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What is the trick to get one of my batteries to stop saying

 
N2bnfunn
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Mar 20, 2015 10:31 |  #1

Next time you charge your battery you need to do a calibration? I have a 1dX and when I click on the info the battery, it keeps saying I need to calibrate my battery next time I charge it.

I have placed the battery in the charger and push and held the calibration button and it was red and let it stay on for a few hours and the same error message.. What am I doing wrong?

I have two batteries and only one is saying that after being charged up and calibrated.


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Mar 20, 2015 10:42 |  #2

My 1D IV has just started giving me that message as well.

Hopefully someone here will have an answer.


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John ­ from ­ PA
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Mar 20, 2015 11:35 |  #3

LP-E4 or LP-E4N batteries? See http://www.naturescape​s.net ...p?f=2&t=239098&view​=printexternal link




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N2bnfunn
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Mar 20, 2015 17:15 |  #4

Thanks John but that is not real giving me the answer to how to fix this problem.


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Mar 20, 2015 17:58 |  #5

When you say "I have placed the battery in the charger and push and held the calibration button and it was red and let it stay on for a few hours and the same error message" did you let the battery fully discharge and then fully recharge? This can take quite a while.
Calibration (as Canon calls it) is merely a program within the charger to balance the 3 cells in your battery. It is essential to do this periodically with Lithium battery packs that have more than one cell.
In my case I wait until the charger tells me that the battery needs calibrating (balancing) by showing the red light when I connect the battery. This has happened three times in 4 years with my 2 x LP-E4 batteries and once in 2 years with my LP-E4n. I have simply never looked at the "Battery performance" menu in the camera as life is too short!


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Mar 21, 2015 06:04 |  #6

I've had this happen with bats that are a couple of years old. I ended up just replacing them. I never did find an solution.


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Mar 21, 2015 06:49 |  #7

My experience is that the batteries can take nearly a whole day to calibrate if they are almost fully charged. I've decided to just use them until they're nearly flat and calibration then is only couple hours.

If mine have been un-used for a while they require calibration according to the charger. I suppose the cells don't always discharge at the same level?

I'm calibrating (or discharging) some old 1-Dmk1 batteries at the moment that's now 15yrs old and it took most of yesterday. Was quite surprised they're holding the charge they are.


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N2bnfunn
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Mar 21, 2015 10:36 |  #8

Ok here is the deal I just got off the phone with a canon rep. and they told me that the best way to clear that error was to let the battery get as low as you can, place it on the charger and press the calibration button and let it charge and that should fix the problem.

Another thing he said that basically that error means nothing, it just the camera does NOT have a true reading on how much power is left in the battery but nothing to worry about just and annoying error.


Good to know.


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Mar 22, 2015 13:44 |  #9

For high-end battery chargers, 'calibration' consists of fully charging a battery (which can take several hours), then fully discharging the battery (which can take almost a day, depending on how low the discharge current is), and then fully charging the battery again (another couple of hours).

Rechargeable batteries develop crystal growths that can only be 'dissolved' with *very* low discharge rates, which is why a proper cycle will take a very long time.




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Mar 23, 2015 04:23 |  #10

Canon's charger for the 1DX does the calibration by first discharging, then charging. Nothing else. Hence it's much quicker to do if the battery is already on a low level when you put it in the charger.
However, to start calibrating, you have to press the Calibrate button on the charger within ten seconds from placing the battery in the charger. If you don't, the charger will skip the calibration procedure and commence charging normally instead.

Both the camera and the charger itself will show you if calbration is recommended during next charge cycle.


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