Hitachi Camcorder Battery Chemistry and "Memory Effect"
A good way to prevent your Hitachi Camcorder Ni-MH or NiCad battery from experiencing the "Memory Effect" of a battery that won't hold a charge is to run the battery down to zero with no power adapter once or twice every so often. When the battery is completely drained, add a full charge to the battery again. This will result in a reset of your Hitachi battery pack and should allow it to charge properly again.
However, if you instead have a lithium ion Hitachi Camcorder battery pack, completely discharging the battery will most likely not help. For the most part, all Li-Ion battery packs are only going to last you about 2 to 3 years when used under standard conditions, so if by chance your current Hitachi battery is nearing 2-3 years, it may be an indication that it's time for a replacement battery pack.
If your battery is a somewhat newer Camcorder battery, and it seems unable to hold a charge, it might be worth attempting to cycle it up and down to roughly 15%-20% once or twice. With each cycle, turn off and unplug your Hitachi Camcorder and take the battery pack out of the device. This should help sync up the electronics within the battery to the Camcorder battery management controls. Once completed, you may find your Hitachi batteries lasting a little longer than they used to.
Many Hitachi Camcorder batteries are either Lithium Ion (Li-Ion), Nikel Cadmium (NiCad), or Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH). The chemicals inside the battery determine a great deal about how the battery is charged and how long the battery will last.
For the most part, Hitachi Camcorder compatible Li-Ion batteries provide longer battery life and don't suffer from the effects of "Battery Memory", which can lead to shorter battery life in NiCads and NiMH batteries. In fact, most Hitachi lithium battery packs can last up to roughly 500 cycles from low-power to full charge.
Money Back Guarantee for Batteries
Every battery that we have on our website is designed to meet or exceed a strict set of standards set by the battery manufacturer, and we follow that up with our Batteries.com 45-Day money back guarantee, plus our One Year warranty. So if the battery stops working within a year, give our service department a call and let our call-center agents help with a replacement Hitachi Camcorder battery.
Care and Maintenance of Hitachi Camcorder Batteries
There are many tips online for extending the life of Hitachi Camcorder battery packs. But another thing to keep in mind is the imoprtance of protecting the battery itself. Just like the internals of your Camcorder, the battery can be damaged if not handled properly. Improper use of the battery can result in a Hitachi non-working battery or possibly even personal injury from a damaged battery case.
Therefore it's important to treat your Hitachi batteries as carefully as you would your own Camcorder itself. Avoid abrupt collisions with tabletops or other objects as well as dropping anything heavy on the battery.
Like any other electronics, a little water can really damage your battery. If for some reason the Camcorder or battery comes into contact with water, remove it immediately, disconnect the battery from the and dry as much of the liquid from the device and battery as you can.
Hitachi Camcorder Battery Not Charging
If you are finding it difficult completely charging your Hitachi Camcorder batteries, you may need to search for a replacement battery pack. Before you take the plunge on a new battery pack, take a moment to check out your current battery pack to see if the issues are fixable.
If your battery pack is a Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) Camcorder battery, it could very well be that it is experiencing a case of Battery Memory Effect. This is caused by a battery that has not been given a chance to completely drain once every few weeks. An affected battery may "recall" the lower charge in stead of the top charge amount, so it fails to charge beyond the low point.