Trick Kodak z1285s to recharge regular rechargable batteries?

Discussion in 'Kodak' started by Evan Platt, May 26, 2009.

  1. Evan Platt

    Evan Platt Guest

    I bought a Kodak z1285s digital camera, and just ordered the easyshare
    dock. If this is anything like my old Kodak and easyshare I had, the
    dock will only recharge the Kodak battery packs - the packs have 2
    tabs on them.

    Well I guess I can confirm once I get the easyshare dock, but does
    anyone know a trick to trick the camera into charging regular
    rechargables in the easyshare cameras?

    Looks like the pack hits / pushes two switches inside the camera... :(


    Evan Platt, May 26, 2009
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  2. Evan Platt

    John Turco Guest

    Hello, Evan:

    Such a method is mentioned, on this Web page: John Reed's review of Kodak EasyShare Camera Dock Kit
    "Dock won't recharge AA batteries - no Kodak support manual."

    Here's an excerpt, from it:

    R. Thompson says:


    "Open the battery door in the camera and look between where the
    batteries go, there is a little plastic thing that slides down
    into the battery compartment. Just wrap a pair of NiMh batteries
    with a layer of black tape around them both to hold them together,
    this tape will push that little slider down in the compartment
    and allow the charger to work."


    (I've never attempted it, myself, though.)

    Good luck!

    John Turco <>
    John Turco, Jun 1, 2009
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  3. Evan Platt

    Evan Platt Guest

    Thanks. I'll take a look. The cells I bought, CRV3, look like
    binoculars - flat on top, and 'round' on the bottom. And where it
    looks like I should put some black tape around, looks like there's
    already tape so to speak around. I'm kinda guessing it needs more
    than just black tape to work.

    The other thing I'm thinking is these are lithium ions, and the
    charger that came with them is a lithium ion charger. From what I
    understand, charging LiIon cells in a charger likely designed to
    charged NiCd or NiMH may not really charge the liion cells?
    Evan Platt, Jun 2, 2009
  4. Evan Platt

    Bob Larter Guest

    Not only will your NiCad/NiMH charger not charge your Li-Ion cells, it
    might actually make them explode. DO NOT PUT BATTERIES IN A CHARGER THAT
    Bob Larter, Jun 2, 2009
  5. Evan Platt

    John Turco Guest

    Hello, Evan:

    My own Kodak AA packs (e.g., KAA2HR) are of the Ni-MH type, I should

    Also, putting Li-Ion batteries into any charger, other than one that's
    expressly made to accept them, is not only counterproductive, it's
    extremely dangerous -- as explosions can even ensue!

    Just a word to the wise, eh? ;-)

    John Turco <>
    John Turco, Jun 4, 2009
  6. Evan Platt

    John Turco Guest

    Hello, Bob:

    Very sage advice, indeed!

    John Turco <>
    John Turco, Jun 4, 2009
  7. Evan Platt

    Evan Platt Guest

    Yeah, I've got a few of those - 1800 mah NiMh.
    Ok.. appreciate the advise. I think I'll follow that.

    Before I go and buy more - is a 1800 mah LiIon a real big enough
    advantage over a 1800 mah NiMH?

    I have a few 1800 mah NiMh's and the easyshare dock, and just bought 2
    1800 mah LiOn's with the seperate charger. If there's a good enough
    advantage with LiIOn's, I'll get a few more...

    Thanks. :)
    Evan Platt, Jun 4, 2009
  8. Evan Platt

    John Turco Guest

    Hello, Evan:

    If your Ni-MH and Li-Ion packs are of the same "form factor" (e.g., AA)
    and mAh rating, then, there's no major "advantage" to Li-Ion, whatsoever.

    In fact, all things being equal (as they >are<, in your specific case),
    Ni-MH is better, as it has a significantly greater "shelf life" than
    Li-Ion does.

    John Turco <>
    John Turco, Jun 7, 2009
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