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Canon HG10 camcorder internal battery

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Hello!

I'm a Newbie here and I LOVE my Canon HG10 HDD camcorders!

I  have been using them for about 12-15 years (I'm old and don't remember exactly when I started) recording just about anywhere I can get permission...

3 of them have internal battery issues (the rechargable lithiums that keep the settings and the clock alive are dead)

4 appeals to Canon service brought no response.

I'm really getting tired of wasting 20 minutes of setup time poking buttons to input my preferences! 

 I'm an experienced tech and not afraid to open up my stuff (I upgraded the HDD in 2 of my HGs = EZ2Do), but I learned the hard way, a long time ago, having some direction beforehand is a good thing.

Thoughts and suggestions are appreciated!

Thank You!  Stay Safe!  Stop inhaling... ;-) 

-charley, lower left corner of OHIO

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Re: Canon HG10 camcorder internal battery

Not sure what to say, unfortunately.  Those units were released around 13 years ago, so not surprising that the internal batteries will no longer hold any charge.   I cannot speak for Canon, but there may be some limit as to what electronics they will still be able to service.  Limit as in x number of years after a particular model is released.

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Ricky

EOS 5D IV, 50mm f/1.2L, 135mm f/2 L, 600EX-RT (x6), ST-E3-RT, Vixia HF G50
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Thank you!

In my original post, I didn't do the arithmetic right = I should have said about 15 years!

I am sure you are right!

The internal Li battery won't/didn't live forever. When I swapped out the 20GB HDDs for 60GB, I didn't see anything that looked like a battery cell or even a huge MFD, low-voltage capacitor.
The owner's manual tells how to charge the internal batt- turn the camera off, remove the external battery, plug in the external power supply, wait 24 hours = EZ enuff. This would indicate that the internal battery is being trickle-charged by a very simple circuit - probably just a current limiting resister in series with the battery.
Since we aren't going anywhere for awhile, I'm trying to make a dent in my to-do list. This one is about #8. If the weather gets better so I can get outside, without sinking into the mud, it will move down to #21!
Lucky me... ;-) 
All my best to you and yours!
Thanks again for your comments and fast response!
-charley

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Re: Canon HG10 camcorder internal battery

It's been many many years since I've done any electronics work.  But I believe as you noted, that the battery wouldn't be a standard off-the-shelf user-replacable cell.

 

Regards to you and your family as well!

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Ricky

EOS 5D IV, 50mm f/1.2L, 135mm f/2 L, 600EX-RT (x6), ST-E3-RT, Vixia HF G50
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Re: Canon HG10 camcorder internal battery

Most in-circuit batteries can be safely substituted with replacements of similar voltage and current capacity. For me, right now, it's just a matter of locating and identifying the actual, physical part. I wade thru tons of HG10 data and opinions but I find nothing substantial in my area of interest. FYI: I despise those who charge inflated fees for the data I require! I am very disappointed that CANON still clings to that same, long out-of-date information! It is what it is! ;-) thank you, again! Enjoyed the chat! ;-)
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