PAG Freelancer Charger Instruction Leaflet
PAG Freelancer Charger
Instruction Leaflet
Professional Broadcast Equipment
This leaflet contains important safety and operating instructions. Please read
these fully and note all warnings before using the charger. Please follow all
instructions and retain this leaflet for future reference.
PAG Freelancer chargers are not intended for any use other than the charging
of batteries as detailed in 'Specification'.
IMPORTANT: Use only on AC supplies 100-250V, 50/60Hz.
Supply connection to the unit should be made using only the standard lead
supplied with this equipment.
Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched, particularly at plugs.
Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for long
periods of time.
Ensure that the ventilation slots are not obstructed when in use, e.g. do not
site the charger on a deep pile carpet, or use it in the inverted position and
ensure nothing covers the charger when it is in use.
WARNING: Indoor use only. To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not
expose this apparatus to rain or moisture.
Although the charger is reverse polarity and short circuit protected, extreme
care should always be taken not to short circuit the battery itself. Rechargeable batteries can deliver power at a very high rate, and short circuiting even
a partially charged battery could result in a fire or personal injury. PAG
supplies a range of connector leads for most charging requirements, and does
not accept responsibility for any other form of charging connection.
Do not disassemble the charger. There are no user-serviceable parts inside.
Incorrect reassembly may result in a safety hazard.
Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when
the apparatus has been damaged in any way, such as the supply cord or plug,
when liquid has been spilled, the apparatus has been exposed to rain or
moisture, does not operate normally, or has been dropped. In this event you
should seek advice from your nearest PAG Dealer, or direct from PAG Ltd.,
London, by telephoning +44 (0)20 8543 3131.
Mains Input:
100-139V or 140-250V ~ autoselected. Frequency 50-60 Hz. Maximum power
consumption 50W.
Output Protection:
Charger protected against short circuit, open circuit, and excess battery
2.10 AC Mains Failure Protection:
Should mains failure occur during a charging program, or whilst the charger
is connected, it will shut down to a safe condition.
2.11 User Interface
Comprehensive LED indication of battery and charger status. The charger is
fully automatic in operation and no user controls are provided.
2.12 Safety:
Designed to comply with electrical safety standard BS EN 60065 and UL6500.
NOTE: U.K. mains leads are fitted with a 1" fuse to BS1362 rated 5A as
2.13 European Union Directives:
Complies with the following EU Directives:
◗ EMC Directive 89/336/EU.
◗ Low Voltage Directive 73/23/EU.
2.14 Operating Temperature Range:
0ºC to 40ºC (+32ºF to +104ºF).
2.15 Overall Dimensions:
133mm high x 112mm wide x 53mm deep.
(5.25" x 4.4" x 2.0" approx.).
2.16 Weight:
434g (1.0lb approx.).
2.17 Typical Battery Charging Times:
Battery Capacity
Model No. 9613:
◗ Two sequential charging channels.
◗ Two PAGlok connectors.
Range of Batteries Charged:
◗ Nickel-Cadmium batteries having nominal voltages of between 12V and 14.4V,
and nominal capacities of between 1.5Ah and 10Ah.
◗ Nickel-Metal Hydride batteries of reputable manufacture having nominal
voltages of between 12V and 14.4V, and nominal capacities of between
1.5Ah and 10Ah.
◗ PAG Lithium-Ion batteries.
Battery Connections:
PAGlok patented professional locking connector compatible with all PAGlok
batteries. Incorporates self-cleaning military-type beryllium-copper leaf
Main Charge Program:
◗ Nominal 1.5A main charge program.
◗ Li-Ion voltage-charge program (only available with PAG Li-Ion batteries).
PAG Li-Ion batteries automatically control their own charge regime.
Recovery Charge:
This special program will automatically recover a PAG Li-Ion battery where the
output has been shut down. To select the Recovery Charge program,
disconnect the charger from the supply, connect the battery, then insert the
mains lead and power the charger up. The Recovery Charge program will run
automatically from power up.
Ancillary Charging Programs:
The following programs may be automatically entered after charging:
◗ Pre-Charge
◗ Balancing Charge.
