cold water for at
least 10 minutes and get medical attention immediately. e) NEVER smoke or allow a spark or flame in vicinity of battery or engine. f) Be extra cautious to reduce risk of dropping a metal tool onto battery. It
might spark or short-circuit battery or other electrical part that may cause
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) Use charger for charging a LEAD-ACID battery only. It is not intended to
supply power to a low voltage electrical system other than in a starter-motor
application. Do not use battery charger for charging dry-cell batteries that
are commonly used with home appliances. These batteries may burst and
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13.
14.
15.
Models 12106 / 12106A8V / 12117 / 12118
i) NEVER charge a frozen battery or a battery at a temperature above 123°
F. PREPARING TO CHARGE
a) If necessary to remove battery from vehicle to charge, always remove
grounded terminal from battery first. Make sure all accessories in the vehicle
are off, so as not to cause an arc. b) Be sure area around battery is well ventilated while battery is being
charged. c) Clean battery terminals. Be careful to keep corrosion from coming in
contact with eyes. d) Add distilled water in each cell until battery acid reaches level specified
by battery manufacturer. Do not overfill. For a battery without removable
cell caps, such as valve regulated lead acid batteries, carefully follow
manufacturer’s recharging instructions. e) Study all battery manufacturer’s specific precautions while charging and
recommended rates of charge. f) Determine voltage of battery by referring to car owner’s manual and make
sure it matches output rating of battery charger. CHARGER LOCATION
a) Locate charger as far away from battery as dc cables permit. 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 electrolyte
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 a battery on top of charger. DC CONNECTION PRECAUTIONS
a) Connect and disconnect dc output clips only after setting any charger
switches to ″off″ position and removing ac cord from electric outlet. Never
allow clips to touch each other. b) Attach clips to battery and chassis as indicated in 15(e), 15(f), and 16(b)
through 16(d). 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 hood, door, or
moving engine part. b) Stay clear of fan blades, belts, pulleys, and other parts that can cause
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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 (
) 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 (
) 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 engine block. g) When disconnecting charger, turn switches to off, disconnect AC cord,
remove clip from vehicle chassis, and then remove clip from battery
terminal. h) See operating instructions for length of charge information. 16. 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 (
) 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 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 on board requires equipment specially designed for marine use.
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BatteryMINDer Plus Models CHARGING STATUS
12106 / 12106A8V / 12117 / 12118
On/Charging
120VAC Power Connected
Solid: Battery Connected
Correctly
Battery Condition
Flashing: In Float
(Charge Complete)
SIMPLE Instructions:
1. Place the positive (red) connection on the positive battery terminal.
2. Place the negative (black) connection on the negative battery terminal.
3. Plug in the BatteryMINDer.
4. On/Charging should be red and Battery Condition light should be
green.
SPECIFICATIONS:
INPUT
105-130 VAC • 50/60 Hz • 0.19A
12106
12106A8V
OUTPUT
12117
12118
1A
@ 6VDC
(1.33A)
(@ 5.5VDC)
1A
@ 8VDC
(1.33A)
(@ 7VDC)
1A
@ 12VDC
(1.33A)
(@ 10.5VDC)
1A
@ 12VDC
(1.33A)
(@ 10.5VDC)
FLOAT
CURRENT
5mA – 200mA
SIZE
3.75” L x 2.5” W x 2.25” H
WEIGHT
2.3 lbs.
OPERATING
TEMPERATURE
0°F - 125°F
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Charging Stages
• Constant Power (sometimes called bulk) is the main charging stage. The unit
outputs its full power. Battery voltage rises until the battery reaches the trip
voltage (see table).
• Float (sometimes called maintenance) is the unit’s long term stage. The unit is
designed to be left connected indefinitely. It will keep your battery fully charged,
ensuring no sulfate can form. The unit maintains the float voltage (see table)
using very little power as it actively monitors your battery and adjusts its output
several times a second.
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
• Desulfation is the removal of sulfate build-up from your battery’s plates. It
occurs at all times the unit is connected.
• Short Circuit, Spark and Reverse Polarity Protection prevent the unit from
having any output unless it is properly connected to your battery.
• Temperature Protection shuts down the unit if operating temperature is
exceeded.
Indicator Lights
• On/Charging light is red anytime the unit is plugged in to 120V AC Power.
• Battery Condition light is GREEN when the unit it is correctly connected to
a battery. Battery Connection light is FLASHING GREEN when the unit is in
Float Mode.
Maintenance Button
• Press for Maintenance skips the Constant Power stage, putting the unit into
Float Mode. Troubleshooting
VDC Electronics Technical Support: (800) 379-5579 x206
•
Unit does not have an output unless connected to a battery. In order to
test the output using a meter, connect the meter to your battery. When you
connect the unit, you will see the voltage rise.
