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Camcorder Battery won't charge

Battery charging light will not come on when plugged in but will play back and rewind tapes. Only used it a few times and stopped using it when the battery would no longer charge. Also tried buying a new battery to see if the old one had worn out and it still does not work. I have had my battery and transformer checked both are working fine. No explanation has been given but they have offered to fix it for a price.

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  • Anonymous Dec 22, 2008

    I have a DCR-SR85 and the batteries are flat (used it very little but not lately). When I put it in the cradle and plug it in the power light comes on but no charge light. Any suggestions.

  • Anonymous Dec 25, 2008

    Hand L-Ion battery for 2 years with no problem. Christmas eve and now I have 12 minutes of battery left and I can't recharge it. Not directly from the wall or through the cradle. Yes, it is plugged in right, etc... Ugh!!!! I guess I'll try a new batter.

  • Anonymous May 03, 2009

    battery won't charge bought a new one,still the same problem.camera is working when cable is in

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