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Can a new battery destroy a camcorder?

Hi, I wonder if you can help. The following is the story but first: I'd like to think that the camera was older and IT failed and was not the battery's cause. It was working fine till I put the new one in. I have a Sharp VL AH 150 camcorder. It was working perfectly. I ordered the large BT-H32 battery. When I put it in, the camera instantly went on(switch in off position). As a result. I cannot now turn the camera off. When I put it in VCR mode, it stays there and won't go into camera mode or off even though the switch is in the proper position. The camera will no longer charge a battery via the power supply(red light no longer goes on). Now this is how it works now: Being I cannot turn the camera off I either have to take out the battery (if power supply is not connected) or unplug the power supply if it is connected AND take out the battery. To turn on I can either plug in power supply or put battery in. It will automatically turn on to whatever position the switch is in (but not off). In essence, if i'ts in camera mode I can record fine. If I put it in VCR it will play fine, but it will not go back to camera mode(or turn off). Obviously the battery blew out a certain circuit in the camera and I wondered if this rings any bells. It's pssible the battery is not shorted and simply sent a surge that jumped past the "on-off" circuit and did its damage? The battery is a Powermart 3.6V 5400mAH Package says " replace BT-H32". Tlhe smaller battery I was using before worked fine and held its charge fine. I've finally received my charger in the mail and the new battery and old works just like above. No more camera charging. Also, does the guy who sold me the battery (new at ebay) owe me a new camera?

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Re: Can a new battery destroy a camcorder?

Never ever use any batterie other than a name brand that is made for your camcorder. Sometimes people thing bigger more juice is better... alot get away with it and then alot don't.

When upgrading and changing or adding make sure it is totally compatible or designed for your device specifically.

Sorry your camcorder blew... i would be a little sad... there is always a HV20 my friend it's the best thing I've tried since my sharp. Quality is 100 times better than anything out there..

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Re: Can a new battery destroy a camcorder?

Look at the camcorder maker's site and see if they offer a 5400 mAH battery or larger. Its possible your camcorder doesn't support charging a larger battery.

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Re: Can a new battery destroy a camcorder?

It sure looks like it did some damage. At least you've got a work around. If the guy didn't say the battery would work in your camera, it's hard to see how he's at fault. It appears that he did live up to his end of the bargain. Perhaps you should have looked at the battery specs to see what it works with? Even if he's at fault, he probably would owe you only the current value of your camera rather than a new one.

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