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Re: CAN I GET POWER WITHOUT BATTERY OR CAN I USE POWER...
Some camcorders have a manual eject button that will open the compartment and allow you to remove the film/tape. Since you again declined to specify the model of your camcorder, I can't tell you whether this solution applies to you. If you need further information, please feel free to reply to this post, but be sure to include the model of your camcorder.
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There is no power button, the camera only powers up when the shutter is pressed. The battery is located within the photo pack, so each time you change the pack you get a "new" battery as well. The only problem is that any original unused photo packs will no longer have new batteries as they're all so old now that the batteries are either totally dead or have just enough power to eject the darkslide before dying.
You have two options: modify the camera to accept an external 6v dc power supply and try to obtain a realistically priced source of expired photo packs (difficult) or you can try the newly manufactured PX600 photo packs by The Impossible Project. These are only produced in small batches so are sometimes unavailable, there's only eight shots per pack instead of ten and the material is currently only available in monochrome but they hope to soon produce colour film as well. The current products are not very fade resistant and are somewhat unstable and inconsistent from one batch to another, but the images can be saved by scanning them. Scanning also saves some images which appear to be hugely overexposed as digital manipulation then reveals hidden details.
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That's entirely to be expected. ALL original Polaroid photo packs are now so far out of date that the in-built battery packs will be either completely dead or will have just enough power to eject the initial dark slide protector. Unless the camera has been modified to accept an external 6v dc power supply then there's no way to use these old photo packs reliably.
A company has been set up and is producing new photo packs though, but currently only in small batches, black and white only, and there are only 8 shots per pack instead of the original 10 shots. The material is also rather unstable, so it's a good idea to scan the photos if you want to save the images produced. Check out The Impossible Project for details.
The battery is incorporated into the photo pack itself, so you get a new battery when you replace the film pack.
Unfortunately it's an obsolete system as production of photo packs ended about two and a half years ago, and all remaining packs are now at least six months out of date.
This means that the overwhelming majority of Polaroid 600 photo packs now have flat batteries, stale photo chemistry, or both. Refrigerated photo packs may have good chemicals, but the batteries will definitely be flat as cold kills them.
There is only one fix for this, but it means that you need to modify the camera to take an external 6v dc power supply such as from an externally mounted battery or an AC mains adapter. It's not easy though as the camera is all clip together and the joints were never designed to come apart again. Please search my other answers for more details if you want as I've answered this question regularly, but given that the remaining photo packs are mostly useless and cost a fortune for just ten photos it's really not worth bothering. Note that suppliers of the remaining photo packs will almost never offer any kind of guarantee on them: those who do charge even more to cover the high likelihood of having to refund or replace.
Sorry if this news is disappointing, but it's just one of many old cameras which are now practically useless and won't be the last. I hope that you've found my answer to be informative and ask only that you return the favour by rating my answer.
Easy. The same problem faced by almost all Polaroid 600 users these days: the photo pack has a flat battery.
All photo packs are at least two and a half years old now, and all are out of date. The in-built battery will usually be a dead as a dodo or only have barely enough power to eject the protective cover sheet and maybe take a few photos. Photo packs advertised as "refrigerated" will ALWAYS have a flat battery (cold kills batteries) others may occasionally have a battery which will last all ten shots, but the photo chemistry will usually be stale producing harsh contrast, poor colours and possibly too thick for the ejection rollers to squeeze the bag of developer right across the photo.
There is no cure for this, other than to modify the camera to take an external 6v battery or a plug-in adapter, but it's not easy as the camera was never designed to be taken apart. If you search my other answers you'll see that I've given instructions on how to do this many times before.
Sorry, but it's an obsolete camera which is no longer supported and for which the supply of new photo packs has ceased.
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The batteries are part of the photo pack, when you change photo packs the battery changes at the same time.
Unfortunately almost all unused photo packs will now have flat batteries as they've been out of production for two and a half years now. Photo packs advertised as having been stored in a fridge will definitely have dead batteries as cold kills batteries. Photo packs kept out of a fridge may have some residual battery power, but not enough to last the full ten photos, and the chemicals may have gone stale resulting in poor quality photos.
The only solution is to modify the camera to take an external 6v power supply, such as a battery or a socket to accept a plug in DC adapter. It involves opening the camera (not easy: it's all clip together and was never designed to be dismantled) and then soldering wires to the camera's battery contacts and feeding them out through a hole drilled into the bottom of the camera. A flat Polaroid battery may have enough residual power for you to determine the contact polarity using a test meter. Get it wrong and the camera is dead, but Polaroid 600's are ten a penny at charity/thrift shops and free on FreeCycle/Freegle. Modifying the camera without dismantling it is possible, but very fiddly and you need to be careful not to let the hot soldering iron melt any of the plastic camera. It's like trying to perform keyhole surgery!
I've done this modification myself a few years ago, but last year gave the camera to an eager photography student.
Will your camera power on with a spare battery or through the electrical adapter ? If so then your camera is fine and the problem is your battery!
This is why manufacturers always recommend to use the supplied batteries and recommended chargers only and not some third party junk. This is why you have batteries exploding on people they don't read the warnings.
Yes it is possible to damage your battery - perhaps your battery cannot take a charge - it is NOT normal to charge a battery for a week !
your battery needs a nominal voltage to remain healthy if you allow it to drain below that voltage you have reverse polarity and your battery is good for the garbage bin.
use the recommended charger from now on and get new batteries.
I use WINXP Pro and there is no problem. I can only offer the steps that I use for you to see if it makes any difference. Sometimes the sequence can be the answer.Try this twice, once with the battery in the adapter and once without the battery. 1. Power down PC. 2. Disconect camera from PC. 2. Power up PC. 2. Make sure the camera is off. 3. Remove battery from Camera. 4. Plug adapter into mains (with or without battery) 5. Plug camera into adapter. 6. Plug camera into PC with firewire. 7. Switch Camera on
Using the LCD viewfinder to compose images drains the power capacity of alkaline batteries very quickly.
Instead, use the Optical viewfinder to compose your images. Under normal operating conditions using the Optical viewfinder, a set of AA-size alkaline batteries should last for about 35 images.
Additional tips for extending battery life:
* Use the AC adapter to review images on the LCD.
* Use the AC adapter to review images on your TV.
* Disable Quick Review mode.
* For longer battery life, use one of the following types of batteries:
o High capacity alkaline (a new product on the market as of Jan 2000)
o NiMh (Nickel Metal Hydride) rechargeable.
o NiCd (Nickel-Cadium)