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Re: Battery chargers-can I use it for all my batteries
I would say not. I have a charger that can do Nmhi and Alkaline but you need to throw a switch. You can't put NiCad in it at all. I know the voltage in the NiCads is lower and the other chargers will cause them to leak or even explode.
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Although you could use these, do not use alkaline batteries unless it is absolutely necessary. In some cases, alkaline batteries may have a shorter service life than NiMH. Alkaline battery performance is limited, especially at low temperatures. The use of NiMH batteries is recommended.
Never use manganese (Zinc-Carbon) batteries in electronic devices.
These batteries are only to be used in flash lights. The lower capacities suggest NiCd batterie. Also don't use these.
A set of new NiMH batteries, from 2000 to 2600 mAh with a good charger, will be fine.
There are very fast chargers around. Don't invest in them. I payed 80 euro for a quick charger. Could charge 2700 mAh batteries in 15 minutes. The charger killed all my NiMH batteries I had (more than 40) It took me till the fifth or so died, before I realised it could be the charger. Since I stopped all my batteries one by one died and I had to replace them all
I now have some "fast" chargers that take 2 to 3 hours and the new batteries Can handle that.
Better buy a slower charger and some good batteries, than the other way around.
Second. Test the 2600 mAh batteries, if they fit.
To put more capacity in the "same" AA battery some brands made them slightly thicker. So it could be you can't get the largest ones in your camera.
I'm assuming that you're using either NiMH or NiCad battery pack here.
Note that quick charging drastically shortens the battery lifespan, and can sometimes actually damage the battery pack.
A red flashing light could indicate either a cell or cells with an internal short circuit or same with high internal resistance.
Measure the pack with a multimeter to see if the voltage is correct before proceeding.
Hi. You can use any make of 'normal' non-rechargeable alkaline AA batteries, or rechargeable NiMH AA batteries, but those will also need a battery charger.
Rechargeable batteries and a charger are more expensive to start with but are much more economical in the long run and especially if you use your camera fairly often.
The latest 'Hybrio' types hold their charge better when stored, but again they are a little more expensive but they can all be used in most other gadgets. The ordinary NiMh batteries do not hold the voltage quite as well as Hybrio, or even the older type of NiMh batteries but this does not often matter.
You will find that the capacity of rechargeable batteries varies from
about 850 to 2100 'mah' (milli amp hours), so some will last longer than others but otherwise it does not matter which type you use. The latest 'Hybrio' types hold their charge better when stored, but
again they are a little more expensive.
You will not damage your camera if you install energizer, so have fun with it!
Are you making sure that you are using Alkaline batteries? Regular batteries won't work. Even rechargables will only work if you first put in alkalines and change the battery type in the menu, then put in the NiMH batteries (not NiCads).
Digital cameras are very Voltage Sensitive. Using Nicad or NiMh
batteries will not only , "Not" solve the problems above but will actually aggravate the above problems for one reason.
NiCad or NiMh batteries only produce 1.2 volts fully charged and will
only give you 2.4 volts when used in pairs with this camera. This falls
below the cameras desired 2.8 - 3.0 voltage requirement and will only
result in about 30-40 pictures at most.
This camera requires a
constant 2.8 - 3.2 volts to run properly. Kodak won't tell you this
!!The camera was designed with Oxy Akaline batteries in mind.New
alkalines will produce 3.2 to 3.4 volts in pairs but only for a short
period of time.The issue with the Oxy Alkaline batteries is that they
simply will not last very long in this camera due to its power
But there is a really great solution to the
problem . You can purchase a CRV3 rechargeable Li-ion battery that fits
right into this camera. You will get a realistic 180-250 photos per
charge.The Li-Ion battery maintains a constant 3.0 volts for a very
long period of time and will allow the camera to function the way
Kodak originally intended it to and can be recharged. You will find
rechargable CRV3 battery kits on ebay or other online battery stores at
a very reasonable cost.
You can also use a Lithium Non rechargeable CRV3 battery that will give approx 250-300 photos per battery but you may find non rechargeable Lithium batteries cost prohibitive.
I use the rechargeable Li-ION Battery exclusively in this camera and it functions perfectly since I switched. I have a pair of CRV3 Li-Ion batteries so I always have a fully charge CRV3 ready to go.
For reference I was only able to get about 30 pictures with the high capacity 2800 Mah Rechargeable NiMH Batteries I used prior to using the LI-ION Battery. I get on average about 175 pictures per full charge from the LI-ION Battery.
You can use AA disposable batteries (alkaline or lithium) or rechargeable (NiMH or Nicad) batteries. Lithium batteries last much longer, but are generally quite a bit more expensive than alkaline batteries.
You should never mix old and new batteries or different types of batteries. If you use Nicad batteries, it is recommended that you use a Nicad conditioning charger to extend the life of the batteries.
Note: If you use rechargeable batteries, you will need a battery charger. The camera's AC power supply does not recharge batteries.
AA batteries are available in four basic varieties:
Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH)
Photo Lithium (Li-FeS2)
Alkaline and photo lithium are non-rechargeable, while NiMH and NiCad are rechargeable. Each has advantages and disadvantages.
Non-Rechargeable vs. Rechargeable:
Rechargeable batteries are desirable from an environmental standpoint because they are reusable.
Self-discharge refers to the fact that batteries lose energy when unused and even when not in a camera or other device.
Rechargeable batteries tend to have relatively high self-discharge rates, approximately 1-2% per day for nickel-based batteries.
Non-rechargeable batteries generally have very long shelf lives and extremely slow self-discharge rates.
This makes non-rechargeable batteries a better choice for infrequent usage.
Non-rechargeable batteries are available fully charged in stores all over the world, which makes them a convenient choice for travelers or customers who have dead rechargeable batteries and no time to recharge.
Photo Lithium Batteries (Li-FeS2) (non-rechargeable):
Photo lithium batteries will yield the longest battery life of any AA battery, surpassing NiMH by 50-100% and surpassing alkaline by 100-500%, depending on the load.
While they are more expensive than alkaline batteries, their additional energy capacity makes the cost the same or less per shot than alkaline batteries.
Nickel-Metal Hydride Batteries (NiMH) (rechargeable):
NiMH batteries are the lowest cost overall solution for users that take a lot of pictures (more than the equivalent of a roll of film per month) or use a lot of high-power features.
The largest disadvantage to NiMH batteries is their fast self-discharge rate of 1-2% per day whether the batteries are in a camera or not.
NOTE: NiMH batteries need to be completely charged and discharged a few times when new to achieve their full capacity.
Rechargeable batteries will eventually fail. If you have been getting acceptable battery life and then see a decrease in life, either quickly or slowly over time, a worn-out battery may be the cause. Storing or charging the batteries in high temperature conditions will accelerate this potential failure.
Alkaline Batteries (non-rechargeable):
Although the cheapest and easiest to find, alkaline batteries yield the worst performance of all the chemistries in a digital camera. They lose capacity at high power drains and at low temperatures. Skiers and other winter outdoor enthusiasts may find them unsatisfactory.
Alkaline batteries are frequently available in two types:
High drain (ultra, titanium, maximum etc.)
The high drain versions are a premium product designed to operate better under heavy loads than the standard product. However, there is a trend of major brands to increase the performance of their standard battery to b