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Rechargable camera battery life support

You are at an important function and the red indicator starts to flash telling you the battery is low. What do you do? Of course you grab your spare battery, right?

Wrong. Unless you are a nerd like myself, you don't have a spare rechargeable battery with you, or you didn't buy the kind of camera that uses standard AA batteries.

Solution: Because batteries are little chemical factories enclosed in a hard shell, you can get a few more pictures out of that battery by simply taking out the battery and tapping it on a hard surface. This stirs up the electrolyte or shakes free a few electrons, not sure why but it works.

Caution #1: Be careful - don't crack the plastic cover or damage the contacts!! Some are more fragile than others. You can do this several times before it finally gives out and you should be able to get quite a few more pictures using this method.

Caution #2: Obviously do NOT try this if the battery is not removable, i.e. it is permanently encased in the camera (like your iPod battery). The delicate parts of the camera will not survive this kind of treatment.

Disclaimer: I have no idea if this affects the life of the battery negatively but hey, at least you got that picture of your husband passed out under the wedding cake table.



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My Nikon Coolpix S2550 says the battery is low when I need to use the flash - but I have fully charged the battery please help


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How do you turn the flash on? (with the vivitar vivicam 8018)


Your camera has a built in flash function which enables you to take photos when the light condition is not good.

1. Press the Up button. (for reference of buttons, please see the below figure mentioned)
2. Press the Up button once until you see the icon appear on the LCD screen. This indicates that the flash is forced on.
3. Press the Up button again to change to the auto flash function.
4. The icon will appear at the top of the LCD indicating that the auto flash is turned on and ready to use.
5. Press the Up button again to change from the auto flash to the red eye function.
6. The icon will appear on the LCD indicating that the red eye reduction function has been activated.
7. To turn off the flash function, press the Up button again until the icon is displayed on the LCD.

Note: A “Low Power” message will appear on the LCD screen, if you select the flash function when the battery power is insufficient. To continue using the camera with the flash, please change new batteries

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Ok the lightning bolt is your power indicator: solid green-charging, Flashing green-fully charged, flashing red-low battery, flashing red three times the once green-bad battery. the "trash can" looking one is your hard drive activity indicator it will flash while your hard drive is reading and writing.

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hi can you help me!!


do you fully charge your phone? i know for sure that the red blinking light that you are saying that flashes near the joystick only indicates that your phone is low in battery and need to charge. maybe you're phone is not charging properly. you can also try changing your battery as your second to the last option, of course the last is buy a new phone^^

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