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I had a similar problem with the P10 not charging via USB, I purchased
mine second hand so it came with no charger just a USB cable. I assumed it would charge
by the USB cable but it did not, the red light flashes but doesn't
charge. Luckily I have an external battery charger for a different
camera i got some years ago that takes a similar battery , the P10
battery didn't fit properly so I had to place it at a 45 degree angle
into the charger making sure the outer contacts were lined up properly
and taped it into place. After an hour it was fully charged and the
camera is working fine. The charger is a 4.2 volt charger. New external
chargers can be picked up on ebay cheaply
Camcorder has charging circuit but it could go defective. The repair would be costly so in this situation, you can purchase stand-along battery charger for around $20 and charge the batteries independently. Make sure all the contacts are cleaned and camcorder is working with direct ac adapter. Good luck -James. for furnter assistance by email, go to www.camerarepairjapan.com
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.
are you trying to charge the battery while on the camcorder??? does the camcorder work when you plug the camcorder into the charger?? If the battery fails to charge while its on the charger it can only be the charger but most likly the battery. If the camcorders dead it could be the dreaded pana cap think thT HAPPENS TO MOST CAMCORDERS AFTER A LITTLE AGE. good luck
Had the same thing happen to me. Went out and bought a new battery and it, too, does not charge. Apparently something messed up with the in-camera charging system. It will charge for several minutes (charge light illuminated) and then the charge light goes dark. Battery gage shows that there is virtually no time left on either battery (old or new). Anyone have any ideas other than a trip back to Sony?