External battery-pack for Cannon A-80?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Peter Shepherd, Apr 13, 2004.

  1. I've just bought a Cannon A-80 & find it chews up new NMH batteries rather
    quickly, even higher mAmp units. Are there any external battery packs with
    cables for Cannon cameras, or could one make one up that wouldn't blow the

    Also, would there be any A/C adaptors that would work & cost less than $65
    US that the ACK-600 is listed at? Seems rather a lot when slightly older
    camera's adaptors cost only $20.00


    Peter Shepherd, Apr 13, 2004
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  2. Peter Shepherd

    Rick Guest

    This is odd as the A series Canons are know for long batter life, especially
    with NIMHs. Wonder if there is something wrong with your particular unit?

    Rick, Apr 13, 2004
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  3. Peter Shepherd

    Larry Guest

    More likely a problem with his battery/charger combo.

    I have a couple of cameras that REALLY only sip the juice from "AA"NIMHs
    (Fuji S5000 & S7000) but just yesterday the 5000 died after about an hour
    when its USUALLY good for all day on and off shooting 400 - 450 pictures.
    (the 7000 seems to be good for about 300 to 350 shots, so I guess it uses a
    little more juice).

    Investigation showed that one of the set of 4 NIMH AAs in it had "bit the
    pickle" and gone to battery heaven. Dont know why, but it wont take a charge.

    This is NOT the first time this has happened, but it doesn't happen
    frequently enough for it to be the first thing one would look for.

    I keep my "AA" sets in sets of four for those two cameras and in sets of two
    for the flash units that only take two AAs. I HATE it when only ONE of a set
    of four dies like that! Nobody sells them in a "one pack" in my area.

    Does the Canon camera have a "discharge mode"??

    Thats something I really like about the Fujis. In the evening I can set them
    on "discharge" and they will drain the batteries down to the shut-off point,
    then shut off. In the AM I just put in a set of fresh cells and put the dead
    ones in the charger, so I know they have had a full cycle.

    I use this mode on any set of batteries I have that I lost track of the
    charge state (dont remember how long since charging, or dont remember when I
    put them in).

    I also recomend chargers that will charge from 1 to 4 (or 6) cells at a time,
    as that is the only reliable way to check a single cell in a set of four.
    Larry, Apr 13, 2004
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