I loaded my 5-year-old D-380 with re-chargeable AA batteries and it didn't come on. So I re-charged them, just in case they lacked juice. Now, I flip open the cover and camera still won't go on. I don't think it got wet, but maybe.....Any suggestions? Thanks
I figured out the problem. The D-380 seems to have problems using rechargable batteries, so i'm afraid you'll have to use some regular AA's for a bit. It worked for me, so I hope this helps. It's probably just something wrong with your rechargeable's.
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you should let the batteries fully drain every week or so. The only way to get more life is to buy batteries with higher milli-amp-hours. I use a lot of AA NiMH batteries. The used to be 1600mAh, now I can get them in 2900mAh. That is almost twice the capacity. When I had my Motorola phone I bought an extended battery from www.batterybuyer.com and it changed my phone that needed to be charged every 2 days with an old battery, to being charged every 14 days! Batteries only keep their efficiency for 3 to 4 years before they need replacing.
If the re-chargeable battery is more than 3 - 4 years old then the battery could be worn out. Rechargeable batteries have a finite number of charge and discharge cycles and will lose their charge capacity over time, i.e. won't charge to 100% and gradually the charge reduces until the battery won't charge up at all. OR The battery shows a 100% charge but when the adapter is disconnected the battery drops off to zero capacity in a very short time. If the battery drops to an unacceptable charge level then the battery needs to be replaced. Rechargeable batteries will fail if stored in a discharged state for long periods.
How old is the phone? You might be falling into a case of a dead battery.
Usually the life span of a good battery can last up to 2 years with good
charging care. However, without proper care, chargeable batteries can die
within a year. Try taking the battery out and plugging the phone in and seeing
if that works. If it does. you may just have to buy a new battery.
This camera takes 2 size AA batteries, preferably the longest life batteries possible. I use re-chargeable batteries, and when they have about given up the camera does the same thing; prepares to open the lens and then switches off. I am confident that you will have success with new re-chargeable batteries, and a close attention to their charge life.
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The battery actually is exactly AA size, just has pins added. Having wasted a bit of time serching for a solution on the internet, I finally put a cheap AA non-chargeable instead of the original one. Just bent contacts in the shaver a little bit. The battery lasted about an hour or 10 shaves. In the end I didn't have to throw away a good shaver just for a dead battery and now don't need to carry a bulky charger when travel, but will try to use a ni-mh rechargeable one day.
If you look on the bottom of the camera there is a button that slides from a locked to an unlocked position. Slide it to unlocked and then slide down the back of the camera (the side with the lens) there is a removeable rechargeable battery pack. Remove it for a moment and then put it back in. Try plugging back into the USB port. This should work.