I few weeks ago, whilst Dumpster Diving, I came across a Hitachi VM-3100A VHS camcorder. I've never had a camcorder before, and finding one in the trash excited me greatly. I got it home, and I got it recording video just fine, but I now have a problem with power. It came with the AC adaptor, and works fine when tethered to the wall, but it does not have a battery attached.
From what I can find online, the original battery was 12V and 2A. I have two 12V batteries here: one at 1.2A and another at 6.5A. A long time ago, my electronics teacher explained to me that amperes are to batteries as capacity is to a fuel tank: that is, amperes refer to the capacity of the battery. In this case, it would be safe to hook up a 6.5A battery to my camcorder, it'll just last longer between recharges. I've looked into it, however, and realized that amperes are actually Columbs per second, which would make them a rate of flow, and hence I now doubt my original logic. Here's where I hope the experts of AppleFritter can come in.
Does anyone know if it's safe to hook up a battery with a higher ampere rating than the device requires? What about hooking up a battery with a lower ampere rating than required by the device? Or should I just bite the bullet and buy a replacement battery for this sucker if I plan to keep it a while?
Thanks for your help!