Originally Posted by AJ750
The only way to restore your failing camera is to solder in a new battery. If you can't solder, you can get away with splicing the two cables together and using electrician's tape to insulate the bare wires. When replacing batteries, it is imperative to get the polarity correct. If you invert the black and red wires you will most probably destroy your camera.
When I ordered my #16 camera I also picked up a new battery for my old #11.
I just finished performing a "heart transplant" on the camera and all went well. Patient is resting comfortably.
I spliced the wires by cutting them a little bit longer, twisting the bare wires together and then soldering them. I then used heat shrink tubing to cover the solder joint. Charged the battery and recorded some video. Good as new. (need to reset the clock however).
Cost me $4 (US) for the battery - it was well worth the cost & effort.