Nikon 7900 battery cover not staying closed

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Ken, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. Ken

    Ken Guest

    http://a.img-dpreview.com/reviews/nikoncp7900/images/batts.jpg

    A fiend is letting me have his old Nikon 7900 in about two weeks but tells
    me the battery cover just will not stay in closed position. Cover as per
    link.
    My friend is not practical so got a new camera but I am hoping I can fix
    this?
    Anyone with any experience with any tips?

    Ken
     
    Ken, Aug 12, 2008
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  2. Ken

    Ken Guest

    Thanks for that and I have decided to be patient to look before I try and
    work out what to do. If I cang et it working it will be a big bonus as a
    pocket size camera for times where my Panny Bridge camera is to big for me
    to be bothered with.
    Ken
     
    Ken, Aug 12, 2008
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  3. If all else fails -

    From the photo a narrow strip of Duck tape* should do it. There seems just
    about enough room at the back without it interfering with the control disc
    although it would probably cover over the flower macro symbol. In fact looking
    at the photo again it could be run along the bottom of the camera and up the side,
    It may need replacing every time the battery is changed however.
    "Waxed" paper, as is used as backing for sticky labels etc. is useful stuff for
    cutting Duck tape and similar into into narrow strips I find. Lay the Duck tape
    onto the backing which has been placed on a flat surface and cut into strips as you
    would anything else. Then just peel it off. Duck tape leaves a stucky residue but
    so long as its covered over by the new strip there should be no problem. It can always be
    cleaned off with alcohol, white spirit or lighter fuel in any case.

    *As you're posting from the UK, The Wilkinsons version of Duck tape works just as well
    for similar jobs IME .


    michael adams

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    michael adams, Aug 12, 2008
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  4. Ken

    snapper Guest

    Use a rubber band to hold it closed.
     
    snapper, Aug 12, 2008
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  5. Ken

    ASAAR Guest

    Fancy that. And all this time I believed you when you said that
    it was only AA battery covers that failed. I guess that you'll
    swiftly correct this oversight and add one more negative to your
    website's list of Li-Ion drawbacks. :)
     
    ASAAR, Aug 13, 2008
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  6. Ken

    Ken Guest



    If there is room to use tape, a better idea would be to use Velcro.

    I broke a battery cover on my first Powershot not long after I got
    it. I just used some adhesive-backed velcro tape to make a velcro
    "latch" which lasted for years. I carved it to fit on the camera, and
    it looked kinda weird but did the job. If you have to change the
    battery or card on your camera you could just unzip the velcro. The
    problem is to find room on the camera to stick at least a bit of the
    velcro.
     
    Ken, Aug 13, 2008
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  7. Ken

    Ken Guest

    Any links to where I could get the said product. What about thickness, size
    and elasticity spec. ;-)
     
    Ken, Aug 13, 2008
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  8. Ken

    Ken Guest


    I emailed Nikon UK and they replied next day saying new spare part £6
    including postage so I am impressed with them. Would of been more impressed
    if they had said we're sending one with our compliments.

    Thanks for all the tips.

    Ken
     
    Ken, Aug 26, 2008
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  9. Ken

    Ken Guest

    In the end I bought a new replacement direct from Nikon for £7 including Vat
    and postage.

    Ken
     
    Ken, Sep 4, 2008
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