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Re: Batteries are going dead within 5 min
What type of rechargables are you using?
Ni-Cad are reputed to have a 'memory' so that if recharged whilst not fully run down this is accumulated so that only the new bit of charge is 'active'.
So-put the batteries in a torch and leave it on until the batteries are completely flat, then recharge.
And/or get a couple of sets of Ni-Mah rechargeable and a suitable charger and start afresh.
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I suspect you are using an inverter to run your TVs, which are very power-hungry, thus no surprise that your car battery is going dead.
You could add another set of batteries in the trunk. I have done that with my RV, where I put two large golf-cart batteries into a food cooler. This gives me about 8 hours run-time with my TVs. You can connect these batteries to your car's charging system through a "battery isolator" which is basically a one-way valve for electricity. This way, you could run your auxiliary batteries right down, without affecting your car battery's ability to start your car.
Rechargeable batteries will degrade the more you use it. Their maximum capacity will always decrease the older the battery is. So if the camera is over 2 years old, the battery probably can't hold much of a charge anymore. Also, the battery will discharge even when the device may not be on.
My recommendation would be get a new battery. It doesn't hurt to have another one lying around, and there are usually Fuji compatible batteries you can buy that will not cost quite as much as an original.
Your problem may be due to corrosion on the battery contacts inside the camera
which can prevent the full power of the batteries from flowing into the
camera. Try this free fix before you do anything else: remove the batteries and wipe the camera contacts firmly with
a dry cloth (heavy corrosion may require cleaning with a wire brush,
steel wool, or sandpaper). Remove any residue that may have fallen
into the battery compartment during cleaning, then wipe both ends of
the batteries and place them back in the camera. This cleaning clears
the problem about 90% of the time. If it doesn't work for you, the camera may have
a problem that requires professional repair.
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Have you tried a set of alkalines? They hold slightly more charge than rechargables. Also, your rechargables can go dead really, really fast. I use 'em but I always keep a set of alkalines handy, just 'cuz.
My camera had a similar problem. It would work only in review mode and as soon as photo/film mode was selected it went dead. What I did was 'discharge' the battery totally and then fully recharged it. This can be done by going to Menu-Option-Setup-Discharge. After I had done this the camera stopped going dead but the battery still had a very poor lifespan. I bought a new battery and now the camera works as new. Hope this helps-Steve.
I have the same problem with my 3800. Turning into the sun will make it come on, put after you use it for a long time it will not come on at all until you let it set for awhile. This sounds like a design defect which Fuji should address!!!!