Rechargeable batteries with Canon A570IS

Discussion in 'Canon' started by The Real Bev, Feb 7, 2008.

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    The Real Bev Guest

    I bought some of the Duracell 15-minute rechargeables with the 15-minute
    charger. Nice for a while, but within a few months they would hold a
    charge for less than a day. Complained to DuraCell, who sent me a
    certificate for their new precharged rechargeable batteries (equivalent
    to Sanyo Eneloops).

    The camera (8 months old) says the precharged rechargeables need
    recharging right out of the package. I charged them in the Duracell
    charger. Camera says they need recharging. Charged them in the similar
    Radio Shack charger. Camera says they need recharging. BUT sometimes
    the camera doesn't display the "almost dead battery" icon after having
    displayed it. Sometimes it says "batteries need charging" (or whatever)
    and shuts down.

    Just took 55 shots with flash. The "almost dead battery" icon
    disappeared after a few shots and everything seemed normal.

    I hate not being able to trust things and now I have to carry 6 extra
    batteries around instead of just 2. Who do I blame?

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    The Real Bev, Feb 7, 2008
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    The Real Bev Guest

    The Duracell customer service person said I could use the charger with
    all NiMH batteries; it would charge the 15-minute batteries in 15
    minutes and ordinary NiMH batteries overnight. Same with the RS charger.
    Sounds reasonable, but I would assume that the instructions don't
    actually lie. Probably not a good assumption...
    Actually, I carry one around in my purse; I just don't know what the
    actual voltage should be :-(

    I now assume (yeah, I know!) that the camera sometimes gives the 'dead
    battery' signal for no reason at all and stops likewise. Since normal
    'dead battery' signals don't give more warning than a few shots it
    probably doesn't matter if it's just a glitch -- although I would hope
    that an 8-month-old camera wouldn't have glitches like that.

    Cheers, Bev
    You need only two tools: WD-40 and duct tape.
    If it doesn't move and it should, use WD-40.
    If it moves and shouldn't, use duct tape.
    The Real Bev, Feb 7, 2008
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    Dave Cohen Guest

    I agree it's most likely the camera and all the 'hoping' in the world
    won't fix it. Make sure it's not dirty contacts and contact canon.
    Dave Cohen
    Dave Cohen, Feb 8, 2008
  4. This reminds me of the old greek army thumb rule: if it moves, we salute at
    it, if it doesn't, we paint it.
    Tzortzakakis Dimitrios, Feb 8, 2008
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    The Real Bev Guest

    ....that being the whole point of "precharged" batteries.

    The little pocket size VM's batteries are dead. Nobody handy has A76s.
    Phoned customer service, sent it in ($10 UPS), got it back 3 weeks later
    (today). They can't get the parts to repair it so they sent me a
    replacement "refurbished" unit. Anybody want to guess what happened next?

    Yup, THIS one has the same problem (tried various rechargeable and
    alkaline batteries just like before, all of which work just fine in my
    CP800) AND at least one more -- the 'Program' mode doesn't work. When I
    saw that I hit the ceiling.

    Customer service is sending me a UPS label and promises that they'll get
    it back to me -- fixed -- in less than 3 weeks (it apparently took them
    over a week to realize that they couldn't fix it). I have no idea what
    they think they can do this time, but if it isn't something spectacular
    that's the last Canon product I ever buy.
    The Real Bev, Mar 13, 2008
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    The Real Bev Guest

    Sorry for top-posting, but it seemed appropriate.

    Ultimately Canon sent me an A720IS as a replacement with a 2-month
    extension on the previous warranty -- which will be worthless if this
    one lasts for 6 months like the A570IS did (I spent a few months
    worrying about the batteries). More zoom, more megapixels, $70 less
    than the A570. So far so good...
    The Real Bev, Apr 6, 2008
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