How to Troubleshoot Flip Video Battery Problems - dummies

How to Troubleshoot Flip Video Battery Problems

By Joe Hutsko, Drew Davidson

Learning how to turn your Flip Video camera on and off isn’t quite enough if you run into problems with your battery and its charge. Once you can manage the charging, recharging, and power-related behavior of your Flip camera, you’ll be on your way to mastering Flip camera functions.

Here’s a list of the top ten facts pertaining to Flip battery issues:

  • Flashing battery symbol: When you see this symbol on the display screen, your battery power is too low and needs to be recharged. If you don’t recharge, the camcorder will eventually turn itself off as the battery diminishes.

  • Time to fully charge: Fully charging your Flip’s rechargeable battery by plugging it into your computer’s USB port can takes from 3 to 6 hours. Fully charging your Flip by using an optional power adapter can take roughly 2 to 3.5 hours.

    Recharging your Flip camera by plugging it into your computer’s USB port can take longer if you’re running the FlipShare program, or another program that may be accessing your Flip camera, such as iMovie on the Mac, or Windows Live Movie Maker on a Windows PC. To speed up recharge time, quit FlipShare if you aren’t working with it.

  • Unplugging after charging: Although you can leave your Flip plugged in to your computer after a full charge, unplugging your camera after it’s fully charged can help lengthen the lifespan of your Flip’s rechargeable battery.

  • Partial battery discharge: Flip models that come with rechargeable batteries use lithium ion-type batteries, which means you can partially recharge your Flip’s batteries anytime without the full charge or discharge cycle that older nickel-based batteries required to last long and provide maximum performance.

  • When your Flip’s battery is fully charged, you can expect the following battery life:

    • Mino, MinoHD, or SlideHD models: Up to 2 hours

    • UltraHD model: Up to 2.5 hours

    • Ultra model: Up to 4.5 hours (when using the optional AA rechargeable battery pack, sold separately)

  • Standby time: Standby time for fully charged rechargeable battery Flip models is generally up to three months before the camera’s battery begins to discharge. However, it’s not unusual to find the rechargeable battery completely depleted after three months of non-usage because of gradual (and normal) dissipation over time.

  • Charging symbol: When recharging your Flip Ultra HD or Ultra (with optional rechargeable battery pack), the flashing battery charging symbol appears on your camera’s screen. If you’re using standard, nonrechargeable AA batteries with your Ultra HD or Ultra camera, the word Connected appears on the camera’s screen.

  • Auto shutdown: To conserve battery life, your Flip camera automatically shuts off after 90 to 120 seconds of inactivity, depending on your particular model.

  • Charging device temperature: Your Flip might feel warm or hot to the touch when it’s recharging, and the screen might periodically display the message, “It’s getting hot. Charging paused.”

    Your Flip does this automatically as a safety measure, pausing to allow the rechargeable battery to cool before it resumes charging. However, if you see the message, “Charging paused. Check battery pack,” unplug your Flip from your computer or power charger and contact Flip technical support for assistance (phone: 1-888-222-6689; Web site: