Question about Sony Handycam DCR-TRV103 Digital Camcorder

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Battery charging problem.

I have a Sony Handycam model # DCR-TRV103. It runs fine off the battery, but when I plug the charging cord into the camera, it shuts the camera down. It doesn't matter if it is plugged into the power outlet or not, and it does not charge the battery if it is left plugged in.

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  • fishdad Dec 16, 2007

    Everything is hooked up right. I just went out today and bought a new battery. It still won't charge. I'm going to get a volt meter to check and see if my charger is ok. What kind of voltage should I see?

  • fishdad Dec 16, 2007

    I went and bought a new battery today and the problem is still there. I won't charge or turn on. My next step think is to get a volt meter and check the charger. Do you know what the voltage is I should see when the charger is plugged in?

  • fishdad Dec 16, 2007

    Yes to all three.

  • fishdad Dec 16, 2007

    Is it possible the lithium battery could have something to do with it or is that just to keep the memory for the date/time display?

  • fishdad Dec 16, 2007

    Yes the power switch is off. I just got a hold of a volt meter. I just tested the charger and get 120 v ac before the charger but 0 v dc on the pins. It is not a round connector but sort of a rectangular connector with two pins side by side. Also I'm not sure if the charger gets warm when it's plugged in like the charger on my laptop, but this charger is cold. I'm starting to think that it is my problem. do you think there is somewhere I could take it to have it tested before I buy a new one because my new battery just cost me $50.00 and I don't want to throw anymore good money after bad..a Radio Shack perhaps? I'e got to try and get this figured out before Christmas. I appreciate the help you guy's have been giving me.



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Link to the manual
Read page 9 make
sure you have the
right battery and
that everything is
hooke up right

Posted on Dec 13, 2007

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  • Eugene Merritt Dec 13, 2007

    If you have the right battery
    and everything is hooked up
    what percent charge does it
    show read page 8 9 10 & 11

  • Eugene Merritt Dec 16, 2007

    shipped with a NP-F330
    charging rates in table below

    Any of thes numbers correspond to the battery pack you bought?
    Are you using the charger that came with the camera?
    Did you download the manual from the link above?

  • Eugene Merritt Dec 16, 2007

    The lithium battery is memory backup
    The power adapter should have a voltage
    rating and terminal polarity on the case
    showing + and --

    Is there a center pin in the dc input
    receptacle (possibly bent) or broken and or
    the adapter have a pin in the center
    instead of just an open barrel

    Maybe the dc input receptacle is defective
    bad solder joint broken or shorted connection

  • Eugene Merritt Dec 16, 2007

    Is the power switch in the center/ooff
    posiltion when you attempt to charge

  • Eugene Merritt Dec 17, 2007

    If your adapter has three prongs check for continuity
    between the ground and the 2 pins on the camcorder
    side of the adapter Its probably a rectifier diode and or
    voltage regulator in the adapter thats shorted

    The adapter is probably the problem if they have thet model
    at Radio Shack they might allow you to test an adapter on
    your camcorder to verify if its bad or maybe the store you
    purtchased it from will allow this if they can order it for you

  • Eugene Merritt Dec 17, 2007

    Heres a link you might check
    check the part # on the adapter
    see if it matches the number


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Hi, its clear that the battery is gone .
replace the battery with a new one its gonna work fine.

when you plug the charging chord into the camera,the camera shuts down because the battery is gone.the battery has lost the ability to charge,so to protect your handycam from any hazard the camera shuts off.

take care bye & have a nice day.

Posted on Dec 13, 2007

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    bharath m Dec 16, 2007

    when you plug in the voltmeter check the voltage drop across the battery while charging .it should be same as the voltage that is specified in the charger.

    using the multimeter check for the connections int he circuit(whether the circuit is open or closed).....

  • bharath m
    bharath m Dec 16, 2007

    open circuit or faulty components also causues this problem

  • bharath m
    bharath m Dec 17, 2007

    using voltmeter check the voltage that you are getting at the terminals of the charger(terminal which you plug the pin into the handycam) .

    it should be the dc voltage as specified in the specifications of charger.

    if you are getting any ac voltage or 0voltage dc then the charger is not functioning properly.

    inside the charger there exists a component which converts ac into dc .that component is not functioning properly........



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