February 27, 2018 by

Powering and charging Black & Decker drills

Black and Decker (or Black & Decker, or even Black + Decker) has been around since 1910, making power tools, garden tools, and other bits for the DIY enthusiast. I’m not much for DIY, I prefer PSTDIFY – Pay Someone To Do It For You – but I know most everything there is to know about charging B ‘n’ D gear.
So if you’ve lost your drill charger and are confused about what power adaptor you need to get, read on!

Battery Voltage

All Black + Decker drills have a voltage written on the label. Here’s the EPC12 drill, you can see it says “12V” on the label on the side:

Black and Decker EPC12

Black and Decker EPC12


So you’d think it needs a charger that outputs 12V, right? Actually – it doesn’t. The “12V” refers to the voltage of the battery itself, but not the voltage the battery needs to actually charge.

Here’s a photo of the official Black and Decker replacement charger, you can see it outputs 15.3V .

Black and Decker EPC12 PSU

Black and Decker EPC12 PSU

The 12V battery of the EPC12 actually needs from 14V to 16V to adequately charge. Anything less, like 12V, and the battery won’t charge. Here’s the replacement PSU for the EPC12 on the myVolts website – we find a 14V power adaptor gives the best result for charging a Black and Decker drill with a 12V battery.

Drill down

Here are a few of the commonest drills and a link to buy the charger. If you’re looking for a model not listed, drop me a mail to caroline AT myvolts DOT co DOT uk and I’ll sort you out out.

Black and Decker EPC14: the battery voltage is 14.4V, and it needs a charger with 18V output, click here to buy on the myVolts webshop.

Black and Decker EPC14

Black and Decker EPC14


Black and Decker EPC96: the battery voltage is 9.6V, and it needs a charger with 12V output, click here to buy on the myVolts webshop.
Black and Decker EPC96

Black and Decker EPC96


Black and Decker EPC18: the battery voltage is 18V, and it needs a charger with 24V output, click here to buy on the myVolts webshop.
Black and Decker EPC18

Black and Decker EPC18

Black and Decker EPC12: the battery voltage is 12V, and it needs a charger with 14V output, click here to buy on the myVolts webshop.

Black and Decker EPC12

Black and Decker EPC12

Hope that clears that up! If you’re looking for a model not listed, drop me a mail to caroline AT myvolts DOT co DOT uk and I’ll sort you out out.

Caroline is a leading authority on power supply adaptors. Although there's not a lot of competition, admittedly. She's been at MyVolts for more than 10 years, is Director of Operations, and works in the Dublin office.

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