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May 20, 2014 10:30 |  #1

Like this topic hasn't been beaten to death already.... BUT I have a quick question and maybe I'm missing something?

I (like many others) were irritated with the GPS battery drain. If it's sitting in the bag at my house I don't need it triangulating satellites; so I googled the issue like everyone else and found it was the GPS.

So I put it on 5 min refresh (instead of 10 sec or whatever) and saw no noticeable improvement.

I then disabled the entire GPS system while its sitting in the bag and came back 2 days later and the battery was down to like 60% from 100% even though the GPS was disabled.

So why if I disabled the GPS is it still draining the battery? I tried searching the problem, but it seems most people just turned off the GPS and it was fine... Am I missing something?


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May 20, 2014 11:49 |  #2
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I use my 6D almost daily. I have never even turned on the GPS or WIFI. I have not noticed any unexpected battery drain. I think I recall that one of the third-party lenses can cause this issue, but according your signature, that isn't the problem.




  
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May 20, 2014 12:19 as a reply to  @ CollegeKid's post |  #3

I just got a replacement 100D from Canon.
They were not able to resolve the problem with my 100D draining the battery. It would take about 6 days to flatten the battery.


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May 20, 2014 15:12 |  #4

Are you also disabling the wireless. I have the GPS and wireless both on my custom menu and turn them both off when not needed. I don't recharge but once every couple of weeks. And it usually is in the high 80% window when I do it then.
So check both GPS and wireless and see if that resolves the issue. If not, I don't know what else to tell you.


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May 20, 2014 16:37 |  #5

I agree with sirquack. If his suggestions don't help the situation, might be time to beam it to the mother ship.




  
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May 20, 2014 17:29 |  #6

Yeah, I agree to check the wireless being left on too. I have never turned on either GPS or Wireless and my battery lasts forever... basically no drain while idle. If I wasn't shooting I could probably leave it alone for months and still have charge to shoot.


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May 20, 2014 22:58 |  #7

I also have same problem with canon battery. I just replace with third party battery, no issue since almost a year.


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May 21, 2014 00:14 |  #8

I use magic lantern, that takes care of that GPS issue. Still a little buggy, but fairly good. Simple as turning it on and off if on some occasion it doesnt turn off.


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Jun 05, 2014 15:22 |  #9

I noticed this with my 6D recently. Wifi and GPS is always off but seems to be draining the battery somehow :\




  
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Jun 05, 2014 15:48 |  #10

It has been documented that the*6D*built-in GPS does not power down even if the camera power switch is moved to the OFF position. The GPS logging function that logs wherever you go remains powered up draining power all the time, as much as 25% per day. Putting the GPS on longer sample intervals helps but isn't the total answer. You have to use the menu to totally disable the GPS and stop the battery drain.

There were some rare instances of an issue with a specific Tamron lens so if that is what you are using report back.

I'm told that Magic Lantern has a fix should you go that route.




  
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Jun 05, 2014 15:58 |  #11
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So if you disable it completely it stays that way and does not reset itslef turning back on right? I ask because I will soon own one, possibly next week.


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Jun 05, 2014 19:14 |  #12

Brain Mechanic wrote in post #16954107 (external link)
So if you disable it completely it stays that way and does not reset itslef turning back on right? I ask because I will soon own one, possibly next week.

If you turn it off, it does not automatically come back on. Same with Wi-Fi.


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Jun 06, 2014 20:40 |  #13

John from PA wrote in post #16954094 (external link)
I'm told that Magic Lantern has a fix should you go that route.

I heard this as well. I'd hate to take out the battery each time but until I try ML I may have to. I ended up buying extra STK batteries today as I have some events coming up and don't want to be worrying all day.




  
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Jun 07, 2014 00:50 |  #14

wifi drained my battery overnight. What a great feature. :-/

No really, I love it but when you turn your camera off, it should be off. Not sort of off.




  
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Jul 08, 2014 18:00 as a reply to  @ svarley's post |  #15

Same issue here, I think if you switch the camera off, open the battery door and close it again the GPS doesn't come back on automatically until you switch on again, still testing this.
Otherwise I leave mine with battery out, not sure what this might do to the wee battery backup cell though, I am concerned it will drain that quicker.

All Canon need to do here is have a off means off option in the firmware! Would prefer not to use Magic Lantern to solve the issue though.


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