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Olympus battery charger flashes red when battery is inserted.

The battery is an Olympus LI 428 which came with the camera, an Olympus FE 280/X-820. I have only ever charged it twice in eleven months, as I don't use the camera much. The battery does not appear to be charging. Help please!

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  • Anonymous Dec 12, 2008

    i have a olympus fe-330 and i have a problem with when i put my battery in the charger it comes up with a blinking red light! whats wrong?

  • Anonymous Dec 27, 2008

    My battery chrager is also flashing red. It never did that before, it was always a steady red light. C-765

  • fluteymal Dec 31, 2008

    I started using the my Olympus FE-340 for the first time in a few months and every time but once, the charger flashes when inserted and the battery doesn't charge! What's going on?

  • cmarchand Nov 19, 2013

    I had the same problem and bought a new battery. Thre red light kept flashing. I cheched the charger and one of the contacts was stuck down. I pulled on it with a pair of tweezers making it as high as the other two contacts.Plugged both the old and new battery in and presto! they charged.

  • cmarchand Nov 19, 2013

    check the contacts of the charger. Make sure they all are at the same height. My middle contact was lower than the other two. I pulled the contact until it was equal in height to the other two. My battery now charges.

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    have inserted new batteries camera will not turn on

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"Another way I found was when this happens, to push the battery to the point the light will turn on, when it starts flashing slide it off then back on. Do this a few times so it charges a little, then you should be fine to leave it on."

I tried to do this with my LI-10C Olympus charger and it worked..The blinking red light turns to solid red..Thanks for the info...Now I won't be bothering to buy a new batt.or have my charger checked..

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  • debbrian Jan 17, 2011

    wow....fantastic saved me buying new battery and charger...at first the red light wouldnt even blink, but I just waited 3 or 4 minutes and it started blinking, I reinserted it a few times and it worked....my battery hasnt been charged for nearly 3 years!!!!!!!

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Another way I found was when this happens, to push the battery to the point the light will turn on, when it starts flashing slide it off then back on. Do this a few times so it charges a little, then you should be fine to leave it on.

Posted on Oct 02, 2009

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  • nurgle92 Aug 03, 2011

    This actually works, thanks so much!

  • James Apr 21, 2012

    fantastic - thanks so much for the advice - it works!

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    Dayvaitch Dec 26, 2013

    Much to my surprise this did actually work

  • John Clarence Garcia
    John Clarence Garcia Jul 17, 2014

    I commented just to tell you that this worked for me. I almost threw away my battery until I read this. THIS WORKS!!! THANK YOU!

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Never throw away a lithium ion battery! These chargers are low voltage (2v output) and very sensitve to even slightly dirty contacts. There may be a film on them even if they seem shiny. Take a pencil eraser or art eraser and clean the contacts - almost always fixes the problem.

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I have an FE-230 and I have to insert the battery multiple times but it eventually will not blink and will charge.

Posted on Jan 07, 2009

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I had the same problem and I put the charger in a upright position. It worked instantly !!

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If the charger is flashing red then the battery was allowed to fully discharge. You can either buy a new battery or force the charger to charge the battery. The way you do this is by applying a voltage across the charging terminals while inserting the battery. I opened the case of my charger and attached wires from a AAA battery to the corresponding wires attached to the charging deck (+ to red and - to black). Then I slipped the battery into the charger and plugged the charger into tho wall. The light should illuminate solid red (no flashing). Then immediately (and carefully) remove the wires from the charger.

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Clean with eraser and or slide in and out of charger a few times.

I wouldn't recommend trying the other solutions becuase if the battery explodes you are in the hospital for a while and will have to replace many things besides a camera battery.

Another one to send to MythBusters.

Posted on Nov 17, 2013

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    Antonio Caruso Nov 17, 2013

    clean with eraser and or slide in and out of charger a few times.

    I wouldn't recommend trying the other solutions becuase if the battery explodes you are in the hospital for a while and will have to replace many things besides a camera battery.

    Another one to send to MythBusters.

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I am trying to charge my battery, nothing is flashing they light is not on, Its the charger that came with it... is it charging??? I have no idea

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Reason already explained in solution #4: If the charger is flashing red then the battery was allowed to fully discharge.
Solution #2 did not work in my case so I connected an adjustable power supply unit to the battery to 'inject' the initial juice. Slowly increased the voltage until current reached 500mA and hold it for 2 seconds. (Do not connect the battery for a longer time since it may burn or explode!) Then slipped the battery into the charger and voila - steady red light !

Posted on Jun 10, 2010

  • John S in MN Sep 09, 2010

    I had this problem with my Stylus 600. I noticed that the contacts on the battery were slightly discolored and I believe the problem was due to poor electrical contact between the battery and the charger. I used a pencil eraser to clean the contacts and the problem was solved.

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    keikobushnel Jan 20, 2012

    pencil eraser. amazing! thank you.

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