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New digital camera doesn't work with non-alkaline batteries. Normal?

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Dan K

Jan 1, 1970
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Hi all

Had battery issues with a new digital camera and put in a new pair of
non-alkaline AA's. Camera would not power up, just flashed an led green for
a flash on two then red for a couple of flashes. Took batteries out and put
them in a flashlight and its as bright as can be. Back in camera and
nothing. The old alkaline's that came out of the camera seem to power the
flashlight pretty bright too, not pretty much dead as I would of expected.
New alkalines and newly recharged NiMH seem to run the camera ok. Is this
normal? Could the camera be detecting low batteries before they are really
low? Thanks

Dan
 
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Ken Weitzel

Jan 1, 1970
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Dan said:
Hi all

Had battery issues with a new digital camera and put in a new pair of
non-alkaline AA's. Camera would not power up, just flashed an led green for
a flash on two then red for a couple of flashes. Took batteries out and put
them in a flashlight and its as bright as can be. Back in camera and
nothing. The old alkaline's that came out of the camera seem to power the
flashlight pretty bright too, not pretty much dead as I would of expected.
New alkalines and newly recharged NiMH seem to run the camera ok. Is this
normal? Could the camera be detecting low batteries before they are really
low? Thanks

Hi Dan...

Carbon zinc batteries can't possibly deliver sufficient current
to operate your digital camera, so what you're experiencing is
to be expected. Use 'em up in a flashlight or a small radio.

Alkaline's can deliver enough, but not for long. They too will
stop operating your camera long before they're used up. It's
false economy to use them, but if you must don't throw them away
after the camera quits, use up the rest in a flashlight or a
youngster's music player or something.

Far and away the best. Get yourself a set of NiMh rechargables and
as good a charger as your budget will allow. They're quite
inexpensive - you'll be miles ahead in economic advantage and
satisfaction using them. One downside worth mentioning - they
self discharge quite quickly, so charge them up just before heading
out.

Take care.

Ken
 
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GregS

Jan 1, 1970
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Hi all

Had battery issues with a new digital camera and put in a new pair of
non-alkaline AA's. Camera would not power up, just flashed an led green for
a flash on two then red for a couple of flashes. Took batteries out and put
them in a flashlight and its as bright as can be. Back in camera and
nothing. The old alkaline's that came out of the camera seem to power the
flashlight pretty bright too, not pretty much dead as I would of expected.
New alkalines and newly recharged NiMH seem to run the camera ok. Is this
normal? Could the camera be detecting low batteries before they are really
low? Thanks

Are you saying carbon zinc's will not work? Alkalines don't work that well, or
at least don't last long. Lithium's work well and are a sure thing
for a spare backup.

greg
 
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T Shadow

Jan 1, 1970
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GregS said:
Are you saying carbon zinc's will not work? Alkalines don't work that well, or
at least don't last long. Lithium's work well and are a sure thing
for a spare backup.

greg

The battery has to be able to supply adequate current at a minimum voltage.
I took 2 used but quite well functioning alkaline D cell batteries from a
flashlight and put them in a battery pack and then plugged the pack into an
MP3 player that only requires 2AA alkaline/NIHM batteries. All it would give
me was a "low battery message". Plenty of current but not enough voltage.
Likewise the carbon zincs aren't able to supply enough voltage and current
at the same time. Even if it worked you'd end up spending more money on the
carbon zincs. Alkalines are produced in such quantity that the price is hard
to beat in non-rechargeables. I use NIHM in my digital camera with alkaline
for backup. Keeping one set charged is enough time/work and more is seldom
needed.

Before alkaline batteries, the definition of a flashlight was "dead battery
carrier".
 
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