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Old Nov 4, 2005, 3:56 AM   #1
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HELP - newbie here.

Just received the DPS-9000 battery pack. Have been charging it for 30 minutes but do not see ANY lights on the DPS-9000 Battery Capacity Gauge - no white, red, or green. Is this normal?

Here is how I have it hooked up:
DPS-9000 - then EC-512 - then EC-575 - then into elec. powerstrip which is ON.
the DPS-9000 has no lights on of any color.
the EC-575 - has a red light ON

I checked the cables and they are securely plugged in at both ends.
I unplugged and replugged the both ends of both cables cables several times but no light comes on (is one supposed to?)
Have tried other outlets - still no lights
I am in the USA (Washington State).

Is it really charging?
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Old Nov 4, 2005, 4:26 AM   #2
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Reading the review here:

http://www.gadgetspage.com/cameras/r...l-cameras.html

suggests there should be an orange light when charging and that it turns to green when charged.

If you're not seeing that, it's likely there's no current reaching the device.
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Old Nov 4, 2005, 5:06 AM   #3
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You have to push the button next to the row of lights on the DPS-9000 in order to see the state of charge.
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Old Nov 4, 2005, 5:59 PM   #4
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Thank you SO MUCH for telling me about the little button to see the lights - I would have never noticed it.

I charged it for 7 hrs. All lights ON - connected or disconnected from charger.
Is it charged? The lights are the same as when I started - all ON. Does that mean it is fully charged? If so, it was fully charged when I opened the package (this seems unlikely, to me).

What do the lights look like when it is fully charged?
What do the lights look like when it starts draining?
What do the lights look like when it is in process of being charged?


Re: the EC-512 interface cable - light was Red when I started and now it is Green - what's up with that?
What does EC-512 Red light mean?
What does EC-512 Green light mean?

I tried calling Digipower but they only have answering machines to leave a message on - tried ALL their depts, even sales has an answering machine, can you believe that? I have also sent them a email but no answer yet...
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Old Nov 4, 2005, 7:58 PM   #5
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When your charging the unit are you supposed to have the EC-575 hooked up to it!? Seems like all you would need is the EC-512 and the DPS-9000 connected to the power strip! Jim
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Old Nov 4, 2005, 9:18 PM   #6
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Margotd42 wrote:
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Thank you SO MUCH for telling me about the little button to see the lights - I would have never noticed it.

I charged it for 7 hrs. All lights ON - connected or disconnected from charger.
Is it charged? The lights are the same as when I started - all ON. Does that mean it is fully charged? If so, it was fully charged when I opened the package (this seems unlikely, to me).
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Yes its charged
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What do the lights look like when it is fully charged?
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All lit when you push the button
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What do the lights look like when it starts draining?
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First one light will go out ..then another as it keeps draining
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What do the lights look like when it is in process of being charged?
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They are all out unless you push the button
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Re: the EC-512 interface cable - light was Red when I started and now it is Green - what's up with that?
What does EC-512 Red light mean?
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If I remember red when its charging
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What does EC-512 Green light mean?
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And green when its done
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I tried calling Digipower but they only have answering machines to leave a message on - tried ALL their depts, even sales has an answering machine, can you believe that? I have also sent them a email but no answer yet...

I am pretty sure your pack is just fine

And I imagine you figured you use the cable marked DP-1U to hook the pack to the camera.
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Old Nov 5, 2005, 3:48 PM   #7
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genece

Thank you SO MUCH for your detailed explanations. I now understand how the darn this works (DUH).

What happened is that apparently the 9000 did need some charging, because I remember the EC-512 being red, but by the time I found out about the little button to show the lights, the EC-512 had turned green -so the 9000 was already charged and all the lights were on when I first tested it. I didn't expect it to charge so fast so I just assumed the lights had always all been on fresh out of the pack and I thought that was a little unusual to receive a fully-charged battery, hence my postings here.

Anyway, yes, I knew about the DP-1U (thanks to this forum), but appreciate your confirming it.

Again, thanks for helping me, I REALLY appreciate it.
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Got everything figured out and battery is charged - yea!!

The EC-512 is a separate piece from the power supply cables. It has two ports, one for AC/DC (the EC-575) and one for car cigarette lighter.

I imagine that your EC-512 already has the EC-575 plugged into it so it looks like one unit.

Thanks for your imput, I appreciate your taking the time to help me.
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Glad you've got it figured out, and it's working now. Jim
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Old Nov 5, 2005, 5:45 PM   #10
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I`ve used the DPS9000 off and on for my FZ20 for around 6 months now and the battery lasts for a LOT longer than any replacement , or original, battery. I use a peice of masking tape to secure the wire from the battery to the camera. I also use a peice of tape cover the access connection door so debris, and moisture, won`t affect said connectors. The tape is kinda ugly, but everything sure works great!!!

S`later, JH :G
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