BATTERY CHARGER BC-900
BATTERY CHARGER
Instruction Manual
BEFORE USING OUR BATTERY CHARGER, READ IN DETAILS ALL
INSTRUCTIONS CONTAINED IN THIS MANUAL. KEEP THIS MANUAL IN A
SAFE PLACE AS YOU MAY NEED TO USE IT AT A LATER DATE.
We draw the attention of all users of this device: please follow the safety
and maintenance instructions which are part of this manual. Also read the
caution markings on the charger, the manual, and the gift box.
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INTRODUCTION:
Congratulations on purchasing this intelligent charging unit which enables definitely quick
and optimum charging to “AA” and “AAA” rechargeable batteries. With charging, discharging,
refreshing and capacity test functions as well as individual LCD displays for charging
compartments; this charging unit is reliable, user-friendly and ideal for use in the home,
office or on journey.
The Charging unit
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CAUTIONS:
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The charger is restricted to charging NiCd and NiMH rechargeable batteries only.
Never adopt this charger to other types of batteries such as alkaline, lithium, carbon
zinc or other types that are not specified.
The charging unit shall only be used only at normal indoor room conditions.
Always follow the charging instructions for the rechargeable battery. Observe the
recommended charging current of the rechargeable batteries. Never adopt a charging
current higher than recommended in the charging process.
Never use any power cable and transformer other than those originally supplied with
the charging unit.
The rechargeable batteries may become hot during charging (especially when high
charging current is chosen). User shall take extra care when taking out the batteries
after charging.
Unplug the charging unit from the power source when not in use.
FEATURES:
The Charging unit
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Charging the rechargeable battery in various current value (200, 500 or 700 mA)
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Individual LCD display for compartments
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Charging both “AA” and “AAA” rechargeable batteries simultaneously
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Overheat detection to protect rechargeable batteries from over-charging
Minus delta voltage (-dV) detection for charge termination
Damaged batteries detection
Discharge mode (first discharging and then charging) to remove memory effect of
rechargeable batteries
Refreshing old rechargeable batteries by discharging/ charging cycles
Test function to check the capacities of rechargeable batteries
Different Charging/ Discharging functions can be launched independently and
simultaneously to each rechargeable battery in the compartments
Various display modes during charging/ discharging – the charging current (in mA),
time elapsed (in hh:mm), the terminal voltage (in V) and accumulated capacities (in
mAh or Ah)
INVENTORY OF CONTENTS
1.
Charging unit
2.
Transformer
3.
Instruction Manual
FUNCTION KEYS:
There are three easy-to-use function keys and four number keys in the charging unit:
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Compartment
Number keys
MODE key
CURRENT key
DISPLAY
Compartment Number key
Press and release the Number key to select a particular battery compartment for charge
modes and/or display mode adjustment.
MODE key
The mode key shall first be pressed and held for about 1 second to activate the mode
change. The subsequent pressing of the mode key will enable to toggle between the
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“Charge”, “Discharge”, “Test” and “Refresh” mode. To change the operating mode for
individual rechargeable battery, first press corresponding NUMBER key then press the
MODE key.
DISPLAY key
Press and release to select the displays of the charging current (in mA), time elapsed (in
hh:mm), the terminal voltage (in V) and accumulated capacities (in mAh or Ah) during the
charging or discharging process.
To change the display content of a particular rechargeable battery, first press corresponding
NUMBER key then press the DISPLAY key.
CURRENT key
Press to select the amount of current to be applied (within the first 8 seconds after batteries
are inserted) in different operating modes (also see “Start charging the rechargeable
batteries” below).
OPERATING MODES OF THE CHARGING UNIT
This powerful charging unit provides the following operating modes:
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Charge up the rechargeable battery (CHARGE) – to charge up the rechargeable
battery, automatically switch to trickle charge after rechargeable battery is full.
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Discharge then charge up the rechargeable battery (DISCHARGE) – to discharge the
rechargeable battery then charge it for minimizing the memory effect.
Refresh the rechargeable battery (REFRESH) – to refresh the rechargeable battery to
its maximum capacity by charging and discharging the rechargeable battery
repeatedly until no further increase in the capacity is estimated. For old rechargeable
batteries or those have not been used for a long times, refreshing may bring the
rechargeable battery back to the optimum condition.
Check the rechargeable battery capacity in mAh/ Ah (TEST)
CHARGE MODE
Charging at 200 mA is the default-operating mode of the charging unit. User may select a
charging current of 200, 500 or 700 mA.
