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    Posted: 12 October 2020 at 20:33
Or, more likely, my A77II.

I can't remember the last time I used it; per my arw files on my computer, it was in April.

Yesterday I grabbed it to take a couple of pics.. but nothing, no activity whatsoever. I have two batteries, I believed they were full but I plugged them in the charger anyway. Lights turns on... five, ten seconds later, it is off. So I assume they are full. I try them in the two chargers I have, same results.

Back into the camera... turn it on... no, nothing whatsover.

Oh well...

I doubt both chargers and batteries are dead now. More likely, it is the camera. I enjoyed it while it lasted.

I left one battery in overnight in case capacitors needed to recharge, but so far... so nothing!

Oh well...

Will I buy Sony again? Don't even know if I will buy any camera now. Time will tell.

Oh well... at least I have my health, I guess!

Stay healthy, my friends.
 



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Sounds like bad luck!
Hopefully it will look better tomorrow after a night of recharging!
Fingers crossed. Stay safe.
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Get a can of Electrical Contact Cleaner, spray around the power switch and then cycle the switch. Try that a few times and also check the battery compartment terminals for any corrosion if you left it sitting with a battery installed.
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Hi all,

thanks for your comments.

I just bought off ebay a Chinese (I guess) knock off ac power adapter, barely $20.00. If I can power the camera, I will then buy charger, maybe even battery. If it does not power up, trash can it is.

Will update the thread.

Stay healthy,
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Hi,

I dropped by HomeDepot and bought a can of electric contact cleaner. I had to try though I did not expect any fruitful result.

Did not get disappointed. No change with the patient.

I will give the power charger off ebay the chance. But yet, no hope really.

We'll see.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 2manycamera Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 October 2020 at 18:13
Originally posted by jpena jpena wrote:

Hi all,

thanks for your comments.

I just bought off ebay a Chinese (I guess) knock off ac power adapter, barely $20.00. If I can power the camera, I will then buy charger, maybe even battery. If it does not power up, trash can it is.

Will update the thread.

Stay healthy,


Certainly hope you find a solution that brings your a77ii back to life. However, if nothing works and it continues to impersonate a brick and it seems your only option is to trash it-don't. There are plenty of people, both on this site as well as other communities, that are knowledgeable enough to tear it down and figure out its issues. If nothing else, take it apart and sell off the pieces. Stick it on ebay with a full and accurate description of its non-functional condition, start an auction at a reasonably low price and someone out there gets a project.This also assumes you have no option of a camera repair shop where you live.

Heck, worst comes to worst, offer it up here for the cost of mailing, someone will feel the need to give it a go.

Best of luck bringing back the dead, just don't bury it.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote coyote1086 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 October 2020 at 19:05
Originally posted by jpena jpena wrote:

I plugged them in the charger anyway. Lights turns on... five, ten seconds later, it is off. So I assume they are full. I try them in the two chargers I have, same results.


Usually even the battery is full, it will take longer to get the lights in the charger to turn off. I suspect it might be the batteries. Too bad you do not have another camera to test.

Good luck with the AC adapter
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Post Options Post Options   Quote jpena Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 October 2020 at 21:07
Thanks, all, for your input.

Actually I do have another camera, my even older A77.

But I do not remember if it worked at all earlier this year. I removed its back screen some years ago as the A77II's one had started acting up.

Removing the back screen cannot prevent it from starting, but honestly I do not remember if it did at all or not earlier this year or not.

But that's why I finally bought the ac charger, in case both cameras do not turn on just because both batteries and/or both chargers are not functioning properly.

Yes, I know, fat chance, right?

Will update.

Stay healthy,
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Post Options Post Options   Quote JAGIL Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 October 2020 at 23:02
I recently had a similar experience with my A99. I spent some time without using it and 2 batteries died. When I put them in the charger, what you described happened.
It's almost certainly the batteries. It happens when they are discharged for a long time.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Matt Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 October 2020 at 08:46
Yes, always charge a battery before storing for longer periods of time.

Normally the battery pack should have some sort of supervisory circuit that disconnects the cells when the cells are below the recommended voltages.

But due to self-discharge, the voltage can still drop below the minimum and if it really runs down to completely empty, it can destroy the battery.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote jpena Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 October 2020 at 21:53
Thanks all for your input.

Matt, that's a great piece of news. I had no idea.

If the knock-off charger powers the A77II up, I guess I will have to buy some new batteries.

Does anyone know if you can charge, safely, any compatible non-original non-sony batteries with the 'yes'-original 'yes'-sony charger?

thanks, and stay healthy,
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 October 2020 at 08:12
AFAIK that is no problem. I do not have third party batteries, but I think it is fine. If you're unsure, just buy a cheap charger. I am looking at a (US) Amazon listing of two Wasabi Batteries and a charcher for $22,99.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 October 2020 at 09:00
@jpena, I mix and match sony and third party batteries as well as chargers. Never pay attention to which battery goes in which charger so I think they all work well together.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote jpena Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 October 2020 at 21:01
Happy    update.

I got the ac power adapter and... yes, the A77II powered up! The A77 did not, however.

Matt, you nailed it. Batteries are just dead. Great tip.

So I went and bought knock off batteries off ebay.

Can't wait to use my A77II with them now! I will update once I have it up and running on batteries.

Thanks all for your ideas, tips and empathic help, much obliged!


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