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Black & Decker VEC1093DBD Smart Battery 40/20/10/4 Amp Battery Charger

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  • Spark-resistant design for added safety
  • Reverse hook-up warning alarm to prevent damage to vehicle or electronics
  • Features easy connectivity for battery clips and ring terminals or vehicle DC plug
  • One year warranty
  • Spark resistant reverse hook-up protection
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Product Information

Technical Details

Brand Black & Decker
Item Weight 11 pounds
Product Dimensions 11 x 7 x 13 inches
Item model number VEC1093DBD
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Manufacturer Part Number VEC1093DBD

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Customer Reviews
4.3 out of 5 stars 107 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #306,178 in Automotive (See top 100)
#474 in Automotive > Tools & Equipment > Jump Starters, Battery Chargers & Portable Power > Battery Chargers
#1,165 in Automotive > Motorcycle & ATV > Parts > Electrical > Batteries
Shipping Weight 10.9 pounds
Date First Available September 14, 2004

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Product Description

Product Description

The Black & Decker automatic Smart Battery charger is spark-resistant and features a reverse hook-up, overcharge protection, and solid state circuitry. It features three-stage, automatic, high-frequency charging technology for quick and easy charging.

When your car battery goes dead, a jump-start is only a quick fix for the problem that may reoccur. The solution is to recharge the battery, using a product like the Black & Decker Smart Battery Charger.

Fully Automatic Charging
The Smart Battery Charger is fully automatic and electronic, with a Digital Smart microprocessor control and an LED indicator for selecting your charging rate. The three stage automatic rapid charging operates at 40 amps, 20 amps, 10 amps, and 4 amps, with an average 5 minute engine start time and 4.5 hour full battery charge.

The Smart Battery Charger features 3-stage recharging technology. View larger.

This device also features a reverse hook-up warning alarm.

The LED display lets you know when the battery is fully charged.
Works with Any Vehicle
The Smart Battery Charger is ideal for any 12 volt lead-acid battery types, including those that power cars, boats, lawn mowers, RVs, ATVs and more.

State-of-the-Art Technology
It uses a 3-stage automatic high-frequency charging technology to build the battery back up to its normal output level, making it more efficient at charging than conventional model chargers.

Built-in Safety Precautions
The Smart Battery Charger also has a spark-resistant reverse hook-up and overcharge protection circuit built into it to insure that the clamps are not accidentally affixed to the opposite terminals, which would damage the battery. The automatic float mode monitoring tells the unit when the battery is ready to avoid overcharging.

Black & Decker offers a full 2-year warranty.

What's in the box
The Black & Decker Smart Battery Charger unit and heavy-duty cables and clamps.

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Verified Purchase
I bought this charger from Amazon a little over a year ago and use it about once a month. The fan became raspy when starting after about nine months but would sound ok once it it got going. Now it has stopped altogether.

Interestingly, I was Googling this charger and "fan" and this Amazon review site popped up. I see it's happened to others as well. A fan failure after a bit over a year shows very poor quality, especially since mine is not an isolated incident. How many people had this problem but bought them elsewhere or who don't post reviews? And the warranty issues are as I would expect.

While I have the floor, my policy on warranties is: If the item is expensive or I don't trust it, I go to a big-box/any-local store where I can return it for 6 months, no matter what. Other than that, on the internet, there is no warranty. This item is inexpensive; I can try a Schumacher next.
There's no way I'm going to find a box, pack it, trudge to a shipper/P.O., pay to ship it, hope.
Anything I buy on the internet is a done deal.

As an engineer, I'm going to open mine up and see if I can find a similar fan on DigiKey.
If I find one (and think of it), I'll post it here. Be prepared to perform surgery.

I've seen previous posts stating that the fan is only to cool the CPU. I doubt it. As light as this is and the with amps it can deliver, this is obviously using switcher technology which definitely has actual heat sinks or, probably, cooling surfaces (still heat sinks). A transformer-based charger would weigh MUCH more. The CPU would probably be the last thing to fail and the power semiconductors or any copper would be more likely. But, no matter; if anything fails, it's toast.
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I bought one of these 2 years and 10 days ago. I bought a second unit 1.5 years ago. One goes to the desert and is so smart I use it to replace my on board RV charging system. $[...] for this Smart Charger... or $[...] for a Smart On Board RV Charger... you do the math.

The unit that goes to the desert had a fan failure. I replaced it for $[...]. Good enough for me. The newer unit I rarely use that looks brand new just cooked two batteries. I didn't realize the charger went bad. I thought the batteries were junk cause they are old. But after swapping chargers I find that the newer unit was blowing max amps and boiling the crap out of the batteries... It could have started a fire for sure. Not happy with this.

Amazon has always said 2 year warranty on this unit like many retailers... but the B&D site says 5 years. So I called the service center that confirmed it is 5 Years Home User Warranty. They just happen to be located by my office so I'll drop it off tomorrow to the service center. They DON'T REPAIR them. They said B&D will send me a replacement unit directly within 14 days to my home no charge.

I loved the functionality of these chargers and I'll keep using them. Disappointed with the meltdown and worry about what if I had not been here to find the charger smoking my car. But thrilled with the warranty and service. In the future, I'll be pulling my batteries from my cars and charge them in a safe location. When I ran a shop years ago this was SOP for my guys. No burned down cars because of a bad battery or charger on my watch. I just need to practice what I preach.

And the really nice thing about buying here at Amazon... I don't even need to dig out my original receipt because I can print it from Amazon's records. NICE !
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I bought this to trickle charge my car that I rarely drive. This battery has "Float Mode" that is supposed to do this. The instructions say it should go into this mode automatically after fully charging. I waited days but it never switched to Float Mode; meanwhile the built in fan is running 24/7. So I emailed B&D for help. The gal who replied, Barbara Barr, didn't know the product, and on top of it, insisted all new batteries, my Die Hard included, are Gel type. I went back and forth with her for days, telling her that a Sears battery dept head told me they only make Wet type. What's more, I can take the caps off the cells and see the liquid. She insisted it was a Gel type. I gave up on the online support and called the help number on the instructions. Nobody at their call center knew much about this charger. They set up a call back from someone at their headquarters. It took a couple of days to talk due to time differences. This man, Robert, was helpful and knew the product. The instructions should have explained that the charger switches to Float Mode only after the you first fully charged it, then left it hooked up while the battery slowly loses its charge. Once it falls below 12.6v then it should go into Float Mode. In this mode, as its topping up the charge, the fan comes on, but should go off in between. The design flaw is, the built in fan stays on 24/7 until the charge falls below 12.6v even if this takes weeks. The fan is to cool the CPU, but should only need that when the charger is charging and generating heat. It should have been programmed to turn the fan off while its waiting to go into float mode. Or, it should go into float mode immediately after it fully charges. Or, they could give you a manual switch to put it in float mode.
They could of had a good product.
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