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Canon PowerShot A510 "change the batteries"

I received my A510 as a gift Xmas "06. In 10/07 it started to tell me OFTEN to change the batteries. I was always using Duracell rechargeable batteries and thought that perhaps they were just not holding a charge any longer. Today I purchased new Duracell rechargeable 2650 mAh batteries and took just 1 photo. When I went to download some pics to my computer the camera asked to change the batteries. I instead just plugged into the wall and am still be asked to change the batteries. Please help!!!

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  • Ginny56 Feb 19, 2008

    Sadly the solution you offered wasn't the right one. I checked the pics you sent and they did not match the springs in my camera's battery compartment. I get this message to change the batteries even when I have no batteries installed and am charging with an AC adapter. ???

  • Fred Roellig Feb 24, 2008

    I am having the same problem with my A510 as Ginny is.

  • J4630 Mar 13, 2008

    We have experienced the same problem with our A510 -- it says that the batteries need to changed even when new. We have sent it in for repairs without success. Anyone have any other ideas?

  • Anonymous May 04, 2008

    I have this problem as well. The camera is at work. I'll check the spring tonight and see if that's the problem.

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Take a look at the following recall advisory for the A530/A540.

http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=PgComSmModDisplayAct&fcategoryid=221&modelid=12914&keycode=2111&id=28800

Look closely at the second picture. Does the spring on your battery door stick out and overlap/touch the metal battery contact plate as shown in the second picture? If so, affix a small piece of tape to the contact plate between the plate and the spring to insulate the plate from the spring. Make sure that the spring should not be able to directly touch the plate, and is shielded by the tape.

Note that currently Canon has not included the A510 in the recall, but if you experience this problem, this fix should correct it.

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This may be a bit late, but I may have found a solution for this problem. I haven't tested it thoroughly yet so it might me a coincidence.
What I did:
BE CAUTIOUS WITH THE SMALL METAL PARTS!
Screw off the small metal plate that connects to the batteries.
Put some tape on the metal parts that are underneath it (watch out there's a spring in there and it can 'jump' away rather easily). Screw the plate back on.
I put in the same batteries in the camera as when it said "Change the batteries" but now they work (for quite a while and not empty).
I hope it works for you too. :)

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