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Sep 06, 2009 20:29 |  #1

A friend of mine just bought a SX110IS camera and her battery life is aweful.
Initially she used the AA's that came with it and maybe got 40 pics before they died.
Then she bought some 2000mah NIMH AA's and was able to get about 50 pictures before the batteries died. She took mostly non-flash shots outdoors.

The manual says 400-900 shots on a charge of NIMH batteries, so this seems way off, even though I realize that they tend to exaggerate these numbers.


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Sep 06, 2009 20:50 |  #2

Greets,

My 110 gets good life from rechargeables although never have counted. If a SX110 gets less than 325 shots from fully charged batteries - there is something regrettably wrong with the camera.

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A friend of mine just bought a SX110IS camera and her battery life is aweful.
Initially she used the AA's that came with it and maybe got 40 pics before they died.
Then she bought some 2000mah NIMH AA's and was able to get about 50 pictures before the batteries died. She took mostly non-flash shots outdoors.

The manual says 400-900 shots on a charge of NIMH batteries, so this seems way off, even though I realize that they tend to exaggerate these numbers.


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Sep 06, 2009 21:57 |  #3

Thanks, good to know then.


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Sep 07, 2009 08:26 |  #4

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Greets,

My 110 gets good life from rechargeables although never have counted. If a SX110 gets less than 325 shots from fully charged batteries - there is something regrettably wrong with the camera.

Or the batteries. Rechargeables have shelf-lives too.


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Sep 07, 2009 13:19 |  #5

Use Hybrids - they are more powerful and don't loose a lot of charge when on the shelf.

http://www.amazon.com …ics&qid=1252347​628&sr=8-1 (external link)




  
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Sep 07, 2009 14:05 |  #6

Yes, but in the case of our OP's camera - hybrids or eneloops are not going to account for a sudden jump from 50 or 60 shots to 700+ shots...

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http://www.amazon.com …ics&qid=1252347​628&sr=8-1 (external link)


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Sep 07, 2009 15:58 |  #7

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Or the batteries. Rechargeables have shelf-lives too.

You know, she later told me that the NIMH she bought said "Pre-charged and ready to use" on the package. But, AFAIK, NIMH lose their charge pretty quick, except for those low drain ones like the Eneloops. I have 3 backups sets of AA's for my 430EX flash, and I know even after a couple weeks of sitting around they lose most of their charge.

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Use Hybrids - they are more powerful and don't loose a lot of charge when on the shelf.

http://www.amazon.com …ics&qid=1252347​628&sr=8-1 (external link)

Hey, cool, are these the same idea as the Eneloops? I wonder how much charge you get vs a high MAH NIMH battery.


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Sep 07, 2009 16:06 |  #8

At first my SX110IS appeared to be a battery hog. What I discovered was that if you don't fully charge the batteries, their life is not so impressive...I was snagging them right out of the charger as soon as the light changed colors...if I let them charge overnight....they are good for all day and 7-800 images.


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Sep 07, 2009 16:11 |  #9

Woolburr wrote in post #8600390 (external link)
At first my SX110IS appeared to be a battery hog. What I discovered was that if you don't fully charge the batteries, their life is not so impressive...I was snagging them right out of the charger as soon as the light changed colors...if I let them charge overnight....they are good for all day and 7-800 images.

Awesome thanks! That's pretty much exactly what I had told her, and hoped was the case. I will pass this along.


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Sep 07, 2009 16:41 |  #10

drisley wrote in post #8600348 (external link)
You know, she later told me that the NIMH she bought said "Pre-charged and ready to use" on the package. But, AFAIK, NIMH lose their charge pretty quick, except for those low drain ones like the Eneloops. I have 3 backups sets of AA's for my 430EX flash, and I know even after a couple weeks of sitting around they lose most of their charge.


Hey, cool, are these the same idea as the Eneloops? I wonder how much charge you get vs a high MAH NIMH battery.

If they said "pre-charged and ready to use" they were 90% sure hybrids (which Eneloops are the most well-known example of). Those do self-discharge, but at a much slower rate than regular NiMH. The not-uncommon price penalty may mean they spend longer on the shelf though.


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Sep 07, 2009 16:54 |  #11

I have Duracell precharged, stated to keep a charge for 365 days but of course there comes the time its 'empty'.
It just seems to me that only getting a mere 50 shots from the batteries it came with is exceedingly low in my experience, but sure it 'could' happen.

But then to get only 60 shots from charged 'rechargeables'?? That is 2 low-probability issues happening concurrently...
When that light changes colour in your recharger - its all set - full charge - unless they are the type that drain to zero in 9 days or so because they were not used...


Nevertheless I do hope its been a battery issue and not the camera.

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If they said "pre-charged and ready to use" they were 90% sure hybrids (which Eneloops are the most well-known example of). Those do self-discharge, but at a much slower rate than regular NiMH. The not-uncommon price penalty may mean they spend longer on the shelf though.


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Sep 07, 2009 18:32 |  #12

I'm going to have a look at the camera and battery tomorrow. She assures me the batteries she used were just plain President's Choice brand NIMH 2000mah batteries but they said ready to use on the package. Very weird.


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Sep 07, 2009 18:40 |  #13

Ah it appears these might just be rebranded Eneloops!

http://www.hardwarecan​ucks.com …rged-batteries-cheap.html (external link)

I don't know why she's only getting 50 shots per charge though. Well, she got about 40 with the included alkalines, and then 50 with these out of the box. Time for her to call OK-Canon.


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Sep 07, 2009 19:10 |  #14

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Ah it appears these might just be rebranded Eneloops!

http://www.hardwarecan​ucks.com …rged-batteries-cheap.html (external link)

I don't know why she's only getting 50 shots per charge though. Well, she got about 40 with the included alkalines, and then 50 with these out of the box. Time for her to call OK-Canon.

On my slate, If it's a camera problem and not a battery problem, then it's time to return it to the store for an exchange, not time to call Canon.


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Sep 07, 2009 20:39 |  #15

Well, first she has to determine if it's a camera problem, or a battery problem, so a call to Canon is in order to see what they think.

She bought the camera with Air Miles, so I'm not sure if she can return it. I really think that this is user error. Seriously, about 95% of the electronics my friend buys she ends up returning because there are problems. She does have bad luck, but I think with a rate like that, it's more likely that her lack of technical knowledge is to blame.


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