Approve the Cookies
This website uses cookies to improve your user experience. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies and our Privacy Policy.
OK
Index  •   • New posts  •   • RTAT  •   • 'Best of'  •   • Gallery  •   • Gear  •   • Reviews
Guest
New posts  •   • RTAT  •   • 'Best of'  •   • Gallery  •   • Gear  •   • Reviews
Register to forums    Log in

 
FORUMS Canon Cameras, Lenses & Accessories Canon EOS Digital Cameras 
Thread started 30 Dec 2011 (Friday) 18:39
Search threadPrev/next
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)

batteries draining fast 5Dc

 
brit84
Senior Member
Avatar
382 posts
Likes: 1
Joined Nov 2008
Location: BC, Canada
     
Dec 30, 2011 18:39 |  #1

Hello,
I'm trying to figure out why my batteries are draining on me.
My 5dc seems to eat my 511a's quickly but I'm not sure if its the batteries and their age or if its something in the camera itself. I'm always using the grip with one or two batteries.

The camera will flash the dead battery sign and so I pull it and change it to a different slot and it works for a while longer. I have not tried using the AA trays in it yet or comparing these batteries in my 40D (as it rarely gets used).

Is there any way I can check these batteries with a meter to see if they are holding a full charge or not when I recharge them?

Thanks for any suggestions!


5DIII/grip |5DII/grip | 40D/grip | 17-40L| 24-70L 2.8 II|70-200L IS f2.8 II | 580EXII x2 | Lensbaby composer | Benro 358 w/ Q3 | 2 Einsteins/Vagabond mini.
Facebook (external link)
Website (external link)

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)
Tom ­ Reichner
"I am a little creepy"
Avatar
13,922 posts
Gallery: 148 photos
Best ofs: 1
Likes: 4054
Joined Dec 2008
Location: Omak, in north-central Washington state, USA
     
Dec 30, 2011 19:42 |  #2

I have found that the 511a batteries wear out quickly. In my experience, after just 150 to 200 charge cycles, they don't hold much of a charge at all. This only gives me about a year from each battery.

One would think that when you buy the Canon originals, you would get much more life out of them.

I don't think there's anything you can do to improve this. I just accept the fact that with my 50D and 5Dc, I am going to have to buy one or two new batteries each year.


"Your" and "you're" are different words with completely different meanings - please use the correct one.
"They're", "their", and "there" are different words with completely different meanings - please use the correct one.
"Fare" and "fair" are different words with completely different meanings - please use the correct one. The proper expression is "moot point", NOT "mute point".

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Project22a
Senior Member
453 posts
Joined Jul 2008
     
Dec 30, 2011 19:43 |  #3

On that note, I haven't noticed any difference between my 3rd parties and my OEM Canon batteries.


B&W film shooter gone digital.

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
crn3371
Cream of the Crop
Avatar
7,198 posts
Likes: 1
Joined Mar 2005
Location: SoCal, USA
     
Dec 30, 2011 19:46 |  #4

Checking with a meter isn't enough. You have to be able to test a battery under load. Try them in your 40D, that will tell you if it's a battery or camera issue. If these are original batteries that you've had for several years it's most likely the simple fact that they're just worn out.




  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
5Dmaniac
Goldmember
Avatar
1,303 posts
Likes: 1
Joined Oct 2008
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
     
Dec 30, 2011 19:48 |  #5

Just buy a new battery - they are not expensive and try it out. If it still drains quickly then there is something wrong with your camera.




  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
rick_reno
Cream of the Crop
44,642 posts
Likes: 132
Joined Dec 2010
     
Dec 30, 2011 19:58 |  #6

Old batteries, nothing lasts forever. Replace them and all should be good.




  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
sandpiper
Cream of the Crop
Avatar
7,171 posts
Gallery: 1 photo
Likes: 50
Joined Aug 2006
Location: Merseyside, England
     
Dec 30, 2011 20:00 as a reply to  @ 5Dmaniac's post |  #7

My 5D does the same thing with old worn out batteries, more so than the 20D or 40D I have.

