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.
I recieved this as a Christmas gift last year. Over the summer my battery died, and this actually came in handy. Now I've got a friend whose car died a few days ago and needs a jump to get to Pep Boys, and I'm having the same spaztic blinking and beeping. It snowed out last night, and the unit was in my car, but it's been inside for some time now with no signs of any progression. I'm very disappointed.
First plug the charge adapter into an outlet, then plug into the unit. Push the power button to turn the unit on. Now, push the button for the light. The light should come on. At this point you hit the charge button and the green light should start blinking and there will no beeping. Then turn off the light. The green light should continue to blink and the unit will charge. This worked for me, hope it helps!
Here is what the Black & Decker website says
"If the unit starts to beep continuously, let it beep for about 1 minute, then turn the unit off and unplug the charger from the unit. Allow the unit to sit a full minute and then repeat the charging process. If you still experience difficulties with the unit beeping after about ten attempts to charge, we recommend bringing the unit back to the retailer for an exchange, or taking the unit to the nearest factory-owned service center for assistance."
It didn't work for me though.
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Did you try this? Fuse Replacement (DC Accessory Adapter) 1. Remove plug from accessory outlet. Remove the gold cap by turning counterclockwise and lifting off. 2. Remove center pin and spring. Remove fuse. 3. Replace fuse with same type and size fuse (8 amp). 4. Replace center pin and spring inside plug. 5. Replace gold cap by turning clockwise. For assistance with your product, visit our website www.blackanddecker.com for the location of the service center nearest you or call the BLACK & DECKER help line at 1-800-544-6986.
Batterys have a life span associated with them. Typically about 2 years depending on how often you use them and your charging habits. The newer batteries(in the past 4 years) do not have memory, but since it is a black and decker and it is low cost item they may have used an older technology. I am assuming you have checked the obvious such as the charger does work. Battery is inserted properly. An easy task to try would be to buy a new battery and make sure you discharge it before you charge. Run your drill till it stops. Then charge it to see if the charger is working. If not, then you have a charger problem. If so, there may be fuse inside that can be replaced or something simple like a solder joint broke.
Hope that helps
This unit is recharged using any household 120v outlet. Remove the rubber cap from the recharge port on the top of the unit. Plug the barrel end of the adapter cord into this port and then the put the adapter into the wall outlet. Make sure the power switch is in the off position. To check the charge level push the button to the left of the 3 indicator lights. When the green LED lights up, the unit is fully charged, (yellow is moderate charge and red is minimum charge).
Try to charge the unit from the minimum (red) charge level to maintain the maximum battery life and use of the product.
If you have misplaced the manual I am providing a link to it from Black and Decker's site. http://servicenet.blackanddecker.com/documents/English/Instruction%20Manual/90550872,VEC010BD.pdf
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I had the same problem. This procedure from the "Technical Questions" section of http://shopdelphi.com/consumers/support/faqs/myfi/ worked for me: "My MyFi won't power up, how do I reset it?
To reset your MyFi, start by turning the receiver off and removing it
from its (car, home, audio system) cradle. Then remove the back cover
and battery. Using a small paperclip, press the reset button located on
the top left corner of the battery compartment. Now plug the AC power
adapter into a wall outlet and plug the power port directly into the
bottom of the MyFi (battery stays removed). Wait 10 seconds and listen
for a beep. After you hear the beep the message "insert battery" will
appear. Cycle the MyFi to ensure it powers up and powers down. If the
power cycle is normal, then turn off the MyFi, unplug the power adapter,
and reinstall the battery. Re-plug the AC power adapter directly into
the bottom of the MyFi. Wait 10 seconds and listen for a beep. After the
beep you will see the message "battery charging". Leave the MyFi
plugged in until it's fully charged. You will see the message "charging
complete" displayed. After the MyFi is fully charged, turn it on and
reset to the factory defaults. Unplug the MyFi from the AC power adapter
and using the battery power leave it on until it fully discharges
(approximately 2-5 hours). Plug the MyFi in using the AC power adapter
to recharge the unit and resume normal use.
If you need help at any point during this process contact us at
1-877-463-3574 for technical support."
In March, 2006, Black & Decker purchased Vector Products, Inc.
Since the acquisition, Black & Decker has assumed the manufacturing
of all Vector products. For customer service and warranty information
for Vector products, please contact Black & Decker Customer Service.
Here is what the B & D website says.
"If the unit starts to beep continuously, let it beep for about 1 minute, then turn the unit off and unplug the charger from the unit. Allow the unit to sit a full minute and then repeat the charging process. If you still experience difficulties with the unit beeping after about ten attempts to charge, we recommend bringing the unit back to the retailer for an exchange, or taking the unit to the nearest factory-owned service center for assistance. "
It didn't work for me though.
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.