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Battery not charging

We have had the camcorder since 2003. Lately the battery would not hold a charge. We bought a new battery and tried to charge it, but the charging light does not stay on. (The battery is in the camcorder when charging..not in a self contained charger). The camcorder will work if just using DC.

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SOURCE: Can a lithium ion battery be overcharged?

Here's a small FAQ I found: 1) My lithium ion battery is the SONY NP-FP70 Battery Pack. Does the fact that the battery is called a battery pack mean that it has built in circuitry to prevent an overcharge? No. I write with some authority since I've dissected too many and there is no such circuit in the battery. From a system perspective it doesn't belong there. 2) Is there any way of knowing if my SONY BC-TRP charger has the circuitry for preventing an overcharge? You'll have to ask, but the key clues are: a. The documention tells you to not leave it plugged in overnight. b. The battery gets too hot and melts the plastic. 3) If I charge my battery in my camcorder (SONY DCR-HC40), can I assume it has the built in circuitry to prevent an overcharge? a. One can't assume anything. b. But from what I read on that model, you plug it in and forget about it. To do that, it would have a proper charge circuit.

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SOURCE: 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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SOURCE: how to charge a EFORCE FH50 Compatible Battery

Its pretty simple; Probably u will be having ur sony handcam charger having a cable thats supposed to fit into ur camcorder and then charge the battery. For charging the EFORCE FH50 battery, you just need to insert that the of the same cable directly into the battery(DC-IN slot) and plug ur charger into the wall socket. It normally takes 135 mins to completely charge the battery. Once charged the LED at tthe DC-IN slot will turn off. (During charging its yellow)

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SOURCE: lost the charger of my sony dvd201 cam corder. is

Hello. Yes, you do need power to open the disc door. When you slide the disc cover open switch, you should hear the little musical sound, and then the "preparing to open cover" appears in the lcd display. Then the door opens automatically. As for charging the corder, you can get a new ac charger for 25 bucks on Ebay. Sony uses a special plug that is inserted. If you want to go the cheaper route, I saw mobile *battery* chargers for your unit(not to be used as camcorder power supplies) as inexpensive as 8 bucks...most were 10 dollars and up...the input voltage/current to the cam is 12v @ 500ma. However, the fact that the connector isn't the generic "cylinder" shaped power connector makes purchasing a compatable power source a necessity. ---Rick

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