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Old Mar 8, 2005, 7:16 PM   #1
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I charge my batteries (Powerex or Nexcell ) for my Nikon Coolpix 800. I put them in the camera and nothing happens, it's as if no batteries are there. Could something be wrong with my camera, and What? What kind of place would I take the camera to checked?


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Old Mar 8, 2005, 11:38 PM   #2
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Have you tried using a new set of alkalines just to see if the camera will even power up? It may not be the batteries.
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Old Mar 9, 2005, 9:44 AM   #3
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and of course you are absolutely sure you have them in the proper polarity positions.
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Old Mar 9, 2005, 12:52 PM   #4
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I tried alkaline batteries and they worked. I recharged the Powerex, put them in the camera and it worked but the low battery light is flashing. These are new batteries with only about 1 hr on them. Could my charger be bad? I have the MH C204F. And yes I do have them in the right position.
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you will need to charge them for at least 3-5 hours. cycle them down with the conditioning switch and charge again.
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Old Mar 9, 2005, 8:13 PM   #6
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This may sound stupid but what is the conditioning switch? There are two buttons on the charger, which one would be the switch.

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Old Mar 9, 2005, 11:15 PM   #7
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On the C204F charger, the cells are charged in pairs. The two buttons you mention control charging/discharging for the left & right pairs respectively.

When cells are first inserted the indicator lights show red. This is rapid charging. If you press a button the indicator shows yellow flashing. This is the conditioning/discharging mode that was recommended to you. When this is completed, the charger automatically changes to rapid charging & the indicator shows red

When rapid charging is completed, the charger changes to trickle mode, & the indicator shows green. The cells can be left there for a few more hours, to completely top up the charge.

It's all in the instructions that come with the charger. Did you not get that?


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Old Mar 10, 2005, 12:39 AM   #8
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Baz, thank you for your reply, I will try this and let you know. I'm in California and get an answer all the way from New Zealand. cool
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Baz, you remedy worked! Thanks
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Old Mar 15, 2005, 1:41 AM   #10
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I am so pleased that you've got it sorted Alvajay.

NiMh batteries are tricky, as you have found. When you've got a set of batteries conditioned, after that they will only need a condition about once in every 10 charges.

Thankyou for replying. It's good to know one's advice is helpfull.

Cheers from NZ.
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