A year ago I purchased an original Sony InfoLithium NP-F960 OEM battery for my DCR-TRV130. I installed the battery and all was working fine. I plugged the a/c adapter into the camera to charge the battery. Within seconds the yellow charging LED started to blink rapidly. According to the manual that meant the battery was dead. OK, so I let it charge overnight. Same result. I conceded defeat and assumed I was ripped off. Recently bought a new battery, placed it in the camera and it worked great. But when I charged it, I had the same rapidly flashing LED. The camera works fine when the power adapter is plugged in. I put a meter on both batteries and they read 7.36 volts. The contacts on the adapter reads 8.39 volts. It there something I'm doing wrong or do I own some expensive paperweights?
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This is usually caused by a failed component in the power circuit within the camera and can be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it’s not a user serviceable problem and will need to be repaired qualified service technician. My name is Rick and I’m a professional repair technician with over 20 years in the business and have repaired many of these. I’m semi retired and work from home with little overhead so I can keep repair costs low. If you decide to have the camera repaired, please click HERE for a directory listing that suits your needs. If this response has been of any help to you, please be sure and give a positive vote for me on FixYa.com .
The batteries on the DSC-V1 will be around five years old now so that's to be expected. You need to replace faulty batteries with genuine and new Sony InfoLithium NP-FC11. Many cheaper "compatibles" exist, but at best they don't last as long and will not give any battery charge indication (they lack the InfoLithium chip) and at worst they can damage the camera.
Unfortunately, genuine batteries are so expensive that you might decide it's time to upgrade, but as the DSC-V1 is such an excellent camera it's not a straightforward decision. Newer = more megapixels, but also = noisier images. 5MP is easily more than enough for prints up to A4 size even allowing for a bit of image cropping.
If you want to buy locally , here a list of the biggest Sony authorized resellers near Harrisburg,
In Harrisburg try:
Camera Repair Japan Co- (770) 849-0555 View
One of the biggest ones is the one below in Lancaster.
Perfect Image Service Center Inc.
1862 Lincoln Hwy East, Lancaster - (717) 397-3019
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If you want to buy online try
one of the following sellers:
You need a separate battery charger for this camera. It does not have a battery charger built into the camera itself and can not be recharged thru any cords connected directly to the camera. The USB cords only transfer the files to the computer, they don't recharge the camera.
Li-Ion batteries cannot be charged efficiently with power supplies or NiCad chargers, they need a pulse charger dedicated to Li-Ion batteries. Also, there is a danger in charging with other sources as Li-Ion batts. will catch fire or explode if not charged properly. Please get a charger that is made for those batteries
Sony has had a few large scale recalls of Lithium Ion batteries in the past 3-4 years or so. I have a feeling that NPF960s may have been involved.
Best idea would be to contact an authorised Sony service centre and quiz them about it. You may score a free replacement battery out of it, even if yours is out of warranty.