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Change batteries message pops up with new batteries

Hello, I've always used chargeable batteries, but lately, immediately after they've been charged, the 'change batteries' message pops up on my A85 Power Shot camera.  I tried using fresh Duracell batteries, and the message popped up after only a few days (camera use no higher than usual). Can you tell me  how long, generally, I should get out of my camera with fresh batteries (maybe my chargeable batteries are done?), or if this is indeed a 'trouble-shooting' problem that you can help solve. Thanks! Lianne

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  • lianne d Jul 18, 2008

    This was helpful, as the problem did indeed turn out to be battery-related.  For whatever reason, however, I have noticed that the second set of fresh Duracell batteries I've been using have been lasting as long as they always have in the past (when I've had to use them vs. rechargeable), which is plenty more than a dozen shots (as per the Guru's comments above).  They will die soon, though, and at such time, I'll certainly be purchasing new rechargeables that are 2500 mah or better.  Thanks!


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Chargeable batteries usually last for a year or two. Alkaline batteries should only be expected to last for around a dozen shots (as such, NEVER rely on alkaline batteries). Recommend buying another set of NiMH rechargeables. Make sure you get 2500 mah or better power rating (look on the package).

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