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Sony doesn’t make my batteries anymore!

Discussion in 'Film and Vintage Forum' started by Dell the Engie, Sep 13, 2018.

  1. Dell the Engie

    Dell the Engie New Member

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    Hello all! This is actually my first post on this forum, so below my issue I’m having I’ll put a little about me. :)

    So I procured a Sony Video 8 camera from ~1985, and everything works perfectly! The only thing wrong is that the batteries for it, the Sony NP-22, is discontinued, and through hours of searching online, I can’t find a single replacement or refurbishment for it! I bought a new old stock one from eBay, but it doesn’t hold a charge. Edit: I did find a company (batterytex.com) that is offering to refurbish a battery that I send in, but they want 30 bucks to do it. What do y’all suggest I do?


    So a little about me, I’ve only recently gotten into photography and filmography seriously, but I’ve always liked filming things and taking photos. My grandfather really loved to film things, he when he passed away about 3 years ago I got all of his cameras. I’m just now going through them, however.
     
  2. Phill104

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    It was a nicad battery pack so any old stock will more than likely be knackered by now, they break down over time. You can google a full explanation but that is the crux of it.

    If it was me, I would open it and replace the cells with either new nicad ones or go the lithium route. Being 6v output that does make things a little complex going the lithium option unless you really know what you are doing.

    What this company you mentioned will do is similar, they will open the pack and slap in new nicad cells. Usually these packs were made up of existing easy to get hold of cells joined together. I would guess, 4 or 8 1.5v nicad cells configured to give the 6v required. They are often joined together with little strips of metal welded to the terminals and for that special too,s are required, or at least some imaginative shed tinkering.so 30 bucks seems a fair price if they do a good job.
     
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  3. MikeB

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    You do have options. I would consider converting the camera to accept an external battery connection. It may even be cheaper in the long run.
     
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    As @Phil104 said Ni-Cad is a prehistory technology now; lack of support is no small wonder.

    There's a range of options but workarounds require electronics knowledge; you wouldn't posit this if you had this with all due respect.

    Essentially Ni-Cad is dead (I know, I know... But for this thread's purposes. . ) so you can't blame the manufacturer.

    I can say with almost certainty Sony didn't make the initial or replacement batteries.
     
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  8. Roger S

    Roger S Crazy Canuck Administrator

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    I would check out the Sony NP-55 battery to see if it fits the camera. The NP-55 is NiMH instead of NiCad. It's still 6V and 2100 mAh.
     

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