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The estimated time of charging by various charging current is tabulated in Table 1.
Table 1. Charging Time with various charging current
Size of battery Battery Capacity Charging current selected (mA) Estimated charging time
700
~3 hr 35 min
AA
2500 mAh
500
~5 hr
200
~13 hr
700
~60 min
AAA
700 mAh
500
~84 min
200
~3 hr 30 min
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User shall always observe the recommended maximum charging current of the
rechargeable batteries. In general, 200 mA is a recommended charging current if
rapid charging is not necessary. It is definitely safe and optimum to the rechargeable
batteries.
It may be necessary to charge and discharge the new rechargeable batteries for
several times in the beginning before the optimum capacity of the rechargeable
batteries can be obtained. And user is recommended to adopt once the "Refresh"
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mode to the new rechargeable batteries in order to achieve the optimum battery
capacity.
When the transformer has been plugged to the power source, the version number of
the charger (for example “29” ) will be displayed first. Then all the segments will light
up momentarily and the “null” sign will be shown before batteries are placed. If
damaged batteries are placed to the charging unit, the charger will also show “null” on
LCD.
“null” displayed - No battery or damaged battery is
placed to the charging unit
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START CHARGING THE RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES
Once a rechargeable battery is inserted after the transformer has been plugged to the power
source, the battery voltage (for example, “1.39V”) will be displayed for 4 seconds. Then “200
mA Charge” (default mode) will be shown on LCD for another 4 seconds, indicating that
charging with 200 mA is to be started if no alternation in setting is made.
Within this 8-second time from inserting the batteries the user may first select the
operating mode by the MODE key. Then within 8 seconds from the last key pressing,
user may select the charging/ discharging current by pressing the CURRENT key.
Note:
The mode key shall first be pressed and held for about 1 second to activate the mode
change. The subsequent pressing of the mode key will enable to toggle between the
“Charge”, “Discharge”, “Test” and “Refresh” mode.
There is a 8-second time allowed for choosing further functions after each key
pressing. If no more key is pressed, the LCD will blink one time to indicate the end of
setting. Afterward, the current can no longer be changed during the process and the
selected mode will be undergone.
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Charging current: 200 mA
After 8 seconds from no more keys
pressing, the LCD will blink once to
indicate the setting is confirmed and
the selected mode activated
Charge Mode
During charging, the different displays- Charging current (in mA), Time elapsed (in hh:mm),
Terminal voltage (in V) and Accumulated capacities (in mAh or Ah) may be toggled and
selected by pressing the DISPLAY key (refer Table 4).
After the rechargeable battery is fully charged, “Full” sign will be shown on the display and
the user may take out them at this time. Or if the rechargeable batteries are kept placing at
the compartments, trickle charging will start. The trickle charging current is around 5% of the
selected charging current to keep the rechargeable batteries being full.
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“Full” sign is shown -The battery
is fully charged
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The current cannot be altered once the setting has been confirmed in the initial stage.
This can avoid the user changing the current setting accidentally while doing setting
on other rechargeable batteries. If one wants to change the applied current afterward,
the rechargeable batteries must be taken out and inserted again.
The maximum charging current of other rechargeable batteries are restricted by the
current setting of the first inserted rechargeable battery. For instance, if the first
inserted rechargeable battery is set to charge at 500 mA, then the second, third and
fourth rechargeable batteries can be only set to charging at a maximum current of 500
mA.
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Therefore, user is recommend to place the battery with the highest expected charging
current at Compartment 1 first. To release the restriction of setting charging current,
user shall take out all four rechargeable batteries from the charging unit.
To change the operating mode during charging, one can press the MODE key (for
selecting all rechargeable batteries) or NUMBER key then MODE key (for selecting
individual rechargeable battery). 8 seconds after the last key press the LCD will blink
one time to indicate the end of changing.
When overheating condition occurs (over about 53°C, usually due to too high a
charging current selected), the charging will be stopped immediately and the display
will shown “000 mA”, the charging process will only resume once the temperature of
the rechargeable batteries drops to a safe level. If overheat conditions continue to
occur, the rechargeable batteries shall be taken out to cool down and then charged at
a lower current.
When the battery is overheated the
charging will ceases automatically.
“000 mA” will be displayed.
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For new rechargeable battery it is recommended to charge it with 200 mA current for
re-conditioning it from the long storage status.
