Camcorder Battery Replacement
Camcorders, better known to most people as movie cameras, are becoming increasingly
common amongst the masses. Back in the day, these cameras only came in large black
casings and were not only considered feasible for use by professional photographers and
cameramen but also a gadget, only useful to them.
Unlike still cameras, camcorders could not make their space on a common man’s shelf until
the last decade of the 20th century. At the same time however, photographers and
photography fans were also developing their thoughts, increasing their boundaries and
were very much going along with the pace of the rest of the world. Hence, they always
thought of brining a movie camera into their homes and use it as often as they used their
With the advancement of technology and increasing trend of gadgets going compact, movie
cameras also shortened in size and became light in weight. Their keys and controls also
became friendly for a normal user and hence, they began to be used widely all around the
globe. Today, camcorders can be found in almost every household and people can be seen
enjoying their shots just the way they enjoyed taking snaps in recent years. Controls,
functions and keys of camcorders keep on varying and every other day, a new model
arrives in the market. Certainly this may be important to consumers but more than what
stays on the minds of the users is the camcorder battery.
Just like most digital cameras of today, camcorders would also use either a Li-ion or NiCad
battery. There are some differences between the two types of batteries which make one
better than the other. However, makers of movie cameras need to consider many points
before actually deciding on the fact that which battery is to go in. For some manufacturers,
a Li-ion battery turns out to be a better choice while for others, a NiCad battery would do.
Hence, both the kinds of batteries are highly in use and can be differentiated on the
The first point of concern that could actually be considered by manufacturers in terms of
practicability is the cost effectiveness of the camcorder battery. Of course, a cheaper
battery would keep the price of the camera low and hence be more profitable for the
manufacturing company in terms of sales. Another important aspect is the charging and
discharging rate of the battery. For many buyers, the longevity of the battery matters more
than the price of the camera. Hence, keeping in view the clientele of a certain kind of
camera, manufacturers would fit in the battery. Researches are underway at large and all
over the globe to come up with batteries that last long, weigh less and cost less. This would
be a perfect battery that every consumer would want in his camcorder but unfortunately, it
has not been discovered as yet.
A Li-ion battery is also known as Lithium Ion Battery. As clear by its name, its fiction
revolves around the ions of lithium. These batteries are rechargeable and comprise the
process of electrolysis. On one side of the battery, the negative electrolyte, also known as
anode, resides. On the other side of a Li-ion battery is of course, the positive cathode. The
anode is usually made up of carbon while for the anode a metal oxide is the preferable
construction material. Since negative charge attracts positive charge, the negatively
charges lithium ions rest on the cathode and move towards the anode when a power
supply is connected. This creates movement of charge and hence brings electricity and
function to the battery. These batters are cheap and light weight but also reduce their
memory with time.
NiCad batteries on the other hand, run on the electrolysis of Nickel and Cadmium. They
are also rechargeable and are widely used for portable electronic gadgets. Although they
have not been able to compete with Li-ion batters as far as their prices are concerned,
NiCad batteries are a lot better choice to be used in areas where high rates of discharging
are required. Also, these batteries do not loose their memories with time. Hence they have
turned out to be better than Lithium ion batteries but are produced commercially on a
scale as wide as lithium ion batteries.
There is yet another type of camcorder battery that is known as Nickel-metal hydride
battery. It is also rechargeable but more useful for heavy duty items. Hence camcorder
batteries are many in number and each has some advantages over the other. Only time will
bring out the one that would be perfect for all manufacturers to safely put in their
camcorders and get them ready for sale.