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Old June 7th, 2002, 08:46 AM   #1
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This isn't a problem about my XL1s but maybe someone can help. I have a Sony Hi 8 that I bought about 8 0r 9 years ago. I have always had problems with batteries. I thought it was the charger . So I got a new charger and new batteries. The kind you can charge at anytime. The old ones were ni-cad. But after about 6 months and not much use the batteries won't charge up. The charger says they are charged, but you put it on the camcorder and the battery thing starts flashing and it goes dead in about 60 seconds. Both batteries.
Could this be a problem with the camcorder screwing the batteries up? Any ideas?
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Old June 7th, 2002, 08:58 AM   #2
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The new batteries a bought are duracell Ni-MH.
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Old June 7th, 2002, 12:14 PM   #3
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The problem is you cannot treat Ni-Cad batteries that way. Your treatment destroys them.

Try several charge/discharge cycles. That may make them somewhat useful.

In spite of what the books tell you, if Ni-Cads are not used frequently, they tend to go down-hill.

At the beginning of each month, I discharge all my Ni-Cad batteries and recharge them. I have some that are over 10 years old and still have a very respectable life left in them.

Battery belts, NP-1B, consumer camera batteries, AAA, AA, C, & D cells all get the treatment.

The NP-1B, consumer camera batteries and the A-D cells all get put on chargers that first discharge and then charge the cells. The battery belts are discharged by running lights off them.

It works for me.
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