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Battery charged but camera not working


I have not used the camera for some time and the battery has completely discharged. After it was recharged the camera will not switch on. I know that there is another battery inside the camera. The instructions state that the other battery will recharge after a charged battery is left in the camera for 24 hrs. But that has not happened. Any one got any ideas. Thanks.


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Re: battery charged but camera not working

The other battery is a small watch button battery, and is strictly to power the cameras clock to keep track of date and time of each photo. Its true that it's charged by the main battery, but this little button battery will not provide operation power for your camera. How old is the main battery? They normally only last for a couple years, and usually require replacement at that point even if only used a little.

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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:
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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:
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