Batteries won't stay chargedds - even new batteries and newly charged batteries
Batteries - regardless of age (new or recharged NiMH) - will not stay charged. i get about 2 hours of intermittent picture taking - about 10 pictures - before it dies. None of the batteries are damaged and work in other applications. I have tested this many ways - always with the same result. Also, when i first got it i could charge the batteries inside the camera - it won't do that now. I have had camera about 4 years - problem started last year.
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Depending of what you use, always be sure all batteries are the same, charged and suited for your camera. Most of the time even new Ni-CD rechargeable batteries won't work, because the voltage is to low, according to Ni-MH or alkaline batteries.
Do not use alkaline batteries unless it is absolutely necessary. In some cases, alkaline batteries may have a shorter service life than NiMH. Alkaline battery performance is limited, especially at low temperatures. The use of NiMH batteries is recommended.
Never use manganese (Zinc-Carbon) batteries in your camera.
It has nothing to do with your camera. At least not when your camera is not becoming hot. Some batteries can work for thousands of hours, and exceed the 1000 recharge cycles most battery firms are talking of. But the don't give any guaranty a battery will last that long.
Some camera manufactures give one year of warranty on the camera but only 90 days for the battery. So it could be your batteries are old and worn out already. You can use 2 AA size NiMH rechargeable batteries, to check if the do a better job. They are relative cheap, and should last as long as the original battery pack that came with the camera. Please, even when you are not using the camera, you should charge the batteries at least every 2 or 3 months. Then they stay in a better shape. Never use NiCD rechargeable or manganese (Zinc-Carbon) batteries.
Even the very expensive alkaline batteries won't last half the time a NiMH could work. GP batteries, makes ReCyko+ rechargeable batteries, that not exact do have the capacity of the NiMH batteries, but they can hold the charge much longer. You only have to charge them once a year, when you did not use them. and still after a year they should have enough power to make a bunch of pictures.
Is your newly charged battery are new? Maybe your battery is worn out already. Or buy a new rechargable batteries and observe. Remember do not over charge your battery, this is always the reason why your battery got easily worn out. Thanks
Your camera is telling you that the batteries have insufficient power. First thing to check is that the battery contacts on both the batteries and inside the camera are bright, clean and free of grease or oil.
Assuming that you're using the original NiMH rechargeable batteries which came with the camera, then you almost certainly need to replace them with new ones as they cannot be reused indefinitely.
To test whether the problem is with your rechargeables or with your camera is very easy. Just buy a set good quality, non rechargeable, alkaline (e.g. Duracell) AA batteries. If the problem disappears then you know that you need to buy new rechargeable NiMH batteries next time.
There is also a small possibility that you have a faulty recharger but it's unlikely. The only way to test it without special tools is to try getting your NiMH batteries charged in a borrowed recharger. If the batteries get fully charged then the error message on your camera will vanish and you'll need to buy a new recharger. Just make sure that the charger is designed for NiMH though or you will damage your batteries and possibly the charger.
This happened with my Canon Powershot A470. I sent it back to he manufacturer and they said I was using the wrong batteries. Even though the camera is supplied with two alkaline batteries, they recommend using AA NimH rechargable batteries.
the camera takes just about any AA pair of batteries ... lithium will give you the most pictures .. your NiMH batteries should last longer unless they are old .. you may have one weak battery ... you can try a pair of standard alkalines to see if there is something wrong with the camera .. if those work ok then you need a new set of NiMH ... there is a new type out called "eneloop" .. they are just like normal NiMH except they dont go dead when you store them .. even after a year they are still charged .. with normal NiMH batteries as they age they will self discharge in 2 weeks or so .. so you have to charge them just before you use them ..otherwise they go dead on their own .. if you charge them then not use them for a week then you will not get nearly as many pictures ... the eneloop batteries fix that .. you can also recharge them many more times than standard NiMH batteries .. they cost about the same ..
