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Digital rebel battery drain with flash only

Digital rebel aprox 5 yrs old. Two batteries same age. Freshly charged batteries immediately drain when either on camera or attached flash is used. Non flash operation does not show problem. Battery or camera problem?

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I would suspect the batteries

Ive got an eos Rebel think its just over 4 years old
for the last year its been used every weekend for several hours 300+ pics per weekend between 2 nights I found that recently where one battery would last a night the battery was running out midway through & also taking longer to charge afterwards

2 after market replacements cost me about £10 and things are back to normal

5 years is a pretty good lifespan for a battery so its probably just getting old

Posted on Dec 16, 2008

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