20v max* cordless hand vac
Catalog Number
(20V MAX*)
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*Maximum initial battery pack voltage (measured without a workload) is 20 volts. The nominal voltage
is 18 volts.
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.
When using an electrical appliances, basic precautions should always be followed,
WARNING: Read all safety warnings and all instructions.
Failure to follow the warnings and instructions listed below may result in electric shock,
fire and/or serious injury.
WARNING: Some household dust contains chemicals known to the
State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm such as
asbestos and lead in lead based paint.
WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire, electrical shock or injury:
• Close supervision is necessary when any appliance is used by or near children. Do not allow to
be used as a toy.
• Do not use without dust bag and/or filters in place.
• Do not charge the unit outdoors.
• Shock Hazard. To protect against risk of electrical shock, do not put unit or charging base in
water or other liquid.
• Do not use dry hand vacs to pick up liquids, toxic substances, flammable or combustible liquids
such as gasoline or use in areas where they may be present.
• Do not use wet/dry hand vacs to pick up toxic substances, flammable or combustible liquids such
as gasoline or use in areas where they may be present.
• Do not operate in the presence of explosives and/or flammable fumes or liquids.
• Shock Hazard. Do not operate any appliance with a damaged cord or charger or after the
appliance malfunctions, is left outdoors, dropped into water or is damaged in any manner.
Return the appliance to any authorized service facility.
• Do not use dry hand vacs outdoors or on wet surfaces.
• Do not abuse the cord. Never carry the charger or base by the cord or yank to disconnect from an
outlet; instead grasp the charger and pull to disconnect. Keep cord away from heated surfaces.
Do not pull cord around sharp edges or corners.
• Do not allow the cord to hang over the edge of a table or counter or touch hot surfaces The unit
should be placed or mounted away from sinks and hot surfaces.
• Do not use an extension cord. Plug the charger directly into an electrical outlet.
• Use the charger only in a standard electrical outlet (120V/60Hz).
• Do not attempt to use the charger with any other product; do not attempt to charge this product
with any other charger. Use only the charger supplied by the manufacturer to recharge.
• Keep hair, loose clothing, and all parts of body away from openings and moving parts.
• Do not insert accessories when unit is running.
• Shock Hazard. Do not handle plug or appliance with wet hands.
• Do not put any object into unit openings. Do not use with any openings blocked; keep free of
dust, lint, hair, and anything that may reduce air flow.
• Fire Hazard. Do not vacuum burning or smoking materials, such as lit cigarette butts, matches or hot ashes.
• Do not use on or near hot surfaces.
• Use extra caution when cleaning on stairs.
• This appliance is intended for household use only and not for commercial or industrial use.
• Use only as described in this manual. Use only manufacturerʼs recommended attachments.
• Unplug the charger from outlet before any routine cleaning or maintenance.
• This product includes rechargeable Lithium Ion batteries. Do not incinerate batteries as they will
explode at high temperatures.
• 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.
WARNING: Do not look into the air vents when the unit is switched on, as sometimes there
is a possibility of small debris being discharged from the air vents, especially after cleaning /
replacement of the filters as debris inside the unit can be disturbed.
• The charger supplied with this product is intended to be plugged in such that it is correctly
orientated in a vertical or floor mount position.
• Do not disassemble or open, drop (mechanical abuse), crush, bend or deform, puncture, or shred.
• Do not modify or remanufacture, attempt to insert foreign objects into the battery, immerse or
expose to water or other liquids, or expose to fire, excessive heat including soldering irons, or put
in microwave oven.
• Only use the battery / tool with a charging system specified by the manufacturer/supplier.
• Do not short-circuit a battery or allow metallic or conductive objects to contact both battery
terminals simultaneously.
• Dispose of used batteries promptly according to the manufacturer/supplierʼs instructions.
• Improper battery use may result in a fire, explosion, or other hazard.
• Battery / tool usage by children should be supervised.
1. This manual contains important safety and operating instructions.
2. Before using battery charger, read all instructions and cautionary warnings on battery charger
and product using battery. CAUTION: To reduce the risk of injury, use this charger only with this
product. Batteries in other products may burst causing personal injury or damage.
3. Do not expose charger to rain or snow.
4. Use of an attachment not recommended or sold by Black & Decker may result in a risk of fire,
electric shock, or injury to persons.
5. To reduce risk of damage to electric plug and cord, pull by plug rather than cord when
disconnecting charger.
1. On/off switch
2. Bowl release button
3. Charging indicator
4. Dust bowl
5. Nozzle
6. Nozzle release button
7. Nozzle rotating button
8. Extendable crevice tool
9. Flip-up Brush
10. Charger base
11. Charger
12. Cloth filter
13. Plastic pre-filter
6. Make sure cord is located so that it will not be stepped on, tripped over, or otherwise subjected
to damage or stress.
