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"Battery exhausted" message with good batteries

Had my Coolpix L18 for 8 months and loved it. Went to use in last night and it gave the message "Battery exhausted." Switched out batteries (more than 2 new sets) and make sure the contacts are clean and no residue anywhere. Still no luck. Do I need to send it in under the warranty?

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  • mooredynasty Dec 28, 2008

    I started receiving this message after less than 3 months. The camera was never dropped or mishandled in any way prior to the problem starting.

  • Anonymous Jan 01, 2009

    Same problem - the camera was new for Christmas...

  • Anonymous Jan 02, 2009

    I get the message after about 30 seconds of recording a movie. Very frustrating.

  • Anonymous Jan 02, 2009

    same problem here

  • xerographist Mar 02, 2009

    I'm getting this nasty-gram too. Only taken a few dozen pictures with the supplied batteries... Battery tester shows them near full strength compared to brand new new ones. Is this camera just a battery guzzler?

  • Ocmer Mar 07, 2009

    Same problem here. After a dozen photo's or so.

    Tested/used both 'AA alkaline batteries', NiMH AA (3000 mA) batteries in this camera.

    With my Coolpix L5 I alsmost could run a two weeks holiday on one set of 3000 mA NiMH AA batteries

    Should this be an issue for a new firmware update?

  • Anonymous Mar 09, 2009

    10 pictures for each battery.... with 1.52V remaining

  • hopster683Q Mar 12, 2009

    I used my camera for about 6 months before this issue of battery exhaustion occured. I just figured I was jipped or that it fell to many times. One day I decided to try it again with some random batteries I had laying around the house and it worked just fine!!!WTF? Then a week later after my battery ran out I put in new batteries and the green light flashes at the top of my camera but nothing else happens. I hope that this solution of using Alkaline or Lithium batteris is true because otherwise my camera has a mind of its own and chooses to work when it wants to.

    I am going to pick up some batteries today that contain either Alkaline or Lithium. I will post my results!

  • crissy246 Mar 20, 2009

    March 20 2009
    I have the same problem. I got my camera for Christmas changed the batteries once no problem. Then "battery exhausted" would show up, Put fresh batteries in seemed ok till I took the picture then the "battery exhausted" came on again. Change the batteries again same thing. What's up?

  • Alan B
    Alan B May 16, 2018

    remove the SD memory card. this fixed mine.



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Make sure you have either lithium AA batteries or Alkaine AA batteries it happened to me before too and this worked

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