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07-15-2008, 03:52 PM   #1
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Battery dies. Lesson learned.

I keep a battery in my K10D and in the grip. I was concerned that by leaving the camera on auto that I could end up with two dead batteries as I wouldn't have any notification when one battery died. So I had selected the option to use the battery in the grip. I was taking photos of my cousin's baby's first birthday and the battery in the grip died. I didn't even have enough power to go to the menue and switch over to the battery in the camera, so I ended up taking off the grip, taking out the battery in the camera and putting it in the grip. Hind site beng 20/20 I guess I could have left the grip off, maybe.
I have 3 batteries, if I had brought the 3rd battery, I could have put it in the grip in the blink of an eye. From now on I'll keep the 3rd battery close. I just thought I would share this experiance with all of you.

07-15-2008, 04:46 PM   #2
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I had my K200D set up to use the grip batteries first, and when they died, I turned off the camera and turned it back on and it came up powered by the in-camera batteries. No changing out batteries, etc.

I might be remembering it wrong, though.
07-15-2008, 05:11 PM   #3
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Dennis,
Good to know, I will try this when the grip battery dies.
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07-15-2008, 06:34 PM   #4
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The point of using the one in the battery grip is that you don't need to let it run down before charging it. I charge mine after each shoot and just switch them over occasionally so that they are both being used.

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I had been setting it to Grip First but when the grip battery starts getting low the edials tend to misbehave sporadically. So I recently switched to auto so it burns both batteries "equally". I've got a 3rd in the bag to use as the hot spare if I manage to burn the others up while I'm out shooting.
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Here's a question for you - I have the grip, and like the way it fits my big hands, but hardly ever use it vertically, so hardly ever actually power it on with the switch. With the switch in the off position, does the grip battery still provide power to the body?

I have it set to auto, and periodically rotate the batteries.....
07-16-2008, 04:25 PM   #7
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Do the Li-ion batteries have memory?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Classvino Quote
...With the switch in the off position, does the grip battery still provide power to the body?.....
Answered my own question the hard way - despite hardly ever turning on my grip, both batteries died tonight... Yes, even with the switch off, the grip battery supplies power to the body.
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When I was using the grip, I'd just put one battery in, in the grip. I disliked removing the grip each time I was done shooting to recharge. I just store my spare battery in my bag. If I haven't used the spare by days end, I swap it into the body and charge the main - haven't run dry yet this way.

QuoteOriginally posted by pentax4ever Quote
Do the Li-ion batteries have memory?
No.

In fact, the quality of NiCad (the traditional 'memory effect' battery) has risen to the point that I do not bother to fully cycle them but once a month during weekly use (my NiCads, for a different hobby). Top up charging is not a problem these days.
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