Thanks for your advice
by Bkess - 11/14/08 5:31 PM
In Reply to: There's part of the problem by kalel33
Thanks for your advice Kalel33. I am a very careful user of camera batteries! I take almost all of my photos using the viewfinder and keep the LCD closed/off except for a few seconds to quickly view images Ive just taken. I take most of my photos outdoors so seldom use flash, and I never leave the camera on after Ive taken photos. I also use a 15 hour/slow charger, supposedly safer than quick chargers; and always fully exhaust the batteries before recharging a holdover precaution from the days of NiCad batteries.
I have also kept very accurate records of my battery usage so can say with full confidence that my set of rechargeable Energizer 2500mha NiMHs started out by taking 419 images over 5+ months before needing to be recharged. The next recharge cycle was 304 images/5+ months, then 283 images/3+ months, then 261 images/3 months, then 279 images/47days, then 149 images/47 days, then 61/54, then 103/35, then 47/32 and finally, 37/28.
From this you can plainly see that the number of images and duration times between recharges was great to start with, but steadily decreased, first gradually and then very quickly. From 419 images over more than 5 months to just 37 images in less than a month now!
Of course the batteries, the charger, or the camera could be the cause of this deterioration, so I first tried a brand new set of Eveready SHD alkalines. They lasted for only 61 images and 23 days, proving to me that the problem must be the camera. But ever hopeful, Im now trying a brand new set of rechargables. We shall see
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