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Going through batteries abnormally quickly

This is a used Canon PowerShot S1 IS. A couple weeks ago it started going through batteries abnormally quickly. A set of rechargeable AA batteries that used to last 800-1000 shots now last 15-20 shots. When I put those same batteries in a different camera, they lasted for 750 more shots. There's obvisouly something wrong somewhere inside the camera, but I don't know how to fix it.

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  • jhaakri Nov 01, 2007

    same problem here

  • Anonymous Dec 04, 2007

    exactly the same problem

  • dogfather17 Sep 04, 2008

    I have the exact same problem with my S1 IS. I put brand new AA batteries which works fine for the first shots then i turn it off. The next day i turn it on only to see the red battery symbol flashing in the LCD screen. Frustrating. I thought it was my rechargable batteries but it does the same thing with non-rechargables.

    Is it worth changing the flash capacitor ? If so where is it located and where can i order/get a new one ?

    Thanks i'm desperate.

  • siempresenna Sep 14, 2008

    Same camera type, same problem.

  • MJBH Aug 15, 2013

    sigh.............same problem here...........wt???



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Hi. I had the same problem with my Canon S1 IS. In my case the problem was caused by flash capacitor. To check if it is the case just follow the following procedure. 1. Turn on the camera. 2. Be sure that low battery warning is flashing on LCD. 3. Turn off the flash by pressing flash button (be sure that flash is OFF but not in AUTO regime). 4. Turn off the camera. 5. Open and close the battery door. 6. Turn on the camera. 7. Take several pictures.
If after these operations the low battery warning does not show up it means that flash capacitor causes the problem and it should be replaced. Or you still can make pictures with your camera without using a flash.

Posted on Jun 19, 2008



Hi. I bought a used A70 that had that problem. I disassembled the outer body panels and found that a base panel assembly screw was too long, and was touching the LCD's ground cable, at the cable's tip. I changed the screw for a shorter one and it was settled. It never happened again.

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