◗ Self-adjusting Maintenance Charge (not applied to PAG Li-Ion batteries).
Self Test Program:
The internal microcomputer constantly monitors the battery under charge or
process as well as the operation of the charger's own functions which will be
shut down to a safe condition should any of the tests fail.
Charge Time
1hr 20mins
2hr 40mins
3hr 20mins
3hr 15mins
5hr 40mins
These times are approximate only, and assume the battery is fully discharged.
Charging times will be less if the battery is already partially charged.
NOTE: PAG intelligent batteries communicate with the charger, and automatically
optimise the charging output to enhance performance and safety.
PAG Freelancer Chargers are fitted with a mains input socket conforming to
CEE22 (IEC socket). Mains supply connection to the charger should only be
made using the standard lead supplied with this equipment.
PAG Freelancer Chargers have been designed for use on AC mains supplies
worldwide, and automatically accept supplies in the range 100-139V or 140250V ~ autoselected. Mains supply frequency must be in the range 50-60Hz.
PAG Freelancer Chargers may be operated from a vehicle 12V battery using the
PAG Vehicle Battery-Power Converter, Model No. 9774.
For further information, contact the PAG Technical Sales and Information Desk
by telephoning +44 (0)20 8543 3131 or contact your nearest PAG Authorised
Service Centre. Alternatively, visit the PAG website at
Operating Instructions
IMPORTANT: Note Section 4.10, Supply Failure. PAG Freelancer Chargers
may be disconnected from the supply at any time in complete safety and
without damage to the charger or any batteries connected.
Connect the charger to a suitable supply using the standard lead.
The blue mains LED will illuminate.
On power-up the charger will automatically run a self test program and then
the Recovery Charge program. Any batteries that are connected to the charger
but which do not require the Recovery Charge program will be charged as
With no batteries connected, battery status indicators will not be lit
('absent' indication).
The first battery to be connected, irrespective of the channel chosen, will be
the first battery to be charged.
Charging will automatically commence and the battery status indicator will
blink YELLOW ('charging' indication) to show that the charging program is
being executed. The battery status indicator will light RED ('waiting'
indication) on the other channel if it has a battery connected.
The battery status indicator will light GREEN ('ready' indication) when a
battery has received as much charge as it can safely accept.
The charger will now select the battery connected to the other channel,
and the charging process will be repeated.
When charging of batteries is complete, the PAG Freelancer will apply a
maintenance charge to them. Batteries may be removed, and others connected
at any time, without affecting the operation of the charger.
4.10 The charger will continue to monitor the status of all charging channels.
It will not attempt to charge batteries which are ready or faulty. If a battery is
now disconnected, the battery status will revert to the absent state. If a new
battery is connected to the free channel, the status will change to waiting and
the charging sequence will be initiated automatically. The order in which
batteries are connected is therefore immaterial; the charger will ensure that
both batteries are charged in due course.
Servicing & Repairs
Warning: To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not attempt any servicing or
repairs unless you are qualified to do so. Refer all servicing or repairs to
qualified servicing personnel. The Freelancer contains advanced electronics
that do not require periodic maintenance. Consequently there are no user
serviceable parts inside.
Qualified electronics engineers who wish to gain access to internal assemblies
should note that parts of the power circuit retain a high voltage even after the
mains supply has been disconnected. Wait for a period of five minutes
following disconnection before commencing disassembly and be aware of
charged capacitors.
When the charger is correctly connected to a mains supply and the display
isnot functioning, it may be that a supply fuse has become open circuit.
Equipment supplied for use in the UK is supplied with a standard UK mains
cordset, complete with a moulded, fused plug. If this fuse has become open
circuit it should be replaced by another of the correct rating
(see Specification 2.12). USE ONLY A FUSE OF THE CORRECT RATING.
If the replacement of the fuse fails to correct the above symptoms, do not
attempt further fuse replacement. It is likely that a fault has developed.
