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Charging Black and Decker Simple Start

I am trying to charge my "Simple Start" The directions say to Turn the unit On, Connect the 120 V Adapter, Plug the adapter in and push the Recharge Unit push button. The unit will beep once and flash green indicating the unit is charging....

My unit is beeping constantly and the flashing red.

Please help - I want this as an emergency backup for my 75 year old mother's car. Yep, same here. I charged it once when I first got it, and it's been sitting in the trunk of my car since, giving me a false sense of security. then today I needed it, and it's dead dead dead. Which is fine- I didn't charge it for a long time. Batteries die. No big deal. It's my fault for forgetting that I had to do some routine maintenance charging. I also had cables in the car so I was ok, fortunately.
But so I went to charge it... just get the beep beep beeping and the flashing green light. The flashlight won't even turn on. I'm going to leave it plugged in for a few hours without pushing the recharge button... maybe that will help...
I like this unit, or at least the idea of it, b/c it's small and portable and works from inside the car. It's not super-powerful, but, I have a small car.
Fortunately, I've never had to use it- and now I'm glad, b/c reading these reviews, it seems like no one's charges, and even if it does charge, it doesn't boost the battery enough for the engine to turn over.
I just found a similar device- the duracell djump. Similary size factor, plugs in to the lighter... lists at $59.99, saw it as low as $45 online. Haven't tried it myself- but haven't seen any bad reviews. Might be worth considering for people who don't want to lug around the bigger power packs.
But has ANYONE managed to bring a battery back from 'death' and stop the beeping?

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Okay people... this is a long one, but I just did it for two units that were having this problem and it worked both times.
The problem is the unit sat on the shelf and doesn't have enough power to operate its charging cycle.
Take an extension cord and plug in the outlet charger while you also plug it into your cigarette lighter... now attempt to charge it (you will hear the familiar alarm). Now, turn on the LED light... after a short time, turn off the light and the unit will begin to charge regularly. You can then use one of the chargers to finish the job.
By doing this you are providing plenty of power to the battery while the light drains it at a slower rate... kinda forcing the battery to condition/cycle; it's just allowing the battery to take the charge. Hope this helps.

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It's based on a small lead-acid battery. IF you let the battery go completely dead at any point in time, it loses a significant ability to take a charge. If it sits that way a long time, it won't take a charge any more. You can take it apart and replace the battery or just buy a new starter.

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The BB7B simple start has THREE SMALL 6 volt batteries in it, and they must NEVER be allowed t go dead, or they will heat up significantly while charging. WHile these are called Sealed Lead Acid batteries, they are not truly sealed and the internal heat WILL dry out the electrolyte. For the cost of replacing these batteries, you are better off purchasing a larger unit, that has a significantly larger battery that is capable of actually jumpstarting the car.

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