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Problems with batteries

The most common problem with batteries for cameras is the type and brand name that people use in them.
buying cheaper may save you money..but those batteries are cheaper for a reason. they commonly do not hold a strong enough charge to power a digital camera for very long or even at all.
this is called the mAH rating. (milliamp per hour)
look for batteries with at least a 2000 mAH rating.
DO NOT USE: alkaline- they drain fast
nickel cadmium rechargeable-tend to have a memory effect .
you can use the following:
lithium-expensive but work
Ni-MH nickel metal hydride rechargeable- last longer no memory effects best value and most ideal type for digital cameras.
lithium ion rechargeable - best batteries to use however they are the most expensive and harder to find.

  • Insert the batteries correctly into the camera.
  • Don't mix used and unused batteries.
  • Don't mix different types of batteries.
  • Take care not to overcharge rechargeable batteries.
  • Don't leave batteries inside the camera for an extended period of time. Some batteries might leak and damage the camera.
  • Don't expose your batteries to extreme heat or cold.

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when i am charge the camera and after trying to open it saying battery temperature high problem


You have a bad battery or the battery controller inside the battery is out. What happens is the battery overcharges and the battery produces more power than it should. It also can get into a problem where it keeps getting hotter and hotter until it catches fire. Doesn't happen that often in camera battery's but is a lot more common in other lithium type batteries. Anyway this isn't something you want to ignore. Just go replace the battery with a new one and toss out the hot one. Don't try to use it just in case it decides to thermally run away and catch fire or explode one day.

You can find new replacement batteries online much cheaper than buying from the manufacturer or their dealers. Just do a search for your camera type and battery ie "Canon rebel battery" and then find someone close or cheap or both. You can save yourself a lot of money if the shipping is cheap. I purchased a battery for $15 instead of $70. Works fine and at that price can buy a few more if needed.

This isn't dangerous now but it can be so you do need to replace this battery. Take it out of the camera and don't use it and you will be fine.

Feb 04, 2011 | Cameras

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Battery indicator reads empty when batteries are fully charged


It looks like your question was cut short... all I see is "Battery indicator reads empty when batteries are..."

With my experience with the Pentax *ist DL, I think the problem is probably that brand new batteries still show "empty" on the indicator.

Chances are that you are not using the CR-V3 camera batteries in your *ist DL. I have tried 2400mAh NiMH rechargable batteries and brand new alkaline batteries in an attempt to save money.

Neither lasted anywhere near as long as the CR-V3 batteries! While you may be paying $15-$20 for two CR-V3 batteries, they last a LONG time!

One of the advantages of DSLRs (and digital cameras in general) is that you save money by no longer buying film and paying for developing/prints. But, even at $20 for two CR-V3 batteries, I save money! I am able to take several hundred photos on a pair of batteries (I think the manual says 500+) instead of $10-$15 ($2-$7 for film + $8 dev/print) for every 24-36 photos!

May 29, 2010 | Pentax *ist DL Digital Camera

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My camera indicates that the batteries are low and won't power on. But, when I put new batteries in, it still indicates low battery. What can I do?


Chances are that you are not using CR-V3 camera batteries in your *ist DL. I have tried 2400mAh NiMH rechargable batteries and brand new alkaline batteries in an attempt to save money.

Neither lasted anywhere near as long as the CR-V3 batteries!

While you may be paying $15-$20 for two CR-V3 batteries, they last a LONG time!

One of the advantages of DSLRs (and digital cameras in general) is that you save money by no longer buying film and paying for developing/prints. But, even at $20 for two CR-V3 batteries, I save money! I am able to take several hundred photos on a pair of batteries (I think the manual says 500 ) instead of $10-$15 ($2-$7 for film $8 dev/print) for every 24-36 photos!

May 09, 2010 | Pentax *ist DL Digital Camera

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power / batteries


This is a common problem...sometimes you have to turn it on a couple of times.

Mar 17, 2010 | Pentax *ist DL Digital Camera

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Brand new long life AA batteries only lasting 15mins


Hi there.
This is a common problem with just about any digital camera out there (even my own).
After spending loads of money on top named brands and types i found that Duracell Alkaline batteries lasted just about the longest in my camera which is a Samsung S 500. Even so i would advise that you stock on them because the camera's do tend to eat the battery power.


Good luck and thanks for using FixYa!!

May 21, 2009 | Kodak EasyShare Z1275 Digital Camera

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