Seek advice from your nearest PAG dealer or direct from PAG Ltd., London,
by telephoning +44 (0) 20 8543 3131, or emailing [email protected]
PAG Freelancer Chargers feature a fail-safe shutdown mode. In the unlikely
event of an internal malfunction, the battery status indicators will cycle with a
continuous colour change and the blue mains indicator will blink a number of
times to show that the charger is in shutdown mode. This could be the result
of any number of undesirable situations from which the system is protecting
itself, such as the obstruction of ventilation slots causing inadequate
cooling, or the microcomputer's detection of an internal fault. In these cases
the charger should be disconnected from the supply, any obstruction of the
air vent system removed, and the unit allowed to cool before reconnecting to
the supply. Should the charger re-enter the fail-safe shutdown mode, more
detailed investigation is required. The mains indicator will blink a number of
times (the pattern is repeated continuously). Make a note of the number of
blinks in the sequence (the 'error message'), and seek advice from your nearest
PAG dealer or direct from PAG Ltd., London.
If the blue mains indicator flashes on/off rapidly (twice per second) but the
battery status indicators are functioning normally and the charger appears to
be operating correctly in every other respect, then it is likely that the charger
requires re-calibrating. In this event it should be serviced by your nearest PAG
dealer or by PAG Ltd., London.
Unqualified personnel should not attempt further investigation (see paragraph 5.1). Any such interference would invalidate the guarantee and
invariably cause more damage than the original fault.
4.11 If the charger detects a severely faulty battery while the charging program is
running, the battery status indicator will flash RED ('faulty' indication). This
could be caused by one of several conditions, such as a very old or damaged
battery, a short circuit battery, or an excessively high or low voltage battery.
4.12 The charger cannot tell the difference between a disconnected battery and one
that is open-circuit. If the charger indicates that a battery is disconnected
even though it is plugged in, check the battery fuse, adaptor and lead before
suspecting the charger of a fault.
4.13 The charger will not recognise the connection of a battery which has a
voltage substantially outside of its range.
Notwithstanding any provision of any agreement the following Warranty is
exclusive: PAG Limited warrants each Freelancer Charger it manufactures to be
free of defects in material and workmanship under use and service for TWO
YEARS from the date of purchase. This warranty extends only to the original
purchaser. This warranty shall not apply to fuses or any product or parts
which have been subject to misuse, neglect, accident or abnormal conditions
of operation.
In the event of failure of a product covered by this warranty, PAG Limited
will repair and calibrate equipment returned to an authorised Service Facility
within the period of the warranty, provided the warrantor's examination
discloses to its satisfaction the product was defective. The warrantor may, at
its option, replace the product in lieu of repair. With regard to any equipment
returned within this period, said repairs or replacements will be made without
charge. If the failure has been caused by misuse, neglect, accident or
abnormal conditions of operation, repairs will be billed at a nominal cost.
In such a case, an estimate will be submitted before work is started, if
The foregoing Warranty is in lieu of all other warranties, express or implied,
including but not limited to any implied warranty or merchantability, fitness
or adequacy for any particular purpose or use. PAG Limited shall not be liable
for any special, incidental, or consequential damages, whether in contract,
tort, or otherwise.
4.14 If a PAG Li-Ion or NMH60 battery is too hot or too cold to charge, the waiting
indicator will be lit and the battery will automatically be charged when it
comes within the acceptable temperature range.
4.15 If the internal protection circuit of a PAG Li-Ion battery should turn off for
any reason, the battery display will not operate, and there will be no voltage
at the battery terminals. The PAG Freelancer incorporates a Recovery Charge
program which will automatically turn the protection circuit back on again.
To select the Recovery Charge program, disconnect the charger from the
supply, connect the battery, then insert the mains lead and power the charger
up. The Recovery Charge program will run automatically.
4.16 If the charger should become too hot during use the microcomputer will
shut the charger down to a safe condition and this will be shown by the
battery status indicators cycling with a continuous colour change (see Section
5.4 'Servicing and Repairs').
4.17 If the AC mains power fails during operation, the charger will shut down
safely; no damage will occur to either the charger or the batteries. When the
mains power is restored the charger will default to the 'Recovery' charge
PAG Ltd. UK, 565 Kingston Road, Raynes Park, London SW20 8SA
Tel +44 (0)20 8543 3131 Fax +44 (0)20 8540 4116 E-mail [email protected] Web Site
U5068 ISS A / JUL 06
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