For the record, my original Canon batteries failed after about 12-18 months use, my aftermarket ones lasted between 3 and 5 years (and cost £20 for 5 batteries). My current aftermarket ones are are about 4 years old and all still holding a reasonable charge, although not lasting as long as they used to, so I guess they are due for changing sometime soon.

I would pick up a couple of decent aftermarket batteries (sterlingtek or similar) and see if that solves the problem.




  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
brit84
THREAD ­ STARTER
Senior Member
Avatar
382 posts
Likes: 1
Joined Nov 2008
Location: BC, Canada
     
Dec 30, 2011 21:26 |  #8

thanks folks, meant to say that using the suspect older batteries one at a time, one lasted theree days in the camera with about 50 photos taken.

Will try with teh 40d and compare with my newer sterlingteks.

thanks again!


5DIII/grip |5DII/grip | 40D/grip | 17-40L| 24-70L 2.8 II|70-200L IS f2.8 II | 580EXII x2 | Lensbaby composer | Benro 358 w/ Q3 | 2 Einsteins/Vagabond mini.
Facebook (external link)
Website (external link)

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
philwillmedia
Cream of the Crop
5,252 posts
Likes: 14
Joined Nov 2008
Location: "...just south of the 23rd Paralell..."
     
Dec 30, 2011 21:38 |  #9

Given that it's an original 5D, I'd lean towards the age of the batteries.
BP511's have a life span of around 300-350 charge/recharge cycles.
I have a similar problem with the 511's for my 40D (although four of the batteries I use came from my 10D and two are from my even older d60).
When I charge them, it shows that they're fully charged, but I'm lucky if I get 3 hours life out of each pair.


Regards, Phil
2013/14 CAMS Gold Accredited Photographer | 2010 & 2011 V8 Supercars Aust. Accredited Photographer | 2008, '09, '10 South Aus. Rally Photographer of the Year | Catch Fence Photos - 2009 Photo of the Year (external link)Finallist - 2014 NT Media Awards
"A bad day at the race track is better than a good day in the office" | www.freewebs.com/philw​illmedia (external link)

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
brit84
THREAD ­ STARTER
Senior Member
Avatar
382 posts
Likes: 1
Joined Nov 2008
Location: BC, Canada
     
Dec 30, 2011 22:07 |  #10

anyone in Canada have any good bp511a sources? Ive bought sterlingteks in the past but the 20$ shipping kills it for me at the moment.


5DIII/grip |5DII/grip | 40D/grip | 17-40L| 24-70L 2.8 II|70-200L IS f2.8 II | 580EXII x2 | Lensbaby composer | Benro 358 w/ Q3 | 2 Einsteins/Vagabond mini.
Facebook (external link)
Website (external link)

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
AlanU
Cream of the Crop
7,490 posts
Gallery: 126 photos
Likes: 1281
Joined Feb 2008
Location: Vancouver, BC
     
Dec 31, 2011 03:07 |  #11

brit84 wrote in post #13623345 (external link)
anyone in Canada have any good bp511a sources? Ive bought sterlingteks in the past but the 20$ shipping kills it for me at the moment.

Sterlinteks are junk. I have 6 of them (initially purchased 3) and they are all low capacity even when brand new. I complained to Sterlingtek and they shipped me 3 more pieces of junk.

Brit84, just buy from our pathetic "amazon.ca". They have some oe batteries and 3rd party with cheaper canadian shipping.


