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Rechargeable Batteries I was given a set of rechargeable batteries with my new Finepix A500 camera which came with a set of non rechargeable double A's. The original batteries are now dead and i wanted to swap to the recahrgeables. According to the packaging and the charger they are fully charged but when i put them into the camera nothing happens i cant turn it on. I have checked in the manual and the batteries i have should be compatible with the camera, has anyone else suffered from this problem or know the answer? I would really use rechargeables if i possibly can. Tha batteries i have are nickel metal hydride, 2350mAh, 1.25v

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Re: Rechargeable Batteries

This is a triky one. Most cameras will work with rechargeable batteries. If they don't work the most probable cause is this: a normal battery has about 1.5 V nominal charge. Because you use 2 of them you get 3 V nominal charge. Most rechargeable batteries have about 1.21 - 1.25 V like yours. This is given by the technology type used in their construction. However 2 1.25V batteries will result in 2.50 V at nominal charge and some cameras woun't go whell with the 0.5 V difference. You should try other types of rechargeable batteries, maybe some of them will work, but it is recomandable to do that before you buy them, so like I said, it's a triky choice. Try to go to a digital camera shop, they may sell rechargeable batteries more compatible with your camera.

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