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09-06-2016, 05:52 PM   #1
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K-x dies almost immediately even with fresh batteries

Hi, everyone! I'm a very new camera user, but I inherited a 5-6 year-old K-x from my sister, who used it for a semester in college. Every time I've tried to use it with new lithium batteries (about 5 times), it dies after taking one or two shots. Is this a problem with the camera, do you think, or am I using the wrong type of battery? Is the camera just too old? Thank you for your help!

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Have you tried any other type of batteries, such as alkaline?

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Lithium batteries should work, but you never know with the older cameras. I've been using Eneloop rechargeable AAs for years with my ancient *ist D and K100D. No issues.
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Try other batteries. Back when I had the K-x they came up with a firmware update that fixed a similar issue. Eneloops worked very well with mine.

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I had the same experience with my K-x several years ago. It never happens again after changing to Sanyo Eneloop rechargeable AA batteries.
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I don't know about the Kx but the K-30 has a battery type selection in the menu and it makes a big difference if it is set wrong. Make sure the contacts are clean, and make sure the firmware is to the current update.
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My K-x worked w/ Lithiums, and then at some point it didn't. As I recall it showed similar symptoms to yours.

Switch to another type of battery. Annoying as Lithiums are the best for extensively using camera where recharging is not possible (e.g., backpacking).
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Thanks, everyone! I'll grab some new batteries. If I wanted to upgrade firmware, how would I do that? (Did I mention I'm also not super tech savvy? I'm just on the older scale of milennial where some technology confuses me.) Again, thank you all so much! I really appreciate it.

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Hello

Here: Latest K-x Firmware Update : Software Downloads | RICOH IMAGING
you have access to the list of all the existing firmware updates for the Pentax K-x, the description how to upgrade and possibility to download the last firmware V1.03.

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Thank you for this link! I was all set to download, but I'm worried about messing up the camera if the batteries die during the download. Any ideas?

I purchased eneloop batteries, but as soon as I put them in the camera and turned it on, I got a "battery depleted" message and it turned off. Is there anything else I can do? I'm going on a trip in two weeks and would love to be able to bring this camera with me.

Thank you all, again, for your help! I really, really appreciate it.

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Did you charge the eneloops before using them?
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I purchased them "pre-charged." No good?
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I'm surprised that lithium batteries fail as they are higher voltage than any other type, new ones are about 1.75v.
I still have my K100D from 2006, it will only run on lithiums, everything else especially Nimh are too low voltage, a well known fault with some of the earlier cameras.
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QuoteOriginally posted by katie_m Quote
I purchased them "pre-charged." No good?
I bought a set of pre-charged Rayovac AAs (eneloop copy), and I did have to charge them first. I would give it a try with the eneloops.
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Ok, will do! I'll keep you posted, once I've had a chance to pick up a charger. Fingers crossed!!
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