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2nd of March 2002 (Sat), 12:37
Is there any bigger (in capacity, that is...) battery available for the G40 instead of the original one?
6th of June 2002 (Thu), 06:38
I too am looking into the same issues at present. Check out:
See also Steve's review of this product at:
Hope this is of help...
6th of June 2002 (Thu), 07:44
Some of the more recent threads have talked about the VidPro battery from BatteryBarn.com. It's a 700 mah capacity, instead of the standard 570mah.
6th of June 2002 (Thu), 09:08
Wow, I must take more pictures to catch up with you guys - I took 160+ over the weekend with my S40 + Microdrive and the battery was still going. How many are you taking ?!?!? :)
6th of June 2002 (Thu), 09:52
Battery drain isn't just about the number of pictures you take. It's the overall operation of the camera, including LCD, zooming, focusing, flash, capture, deletion, upload/download, and switching on/off. Dave at Imaging-resource.com often measures the battery drain of different activities and posts the results, but he didn't do that for the Canon S30/40. Here are the power drains for the G2: http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/G2/G2A11.HTM
Since the optical viewfinder only shows about 80% of the image, I like to use the LCD to compose whenever possible. It saves cropping later on. As well, I preview and delete quite a bit, so that I can figure out how to get the best shot.
Check out Dave's Battery Shoot-out for a good explanation of battery power: http://www.imaging-resource.com/ACCS/BATTS/BATTS.HTM
19th of June 2002 (Wed), 08:45
i use up my battery pretty quick on my s30 so a larger capacity battery would be great. but for the time being
i bought a second battery ($50 US). i carry around both batteries along with the small charger and when one dies i swap and plug the other in to recharge (whenever i get near to an outlet). a bit of a pain but i haven't been caught yet without any battery life.
4th of September 2002 (Wed), 23:27
by input "nb2l" in ebay i found
some 2.5 hour (150min) battery for S30/40 when compared to original 128 mins
5th of September 2002 (Thu), 16:33
If you're talking about the SterlingTek (which I've not heard of before), it's a 570mAh battery, meaning there's no more power than in the Canon proprietary battery. The author wrote "2.5hr" next to it, but the fine print is "Depending on LCD Use".
I wouldn't buy from this shop. They seem legit, but I don't see how they can be selling their own brand name batteries at such a low cost. It makes me wonder if they're just rebranding someone else's product, for whatever reason.
As far as I know, batterybarn.com is still the best place to go.
9th of September 2002 (Mon), 22:35
I purchased a replacement battery for the S40 from SterlingTek before heading to Yellowstone. It's actually made by MUGEN POWER (Japan) rated at 7.2V and 600mAh. So far no problems, and it's come in vitally necessary about four times already.
10th of September 2002 (Tue), 05:50
I bought 2 NB2L 700mah batteries (can't remember the brand, but they're the only 700mah ones) for my S40 from Battery Barn about 2 months ago.
Haven't done any testing to see if the battery life is longer, but they're about the same price as the original battery rated at 570mah, so no harm giving them a go.
I suspect that with the compact camera, heat is an issue with higher rated batteries. I don't have any scientific / technical knowledge to back me up so its pure speculation, but I can't think of any other reason why Canon would want to cripple its camera with a shorter battery life than necessary.
In any case, the 700mah batteries have been working well for me, and heat is not really an issue. It's very very slightly hotter than using the original batteries, but most of the time I don't really notice it. But then again, I don't notice if I get longer battery life either ;)
11th of September 2002 (Wed), 12:08
I bought the higher Vidpro battery from www.batterybarn.com and they were very accomodating posting it to the Holiday Inn in Miami for me to collect.
Unfortunately for me it failed to charge and was obviously faulty. I returned it and they have sent a replacement to a friend in the US who will be passing it on to whoever is the next colleague who travels to the US that can bring it back to the UK for me.
I am keen to get it but have learnt that British customs slaps on administration charges etc. for parcels from overseas. I have yet to work out what their criteria are but I have been stung once before by them.
17th of September 2002 (Tue), 20:46
i don't know about longer lasting batteries, but you can pick up a good battery just like the original for only about $25 at compusa. the model is BP-CN2L made by digipower.
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