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Canon 350D battery drain

I've had my canon 350D for five years now, and it's always worked like a charm. I have the original battery that came with the camera, plus another that I purchased a year or two ago. Last week out of nowhere I'm taking pictures and the original battery goes completely dead. So I switch to the other battery, and at first everything is fine. After taking a few shots with full battery life, I turned the camera off for a minute or two and then turned it back on again and the battery was already flashing a warning that it was nearly dead. I crossed my fingers and ordered a new battery and charger, hoping that it was just a coincidence. But after trying that one out too, I am having the same problem. It happens after I turn the camera off and back on again.

I have a lot of time and money invested in this camera, so this is extremely upsetting to me. Please tell me if there is something I can do.

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  • bluesindrag Feb 17, 2009

    Actually I did just upgrade to a new lens with IS. I've tried turning the IS feature off to see if it made any difference but the battery still drained when I powered the camera back on.

    I was reading some similar problems and I decided to try a suggestion that was made to another user--I removed the lens and cleaned the connection pins with an eraser. So far so good. I haven't had the battery problem for the last few days. But I haven't used the camera for an extended period of time yet, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I have a trip planned this weekend and I'm hoping the camera is going to be fine. Any other suggestions are greatly appreciated. The moisture could indeed be a factor since I live in Florida and the weather has been up and down a lot this winter.

  • bluesindrag Feb 18, 2009

    Thanks, John. I always keep one of the lenses on the body too, if not for any reason other than the fact that I'm lazy ;p

    I'm sure I have one of those little silica things lying around. I'll throw one in my camera bag and one in the cabinet that I keep my other lenses in.

  • John LeFebvre May 11, 2010

    Has anything else changed? New CF card, new lens (especially if with IS) ?

    Sounds like it could be developing a short, but as for where to start looking for this....?

    Also I'm sure you look after it well having had it 5 years, but as it is Winter, is it possible moisture could be getting in? Are you aware of the tip of letting the camera acclimatise between taking it indoors and outdoors?

    I keep a couple of those sachets of moisture-grabbing crystals in my camera bag at all times, just in case.

    Let me know answers to the above, and we will see where we can go from there.



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Sounds to me like the moisture then. Look for those little sachets of Silica Gel desiccant, you get them with a lot of electronic goods in the boxes these days.
Keep one near the lens and one near the camera, they will prevent moisture getting near your precious lenses. I always keep a lens attached to my camera when in the bag, if you unhook everything and just rely on the body and lens caps you may find it makes the problem worse.
Hope it all works out you, regards

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