•
If the unit is not in float after 72 hours (per battery if charging multiple),
check to make sure your battery meets the minimum voltage (see table)
requirements.
Unit will not operate if battery is below the minimum voltage.
If there is a load on your battery, disconnect it and charge again. If the problem persists, your battery may be shorted or badly sulfated, use the
“Press for Maintenance” button to override the charge stage and go directly
into float. •
Badly sulfated batteries may need 2-4 weeks of float charging to show
results.
Visit our learning center at BatteryMINDers.com for additional battery information.
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Voltage Table
MV: Minimum Voltage of a battery the unit will accept.
TV: Trip Voltage to move from Constant Current stage into Float stage.
F: Voltage during the Float stage.
Model
Battery Types
MV
TV
F
12106
6V Lead-Acid
5.5V
7.2V
6.7V
12106A8V
8V Lead-Acid
7V
9.8V
9V
12117
12V Lead-Acid
10.5V
14.4V
13.4V
12118
12V AGM Specific
(Optima, Odyssey, etc.)
10.5V
14.7V
13.6V
Charging / Maintaining Multiple Batteries
To properly charge or maintain multiple batteries they should all be the same type
(gel, flooded or AGM) and condition. It is OK to mix deep cycle and starter. Charge
each battery individually before connecting together. Never connect batteries at
different states of charge. The charged battery will rapidly transfer energy to the
discharged battery possibly causing catastrophic failure.
Once the batteries are charged, use 18 gauge or greater wire to connect the
batteries. If connecting multiple batteries of the
same voltage, wire them in parallel
Parallel Connection Diagram
(12V System using Two 12V Batteries)
(BatteryMINDer positive to positive A to
12V
+
–
TO CHARGER –
TO CHARGER +
positive B, BatteryMINDer negative to
negative A to negative B). This is the
same type of connection you would use
when jumping a car (in fact, jumper cables
are great for this).
12V
+
–
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If connecting 2 batteries of half your unit’s voltage (example: 6V batteries on a
12V unit), wire them in series (BatteryMINDer positive to positive A, negative A
to positive B, negative B to BatteryMINDer negative). When wired in series they
act as one large system at the combined voltage (example: 6V+ 6V = 12V). You
can connect these systems in a series parallel configuration in order to charge or
maintain 4 or batteries in groups of 2.
As long as your batteries stay wired together they act as one large battery allowing
you to charge and discharge them as a group
Series Connection Diagram
(12V System using Two 6V Batteries)
Series - Parallel Connection Diagram
(12V System using Four 6V Batteries)
–
6V
+
+
6V
_
+
_
_
BatteryMINDer Plus
Model Diagram
TO CHARGER
+
TO CHARGER
6V
6V
6V
6V
12 VOLT (SERIES-PARALLEL)
Using 6 Volt Batteries.
Maintenance Button
D.C. Connection
BATTERY CONDITION
Battery Clip Cord
Set with Quick
Connector
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A.C. Connection
On/charging
Fused Ring
Terminal
Cord Set
with Quick
Connector
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Models 12106 / 12106A8V / 12117 / 12118
FOR REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT
All returns must be authorized by VDC Electronics.
In the event that you believe your product may be defective, you MUST speak
to a VDC Electronics technician at 1-800-379-5579 x206 (ET) before proceeding
further.
NOTES
Model
BatteryMINDer ___________________
Serial Number
_________________________________
Place of purchase _________________________________
date of purchase _________________________________
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ALL returns must be authorized by VDC Electronics after
speaking to a VDC Electronics technician at 800-379-5579
x206 (ET). Please see our “Repair or Replacement” section of
this manual for additional information.
BatteryMINDer One-Year 100% Unconditional
Money-Back Guarantee
This BatteryMINDer product 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 freight prepaid together with Proof of Purchase directly
to VDC Electronics, Inc., NOT TO THE DEALER FROM WHICH IT WAS
PURCHASED.
BatteryMINDer Five-Year Limited Warranty
VDC Electronics, Inc. warrants this product for FIVE years from date of
purchase at retail against defective material or workmanship and will be
repaired or replaced at no charge. 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. Unit must be returned freight prepaid together with Proof of Purchase directly
to VDC Electronics, Inc., NOT TO THE DEALER FROM WHICH IT WAS
PURCHASED.
IMPORTANT NOTICE
BatteryMINDer® Five-Year Warranty Registration Reminder
Online Registration:
http://www.BatteryMINDers.com/register
Please register your unit online within 10 days of purchase. Due to the everchanging technology associated with this BatteryMINDer® unit, we may be
unable to keep you apprised of significant upgrades, changes, etc. without your
registration. The information you provide upon registration will be used to keep a
record of your purchase and will assist in providing support should you ever need
to contact our Technical Service department:
techsupport@vdcelectronics.com; 800-379-5579 x206 (ET).
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