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Old Jan 18, 2008, 5:15 AM   #1
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I have a battery problem with my finepix f30 digital camera.

First of all I have to tell you that the charger that was in the box doesn't charge the camera! So I decided to buy an external charger.

So after I charge the battery, I put it back to the camera and everything is fine! The camera is working perfectly..

When I'm trying to use my camera after 10 hours the camera doesn't turn on! I check the battery and I see that it's empty!!

Have you faced a similar problem? What do you think is happening here?

Thanx a lot for your time,
a desperate fujifilm user..
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Old Jan 21, 2008, 1:19 AM   #2
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Here's info from DCRP Review:

Fuji FinePix F30 - 580 shots
The F30's battery is charged while it's inside the camera. Just plug in the included AC adapter, pour a cup of coffee (or three) and after an agonizing four hour wait the battery will be ready to go. For faster charging you can pick up the BC-65S external battery charger, which costs a whopping $60.
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Old Jan 21, 2008, 4:10 AM   #3
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I have already bought an external charger for my battery. I left it to the FUJI store to tell me what's the problem with it. They will tell me how much % the battery is getting charged from the specific charger I bought and if that's not too satisfactory then I'll have to buy an original FUJI external chagrer..

Let you know! Thanx for your help..
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Old Feb 8, 2008, 8:02 PM   #4
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That sounds as if you may have either a bad battery (it's self-discharging) or a bad camera (one which isn't actually shutting itself off all the way and is draining the battery).

Try charging the battery in your external charger, and letting it sit outside the camera for a day or two. Then, test it. If it reads low, the battery itself is probably bad. If it's OK, put it in the camera for a day (making sure that the camera is actually all the way "off"). If the battery then reads dead, the camera's broken in some way.

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Old Feb 11, 2008, 4:22 AM   #5
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Unfortunately the problem is in the camera itself and the money they told me I have to spend to fix the damage is the same amount of money that I spent to purchase it!! Is there any way I can try to fix the problem in a cheaper way?!??!
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Old Apr 13, 2008, 5:29 PM   #6
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I have a similar problem with my F30. I find that internal charging is no problem when the voltage is 220 V (the standard outside of North America), but becomes flaky when the voltage is 110 V (the North American standard). By flaky, I mean the orange indicator light would start blinking after a few minutes into the charging process and I would have to unplug and re-plug the transformer several times until the indicator light would no longer blink after a few minutes. As for battery life, in my case, a fully-charged battery will drain completely after about four days inside an unused camera (I do not know whether or not that's considered normal). My suggestion to tax07 for circumventing the problem is to use an external charger to charge the battery and take the battery out when you're not using the camera. The downside of this is that you will need to reset the camera's time and date every time you put the battery in and turn on the camera.
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