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Change battery sign comes on. I put in new batteries, take a photo, and the change battery sign comes on again. Change batteries, etc., etc. What can I do about this?

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  • marianb3 May 23, 2011

    My PowerShot A1100IS Canon camera is two years old. After good initial success in taking photos, I can no longer take photos because now the Change Batteries message prevents it.

    What happened a couple of weeks ago: I put in two new Energizer alkaline AA batteries, take one photo, the Change Batteries message reappears. I can't take a second photo.

    Now the Change Batteries message prevents me from taking even one photo. Sometimes if I take the new batteries out and then put them back in, I can take a photo. But then the Change Batteries message reappears.

    When that happens, again I put in a second set of new Energizer Alkaline AA batteries, take one photo, etc., etc.

    My camera is not exposed to extreme cold or heat.

    I don't have the equipment for rechargeable batteries.

    Thanks for any help. I'm missing good photos.

  • marianb3 May 23, 2011

    Is it the camera? Has something happened to it?

    All the advice I'm receiving is not helpful. It assumes there's something wrong with the batteries. I don't see how that could be when I've replaced batteries with NEW ones purchased from a store with continual turnover. I've done this several times with different brands.

    If you need to know my original problem, here it is: After a couple of years of good service, now I can't use my 2 year old Canon PowerShot A1100IS. Recently, the Replace Batteries message keeps reappearing. I have replaced several times with NEW batteries. Some of them have been just purchased NEW from a store with high turnover.

    Furthermore, remember this is a new problem. I had no trouble with the Replace Batteries message or the same type of batteries. I will make one more try with the batteries, and use another brand.

    In the meantime, are the experts looking in the wrong place? Is there something wrong with the camera? It is disappointing that this is happening. I will need my camera soon for a work project, and I don't know what to do.

    Thanks for any new suggestions that might help.

  • marianb3 May 24, 2011

    Thanks for your interest in helping me. I decided not to pursue this further since help replies were beyond my technical ability and understanding. I mailed my camera to the Canon fix-it people for them to diagnose. Thanks anyway.



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What is the model of the camera? How long have you owned it and what kind of batteries are you putting in it? Once I have more information I can assist you further.
Thank you,

Posted on May 24, 2011

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    Lee A. May 25, 2011

    Sometimes that is the best option. Thank you for getting back to me and good luck,


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It may depend on the batteries. I use 2500mAh rechargeable ones, and I can take several shots after I get the warning.

Keep us updated.

Posted on May 23, 2011

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    ZJ Limited May 23, 2011

    I quote additional comments about this wrong...

    It only fixed to put rechargables in. tried to use rechargeable batteries...
    Alkaline batteries stored at "room temperature" self discharge at a
    rate of less than two percent per year. So normally refrigerating or
    freezing them will only help maintain their charge by a tiny amount.
    Hardly worth the effort of chilling them. However, if alkaline
    batteries are stored at higher temperatures they will start to lose
    capacity much quicker. At 85 degrees F they only lose about 5% per
    year, but at 100 degrees they lose 25% per year. So if you live in a
    very hot climate or are storing your batteries in a very hot location,
    it may be worthwhile for you to store your alkaline batteries in a
    refrigerator instead.

    NiMH and NiCd batteries self discharge at a MUCH faster rate than
    alkaline batteries. In fact, at "room temperature" (about 70 degrees F)
    NiMH and NiCD batteries will self discharge a few percent PER DAY.
    Storing them at lower temperatures will slow their self discharge rate
    dramatically. NiMH batteries stored at freezing will retain over 90% of
    their charge for full month. So it might make sense to store them in a
    freezer. If you do, it's best to bring them back to room temperature
    before using them. Even if you don't freeze your NiMH batteries after
    charging them, you should store them in a cool place to minimize their
    self discharge.

    When u use cheaper batteries usually get that message, but when u use
    more expensive batteries It don't and can take 400+ pictures.

    For an example when u use Rayovac Heavy Duty batteries (4 pack costs
    about .99) It can take maybe 20 pictures, but when u use Energizer
    batteries ($3-$4 for a 4 pack) 400+ pictures can be taken. I'm not sure
    why this is, but it is something.....

    Good luck

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    ZJ Limited May 24, 2011

    I quote some tips about this subject...

    "DEAD CAMERA, LENS OPEN - If the batteries run down completely while the
    camera is still open, it may not start up again when new batteries are
    installed. But if you remove the memory card, then install the new
    batteries, when you turn it on it should come back to life. Error E30
    means you don't have a memory card installed, so turn it off, slip in
    the SD card and turn it on one last time."

    If you're still having problems even with rechargeable batteries, you may have not set the camera's menu setting to recognize NiMH rechargeable batteries. Some camera brands (Samsung in particular) have a setting in the camera's menus to differentiate between Alkaline and NiMH batteries. If the menu is set to alkaline, the camera may in error report a low battery status with NiMH batteries. To correct the problem, merely find the page in the camera's menu to set the battery type, and reset it to rechargeable batteries.

    The next thing to try is examine both the battery and flash card door.
    There's usually a little switch on both doors (note some SD card doors
    do not have this switch) that activates when the doors are closed. If
    they don't, the camera won't start to prevent damage to the flash card
    or camera startup sequence. For most cameras its usually a little piece
    of plastic on the door that pushes in on a pin switch when the door is
    closed. Closely examine both doors to try to identify these switches. A
    lot of times that little plastic nib wears down or breaks off, but can
    easily be jury rigged with a small glued-on replacement.



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