DigiTrak F Series Battery Charger (FBC)
F Series Battery Charger
Operator’s Manual
403-2510-00-A, Apr 2015 9/1
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terms of a Limited Warranty. A copy of the Limited Warranty is included at the end of this
manual; it can also be obtained by contacting DCI Customer Service, 425-251-0559 or
800-288-3610, or on DCI's website, www.DigiTrak.com.
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Compliance Statement
This equipment complies with Part 15 of the Rules of the FCC and with Industry Canada
license-exempt RSS standards and with Australia Class License 2000 for LIPD (low
interference potential devices). Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this
equipment may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this equipment must accept any
interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. DCI is
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select from the CE Documents drop-down menu.
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Table of Contents
General Description
AC/DC Power Setup
Charging a Battery Pack
Battery Charger Status Indicators
Warnings and Precautions
Temperature .................................................................................................... 4
Power Input ..................................................................................................... 4
User Serviceability........................................................................................... 4
Liquids ............................................................................................................. 4
Indoor Use ....................................................................................................... 5
System Specifications
Power Requirements ....................................................................................... 5
Environmental Requirements .......................................................................... 5
Storage and Shipping Requirements............................................................... 6
Temperature............................................................................................ 6
Packaging ............................................................................................... 6
Equipment and Battery Disposal ..................................................................... 6
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General Description
AC adapter
F Series battery
DC power
F Series
battery packs
AC power
F Series Battery Charger and Li-Ion FBP Batteries
The DigiTrak F Series™ Battery Charger (FBC) includes AC and DC power cords and an
AC adapter. Rechargeable lithium-ion (li-ion) F Series battery packs (FBP) are included with
a complete locating system and also sold separately. The battery packs power all current
DigiTrak receivers and battery-operated remote displays. The FBC battery charger can
operate from AC (100–240 V, 50–60 Hz, 1.5 A max.) or DC (10–28 V, 5 A max.) power
sources. The AC power cord provided with your
charger is standard to your global region.
A fully charged F Series FBP will power an F5
receiver for approximately 10 hours or an FSD
remote for approximately 14 hours before
recharging is necessary. A battery pack can be
recharged about 400 times before the battery life
is substantially reduced.
LEDs indicate
charge level
(shown 80% full)
Battery status
To check the charge status of a battery
pack at any time, press the battery status
button below the five LEDs. The LEDs indicate the
charge level, with each representing 20% of the
F Series Battery Pack
Insert a fully charged DigiTrak F Series battery
pack so it is flush with the back of the receiver and the tab is securely latched. To remove the
battery pack, push down on the battery tab and pull the battery pack out and up from the
battery compartment.
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An F Series battery charger with a black and silver case labeled for use with DCI Li-ion or
NiMH battery packs will also charge SE NiMH battery packs (SBP), although the charging
times, battery voltages, and estimated battery lifetimes will be different from F Series Li-ion
battery packs. Older F Series chargers with a dark grey and black case will only charge Li-ion
AC/DC Power Setup
Install either the AC adapter or the DC power cord by inserting the charger plug into the
power port of the battery charger and then rotating it a quarter turn in either direction to lock it
in place.
Green LED
Charger plug
Orange LED
Power port
Inserting Charger Plug into Power Port
If using AC power, connect the AC power cord to the AC adapter, then plug the adapter into
an AC power receptacle. If using DC power, plug the DC power cord directly into the DC
power source. Once powered, the LEDs on the battery charger will begin to flash in
succession and the charger will emit a series of beeps.
Charging a Battery Pack
With the charger connected to a power source and the orange LED flashing, insert a battery
pack. The battery pack will be flush with the battery charger when it is properly installed. The
charger will emit a long tone followed by four short beeps indicating an F Series battery pack
has been detected.
During normal charging, the orange and red LEDs will illuminate to indicate the battery pack
is undergoing a fast charge cycle. The battery pack is fully charged when the orange and
green LEDs flash alternately.
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Battery Charger Status Indicators
The battery charger has red, orange, and green LEDs that are on, off, or flashing depending
on the charging status. A series of beeps will also sound to indicate a major battery pack or
charger fault. The following table describes the charger or battery status indicated by the
various LEDs and audible signals.
LEDs and
Audible Signals
Charger or Battery
Pack Status
Status Description
Flashing Orange
No Battery Pack
No battery pack or unknown
battery type detected.
Insert viable battery pack.
Solid Green & Solid
Slow Charge / Voltage
Battery pack voltage is less
than 11.0 V, or
Battery pack temperature is
above 104° F.
None. Charger will slowly
restore battery pack to full
Flashing Green &
Solid Orange
Minor Charger Fault
Fault detected within charger
temperature sensor circuitry.
Charger is safe to use
temporarily with charge current
limited to less than 1.0 A, but it
should be sent in for repair as
soon as convenient.
Solid Orange &
Solid Red
Fast Charge
Normal operation; charge
duration is approximately
4 hours.
Alternately Flashing
Green & Orange
Full Charge
Battery pack is charged to
100% capacity.
Remove fully charged battery
Alternately Flashing
Green & Red
Charge Terminated
Over-discharged battery pack
could not be revived within a
reasonable amount of time, or
battery pack is in an overcharged condition.
Battery pack is damaged or
near the end of its useable life.
