I brought a new battery thinking the old 1 had had it. Wrong! whether the camera is on cradle or directly pluged into mains the battery will not recharge. Checked to c if it was cradle or the plug, turns out to be neither. When I brought new battery camera did work now I should imagine battery has run down due to not getting charge. Any idea what might be wrong & if worth repairing.
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Are you using standard or rechargeable batteries? Some cameras will not work with rechargeable cells as they provide much lower on-load voltage (1.25v) than 'Duracell' types (1.50v) etc.- even when freshly charged!
There are a lot of Fuji digital cameras if "we" knew what model it was you would possible get more then just a guess. My guess is that the batteries (if it uses AA's) are either Alkaline type and dead on power OR if they are rechargeable they are not installed properly all it takes is one battery to be put in the wrong way and nothing works. The charger on some models can bypass the battery circuit to operate entirely on AC power and charge batteries at the same time. Check your batteries if they are Alkaline type AA's then you can't recharge them. Check make sure if you have rechargeable type that they are in correctly.
Typically, if the camera worked before the batteries were replaced, then non-function after battery replacement comes down to two items:
1) the batteries were inserted wrong way (with the wrong positive (+) or negative (-) end up or down. Check the inside of the battery compartment to see a little diagram with the + and - sign. Or else look in camera manual. Fuji s8100 requires 4 x AA batteries, either Alkaline or Ni-MH rechargeables. The two outer ones should have positive (+) bump UP, and the two inbetween should have the negative (-) smooth UP.
2) or the batteries are not new enough or not fully charged.
Also, when you replace batteries, never mix Alkaline with Rechargeables, and do not mix Old with New. You must go with either 4 Alkaline, or 4 Rechargeables, and either be new or just recently charged up. Sometimes dirt may hamper the contact, but not usually. And do make sure the battery cover latches down snug.
Parts or a new cradle are hard to find. I don't think Fuji makes them any more, although, depending on where you live, that country's distribution source may still have stock. What we sell our customers is a small charger which recharges the battery outside of the camera. They are about $10 US and plug into the USB port on any computer.
BATTERY INSTALLATION AND INFORMATION Your wireless headphone unit requires two rechargeable AAA batteries. Rechargeable batteries are uncharged when you purchase them. Before you can use the wireless headphones, the batteries must be charged for 16 hours. Follow these steps to install and charge the batteries. Installing the Rechargeable Batteries Take care to follow these steps to correctly install the batteries. 1. On the right headphone, locate the battery compartment (1). Use the finger depression on the compartment to turn the battery compartment cover counterclockwise to remove the cover. 2. Insert two AAA rechargeable batteries, carefully following the markings inside to ensure the batteries are inserted properly, with the + and - ends in the correct positions. 3. Replace the battery compartment cover. Charging the Rechargeable Batteries To recharge the headset unit, follow the directions below. Note: The cradle/transmitter on the WHP141 is not a recharging cradle, although you may place the headset in the cradle during recharging. Follow these steps to recharge the NiMH rechargeable batteries. 1. Make sure the ON/OFF switch (2), located on the right headphone, is in the OFF position. 2. Connect the AC/DC main power adapter to the DC IN power supply socket (11), located on the back of the cradle/transmitter. 3. Plug the adapter into an electrical outlet. 4. Connect the charging cable (10), located on the back of the cradle/transmitter to the recharging input (3), located on the right headphone. The headphones can either be placed in the cradle/transmitter or placed next to the unit. If the headphones are connected correctly, the charging LED indicator light on the cradle/transmitter (8) illuminate.
I had a similar issue, and also bought a new NP60 battery, to no avail. Then I dismantled the cradle, and found a fuse on the circuit board (F01 label) which showed open. I soldered a bit of 5amp fuse wire across the top of it, and everything came back to life. DISCLAIMER - 5amp wire was the smallest I could find. I don't know what it's meant to be. I also don't know why the original fuse blew, which means that my camera probably has another fault somewhere. However, It's been working fine for over 3 months since then.
To help rule out if the battery, camera, or even your charger I would suggest to first clean all the contacts. This can be done with some rubbing alchol and a q-tip, make sure you get the contacts in the camera, directly on the battery, and your charger. Wipe off any excess alchol and let it sit for a minute or two so the alchol can evaporate. Give the battery a good charge and see what happens.
Where did you purchase that replament battery? If what was under 10bucks I would suspect it's the battery, there are a ton of crap battery's hitting the market, always stick with name brand.
Another possibility is that the charger could be sending the wrong voltage to the battery causing inproper charging, or even the chargers power cord could be sending the wrong voltage to the charger.
Anyway I'm done rambling, It's 12:15am and I have a 70hour week starting in 6 hours so i'm outta here. Hope this helps.
And here's a link to your manual if you need it:
I think this is a general Fuji design fault in the camera circuitry. I have an older F455 which has exactly the same problem and I did the same - bought new batteries only to discover that didn't help.
The only solution is to spend even more money for a stand alone battery charger.