Sony Camcorder Battery Chemistry
Many Sony Camcorder battery packs 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.
On the whole, Sony 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 NiMH or NiCad batteries. In fact, most Sony lithium batteries can last up to roughly 500 cycles from low-power to full charge.
Every Sony Battery we sell at Batteries.com is manufactured with with the highest quality parts and chemicals, and we back that up with a 45 Day Money Back Guarantee, along with our full One-Year warranty. So if your batteries should fail after purchase, you can call our service department and let our call-center agents help you find a replacement.
How to Care for a Sony Camcorder Battery
Batteries.com can offer a lot of advice on how to extend the life of your Sony Camcorder batteries through the various tips and tricks we have on our site. But what a lot of people forget about is the imoprtance of protecting the battery itself. Just like your Camcorder, your battery can be easily damaged if not properly handled. Mishandling the battery can lead to a non-working battery or possibly even personal injury from a cracked battery case.
It's not always easy to keep track of all of your electronics, and accidents do happen of course. But there are a few simple things you can keep in mind while using your Sony camcorder that will go a long way to protecting the battery too. Try not to drop the battery on any concrete or other floor surfaces as well as dropping anything heavy on the battery pack. And like any other electronic gadget you own, batteries are easily damaged by water. If by chance your Camcorder or battery becomes submerged in water, quickly take it out, remove the battery from the camcorder and dry the visible water off as much as possible. Store in a clean dry area for roughly 48 hours before trying it again, and if possible, take a hairdryer to the contacts on the battery and Camcorder to help remove moisture. Don't turn the heat up too high, however, as this might damage the contacts.
Sony Camcorder Battery Not Charging
If you are having trouble completely charging your Sony Camcorder battery packs, it could be the right time for new battery packs. But before you shop for a new battery, take a few minutes to look over your current battery to see if the issues are fixable.
If your battery is a Ni-MH, or Nickel-Metal Hydride Camcorder battery pack, there is a chance it is simply suffering from Battery Memory Effect. This can occasionally happen when a battery has not been given a chance to completely drain enough every few weeks. The battery may "recall" the lower charge in stead of the top charge amount, so it will not charge beyond that new point.
A good solution to keep your Sony Camcorder Ni-MH or NiCad battery from experiencing memory effect would be to gradually drain your battery with no battery charger plugged in once or twice every so often. When the battery is completely drained, apply a full charge to the battery. Doing so will result in a reset of your Sony battery pack and may help it to completely charge again.
Sony Lithium Camcorder Batteries
However, if you have a Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) Sony Camcorder battery, completely draining the battery pack will rarely fix the issue. Nearly all Lithium Batteries can only last 2-3 years when used under standard conditions, so if your current Sony battery is almost to the end of it's battery life, it may be an indication that it's time for a replacement battery.
If you instead have a relatively new Camcorder battery pack, and your battery life is lower than you expected, it might be a good idea to cycle it up and down to around 15% or 20% once or twice. Each time you cycle the battery, power down the Sony Camcorder and remove the battery pack from the device. This should help sync up the electronics within the battery to the Camcorder battery manager. Once you have performed this action, you should notice the Sony batteries lasting a little longer.