Re: Battery indicator reads empty when batteries are...
It looks like your question was cut short... all I see is "Battery indicator reads empty when batteries are..."
With my experience with the Pentax *ist DL, I think the problem is probably that brand new batteries still show "empty" on the indicator.
Chances are that you are not using the CR-V3 camera batteries in your *ist DL. I have tried 2400mAh NiMH rechargable batteries and brand new alkaline batteries in an attempt to save money.
Neither lasted anywhere near as long as the CR-V3 batteries! While you may be paying $15-$20 for two CR-V3 batteries, they last a LONG time!
One of the advantages of DSLRs (and digital cameras in general) is that you save money by no longer buying film and paying for developing/prints. But, even at $20 for two CR-V3 batteries, I save money! I am able to take several hundred photos on a pair of batteries (I think the manual says 500+) instead of $10-$15 ($2-$7 for film + $8 dev/print) for every 24-36 photos!
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One of the cells of the battery seems to be bad. Though you charge it, and it shows full charge, but at the time of using the throttle the kinetic power is not there. I recommend that you take the battery to battery ware house so they can confirm the problem. If the problem is not with the battery then the issue is with the circuitry, but most likely it is the cranking power of the battery, though it is fully charged, but it get exhausted right away..
Depends on how much the battery is in use, and how much battery life is left.
If it's relatively new (3 years old) and fully empty, it could be full by 2 hours - 2 h 30 min. If it gets really hot before that time, it's full by then.
From what you describe and assuming the new battery was "new", I'd say you have an internal short which is draining the battery over a short period of time. I'd also investigate the accuracy of the battery charge indicator. Download this free utility which will give you a more accurate picture of your battery: http://www.mioplanet.com/products/batterymeter/
I'm assuming you gave the battery a "commissioning charge" when you bought and used it? If not, this is something you should do with all new LI batteries. This bit is reproduced from a website that sells batteries for the Toshiba satellite series:
"2. The new Toshiba Satellite a205-s4777 battery pack needs to be circled
(fully discharged and recharged) three to five times to reach its
3. Toshiba Satellite a205-s4777 battery will undergo
self-discharging when left unused for a long period of time. Thus, it
should always be stored in a fully charged state and kept in a cool, dry
and clean place.
4. It is normal if the new Toshiba Satellite a205-s4777 battery
gets warm when being charged or used. However, please pay special
attention if the battery pack becomes excessively hot. This may indicate
there is a problem with the charging circuit of the electronic device.
Please consult a qualified technician if necessary.
5. To maintain the optimum performance of Toshiba Satellite a205-s4777 battery pack, it is highly recommended to circle (fully discharging and recharging) it at least once a month.
6. New batteries are hard to be charged. Sometimes, your
electronic device may indicate a fully charged condition about 10 to 15
minutes when Toshiba Satellite a205-s4777 battery pack is being charged
for the first time. When this happens, remove the battery pack and let
it cool down for about 10 to 15 minutes then repeat the charging
procedure. Sometimes, the new Satellite a205-s4777 battery will
suddenly refuse to be charged. If this happens, a suggested solution is
trying to remove the battery from the device and insert it again. "
Plug in the printer power cord into electricity to charge the battery.The battery might need charging if the On light flashes green it indicates that the battery is charging.
Switch ON the printer, the battery charging icon (lightning bolt icon) flashes above the battery icon on the printer screen to indicate that the battery is charging.
If the battery is charged and the printer does not turn on with the battery power, unplug the printer power cord, if it is plugged in. Open the battery compartment and remove the battery. Wait for about 10 seconds, and then reinstall the battery.
An empty battery should fully charge in approximately four hours when the printer is not in use. If the battery still does not charge in 4 hours,you should replace it
First, even a fully charged battery may not be working right - VERY common. Does the camera do this on two batteries, one old and one much newer? (I say this because lithium batteries are good for about 500 charges - if you are over this, the batteries will always read weak...) A service shop can test the camera and see if the battery is reading correctly. A service shop may allow you to try the SHOP's good battery in your camera and see if it reads right. If OK, you need a new battery.
The service shop can reload the operating data into your camera - I have fixed them this way myself. If not, the circuit board that handles charging and batteries may run you $275 plus labour. (The board is not repairable)
Ok the lightning bolt is your power indicator: solid green-charging, Flashing green-fully charged, flashing red-low battery, flashing red three times the once green-bad battery. the "trash can" looking one is your hard drive activity indicator it will flash while your hard drive is reading and writing.