7. An extension cord should not be used unless absolutely necessary. Use of improper extension
cord could result in a risk of fire, electric shock or electrocution.
8. Use only the supplied charger when charging your tool. The use of any other charger could
damage the tool or create a hazardous condition.
9. Use only one charger when charging.
10.Do not attempt to open the charger. There are no customer serviceable parts inside. Return to
any authorized Black & Decker service center.
11. DO NOT incinerate the tool or batteries even if they are severely damaged or completely worn
out. The batteries can explode in a fire. Toxic fumes and materials are created when lithium ion
battery packs are burned.
12. Do not charge or use battery in explosive atmospheres, such as in the presence of flammable liquids,
gases or dust. Inserting or removing the battery from the charger may ignite the dust or fumes.
13. 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 three minutes or until
irritation ceases. If medical attention is needed, the battery electrolyte is composed of a mixture
of liquid organic carbonates and lithium salts.
WARNING: Burn hazard. Battery liquid may be flammable if exposed to spark or flame.
• The label on your tool may include the following symbols. The symbols and their
definitions are as follows:
.................alternating current
no..................no load speed
.............direct current
.................Class I Construction
..................earthing terminal
.................safety alert symbol
.................Class II Construction
.../min or rpm..revolutions or reciprocation
(double insulated)
per minute
Charging the battery
• Place the appliance on the charging base as shown
in figure A.
• Plug in the charger. The charging indicator will flash
continuously (slowly).
• Leave the appliance to charge. While charging, the
charger may get warm, this is perfectly normal and
safe. The charging indicator will be lit as long as the
appliance is connected to the plugged-in charger. It
can remain on charge indefinitely without damage or
danger. It is not possible to “overcharge” the battery cells with the charger provided.
WARNING: Do not charge the battery at ambient temperatures below 39°F (4°C)
or above 104°F (40°C).
The charge is complete when the charging indicator lights continuously. The charger and
the battery can be left connected indefinitely with the LED illuminated. The LED will change
to flashing (charging) state as the charger occasionally tops off the battery charge.
• Charge discharged batteries within 1 week. Battery life will be greatly diminished if
stored in a discharged state.
Battery diagnostics
If the appliance detects a weak battery, the charging indicator will flash at a fast rate.
Proceed as follows:
• Place the appliance on the charging base.
• Plug in the charger.
• Leave the appliance to charge.
If the appliance detects a damaged battery, the charging indicator will flash at a fast
rate when the appliance is on the charger base. Proceed as follows:
• Take the appliance and the charger to be tested at an authorized service facility.
Note: It may take as long as 60 minutes to determine that the battery is defective.
If the battery is too hot or too cold, the LED will alternately blink, fast and slow,
one flash at each speed and repeat.
Switching on and off
• Figure B - To start, slide the On/Off switch
forward (i.e. “O”= Off, “I” = On).
• To stop, slide the switch back.
• Return the product to the charger immediately
after use so that it will be ready and fully charged
for the next use. Ensure that the product is fully
engaged with the charger base.
Cleaning and emptying the product
WARNING: Projectile/Respiratory Hazard: Never use the vac without its filter.
NOTE: The filter is re-usable, do not confuse it with a disposable dust bag, and do not
throw it away when the product is emptied. We recommend that you replace the filter
every 6-9 months depending on frequency of use.
There are two methods of cleaning the bowl, a quick empty method and a
thorough clean method.
For a quick empty (figures C,D)
• Figure C - Press in on both nozzle release
buttons on the sides of the nozzle and remove the
nozzle by pulling straight off.
• Figure D - Empty the dust from the bowl.
• For a more thorough cleaning, remove bowl as
described in figures E, F, & G.
Removing the dust bowl and filters (figures E - H)
WARNING: The filters are re-usable and
should be cleaned regularly.
• Press the release latch and pull the dust bowl
straight off as shown in figure E.
• While holding the dust bowl over a bin or sink,
pull out the filter to empty the contents of the
• To replace the dust bowl, place it back onto the
handle until it “clicks” firmly into position.
WARNING: Never use the appliance
without the filters. Optimum dust collection will
only be achieved with clean filters.
• Figure F - This vacuum has a plastic pre-filter
and an inner cloth filter. To separate the cloth
filter from the plastic filter, twist the plastic filter in
a clockwise direction.
• Remove the inner cloth filter and shake or
lightly brush any loose dust off both filters.
