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Old March 27th, 2003, 02:47 PM   #31
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awesome deal on those 960s!

Holy Cow! Sony 960s for less than $50 with shipping...?!?

I paid over $100 for mine... :(
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Old March 27th, 2003, 02:57 PM   #32
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eBay and a little negotiation...I think these retail for $150...I bought some OEM (Still Sony) NP-F950 that shipped in a plastic bag with the seller stating that it was OEM but still new for $31.00 + shipping. Just look around you'll find the deals.
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Old March 29th, 2003, 10:32 AM   #33
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Replacement Batteries

I have gone back and found as many posts as I could on batteries, but I couldn't find names for any replacement batteries for the PD-150.

Is there any manufacture that makes a better (or maybe more cost effective) battery than Sony?

Is there any special treatment I should be doing to extend battery life. I have had three or four die on me in the last month or so. One was over a year old, and one was less than six months old.
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Old March 29th, 2003, 10:39 AM   #34
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I just checked again and found some information about brand names. However the rest of my question is still valid.
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Old March 29th, 2003, 11:45 AM   #35
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Some proof that Sony is the best brand, little proof, if any, of the reverse.

I don't know what to tell you about LION batteries. I have some that I purchased with my TR-CCD3300 Hi-8 camcorder about 8 years ago that are still quite good.

At the local community college, we have VX1000's that are about 8 years old and their original batteries are still strong.

One thing they all share in common is that they are kept reasonably cool but not cold over the years.
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Old March 29th, 2003, 05:04 PM   #36
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That's comforting to know. At least long battery life is possible.

A friend told me he drains the battery after each use. Is that necessary?

I have been told to not have it constantly charging, and I have made that change. It seems to be helping, but it was only a few months ago.

Thanks for your quick response.
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Old March 29th, 2003, 06:19 PM   #37
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more cost effective batteries i'm not sure of, but of a more cost effective source, i am; ebay!
i got a couple of new NP-F750's for about $30.00 each.

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Old March 29th, 2003, 09:24 PM   #38
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Read the instructions that come with the batteries. One does not have to do much to the LION batteries. Put them away with whatever charge is left. If they are flat, I recharge them and then store them. Just before I need them again, I may recharge them is they have been stored very long.

Batteries I use every couple of days only get charged when they get low or I know I will need their full capacity.

This works for the $75 Sony LiOns and the $995 Sony LiOns too.

Don't leave them on the charger.
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Old March 30th, 2003, 11:11 AM   #39
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Sony 960 from lenmar works well.. see link only $63.00

http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/default.asp?edc=204202

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Old March 30th, 2003, 07:02 PM   #40
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That is the brand with which I have had problems.
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Old March 31st, 2003, 11:52 AM   #41
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Check out AtBatt.com

They are cheap and come with a 2 year warranty. They ship same day and I had no problems.
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Old March 31st, 2003, 01:00 PM   #42
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I've had nothing but GOOD luck the Lenmar batteries. I had one drop a cell on me, while still under warranty, (2 years) they shipped me a new one before I got the old one shipped out, so far I'm happy with the product and service.
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Old March 31st, 2003, 01:55 PM   #43
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I hava a NP-F730 that came with my VX9000, it will charge but only for a few minutes. When used in the camera it will show a full charge, but then will drain rather quickly, lasts about 20 minutes. Is this a dead cell or is there any way to rejuvanate this battery?

BTW, The only aftermarket battery that I've ever had luck on was the Duracell DR-5, they had a higher KWH rating than the sony counterpart but they slowly loss maximum capacity as time passes by.
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Old April 20th, 2003, 09:57 AM   #44
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battery sizes

I did a search but couldn't find a list of sony battery sizes and charge/use times for the pd150.

Anyone have info?

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Old April 20th, 2003, 01:05 PM   #45
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I think the only way to go is the Sony NP-F960. It's amazing.... can't seem to run it down even after a long day. I have gone over 6 hours with the LCD screen on the whole time and it still showed plenty of reserve. Do a search here and you should find a number of postings, it has been discussed extensively in this forum.
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