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Draining battery Have Sony DCR-HC40E Digital camcorder for two yrs. All of a sudden last month, battery went dead. Plugged in charger and charge light on camcorder flashes. Have looked at troubleshooting in manual, have purchased new battery, and charged it on seperate charger. With the battery fully charged, plug onto camcorder and the battery drains within an hour. Both batteries have tried this with and when plug the charger into camcorder does not seem to do anything. any suggestions (would assume the camcorder rather than battery as brand new battery has same problem)

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Re: Draining battery

This camera has had problems with the primary switch block faulting. The camera will power up all by itself when unattended and drain the battery. Another symptom would be the battery refuses to charge fully because the camera must remain in the "OFF" mode for the charge process to begin. Sony in Laredo, TX is replacing these controls at little or no cost, I would call them to see if they will repair this for you. Hope this helps you. Joe Weibel Custom Electronics (

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