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Flash drains Li-Ion rechargeable batteries instantly

I have 2 LB-01-equivalent rechargables I purchased on eBay severl months ago. I can shoot about 30 minutes of continuous exposure in bulb mode with these batteries. However, if I flip the flash up, the camera goes black after a few seconds, and I must re-charge the batteries. I do not have this problem using NiMH batteries, but I can't shoot for nearly as long in bulb mode. What gives?

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  • Chris Williams Jul 10, 2007

    I can usually get a hundred or so photos shooting without the flash during normal use.

    THe long exposures are for astrophotography.

  • Chris Williams Jul 10, 2007

    For astro-photography I use an 18 Amp-Hour 12V battery. (It is designed for emergency jump-starting cars, but has two power outlets for 12V devices.) I reduce the input voltage to 7.2 V via a DC-DC converter and connect to the DC input jack.

  • Chris Williams Jul 31, 2007

    Turns out it was the batteries. Bought some CRV3 NiMHs from Radio Shack and the problem went away.

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Inferior batteries from a dodgy site on E-bay -at a guess Sport out on some regular batteries. Shooting in brief mode I would think takes a larger whack out of the batteries than ordinary shooting I would imagine. What are the pictures of?

Posted on Jul 09, 2007

  • john ash
    john ash Jul 10, 2007

    A Hundred normal shots per charge is about normal.
    Asstro long shots I guess does mean more drain per shot so fewer shots per charge.
    But I think you problem is all most certainly 'cheap' batteries.

    I have a 2 battery holder on my E.300.

    Astro Photography- is this near a domicile ?
    Have you considered a mains converter- standard
    Multi V- to give you 6 volts would do it.[Check your manual]- I did it with my E-10.

  • john ash
    john ash Jul 10, 2007

    Well we are beck to duff batteries from E-bay then.
    Sport out on regular brans ans see if you can extend the life

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