DISCHARGE MODE
Discharge mode will first discharge the rechargeable battery then charge it. It is for removing
the memory effects of rechargeable batteries.
By pressing the MODE key within 8 seconds after inserting the rechargeable batteries, the
Discharge mode can be selected. (The mode key shall first be pressed and held for about 1
second to activate the mode change. The subsequent pressing of the mode key will enable
to toggle between the “Charge”, “Discharge”, “Test” and “Refresh” mode.)
Then user may also select different discharging current (see Table 2) by pressing the
CURRENT key, within 8 seconds after inserting the batteries. (The display will blink once to
indicate the setting has been confirmed and the current cannot be changed afterward.)
Discharging current: 250 mA
Discharge Mode
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Note: The discharging current is always set to be half of the coming charging current
whose upper limit is 700 mA (see Table 2). Therefore user is recommended to carefully
select the discharging current so that the charging current afterward will not be too high.
Table 2. DISCHARGE MODE Current
User-selected Discharging
100 mA
current
Thereafter Charging
200 mA
current
250 mA
350 mA
500 mA
700 mA
Finally batteries will be fully charged in discharge mode and “Full” will be displayed. If user
presses DISPLAY key at this time, "charge" icon instead of "discharge" icon will be displayed.
REFRESH MODE
Old rechargeable batteries and those have not been used for a long time require refreshing.
This process will recover the optimum capacity of the rechargeable batteries. By pressing
the MODE key within 8 seconds after inserting the rechargeable batteries, the Refresh mode
can be selected.
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Refresh mode will start with discharging the rechargeable battery, then charging it. The
repeated discharging and charging cycles will be launched until no further increase in the
measured capacities is estimated.
Discharging current: 250 mA
Refresh mode (the battery is
being discharged)
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By pressing the MODE key within 8 seconds after inserting the rechargeable
batteries, the Refresh mode can be selected. (The mode key shall first be pressed
and held for about 1 second to activate the mode change. The subsequent pressing
of the mode key will enable to toggle between the “Charge”, “Discharge”, “Test” and
“Refresh” mode.)
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Then user may also select different discharging current by pressing the CURRENT
key (see “Note” in Discharge mode and Table 2), within 8 seconds after inserting the
batteries. (Or the display will blink once to indicate the end of setting and the current
cannot be changed afterward.)
It may take up to several days to finish the refreshing process, depending on the
selected discharging current.
The maximum refresh current is 350 mA.
TEST MODE
In Test mode the rechargeable batteries will first be fully charged and then discharged to
determine the capacities. Finally, the rechargeable batteries are charged up again and the
capacity in (mAh) of (Ah) will be estimated and shown after the discharging ends.
By pressing the MODE key within 8 seconds after inserting the rechargeable batteries, the
Test mode can be selected. (The mode key shall first be pressed and held for about 1
second to activate the mode change. The subsequent pressing of the mode key will enable
to toggle between the “Charge”, “Discharge”, “Test” and “Refresh” mode.)
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The Charging
current in (mA)
Test mode
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After selecting the Test mode, user may select different charging current in the Test
mode by pressing the CURRENT key, within 8 seconds after the batteries are
inserted. The afterward-discharging current will be half of the selected charging
current (see Table 3).
Table 3. TEST MODE Current
User-selected Charging
200 mA
current
Thereafter Discharging
100 mA
current
50
500 mA
700 mA
250 mA
350 mA
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The maximum charging current is 700 mA.
After the test mode is finished, the display will shift between the “Full” sign and the
battery capacity (in mAh or Ah) automatically in 3-second intervals until the
rechargeable batteries are removed. User can switch to other displays by pressing the
DISPLAY key.
Battery capacity displayed in
(mAh) as the checking is
finished in Test mode.
TRICKLE CHARGING
After the rechargeable battery is fully charged in any of the operating modes, the charger will
give a small amount of current to the rechargeable batteries to maintain the fully charged
level. This mode is automatically launched after rechargeable batteries are fully charged and
kept at the charging unit. The signal “Full” will be displayed on the LCD.
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DISPLAY MODE INFORMATION
User can use different display modes to monitor the rechargeable battery condition during
the different operations (see below figure and Table 4 to 7).
