Question about Vivitar Cameras
You don't say what make or model the camera is, so I can only answer generally. Most cameras, as opposed to most cellphones, do not charge the battery in the camera at all. They are supplied with a separate mains charger- you take the battery out of the camera and put it in the charger. I have a number of cameras with USB connectors, and none of them charge while connected to the computer.
If you bought the camera new, and it came with a charger, then the camera almost certainly needs the charger to charge the battery. If you purchased it used or it was a hand-me-down, and you didn't get a charger, then the seller or giver has probably been remiss. It won't hurt to leave the camera connected to the computer's USB port to see if it will charge, but when that doesn't work, you can find a replacement charger for your camera by searching Amazon with the camera model number and the word "charger". Better, you can get a "universal" charger on Amazon for as little as $4 that will charge any of the small lithium batteries used in cameras and phones (assuming this isn't a huge battery of the kind fitted to older video cameras). I have a universal charger and it is easy to use and has saved me a lot of money as I no longer need to buy a replacement for every type of battery I come across.
Posted on Jan 02, 2011
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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