Is it possible to repair a video camera that suffered a voltage overload?

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    • #90637

      Hello, I’m from Argentina. My English is not so good, but I’ll try to write the best I can. I have (or I had) a video camera Panasonic HC-MDH2. Someone has stolen me the original AC/DC adapter that comes with the camera. In my country is really difficult (or directly impossible) to buy accesories, because Panasonic Shop doesn’t sell them. I was searching in different online shops from here, but I didn’t find it. I asked for help in Panasonic Customer Support from USA, but they couldn’t help me because they don’t sell this model in that country. Then I decided to buy a generic one. I have purchased an AC/DC adaptor with output voltage selector (different points from 1.5 V to 12 V). The camera uses 9.3 V. I have connected the adapter to the camera, but nothing happened. The charge led (included on the camera) never turned on. And the whole camera never turned on any more. Then I checked the adapter. It is failed. The output voltage selector says 9 V, but with a voltimeter I have checked it, and the real output is 18 V. Obviously, the camera suffered a voltage overload. Before visiting the technical service, I’d like to ask you your opinions. Could it exist a possible solution?. Thank you very much.

    • #214093

      I guess in the future you will test the power supply first, yes?

      Most likely, there is a small fuse that has opened, but is not owner serviceable. There are service manuals that can be located using Google, but many are malware sites. Try buying a service manual from someone on eBay. You will need a Paypal account, but if the sale goes bad, PayPal will refund your money.

      Good luck.

    • #214099

      It is certainly possible, though if you have little to no experience soldering or repairing small electronics, I would probably recommend getting service done through official channels. And as Ed mentioned, you’d need a service manual to even attempt repair.

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