Different display modes are
exhibited: Charging current, Time,
Voltage and Capacity
Different operating modes
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Table 4. Various displays in Charge Mode
Various displays (toggled by pressing DISPLAY key)
Stage in Charge
Capacity
mode
Voltage (V)
Current (mA)
*Time (hh:mm)
(mAh/ Ah)
During charging
Full stage
Instantaneous
Battery voltage
Charging current
Trickle charging
current
Charging time
elapsed
Accumulated
capacity
Table 5. Various displays in Discharge Mode
Various displays (toggled by pressing DISPLAY key)
Stage in
Capacity
Discharge mode
Voltage (V)
Current (mA)
*Time (hh:mm)
(mAh/ Ah)
During
Discharging
Discharging time Capacity during
discharging
current
elapsed
discharging
Instantaneous
During charging Battery voltage Charging current
Charging time
Accumulated
elapsed
capacity
Trickle charging
Full stage
current
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Table 6. Various displays in Refresh Mode
Various displays (toggled by pressing DISPLAY key)
Stage in
Capacity
Refresh mode
Voltage (V)
Current (mA)
*Time (hh:mm)
(mAh/ Ah)
During
Instantaneous
Discharging
Discharging time Capacity during
discharging
Battery voltage
current
elapsed
discharging
processes
Capacity
During charging
Instantaneous
Charging time
determined in
Charging current
processes
Battery voltage
elapsed
last time
discharging
Maximum battery
capacity
Instantaneous
Trickle charging Elapsed time of
Full stage
determined in
Battery voltage
current
last discharging
discharging
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Table 7. Various displays in Test Mode
Various displays (toggled by pressing DISPLAY key)
Stage in Test
Capacity
mode
Voltage (V)
Current (mA)
*Time (hh:mm)
(mAh/ Ah)
Charging time
During charging
Charging current
“--- mAh”
elapsed
During
Discharging
Discharging time
“--- mAh”
discharging
current
elapsed
Capacity of the
Instantaneous
During 2nd
2nd charging
battery
Battery voltage Charging current
charging
time elapsed
determined in
discharging
Capacity of the
Trickle charging Discharging time
battery
Full stage
current
elapsed
determined in
discharging
Note:
*The timer will be resumed and counted from 00:00 again after the time elapsed is
longer than 20 hours. (For example, 1:45 will be shown after the battery has been
refreshed for 21 hr and 45 min.)
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In case the power source is shortly interrupted or terminated when the charger is
being operated, the operational mode will automatically be set to “Charge mode at
200 mA” to charge up the battery once the power source is back to normal, regardless
the operating mode (Charge, Discharge, Refresh or Test) which has been selected by
user before.
CARE AND MAINTENANCE:
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Extreme temperatures, vibration and shock should be avoided as these may cause
damage to the unit
When cleaning the displays and casings, use a soft damp cloth only. Do not wet the
exposed metal part of the charging unit. Do not use solvents or scouring agents as
they may mark the LCD and casing.
Do not spill water to the charging unit.
Do not make any repair attempts to the units. Return it to its original point of purchase
for repair by a qualified engineer. Opening and tampering with the units may invalidate
its guarantee.
Do not expose the unit to extreme and sudden temperature changes, this may lead to
damage to the electronic parts in the unit.
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SPECIFICATIONS:
Input voltage for AC/DC adapter
Charging current range
Max charging capacity (capacity of rechargeable batteries)
Dimensions (L x H x W) of
Charging unit
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100-240 VAC
200 mA - 700 mA
3000 mAh
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75 x 130 x 40 mm
LIABILITY DISCLAIMER:
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The manufacturer and supplier cannot accept any responsibility for any improper or
incorrect use and any consequences occur.
Any performance of repairs or alternations by someone other than the original
supplier will invalidate the warranty.
This product is only designed to be used by people who have read and understood
this instruction manual.
The specifications of this product may change without prior notice.
This product is not a toy. Keep out of the reach of children.
No part of this manual may be reproduced without written consent of the manufacturer.
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CAUTION - SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS :
Attention of users is drawn to the following important safety instructions:
As stated in the manual above », only use NiCd or NiMH rechargeable batteries.
Indoor use only, do not expose to humidity. Do not place in water or submit to
rain and/or snow. Do not store or use near by an extreme heat. Keep batteries
away from the fire.
Do not use any accessories not supplied with the charger. Especially, never use
any power cable and transformer other than those originally supplied with the
charging unit.
Disconnect the AC/DC when not in use
Do not operate the charger if it has received a blow or has been subject to any
damage.
Do not use the Battery charger for other purposes than the Only one originally
forecast
Do not open or/and disassemble the charger: such handling may result in a risk
of electric shock or fire.
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