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New batteries will not charge

I have tried to charge several new sony np-fp50 batties on my hc-30. The Charge Light comes on briefly , then after several minutes, it goes out and the battery has very little charge. The same thing has occured on several batteries. The hc will work when plugged into electrical outlet. Any suggestions?

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Re: new batteries will not charge

A technician ' s adjustable bench power supply - set for 9 volts at 1 amp - for a minute or so , will initialize most new lithium batteries ( a charger update may also be available ) ;

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Seems to be the case where the battery is not fully recharged , Please follow the below steps :-

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np-750 ur mentioning ....n other you r using is np-f 550
ther is allot of difference in both of the model npf stands for info lithium battery ....

make sure 1 st that other one is also NPF
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If you want to buy locally , here a list of the biggest Sony authorized resellers near Harrisburg,

In Harrisburg try:

Camera Repair Japan Co-
(770) 849-0555

One of the biggest ones is the one below in Lancaster.

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Sony InfoLithium M Battery NP-FM30, NP-FM50 ... $25.99 –
SONY Camcorder Battery NP-FM30 NP-FM50 NP-FM51$23.00

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Here is a replacement source

The batteries are covered under warranty for three years. Sony batteries are know for not keeping a good charge after a few years.

If there not holding a charge, they wouldn't appear on the LCD screen at all. I the AC power is working fine, then that probably isn't the source for not getting a charge.

You could try lightly scraping the contacts on the battery and see if that makes a difference and recharge them.

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Solution: Troubleshoot to intermittent switch block control, replace with new one, test OK.

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