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Safety Instructions

GENERAL SAFETY RULES

WARNING! Before charging the battery, read all instructions and cautionary markings with regard to charger, battery pack and the tool as described in the power tool manufacturers instruction manual. Read all instructions.
WARNING! Read all instructions and cautions below. Failure to follow all power tool manufacturer instructions and those listed below may result in electric shock, fire and /or serious injury.
  1. Use power tools only with specifically designed battery packs for that model. Use of any other battery packs may create a risk of injury or fire.
  2. Before charging the battery, read all instructions and cautionary markings with regard to charger, battery pack and the tool using the battery as described in the power tool manufacturers instruction manual.
  3. Only charge your batteries indoors as chargers are designed for indoor use only.
  4. Do not leave the battery on charge for more than the specified time in the power tool manufacturers instructions.
  5. Do not recharge the battery after initial charging. Always discharge the battery of its power before recharging. If the battery fails to charge do not repeatedly recharge. This may cause damage or personal injury.
  6. Ensure the switch of the tool is in the off position before inserting the battery pack.
  7. The tool, battery pack and charger is not intended for use by young children or infirmed persons without supervision.
  8. If the battery pack is cracked or damaged in any way, do not insert it in the charger. There is a danger of electric shock or electrocution. DO NOT use the battery. The battery must be replaced immediately.
  9. If the running time of the tool becomes excessively shorter, stop operating immediately as there is a risk of overheating.
  10. Do not put any batteries into a fire or expose them to high heat. They may explode and cause damage or injury.
  11. A small leakage of liquid from the battery pack may occur under extreme usage or temperature conditions. This does not necessarily indicate the failure of the battery pack. However, if the outer seal is broken and this leakage comes into contact with your skin wash the affected area quickly with soap and water. If the leakage gets in your eyes flush your eyes with clean water for a minimum of 10 minutes and seek immediate medical attention informing the medical staff that the liquid is a 25-35% solution of potassium hydroxide.
  12. Do not allow any liquid to come into contact with the charger. There is a danger of electric shock.
  13. Never attempt to open the battery pack for any reason. If the plastic housing of the battery pack breaks open or cracks, immediately discontinue its use and do not recharge it.
  14. Do not store or carry a spare battery pack in a pocket or toolbox or any other place where it may come into contact with metal objects. The battery pack may be short-circuited causing damage to the battery pack, burns or a fire.
  15. To prevent the risk of fire or injury always place a protective cap over the end of the battery pack. This will protect the battery against terminal shorting.
  16. Never insert foreign objects into the battery.
  17. Do not use a booster transformer when charging or use an engine generator or DC power to charge.
  18. Do not store the battery where the temperature may reach 40C.

Battey Use & Care

  • The battery pack for this tool has been shipped in a low charge condition. You should charge the battery pack fully before use.
  • Batteries that are new and are being used for the first time may need 3-5 cycles (charging & discharging), before full capacity is reached.
  • Do not over charge the battery. Do not recharge a battery that is fully charged because will shorten the life of the battery.
  • Do not force the tool or battery pack when inserting the battery pack into the tool.
  • Always fully discharge the battery before re-charging. Note that when the speed of the tool reduces, this is when the battery should be re-charged. Do not allow the tool to labour as this will damage the cells.
  • Do not discharge the battery to a point where the tool no longer operates. This will cause damage to the cells.
  • Amcell batteries operate the same as the original manufacturers' batteries, therefore, only use the dedicated charger specified by the tool manufacturer for the battery you are replacing.
  • It is advisable to charge the battery directly before use as it will naturally discharge up to 10% of its power in the first 24 hours and approximately 1% each 24 hours after.
  • Your battery will perform better if used regularly.
  • If the capacity of the Amcell battery is greater than the battery it is replacing, the charging time will be proportionately longer.
  • Periodically clean battery terminals with a lead pencil eraser - never use a file or metal object. Ensure the terminals inside the tool are making good contact with the terminals on the battery.
  • Usage under extremely hot or cold conditions reduces the operating capacity of the battery. If the battery has become hot during usage or charging, allow it to cool for 10 minutes before re-charging or using.
  • Ni-MH batteries should be stored in a fully charged state. If stored for several months it will require 3-5 charge cycles to reach peak performance.
  • Ni-Cd batteries stored for long periods should be stored in a discharge state. If stored for several months it will require 3-5 charge cycles to reach peak performance.
  • Batteries that are used infrequently should be cycled every 4-6 weeks.
  • Always allow at least 10 minutes after a battery is charged before fitting to the tool for use.
  • Do not charge the battery when the temperature is below 10C or above 40C.
  • Do not drop the battery.
  • Do not expose the battery or charger to moisture or water.
  • It is normal for the battery to become warm when charging or in normal use. If it is getting too hot, there may be a problem with the battery, charger or tool. Stop using the battery immediately and have this investigated.
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