I'm burning through batteries, even rechargeables, way too rapidly. Is there any way to plug this darn thing in? Sony is silent on the matter.
It has a plug for "Plug In Power", but that apparently refers to the type of microphone, and not an AC Adapter.
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Re: Can I plug it into AC power?
If you get hold of an AC adaptor that gives the same voltage as the batteries (total if more than one), you can then connect it to the first and last battery terminals, (correct polarity).
If you want to make it more "professional" or convenient then a pieces of wooden dowel the same size as the batteries, with a metal nail for the positive end, thumbtack for the negative end with the wires from the adaptor wound round/soldered to the end terminals works well and can be easily taken out and swapped for batteries when you need to.
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Perhaps remove the multi-bay battery, and let main battery charge all the way. Then reattach multi-bay battery, and see if it's recognized. (Will charge)
That is AC adapter (Charger) removed, then remove multi-bay battery. Plug AC adapter back into laptop, THEN plug AC adapter into power.
[You do Not want to unplug an AC adapter from a laptop, with the AC adapter plugged into power. Could be a power surge/voltage spike. Unplug AC adapter from power, when plugging into laptop, or unplugging from laptop ]
Main battery charged, unplug power to AC adapter, unplug AC adapter from laptop. Plug multi-bay battery in, then AC adapter. (Then plug AC adapter into power)
b4 you go to your computer, try to check first the both end of your ac power cord by using a tester (analog or digital) if their is a connectivity passing on it. if no indication then check or try to /smile the ac power current adaptor, if it smile burned then their is a particular resistor or capacitor inside was burned out and bring to your nearest electronic repair shop for a replacement of that specific electronic part.....if none of the above is the problem, your second thing to do is read the manual included of your pc and go to battery guidelines for you to check/review the features such as, maintenance, the number of charge, life span and the capability of your pc battery...then try to fully drain the power of the battery and recharge using your pc unit............P.S.,,,if your always using ac- power @ your home, just remove the battery of your PC when it's already full inorder to longer the life span and maintain the battery memory to the fullest. make it 101% drain and re-charge in the same ratio.pc @ home just
It could be a faulty battery or a faulty charging circuit.
Rechargeable batteries have a finite number of charge and recharge cycles. There capacity reduces with age until they reach a stage where they won't charge at all.
Initially, I would suspect the battery (even when plug to the AC). To confirm, pls try running without the battery and purely on AC adapter. Alternately, it could be a loose component internally such as the memory, LAN or WiFi card and in some models, video card. In my Toshiba, it turned out that the WiFi was consuming too much power that it discharges the battery rapidly and the charger was having a hard time coping up. My solution was to turnoff the built-in WiFi and install a D-Link USB.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information. Good luck and kind regards. Thank you for using FixYa.
If it is a CCD-F555 the battery charger is also the AC Power adapter. There is a switch that states VTR...switch to it and plug into the camera and it should work. Have you had any other problems with your camera. I got mine in Japan when I was stationed over there and it will play back the tapes; however, it will not show the camera in the viewfinder. I know the lens is working because it will autofocus. I just can't see it. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org