Schumacher SCF-10000A User Manual

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OWNER’S MANUAL

Model SCF-10000A

For 6 and 12-Volt Batteries

Fully Automatic Microprocessor Controlled Battery Charger with Engine Starter plus Battery Tester

CAUTION:

Read all Safety Rules and Operating Instructions, and follow them with each use of this product.

Schumacher Electric Corporation

Mount Prospect, IL 60056 U.S.A.

Send Warranty Product Repairs to:

Customer Service Returns

P.O. Box 280,1025 E. Thompson, Hoopeston, IL 60942-0280 Questions? Call Customer Service: 1-800-621-5485

0099000450/0605

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS ....................................................................

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PERSONAL SAFETY PRECAUTIONS ......................................................................

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BEFORE USING YOUR BATTERY CHARGER .........................................................

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PLUGGING IT IN ..................................................................................................

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USING AN EXTENSION CORD ...........................................................................

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PREPARING YOUR BATTERY TO BE CHARGED ...................................................

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OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS ...................................................................................

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Charging Battery In The Vehicle ...........................................................................

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Charging Battery Removed From The Vehicle.....................................................

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Using Engine Start ................................................................................................

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CHARGER CONTROLS .............................................................................................

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CONTROL PANEL GUIDE ..........................................................................................

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USING THE BUILT-IN BATTERY TESTER ..............................................................

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USING YOUR ENGINE STARTER ...........................................................................

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USING YOUR BATTERY CHARGER .......................................................................

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CHARGING TIPS ......................................................................................................

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BATTERY PERCENT AND CHARGE TIME .............................................................

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TROUBLESHOOTING ..............................................................................................

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MAINTENANCE AND CARE ....................................................................................

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LIMITED WARRANTY ...............................................................................................

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PLEASE SAVE THIS OWNER’S MANUAL AND READ BEFORE EACH USE.

Model SCF-10000A, Fully Automatic Battery Charger/Tester and Engine Starter, offers features to accommodate the needs for home or light commercial use. This manual will explain how to use the battery charger safely and effectively. Please read and follow these instructions and precautions carefully.

NOTE: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules and Canadian specification ICES-003. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment on and off, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.

Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.

Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.

Consult the dealer or an experienced radio technician for help.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

WARNING – RISK OF EXPLOSIVE GASES

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 EACH TIME BEFORE USING YOUR CHARGER, YOU READ THIS MANUAL AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS EXACTLY.

To reduce risk of battery explosion, follow these instructions and those published by battery manufacturer and manufacturer of any equipment you intend to use in vicinity of battery. Review cautionary marking on these products and on engine.

SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS

WARNING: Handling the cord on this product or cords associated with accessories sold with this product, will expose you to lead, a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling.

Read all instructions and cautions printed on the battery charger, battery, and vehicle or equipment using battery.

Use charger only on lead-acid type rechargeable batteries, such as those used in cars, trucks, tractors, airplanes, vans, RV’s, trolling motors, etc. This charger is not intended to supply power to a low voltage electrical system other than in a starter-motor application.

Never use charger for charging dry cell batteries that are commonly used with home appliances like radios, stereos, remote controls, etc. These batteries may burst and cause personal injury.

Do not disassemble charger. Take it to a qualified service professional if service or repair is required. Incorrect assembly may result in fire or electrical shock.

To reduce risk of electrical shock, unplug the charger from the outlet before attempting any maintenance or cleaning.

Always charge battery in a wellventilated area.

WARNING: Battery chargers get hot during operation and must have proper ventilation. Air needs to flow around entire charger. Do not set charger on flammable materials like carpeting, upholstery, paper, cardboard, etc. Charger may damage leather and melt plastic and rubber.

HELP US HELP YOU ——

Remember:

Place charger as far away from the battery being charged as the charger cables will permit.

Do not expose charger to rain or snow.

Never charge a frozen battery. If battery fluid (electrolyte) becomes frozen, bring battery into a warm area to thaw before you begin charging.

Never allow battery acid to drip on charger when reading specific gravity or filling battery.

Never set a battery on top of the charger.

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Never place charger directly above battery being charged. The gases from the battery will corrode and damage the charger.

Never touch the battery clamps together when the charger is on. You could cause a spark.

Never operate charger if it has received a hard blow, been dropped, or otherwise damaged. Take it to a qualified professional for inspection and repair.

Be sure to position the charger power cord to prevent it from being stepped on, tripped over, or damaged.

Never pull out the plug by the cord when unplugging the charger. Pulling on the cord may cause damage to the cord or the plug.

Do not operate the charger if it has a damaged power cord or plug. Have the cord replaced.

PERSONAL SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

Wear complete eye and clothing protection when working with leadacid batteries.

Make sure that someone is within range of your voice to come to your aid if needed while you work with or are near a lead-acid battery.

