The main batter will not hold its charge when left in the camera.
I have 2 batteries that I rotate through the camera, keeping a freshly chrged one in my camera bag. Lately the freshly charged battery, either one, will lose its charge while in the camera. The camera is in the off position. It will lose its charge when not being used for a couple of days. When I switch to a fresh battery it shows a full charge, the camera performes normally, but will lose its charge when not being used. The chaged battery will hod its charged as long as it is not in the camera. It seems as though the comera, is slowly depleting the batter, even though it is in the off position.
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It takes around four hours for a freshly charged main battery to charge the internal backup battery. It you do that and it still doesn't charge it, you need a new internal battery. The fully charged internal battery in most of them will hold the charge for up to 3 weeks with the main battery out of the camera.
This actually a really common problem among Canon point and shoot cameras. There are a couple of methods that have worked well for others.
1. Open the battery compartment and remove the batteries. Then take a regular wooden pencil and place the eraser end down onto the battery contacts. Rotate the pencil to remove any corrosion. Sometimes a lack of proper battery contact will result in the low battery indicator.
2. Take a toothpick and wedge the tip under the battery contact and break it off. This will put more pressure between battery and contacts.
You can also try installing 3rd party firmware at http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/CHDK_in_Brief This is a bit technical and will probably void your warranty, but might be worth the try.
A fresh charged battery does not mean it is a good battery.The battery is working the alternator to death,replace it,it has a bad cell,or the amps are to low,and has a short in it.The alternator senses the battery is in bad need off charge,and puts all out until the alternator has nothing left,This is the most likely cause of this problem.Also be sure the battery cable ends are shiny clean when replacing the battery.
your batters have lost their charge at some point in time. These gel batteries, if they ever set for a long time with out recharging, or arn't recharged daily with daily use, will seem to be charged. but arn't. their expensive but I've seen batteries last over 5 yrs when taken care of properly.
What do you mean by it does not want to charge. The battries are bad. You must always charge batteries with the charger which came with it. If you chrged your batteries with a different charger than came with your camera, your batteries are damaged.
Digital cameras require vast amounts of battery power. First check to see if the camera settings are on the simplest or default settings. If you are using batteries from some of the big warehouse stores check the expiration dates. The next thing you can try are the batteries labeled specifically for digital camera use. They have stronger holding power for the abuse the digital cameras can put on a battery. they are more expensive, so watch your overall cost. Another way you could go is to use rechargeable batteries and keep rotating fresh, charged batteries in thed camera.