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Cheapo battery question

Postby The Egg Man » Mon Apr 23, 2012 5:49 pm

I have lots of remote controls for TVs, DVDs,VCRs etc + I have a very basic Sony digital camera.

Whilst in Poundland last week I 'invested' in a pack of 11 Kodak AA batteries for £1.00 marked as Heavy Duty for Low Power Products. As far as I can tell they work fine in the remote controls but when I try them in the camera, the camera is sluggish to switch on and when I press the shutter it just switches off.

If I take the Kodak batteries out of the camera and replace them with the nearly knackered Duracell PLUS that were in it, it works OK.

Are the Kodak batteries simply not up to the job or am I doing something obviously stupid? I don't mind chucking* all the Kodak batteries if I'm risking the gadgets by using them.

*of course I mean dispose of in an environmentally sensible way.

Thanks in anticipation.
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Re: Cheapo battery question

Postby tobester » Mon Apr 23, 2012 8:50 pm

I tried them too on my old compact and found the same they were crap, so i have to agree, i just use them on remotes etc

I ended up buying a charger and rechargeable batteries, worked ok, until i broke the camera ::):

New compact now has a camera specific battery
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Re: Cheapo battery question

Postby Lucky Poet » Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:29 pm

Heavy duty is a bit of a misnomer there, I guess. Digital cameras tend to be very high drain, i.e. demanding high power, if only for short bursts, so I'd suppose the batteries can't supply the current the camera needs - hence, sadly, no action. And hence the need for alkaline batteries, etc, I'm afraid
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Re: Cheapo battery question

Postby Delmont St Xavier » Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:24 am

Kodak's bargain pack are no good for heavy duty use. I normally use a Duracell Ultra/Advanced or rechargeable batteries. It really must be some type of alkaline, as akaline drains slowly otherwise normal batteries just suddenly slump and they do not provide enough power.

The cheap batteries are quite good for certain remote controls but I don't use them in my Sky control, as I've found they drain quite quickly in comparison to others.
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Re: Cheapo battery question

Postby The Egg Man » Tue Apr 24, 2012 10:12 am

Thanks all. I'll get some decent batteries later.

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