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HP photosmart M417

Worked okay for about a year. Now it gets low on battery shortly after using it, despite new fully charged Ni-MH batteries. Have tried all kinds of batteries with the same result. Quite annoying as might be expected. It is quite small and I do not think the garbage can will mind the additional burden, unless someone has a fantastic solution


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My M417 that I just got at a garage sale works fine but when I put a set of freshly charged NiMH batteries in it will only work for a couple of minutes before the camera will say they are dead and shuts down. When I test the "dead" batteries they each have over 1.25 volts and flow over 8 amps through a dead short (the meter). I have upgraded the firmware. Any ideas?


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Camera indicates low battery even for fully charged battery.

I have connected my PowerShot A2000IS that was doing the same thing for me and I discovered the following:
1) The unit works fine even down to 2.5V providing the supply source (i.e. batteries can deliver 500 mA for a short burst during startup, i.e. when the camera's lens is extended). The camera draws 300mA with screen on after the initial startup current has settled. This means that the camera may not work with batteries like normal alkaline as these don't normally supply large currents, like NI-MH and NI-Cd can.
2) I found that if I lowered the voltage down to (using my bench power supply) that the low power indicator come on at just under 2.5 Vs, BUT once it has indicated low battery, turning the voltage back up to 3V didn't remove the low battery indication.
3) Finally I connected my fully charged (with combined voltage of 2.7V) Ni-Mh rechargeables (old and well used) using wires to allow me to measure their voltage and I found that when I turned on the camera the voltage dipped to 2.3V, but come up after the lens was deployed.

Conclusion and recommendations:
a) Get some new high quality Ni-Mh cells.
b) Don't use Alkaline cells (even Duracell brand might not handle it).
c) Forget Ni-Cd as terminal voltage would be at best 2.6V which doesn

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NO PICTURES two: Use the right battery What AA battery should I use for best performance? The following table summarizes how AA batteries perform in different types of use. Type of Use Alkaline NiCd Ni-MH Oxyride Photo Lithium Most economical when taking more than 30 pictures per month Poor Good Good Poor Fair Most economical when taking less than 30 pictures per month Fair Fair Fair Fair Good Heavy use of flash, frequent pictures Poor Good Good Fair Good Heavy use of video Poor Good Good Fair Good Heavy use of Live View Poor Good Good Fair Good Overall battery life Poor Fair Fair Fair Good Low temperature/winter use Poor Good Fair Poor Good Infrequent use (without dock) Fair Fair Fair Fair Good Infrequent use (with dock) Fair Good Good Fair Good Recharge batteries No Yes Yes No No Solution three: Make sure that your batteries are completely charged Follow the steps below for your battery type: Ni-MH rechargeable batteries Ni-MH batteries lose charge, or self-discharge, at a rate of one to two percent per day, whether they are installed in the camera or not. This means that if a battery is fully charged, after several weeks, the battery will be low or dead even if it was not installed in the camera or if it was installed in the camera but no pictures were taken. Ni-MH batteries are best for those who use the camera frequently and recharge often. The amount of charge that Ni-MH batteries can hold gradually decreases because of usage, aging, and lack of maintenance. To maintain your batteries at maximum capacity, "condition" them when they are new or have not been used for over a month. Follow these steps to maintain (condition) your batteries:
  1. Completely discharge the batteries by using the camera normally until it will not operate.
  2. Recharge the batteries.
  3. Do this three or four times.
NiCd rechargeable batteries Nickel-cadmium (NiCd) batteries lose charge or self-discharge at a rate of one percent per day. Store NiCd batteries in a cold place such as the refrigerator or freezer to minimize the loss. To store in a cold place, place the batteries in a tightly sealed container to keep the moisture out. Before using them, warm the batteries to room temperature. The amount of charge that Ni-Cd batteries can hold gradually decreases because of usage, aging, and lack of maintenance. To maintain your batteries at maximum capacity, "condition" them when they are new or have not been used for over a month. Follow these steps to maintain (condition) your batteries:
  1. Completely discharge the batteries by using the camera normally until it will not operate.
  2. Recharge the batteries.
  3. Do this three or four times.
Alkaline, Photo Lithium, and Oxyride non-rechargeable batteries Make sure that the batteries are new and have not been used for anything else. . Solution seven: Try a new set of batteries If you have tried all the solutions described above but your batteries still do not last very long, try a new set of batteries. If the old batteries are damaged, a fresh set of batteries will solve the problem. Batteries can be damaged in the following ways:
  • NiCd and Ni-MH batteries can be damaged by over-charging. After a battery has been recharged, do not try to add additional charge to the battery by sending it through another recharge cycle before using it.
  • Batteries can be damaged by dropping or sudden impacts. Even if there is no apparent external damage, the rechargeable battery could later develop an internal short or leak while in the camera and cause damage.
  • If batteries have become wet, they may short out and will not work properly.

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When I depress the shutter button to take a photo the green light turns to red and will not take a photo. New battery. Help?

Red light indicates battery is out of charged.

What type of battery are you using?

the recommended battery for your camera is the AA Ni-MH batteries
now if your using this batteries Ni-Mh and charged it still id did the same thing., How long you already used this batteries more than 2 years now? If yes it means the battery or the Ni-MH is already defective it means that the chemical contect of the Ni-MH is already crystallized and for you to solve it you need to reconditioned the battery or may be purchased a new battery. Gudluck!

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Firstly digital cameras are notoriously hard on batteries especially if you are using normal alkalines. NI-MH rechargeables are a much better option and usually provide around 300 shots before they require recharging as opposed to alkalines which can be as low as 40 to 60 shots.

The A570 is also known to have an overly sensitive low battery warning and gives this warning off well in advance of the battery fully loosing its charge. However it does also have a tendency to "eat" AA batteries.

Recommendation - if you are not already on rechargeable NI-MH batteries move over to using them and you will not regret it. Despite the initial outlay on buying the charger and rechargeable batteries themselves you will definitely end up saving in the long run.

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Last year I bought my mom a digital camera for christmas. It worked great for about 2-3 months. Since then it is speratic, it will turn on let you take a couple of pictures then shuts down all by itsels....

Hi! Most digital cameras require outrageous amounts of power to work properly. Be sure to use only high quality, hi power ni-mh rechargeable batteries. Check for Sanyo Eneloop or Duracell. Sometimes we think the camera is broken, but in most cases is only insufficient amout of power. If you can't find the before mentioned batteries, look for 2500mA NI-MH type rechargeable batteries and a proper charger. Good luck!

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