5Dmkiv |5Dmkiii | 24LmkII | 85 mkII L | | 16-35L mkII | 24-70 f/2.8L mkii| 70-200 f/2.8 ISL mkII| 600EX-RT x2 | 580 EX II x2 | Einstein's
Fuji - gone
Sony 2 x A7iii w/ Sigma MC-11 adapter | GM16-35 f/2.8 | Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 | GM70-200 f/2.8 |Sigma Art 24 f/1.4 | Sigma ART 35 f/1.2 | FE85 f/1.8 | Sigma ART 105 f/1.4 | Godox V860iiS & V1S

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Mark_48
Goldmember
Avatar
2,068 posts
Joined Nov 2004
Location: Brookfield, MA
     
Dec 31, 2011 07:22 as a reply to  @ AlanU's post |  #12

Something I've been doing as I purchase new batteries is writing the purchase date on the battery with a Sharpie permanent marker. It's helped give me an idea when a battery is starting to get weak if it's time for replacement. In having the date on the battery I've also been able to make some comparisons on battery life and the Sterlingtek batteries are no better and no worse than the Canon batteries I have.


Megapixels and high ISO are a digital photographers heroin. Once you have a little, you just want more and more. It doesn't stop until your bank account is run dry.

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Grimes
Goldmember
1,323 posts
Likes: 1
Joined Mar 2006
     
Dec 31, 2011 12:18 |  #13

AlanU wrote in post #13624160 (external link)
Sterlinteks are junk. I have 6 of them (initially purchased 3) and they are all low capacity even when brand new. I complained to Sterlingtek and they shipped me 3 more pieces of junk.

Brit84, just buy from our pathetic "amazon.ca". They have some oe batteries and 3rd party with cheaper canadian shipping.


Sorry to hear that. I've had 5-6 of them, and they were actually longer lasting than the original Canon ones....


Alex
5DMKII | 85 f/1.8 | 17-40L f/4 | 24-105 f/4 IS | 40 f/2.8

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Project22a
Senior Member
453 posts
Joined Jul 2008
     
Jan 01, 2012 18:32 |  #14

You might want to give DiamondBack a shot if the SterlingTeks aren't working well for you. I've been very happy with mine and they're about the same price.


B&W film shooter gone digital.

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
brownmichael
Member
164 posts
Joined Sep 2006
Location: Portland, Oregon USA
     
Jan 01, 2012 23:50 as a reply to  @ Project22a's post |  #15

I got three new Sterlingtek batteries for my 5D classic about six weeks ago. They are working fine so far and an obvious improvement over the worn out Canon units I was using.

BTW, I got a spare Sterlingtek for my 7D about 8 months ago and it has been working fine too.


My current Canons: 5D, S90, 7D, 550D.
Current lenses: Canon 28 1.8, 50 1.8, 85 1.8, 100 2.0, Sigma 50 1.4, Tamron 28-80 2.8, Tamron 75-200

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)

1,554 views & 0 likes for this thread
batteries draining fast 5Dc
FORUMS Canon Cameras, Lenses & Accessories Canon EOS Digital Cameras 
AAA
x 1600
y 1600

Jump to forum...   •  Rules   •  Index   •  New posts   •  RTAT   •  'Best of'   •  Gallery   •  Gear   •  Reviews   •  Member list   •  Polls   •  Image rules   •  Search   •  Password reset

Not a member yet?
Register to forums
Registered members may log in to forums and access all the features: full search, image upload, follow forums, own gear list and ratings, likes, more forums, private messaging, thread follow, notifications, own gallery, all settings, view hosted photos, own reviews, see more and do more... and all is free. Don't be a stranger - register now and start posting!


COOKIES DISCLAIMER: This website uses cookies to improve your user experience. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies and to our privacy policy.
Privacy policy and cookie usage info.


POWERED BY AMASS forum software 2.1forum software
version 2.1 /
code and design
by Pekka Saarinen ©
for photography-on-the.net

Latest registered member is Ezra Praveen
828 guests, 237 members online
Simultaneous users record so far is 15144, that happened on Nov 22, 2018

Photography-on-the.net Digital Photography Forums is the website for photographers and all who love great photos, camera and post processing techniques, gear talk, discussion and sharing. Professionals, hobbyists, newbies and those who don't even own a camera -- all are welcome regardless of skill, favourite brand, gear, gender or age. Registering and usage is free.