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Batteries drains quickly

My batteries will only last a couple of days if left in the calculator. It's like it is draining even though it had been turned off. I have to remove the batteries after I use it every time to keep it from draining. I'm using good/new Duracells

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I had something similar, it kept saying "battery low" after putting in new batteries. Try the Clear method; Take out one battery, hold the Clear button, while holding it insert the battery again and press on, and release. Now press clear again, turn it off and turn it back on again. If that doesn't help... well it must be something else... sorry :S

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