If battery pack is fairly new and
in good physical condition,
contact DCI Customer Service.
Otherwise, battery pack is
unrecoverable and should be
properly recycled.
Alternately Flashing
Orange & Red with
Series of Beeps
Battery Pack
Temperature Fault
Battery pack temperature is
above 122° F, or battery pack
temperature is below 32° F.
If battery pack is hot, try to
cool it down; if cold, try to
warm it up. Then recharge
battery pack.
Flashing Red with
Series of Beeps
Permanent Battery
Pack Fault
Battery pack voltage is less
than 5.0 V.
Battery pack is unrecoverable
and should be properly
Flashing Green,
Orange & Red with
Series of Beeps
Major Charger Fault
Unrecoverable hardware
failure of charger electronics
Stop using charger and send it
in for repair immediately;
please contact DCI Customer
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Warnings and Precautions
DCI assumes no liability for problems that occur when you do not follow these warnings and
precautions, as well as the general precautions outlined in Important Safety Instructions in
the operator's manual for your locating system.
Warning The charger is designed with safeguards to protect you from shock and
other hazards when used as specified in this manual. If you use the
charger in a manner not specified in this document, the protection
provided by the charger may be impaired. Please read this manual
before using the charger.
Warning If you transport the charger in checked baggage, be sure to remove the
batteries from the charger before packing it. FBP lithium-ion batteries
are classified as dangerous goods and can only be shipped by trained
The temperature of the air around the battery charger should be between 32 to 95° F.
Charging the battery outside this range may increase charge time, harm battery performance,
or reduce battery life.
It is important to maintain free airflow around the charger, especially near the top and bottom
If the battery’s internal temperature is below 32° F or above 122° F, the charger will not
deliver charge current and will indicate a temperature fault.
Power Input
Use the supplied AC adapter and power cord or DC power cord to power the charger with DC
power in the specified voltage range. Using other power cables could damage the charger,
void the warranty, and cause a safety hazard.
User Serviceability
Do not disassemble the charger. It contains no user-serviceable parts.
Avoid spilling liquids on the charger, which could cause a short circuit. If liquids are
accidentally spilled on the charger, send it to DCI for repair.
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Indoor Use
This battery charger is designed for indoor use only and should not come into contact with
water or extreme dust. To avoid overheating, do not cover the charger while in use. Using it
to charge any other type of battery other than a DCI battery pack can result in damage and
void the battery charger warranty.
System Specifications
The power requirements, environmental requirements, and equipment maintenance
requirements for the FBC F Series Battery Charger are listed below.
Power Requirements
Device (Model Number)
Operational Voltage
Operational Current
DigiTrak F Series Battery
Charger (FBC)
Input 10–28 V
Output 19.2 V
5.0 A max
1.8 A max
Environmental Requirements
Relative Humidity
Operating Temperature
DigiTrak F Series Battery
Charger (FBC)
<99% for 32–50° F
<95% for 50–95° F
32 to 95° F
DigiTrak F Series Lithium-Ion
Battery Pack (FBP)
<99% for <50° F
<95% for 50–95° F
<75% for 95–140° F
-4 to 140° F
System working altitude: up to 6561 ft.
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Storage and Shipping Requirements
Storage and transportation temperature must remain within -40 to 149° F.
Ship in original carrying case or packaging of sufficient durability to prevent mechanical shock
to equipment during transportation.
Approved for transportation by vehicle, boat, and aircraft.
SuperCell batteries are regulated UN3090 lithium metal batteries and F Series FBP batteries
are regulated UN3480 and UN3481 lithium-ion batteries. Lithium batteries are considered
Class 9 Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods under International Air Transportation Association
(IATA) regulations; IATA regulation and Ground Transportation regulations 49 CFR 172 and
174 apply. These batteries must be packaged and shipped by trained and certified personnel
only. Never ship damaged batteries.
Equipment and Battery Disposal
This symbol on equipment indicates that the equipment must not be disposed of with your
other household waste. Instead, it is your responsibility to dispose of such equipment at a
designated collection point for the recycling of batteries or electrical and electronic
equipment. If the equipment contains a banned substance, the label will show the pollutant
(Cd = Cadmium; Hg = Mercury; Pb = Lead) near this symbol. Before recycling, ensure
batteries are discharged or the terminals are covered with adhesive tape to prevent
shorting. The separate collection and recycling of your waste equipment at the time of
disposal will help conserve natural resources and ensure it is recycled in a manner that
protects human health and the environment. For more information about where you can
drop off your waste equipment for recycling, please contact your local city office, your
household waste disposal service, or the shop where you purchased the equipment.
U.S.: Contact the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation’s (RBRC) Battery Recycling
Program at 1-800-8-BATTERY or visit www.rbrc.org to recycle your used battery.
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DCI product will be promptly shipped to you. If the problem is not covered by the Limited Warranty, you will be informed of the reason
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loaner equipment to you by overnight delivery for your use while your equipment is being serviced by DCI. DCI will make reasonable
efforts to minimize your downtime on warranty claims, limited by circumstances not within DCI’s control. If DCI provides you loaner
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must return the loaner equipment by overnight delivery for receipt by DCI no later than the second business day after your receipt of the
repaired DCI product. Any failure to meet these deadlines will result in a rental charge for use of the loaner equipment for each extra day
the return of the loaner equipment to DCI is delayed.
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