Have plenty of fresh water and soap nearby for use in case battery acid contacts your eyes, skin, or clothing. If this happens, wash immediately with soap and water. Then get medical attention.

Avoid touching your eyes while working with a battery. Acid particles (corrosion) may get into your eyes. If this occurs, flush eyes immediately with running cold water for at least 10 minutes. Then immediately get medical attention.

Never charge a frozen battery.

Remove all personal metal items from your body such as rings, bracelets, necklaces and watches, while working with a lead-acid battery. A battery can produce a short circuit current high enough to weld a ring (or the like) to metal, causing a severe burn.

Take care not to drop any metal tool or metal object onto the battery. This may spark or short circuit the battery or another electrical device that may cause an explosion.

Always operate the battery charger in an open, well-ventilated area.

Never smoke or allow a spark or flame in the vicinity of the battery or engine. Batteries generate explosive gases.

Neutralize any acid spills thoroughly with baking soda before attempting to clean up.

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BEFORE USING YOUR BATTERY CHARGER

It is important to understand the charger’s requirements. This section explains the charger’s electrical requirements and how to prepare a battery for charging.

PLUGGING IT IN

Your charger requires a 120V AC receptacle installed according to all local codes and ordinances.

USING AN EXTENSION CORD

The use of an extension cord is not recommended. If you must use an

extension cord, please make sure that you follow these guidelines:

Make sure that pins on plug of extension cord are the same number, size, and shape as those of plug on charger.

Check that the extension cord is properly wired and in good electrical condition.

Make sure that the wire size is large enough for its length and for the AC ampere rating, as specified in the chart below.

MINIMUM RECOMMENDED EXTENSION CORD

Length of Cord, in Feet

25

50

100

150

 

 

 

 

 

AWG* Size of Cord

18

16

12

10

 

 

 

 

 

*AWG=American Wire Gauge

PREPARING YOUR BATTERY TO BE CHARGED

It is important that you read and follow these guidelines while you are preparing to charge the battery.

Make sure that you have a 12 volt or 6 volt lead-acid battery. Determine voltage of battery by referring to vehicle owner’s manual or the battery markings. Be sure to set the charger to the 6V or 12V mode accordingly. Charge battery initially at charger’s lowest rate.

Clean the battery terminals. Be careful to keep corrosion from getting in or around your eyes.

Wear safety glasses. See additional “Personal Safety Precautions” on page 4.

If required, for batteries with removable vent caps, add distilled water to each cell until the battery acid reaches the level recommended by the manufacturer. This will help purge excessive gases from the cells. Be careful not to overfill. If you have a

sealed battery with non-removable vent caps, no action is necessary.

Take time to read all of the battery manufacturer’s specific precautions, such as removing or not removing vent caps while charging, and recommended rates of charge.

Be sure that the area around the battery is well ventilated while it is being charged. Gas can be forcefully blown away by using a piece of cardboard or other nonmetallic material as a fan.

If it is necessary to remove the battery from the vehicle to charge it, always remove the grounded terminal from the battery first. Turn off all vehicle accessories to avoid sparks from occurring.

NOTE: A marine (boat) battery installed in a boat must be removed and charged on shore.

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OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS

IMPORTANT: Follow all safety instructions and precautions when charging your battery. Wear complete eye protection and clothing protection. Charge your battery in a well-ventilated area.

CHARGING BATTERY IN THE VEHICLE:

1.Avoid personal injury by keeping clear of fan blades, belts, pulleys and other engine parts.

2.Avoid damaging the Charger by keeping the power cord and output cords away from the hood, door or moving engine parts.

3.Note the polarity of the battery posts by checking the identification marks on the battery: POSITIVE (POS, P or +) and NEGATIVE (NEG, N or -). The positive post is usually larger than the negative post.

4.Identify which battery post is grounded or connected to the chassis. THIS IS NORMALLY THE NEGATIVE POST.

NEGATIVE GROUNDED SYSTEM

5.Connecting to a negativegrounded system: Connect the red (POSITIVE) output clamp to the POSITIVE post of the battery. Rock and twist the clamp back and forth to be sure a solid electrical connection is made. Then connect the black (NEGATIVE) output clamp to a

heavy, unpainted metal part of the chassis or engine block, away from the battery (see figure above). DO NOT connect clamp to negative battery post, carburetor, fuel line or sheet metal part.

Connecting to a positive-grounded system: Connect the black (NEGATIVE) output clamp to the NEGATIVE post of the battery. Rock and twist the clamp back and forth to be sure a solid electrical connection is made. Then connect the red (POSITIVE) output clamp to a heavy, unpainted metal part of the chassis or engine block, away from the battery. DO NOT connect clamp to positive battery post, carburetor, fuel line or sheet metal part.

