Both batteries suddenly dead?
I can't figure this out. I have two batteries for my HV40 and they're both proper Canon batteries. They've worked fine for the year that I've had the camera. One of them I only used twice, and have since just stored it. The other one is the one I use most of the time. In the last few months, I've begun just leaving that battery on the camera, even when it's plugged in, but I don't plug it in that often.
A few days ago, the camera turned off in the middle of video capture, and I realized that it had been running on the battery, and that the cord was broken. There was a break in the wire and the electricity wasn't getting through. I did figure out that I could finish the video capture by positioning the cord in a certain way so as to make sure electricity flow was working. But of course I'd need a new cord. Anyway, so after that, I decided to charge the battery in this way, with the cord carefully arranged to work, and charge the battery. Well it didn't work. The battery light flashed but after 2 or 3 hours, no charge in the battery. I figured it was the cord, so I got a friend to fix the cord ($120 for a new one? Really?) The cord works fine now, plugs in, camera works. But the SAME thing: battery will NOT charge, and neither will the other battery. The manual says there's a problem if the battery light flashes fast, and mine IS doing that. It says this means it's a faulty battery, and to use another one. But these were both fine batteries before the cord broke.
The Canon manual says that storing a charged battery for a year or more can affect its life-cycle and performance (page 96). My guess is however, that when the cord broke, the battery shorted out. Do you know anyone with another HV40/30 that would let you borrow a charger and a battery?
Shorted out? I doubt that, unless both wires in the cord broke at the same point, and connected...
Leave the charger (not just a "cord") connected for 24 hours, that will charge the (probably) depleted internal battery in the camera.
Thanks for the replies. Do you mean leave it connected WITH or without the battery?
Originally Posted by Janke
You should also do a reset, with no power, press the reset button in the battery compartment.
Yay - I think you hit on the head with reset. I didn't even know there was a reset button, but I pressed it, put the recent battery in, and it's charging with the light flashing the way it should: not super fast.
Thanks so much!
Either did I! Hopefully I wont need it anytime soon though. Thank you Janke.