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How do I know when 580 EX II is about to run out of battery?

 
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May 03, 2009 18:40 |  #1

I have been searching on this, but couldnt find any clue. not even in the manual book.

Can anyone advise me? Is there any battery bar or is there anyother way to detect that the battery is about to run out so I can replace with a new fully recharge batteries instead of waiting until it dies.


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May 03, 2009 18:49 |  #2

Usually when it isn't charging up to Ready as fast as normal, that's a good sign. You should always have an extra set of batteries really, or simply charge your batteries before a shoot.


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May 03, 2009 18:50 |  #3

One way you can test the batteries is to put the flash on manual 1/1 full power and see how long a test fire takes to re-cycle.

Fresh batteries take about 3-5 seconds (depending on battery type) while depleted batteries take much longer.


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May 03, 2009 18:52 |  #4

msowsun wrote in post #7851312 (external link)
One way you can test the batteries is to put the flash on manual 1/1 full power and see how long a test fire takes to re-cycle.

Fresh batteries take about 3-5 seconds (depending on battery type) while depleted batteries take much longer.

In other words, there is no battery meter for that flash?


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May 03, 2009 19:04 |  #5

nonono no a battery meter would just eat up more battery or make it go into cooling mode.... :)

seriously I dont think a flash has ever lasted me more than 1 and in extreme cases 2 events / jobs... the batteries go FAST......

do a search for eneloops on the forum and youll see how many invest in rechargeables...

in other words - no.


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May 03, 2009 19:14 |  #6

My flash does not just die or stop working. It starts to recharge or recycle slower. When I notice this happening, I change the batteries. I'm always ready with a fresh set that stays handy. How many flashes is that? Just depends how I'm using the flash.




  
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May 03, 2009 21:30 as a reply to  @ Jay Pat's post |  #7

It is so lame that there isn't a meter on the display. Heck, even the camera's three segment meter is too coarse for me, but no meter at all? Come on!

I have had my 580 for just over a month, and this weekend I took a couple of shots with it and it suddenly went dead. I had a second set of Eneloops ready to go, but it seems a little harsh that it just falls on its face like that. No meter, no warning. I hadn't noticed that the recycle time had lengthened a bit until these last couple of shots because the last few outings had been primarily fill flash outdoors.

Love the Eneloops. I got a lot of pops out of my first charge...a month of occasional use.


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May 03, 2009 21:47 |  #8

because the last few outings had been primarily fill flash outdoors

Well ToddR, that sounds like operator error. Don't you charge your batteries after each use? Just kidding ya.
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May 03, 2009 22:03 |  #9

ToddR wrote in post #7852302 (external link)
It is so lame that there isn't a meter on the display. Heck, even the camera's three segment meter is too coarse for me, but no meter at all? Come on!

I have had my 580 for just over a month, and this weekend I took a couple of shots with it and it suddenly went dead. I had a second set of Eneloops ready to go, but it seems a little harsh that it just falls on its face like that. No meter, no warning. I hadn't noticed that the recycle time had lengthened a bit until these last couple of shots because the last few outings had been primarily fill flash outdoors.

Love the Eneloops. I got a lot of pops out of my first charge...a month of occasional use.

I'm a bit unsure, but I think it boils down to the great variance in batteries.

Rechargeable batteries use different voltages than alkalines, as well as varying mah ratings. You would have to set the camera to tell it which type of batteries you were using for it to meter properly. Again, this may be incorrect.


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May 03, 2009 22:49 |  #10

Get something like cp-e4 and you set for long time. Cuts your recharge time also. If you plant to shoot more than what cp-e4 can handle spend the money and get quantum turbo.


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May 03, 2009 23:01 |  #11

I just got back from an event shooting. Had a set of Imedions in my 580EX and packed with 8 eneloops in my CP-E4. What a wonderful feeling...:)



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May 03, 2009 23:12 |  #12

This thread explains exactly what happens when you're batteries are about dead:

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=455916


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May 04, 2009 00:40 |  #13

I can't imagine going into any kind of a shoot with only one backup set of batteries. I generally carry 16 BU rechargeables and a pack of 36 copper tops. Maybe I'm paranoid.


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May 04, 2009 01:47 |  #14

Titus213 wrote in post #7853347 (external link)
I can't imagine going into any kind of a shoot with only one backup set of batteries. I generally carry 16 BU rechargeables and a pack of 36 copper tops. Maybe I'm paranoid.

Don't worry. You're not the only one.

I've been stocking up on batteries lately. I literally have a lot of recharageables.

I have about 40 Eneloops cycled and fully charged, kept in the fridge to help the charge last longer.
About 40+ Duracell 2650's in the fridge fully charged up.
Also about 40 Energizer Lithium's (Advanced and Ultimate) in the fridge as well, for the "cold weather" environments, where standard nimh's dont work too hot.

Why all this? So in case any "event" comes up that i know i'll be shooting a lot with flash, i'm ready. Literally ready.

Take maybe the Duracell box? Eneloop box? Lithium box? Maybe all ;)


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May 04, 2009 01:59 |  #15

Titus213 wrote in post #7853347 (external link)
I can't imagine going into any kind of a shoot with only one backup set of batteries. I generally carry 16 BU rechargeables and a pack of 36 copper tops. Maybe I'm paranoid.

Maybe so, but in a good way! ;)


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