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05-04-2014, 12:49 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by Michael Piziak Quote
Your internal battery is probably shot.
Been they way since brand new.

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QuoteOriginally posted by zekewhipper Quote
You can recharge the internal battery.

1) Turn the camera on.
2) Turn off the Auto Power Off option.
3) Turn off the rear LCD.
4) Let the camera sit overnight. Preferably till the main battery is depleted. That way you can give it a good full recharge too later, but because it obviously put all the juice it could into the internal battery.
I don't think that you understand how the clock backup battery works or how it gets charged.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Steve.Ledger Quote
Been they way since brand new.
I don't think it should have been that way since brand new. Is it still under warranty ?
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It is, but it's not an issue that I'd go to the expense of sending it thousands of kilometres from here and have to wait who know how long.
It takes but a few seconds to reset the date/time.

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It is, but it's not an issue that I'd go to the expense of sending it thousands of kilometres from here and have to wait who know how long.
It takes but a few seconds to reset the date/time.
Your choice.
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I've still got an old long zoom P&S Olympus C750 somewhere or other, and it suffers from the same issue as the OP's C5050Z, it instantly forgets all settings if the battery is removed even for 1 second. At the time (2005-ish), loads of owners had the same problem after a couple of years and the problem was absolutely definitely a fake sub-par Chinese capacitor. Industrial espionage gone wrong basically, they left out the ingredients that stopped electrolyte deterioration. I did have the instructions for replacing the capacitor but I never did get round to it and bought into Pentax.
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I don't think that you understand how the clock backup battery works or how it gets charged.
That is the method I was shown and that I use when the internal battery gets weak, and it has always worked.
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That is the method I was shown and that I use when the internal battery gets weak, and it has always worked.
The clock battery gets trickle charged whenever there is a charged main battery in the camera (or an external power supply is connected). Running down the main battery will make no difference - except that when it gets discharged the clock will run off the button cell, so you don't win.

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Quite frankly, I dislike having a clock battery in the camera. I wish they could develop a capacitor technology that would keep track of time. Why do I dislike it? Because I know if I keep my camera long enough, that clock battery will go bad.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kh1234567890 Quote
The clock battery gets trickle charged whenever there is a charged main battery in the camera (or an external power supply is connected). Running down the main battery will make no difference - except that when it gets discharged the clock will run off the button cell, so you don't win.
I do. It works.
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Gentleman, I propose a Dual to settle this.
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Here!. A capacitor does not have the capacity/power density of a battery. If they did, Tesla would not be using Lithium Polymer packs with active cooling...
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Here!. A capacitor does not have the capacity/power density of a battery. If they did, Tesla would not be using Lithium Polymer packs with active cooling...
It is actually more to do with voltage drop behaviour on discharge - capacitor voltage decays exponentially whereas a chemical battery has a voltage plateau. In my past life I did electrochemistry for living ...
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If not a battery, there should at least be a capasiter.
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How about a flux capacitor or a warp core?
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