What tips do you have for my rechargeable batteries to hold power longer and not drain out very fast. After rechargign Ultra high capacity Rechargeable AA Powercell Monster Powercell, I am getting ten or so pictures.
Is there anything else possible wrong.?
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Your camera uses 2 AA batteries, but if you use Alkaline batteries they will drain very fast. You are better off buying rechargeable batteries as you can recharge them several hundred times, cheaper than Duracell or Energizer Alkaline batteries in the long run. If you buy rechargeable batteries make sure you get a high mA capacity the higher the mA which stands for Milliamp Per Hour the longer the battery will last in terms of a charge.
Naturally, for some battery brands and models, recharging happens quiet often since some batteries have shorter capacity to sore current. Some are also designed for a longer time of use. But, here are tips on hoe to prolong the life of your battery:
Do not use Super Heavy Duty and other low capacity batteries in high drain devices such as digital cameras.
Store batteries in a dry, cool place and avoid heat situations.
Fully discharge batteries before charging. This is particularly true for Nickel Cadmium batteries which have a memory effect.
Store Lithium batteries (such as the Lithium P7) between 20¡ãC and 25¡ãC (68¡ãF and 77¡ãF) with 30% to 50% charge.
Remove the battery if the device is notused for several days or if the device will be plugged into AC continuously.
Rechargeable batteries should be fully discharged and charged at least once every 3 months.
The rechargeables are only meant to last a couple years maximum (pretty good that you got three out of them). Also rechargeable NiMH's have approximately 5 times the power of standard alkaline batteries. Alkaline batteries should only be used in emergencies in digital cameras as they will only last for a short while before they are drained (as you've discovered).
The obvious solution is that it's time to consider purchasing a new set of rechargeable NiMH batteries. Look on the package for a power rating of at least 2,500 mah. Avoid batteries that do not list the power rating as they are generally inferior batteries.
if you are using "AA" size, do NOT use typical alkalines in your camera, they die too fast. Buy rechargable NiMH batteries and a charger at Walmart or somewhere. These will hold a charge longer for you. Also be sure to turn off teh camera when not shooting because the camera is always draining battery life when "on."
Most digital camera's drain batteries quickly due to the power required to operate them. You need to carry spares if you are going to use them a lot. You can consider using rechargeable batteries if your useage justifies this i.e how quickly would you recover the cost of buying the charger against the cost of replacement batteries. Otherwise is just something to live with.
Hey donoman, I am going on the assumption that these batteries are not new. Most rechargeable batteries lose their ability to hold a charge after time, and it might be time to invest in new batteries. Another cause of this could be that you are mixing older batteries with newer batteries, and by doing this the length of the charge is dependent on the weakest battery. Things that significantly affect battery life are camera flash, LCD screens, and battery temperature (the lower the temperature the quicker the battery will drain). Another thing to consider is when a rechargeable battery starts to fail they fail quickly, where disposable batteries generally have a longer life and drain at a more constant rate. Sincerely, Allan Go Ahead. Use Us.
Can I guess that you are using regular batteries! I discovered a long time ago that regular batteries will not last long, and maybe not have enough power to even get the camera started! Get Ultra-High Capacity Rechargeable batteries and a charger. The charger usually holds 4 batteries and you will only be using 2 at a time. They are expensive to buy but they are rechargeable and will make the camera work. The going in and out is the sudden drain on the batteries that is needed to open the lens and that causes the fast voltage drop which shuts the camera off. This will cycle over and over. Very anoying!
Using the LCD viewfinder to compose images drains the power capacity of alkaline batteries very quickly.
Instead, use the Optical viewfinder to compose your images. Under normal operating conditions using the Optical viewfinder, a set of AA-size alkaline batteries should last for about 35 images.
Additional tips for extending battery life:
* Use the AC adapter to review images on the LCD.
* Use the AC adapter to review images on your TV.
* Disable Quick Review mode.
* For longer battery life, use one of the following types of batteries:
o High capacity alkaline (a new product on the market as of Jan 2000)
o NiMh (Nickel Metal Hydride) rechargeable.
o NiCd (Nickel-Cadium)
1) Rechargable batteries have a finite life. At some point they'll no longer hold their charge. This may be the case with your camera.
2) Alkaline AA batteries do not perform well with digital cameras or other high drain devices. They can not maintain a voltage level these devices require. It is unlikely you'll get much use out of alkaline AA's with your camera.
The solution? Buy a new rechargable battery for the camera.
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