Question about Kodak EasyShare CX7430 Digital Camera
We are having problems with my camera discharging the batteries that we put in. We have been using rechargeable NiMH AA but also tried AA Lithium, and other espensive batteries but when we open the camera up again, even after a few hours the batteries are dead. At the moment we take our photo's then take the bateries out and put them back when we want to use the camera. Not very conducive to taking quick snaps. We phoned Kodak and they want 60 dollars to tell us what the problem is, and even suggested that it was an impossible problem, that it wouldn't happen.
Whell we must agree it is real and very possible. There are some basic phisics laws wich dictates the battery drain rate for a given charge and power requirements. A battery will drain faster if the impedance (circuit electric resistance) of the device you power on, is smaller. A zero ohm impedance is equivalent to a short circuit. Even small impedances such as few ohms to 100-200 ohms drain the battery faster then highter ones, at the same level of power consumtion. My gues in case of your camera, is that there is a faulty inductance on the mainboard of the camera, most probably short circuited and that it is reducing the overall impedance of the whole device. This isn't a hard to diagnosticate problem, but a fix can only be found in a service center. They have the proper tools to find such problems. This shouldn't be a pretty much expensive repair but ask them to estimate the cost of the repair and explain you what their doing before actually doing it. In that way you will be shure what you're facing off and if it's worth it. Good luck and fell free to post another question for more info.
Posted on Feb 22, 2007
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