How old are the rechargeables? Also, am assuming you are using NiMH and not the inferior low-power NiCads. Rechargeables NiMH really aren't meant to last more than a year or two, regardless of how often they were recharged. If the batteries are older than a year, suggest trying a new set.
How old are the rechargeables? They really aren't meant to last more than a year or two, regardless of how much they were used. If more than a year old, recommend replacing them.
Now you didn't mention the type of rechargeables. If standard AA NiMH, just go to your local retailer such as WalMart. But if it's a battery made specifically for your camera, recommend Amazon.com as they list many generic low-cost alternatives. Just make sure to choose based on user ratings.
Not all cameras can charge batteries.
CAUTION: Rechargeable batteries must never be used in the HP Photosmart 210 and 215 series digital cameras. The overload protection and control circuits are not designed to handle the kind of power intensity delivered by rechargeable batteries.
If the camera is a model that does charge batteries, ensure the batteries are rechargeable:
The only acceptable rechargeable batteries for HP Photosmart cameras are NiMH cells.
Neither lithium nor alkaline cells are rechargeable, and they will not be charged in the camera.
The camera must detect the type and condition of the batteries
The camera will only charge batteries when it detects the batteries are rechargeable and in good condition.
New rechargeable batteries, and/or batteries than have been unused for a long time will not be recognized as good batteries.
If the camera fails to charge NiMH batteries, charge them in an external charger once, then use them in the camera. If this does not correct the problem, the cells are old and/or damaged and new cells must be purchased.
AA batteries are available in four basic varieties:
Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH)
Photo Lithium (Li-FeS2)
Alkaline and photo lithium are non-rechargeable, while NiMH and NiCad are rechargeable. Each has advantages and disadvantages.
Non-Rechargeable vs. Rechargeable:
Rechargeable batteries are desirable from an environmental standpoint because they are reusable.
Self-discharge refers to the fact that batteries lose energy when unused and even when not in a camera or other device.
Rechargeable batteries tend to have relatively high self-discharge rates, approximately 1-2% per day for nickel-based batteries.
Non-rechargeable batteries generally have very long shelf lives and extremely slow self-discharge rates.
This makes non-rechargeable batteries a better choice for infrequent usage.
Non-rechargeable batteries are available fully charged in stores all over the world, which makes them a convenient choice for travelers or customers who have dead rechargeable batteries and no time to recharge.
Photo Lithium Batteries (Li-FeS2) (non-rechargeable):
Photo lithium batteries will yield the longest battery life of any AA battery, surpassing NiMH by 50-100% and surpassing alkaline by 100-500%, depending on the load.
While they are more expensive than alkaline batteries, their additional energy capacity makes the cost the same or less per shot than alkaline batteries.
Nickel-Metal Hydride Batteries (NiMH) (rechargeable):
NiMH batteries are the lowest cost overall solution for users that take a lot of pictures (more than the equivalent of a roll of film per month) or use a lot of high-power features.
The largest disadvantage to NiMH batteries is their fast self-discharge rate of 1-2% per day whether the batteries are in a camera or not.
NOTE: NiMH batteries need to be completely charged and discharged a few times when new to achieve their full capacity.
Rechargeable batteries will eventually fail. If you have been getting acceptable battery life and then see a decrease in life, either quickly or slowly over time, a worn-out battery may be the cause. Storing or charging the batteries in high temperature conditions will accelerate this potential failure.
Alkaline Batteries (non-rechargeable):
Although the cheapest and easiest to find, alkaline batteries yield the worst performance of all the chemistries in a digital camera. They lose capacity at high power drains and at low temperatures. Skiers and other winter outdoor enthusiasts may find them unsatisfactory.
Alkaline batteries are frequently available in two types:
High drain (ultra, titanium, maximum etc.)
The high drain versions are a premium product designed to operate better under heavy loads than the standard product. However, there is a trend of major brands to increase the performance of their standard battery to b