• Figure G - The dust bowls and filters can be
washed in warm soapy water. Allow to dry
before placing back into the vac.
• Figure H To replace the filters, slide the outer plastic filter
over the cloth filter.
• Align the wings of the plastic filter with the slots in the cloth
filter and twist in a counterclockwise direction.
• Place filters back into the bowl pressing firmly to ensure a
secure fit.
• To replace dust bowl, place it back onto the handle until it
“clicks” firmly into position.
IMPORTANT: Maximum dust collection will only be obtained
with a clean filter and an empty dust bowl. If dust begins to fall
back out of the product after it is switched off, this indicates
that the bowl is full and requires emptying.
• Wash the filters regularly using warm, soapy water and
ensure that they are completely dry before using again. The
cleaner the filter is, the better the product will perform.
• It is very important that the filter is correctly in position before
Cleaning the dust bowls and filters
• The dust bowls and filters can be washed in warm soapy water.
• Make sure that the filters and the dust bowl are dry before re-fitting.
Nozzle / Accessories
• Figure I - A crevice tool is built into the nozzle and
can be extended by pulling the extension piece until
it locks into position.
• Figure J - A brush accessory is built into the
nozzle and can be flipped upwards for use.
• Figure K - The nozzle can be rotated for better
access in tight spots. To rotate the nozzle, press
the button shown in figure K and rotate the nozzle
to the left or right until it clicks into place.
Replacing the filters
The filters should be replaced every 6 to 9 months
and whenever worn or damaged. Replacement filters
are available from your Black & Decker dealer.
Visit www.blackanddecker.com to locate dealers.
• Remove the old filters as described above.
• Fit the new filters as described above.
Bowls and filters can be washed thoroughly;
however, use only mild soap and a damp cloth to
clean the main part of the vacuum.
IMPORTANT: To assure product SAFETY and
RELIABILITY, repairs, 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.
If the product does not work, check the following:
• The charge indicator light is flashing when unit is connected to charger.
• The charger was correctly plugged in for recharge. (It feels slightly warm to the touch.)
• The charger cord is not damaged and is correctly attached.
• The charger is plugged into a working electrical outlet.
• The switch is in the “OFF” position when charging.
For assistance with your product, visit our website www.blackanddecker.com for the
location of the service center nearest you or call the BLACK & DECKER help line at
Recommended accessories for use with your product are available from your local dealer or
authorized service center. If you need assistance regarding accessories, please call:
• Filter accessory number VF110FC.
WARNING: The use of any accessory not recommended for use with this product
could be hazardous.
Battery Removal and Disposal
This product uses Lithium Ion rechargeable and recyclable batteries. When the batteries
no longer hold a charge, they should be removed from the Vac and recycled. They must
not be incinerated or composted.
The batteries can be taken for disposal to a Black & Decker, Company-Owned or
Authorized Service Center. Some
local retailers are also participating in a national
recycling program (see “RBRC Seal”). Call your local retailer for details. If you bring
the batteries to a Black & Decker Company-Owned or Authorized Service Center, the
Center will arrange to recycle old batteries. Or, contact your local municipality for proper
disposal instructions in your city/town.
To remove the battery pack for disposal:
1.) First, before attempting to disassemble the product, turn it on and leave it on until
the motor completely stops insuring a complete discharge of the batteries.
Using a phillips screwdriver, remove the seven screws securing the two housing halves.
2.) 3.) Lift the housing cover away from the assembly.
4.) Detach all lead connections from battery pack.
5.) Remove battery pack and dispose of as per recommended guidelines.
The RBRC™ Seal
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 spent Lithium Ion 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.
Service Information
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 www.
Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc. guarantees this product to be free from defects in material
or workmanship for a period of three (3) years following the date of purchase, provided
that the product is used in a home environment. This limited guarantee does not cover
failures due to abuse, accidental damage or when repairs have been made or attempted
by anyone other than Black & Decker and its Authorized Service Centers. A defective
product meeting the guarantee conditions set forth herein 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. Proof of purchase
may be required. Please check with the retailer for its specific return policy regarding time
limits for returns or 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 Black & Decker’s option. Proof of
purchase may be required. Black & Decker owned and authorized service centers are
listed online at www.blackanddecker.com.
This gaurentee does not apply to accessories. This gaurentee 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, and accordingly, such commercial use of this
product will void this guarantee. All other guarentees, express or implied, are hereby
LATIN AMERICA: This guarantee does not apply to products sold in Latin America. For
products sold in Latin America, check country specific guarantee information contained in
the packaging, call the local company or see the website for such information.
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(U.S.) Inc.,
701 E. Joppa Rd.
Towson, MD 21286
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