12-23-2014 11:00 AM
06-06-2015 09:33 AM - edited 06-08-2015 02:07 PM
I had the same problem after the camcorder sat in the back of my truck next to the ocean. I bought a new battery and it did the same exact thing. It would not charge at all through the camcorder. It also would not turn on unless I had the camcorder plugged in. I fixed the problem by putting in and taking out the battery about 10 times. It must have worked loose some of the corosion on the pins when it was sitting next to the sea all winter. It works perfect now. I am so happy.
6-8-2015 Update: I found that plugging the battery in and out many times did get the power to the camera, but I later found that it still would not charge properly. The one battery I bought on ebay was a clone and it appears that there is a chip inside that prevents the clones from working. The orginal battery would not take a charge I think it was shorted out by a frayed wires in the charger. The freyed wires caused the current to flow backwards out of the battery when it was not plugged in causing a dead short that killed the battery because it sat like that for many months. It appears that if the battery is a clone it must be charged on an external charger. Some clones say they have the right chip inside. If it says it is encoded, that does not mean it will charge, I think that just means it can read the level of charge left in the battery. Look the the cannon intellegent sign on the battery. But don't expect it to be cheap, I am seeing prices of 70 to 80 dollars per battery!
06-07-2015 12:55 PM
I'm glad (but not really) I'm not the only one with this problem. Have had an FS30, with 2 batteries (the second one cost an extra $80), for 2 years and now all of a sudden it won't charge either battery. The red light flashes 7 times, then pauses, then repeats. The camera does work plugged directly into the wall, so it must have something to do with the internal charging system. I guess I'll try a wall charger (if I can find one) or a new camera. Don't think I'll be buying another Canon.
06-07-2015 03:59 PM
I opted to go with the battery on an external charger and that seems to be working just fine. When you think about it, it's actaully easier than having the cord and everything hanging all over and it's just like a digital camera...so...whatever, it's working.
10-04-2015 09:22 PM
Was having the same problem with my Canon Vixia. Here's what I did:
1) Removed battery from camera
2) Wet a q-tip with WD-40
3) Using the q-tip, I wiped the contacts on the battery and in the battery receptacle
It works now, i.e., it charges like it's supposed to!
Hope this helps!
11-06-2015 04:28 PM
The same happen with my Canon LEGRIA HF S21 !
The camera flashes 7 times, then aborting charging.
I've used a fully charged battery... once empty the
camera will not charge it again !
- Used another power-supply, .... no change, no charging...
- Re-charging the same battery on another camera - worked !
- Connectors clean on battery and inside the camera.
Must be the electronics circuit in the camera.
Strange, because the camera can monitor the status of the
original battery and switch between the ext. battery and the
external power-supply. So all the 4 connectors (+,D,T,-)
must be functional. I've checked them visually... gold plated,
no oxidation... should be OK. Compared to a another camera,
the same "picture".
OPTION 1 - CAMERA-Repair...
OPTION 2 - a separate battery charger.
If someboby could send me a service-manual, then I could
try to follow the signals from cameras battery-connector to
the charging-IC and analyzing the circuit around it.
04-01-2016 01:28 AM
Same problem here. Bought an external charger that solved the problem. Found the charger on Amazon for $15, manufactutred by STK for the specific battery in the HF 200. Good solution, really. The external charger is a better system than the original adapter cable.
10-19-2016 01:10 PM
VIXIA HS20 won't charge battery and won't hold a charge.
I purchased the camera in 2011.
I have two dead Canon branded batteries.
I have tried three off-brands so far.
Blinks seven times slow, 1-2 second break, blinks seven.
Have tried to charge for 18 hours, 12 hrs. and 2 days.
The best charge I can get is 78 minutes. If I check and just leave, the battery drains to 48 minutes in less than 20
So, the answers to what to do when the battery won't charge doesn't answer:
If your camcorder works fine with power, and your batteries won't charge.
10-19-2016 01:16 PM
Did the external battery charger help? This is exactly what is happening to me now with my five year old HFS20 Vixia. Camera works fine on power. No battery charge and if I attempt to use the battery and try again, the depletion is about 30%.