6.Plug power cord into an AC outlet. The charger will be set to the default state of 2A charge rate and REGULAR battery type (tester).

7.Press the appropriate control buttons to select the desired charge rate and battery type. Within a few seconds, the CHARGING (yellow) LED should light and the charging process should start. If the CHECK (red) LED is on, check for correct cable connections.

8.To disconnect the Charger, unplug its power cord before attempting to disconnect the output clamps. Then, standing away from the battery, remove the output clamp from the chassis or engine block. Finally, remove the output clamp from the battery post.

9.Clean and store the Charger in a dry location.

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CHARGING BATTERY REMOVED FROM THE VEHICLE:

POSITIVE

NEGATIVE

 

 

CHARGER

BATTERY

 

 

POWER

 

CORD

 

TO

 

GROUNDED

 

POWER

 

OUTLET

1. Note the polarity of the battery posts by checking the identification marks on the battery: POSITIVE (POS, P or +) and NEGATIVE (NEG, N or -). The positive post is usually larger than the negative post.

2. Attach at least a 24-inch-long, 6- gauge (AWG), insulated battery cable to NEGATIVE (NEG, N or -) battery post. Rock and twist the clamp back and forth to be sure a solid electrical connection is made.

3. Connect the red (POSITIVE) output clamp to the POSITIVE battery post. Rock and twist the clamp back and forth to be sure a solid electrical connection is made.

4. Position yourself as far away from the battery as possible, and then connect the black (NEGATIVE) output clamp to the free end of the cable.

5. Plug the power cord into an AC outlet. The charger will be set to the default state of 2A charge rate and REGULAR battery type (tester).

6. Press the appropriate control buttons to select the desired charge rate and battery type. Within a few seconds, the CHARGING (yellow) LED should light and the charging process should start. If the CHECK (red) LED is on, check for correct cable connections.

7. To disconnect the Charger, unplug its power cord before attempting to disconnect the charger clamps. Then, standing away from the battery,

remove the output clamp from the

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NEGATIVE battery post. Finally, remove the output clamp from the POSITIVE battery post.

8.Clean and store the charger in a dry location.

USING ENGINE START

Your battery charger can be used to jump start your car if the battery is low. Follow these instructions on how to use the ENGINE START feature.

IMPORTANT: Follow all safety instructions and precautions when charging your battery. Wear complete eye protection and clothing protection. Charge your battery in a well-ventilated area.

IMPORTANT: Using the ENGINE START feature WITHOUT a battery installed in the vehicle could cause damage to the vehicle’s electrical system.

1.With the charger plugged in and connected to the battery of the vehicle, set the CHARGE RATE to 100A START. Only the 100A START, CHARGING LED’s and BATTERY TYPE should be lit.

2.Crank the engine for no more than 8 seconds. If engine does not start, wait 2 minutes before cranking again.

3.After the engine starts, unplug the power cord before disconnecting the output clamps from the battery.

4.Clean and store the charger in a dry location.

CHARGER CONTROL

LEDs

Digital

LED

Status LEDs

Switch Buttons

SCF-10000A CONTROL PANEL

DISPLAY MODE SWITCH

Use this switch to set the function of the digital LED to one of the following.

BATTERY %: The digital LED displays an estimate of the percent of charge of the battery connected to the charger battery clamps.

VOLTAGE: The digital LED displays the voltage at the charger battery clamps in DC volts.

CHARGE RATE SWITCH

Use this switch button to set the charge rate to one of the following.

2A CHARGE RATE: Intended for charging small batteries such as those commonly used in garden tractors, snow mobiles and motorcycles. The 2A rate is not intended to be used as a trickle charger for larger batteries.

15A or 40A CHARGE RATE: Use for charging automotive batteries, marine batteries, and deep cycle batteries.

Not intended for industrial applications.

100A START: Provides 100 amps for cranking an engine with a weak or run down battery. Always use in combination with a battery.

BATTERY TYPE SWITCH

Use this switch button to set the type of battery to be charged to one of the following.

12V REGULAR: This is the type of battery usually used in cars, trucks, and motorcycles. These batteries have vent caps and are often marked “low maintenance” or “maintenancefree”.

12V DEEP CYCLE: Deep cycle batteries are usually marked as “deep cycle” or “marine”. Deep cycle batteries are usually larger than the other types.

12V AGM, GEL: AGM and gel cell batteries have sealed cases without vent caps. Such batteries are often smaller than the other types.

6V REGULAR: This is the type of battery usually used in antique and some specialized vehicles.

With the exception of AGM and gel cell batteries, all other battery types may or may not have vent caps. Vent caps are located on top of the battery and provide a means to add distilled water when needed. Batteries should be marked with their type. If charging a battery that is not marked, check the manual of the item that uses the battery. If the battery type is unknown, use the REGULAR setting. Make sure the battery complies with the safety instructions on page 3.

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