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maducker

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Anyone in Massachusetts give me a hand repairing my camera's, most of them just keep taking pictures, or turn the camera on and don't take pictures. Once repaired I'll be donating them to Audubon.
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Whenever my cameras have kept taking pictures until the card was full or the camera batteries died it was because the board batteries were almost exhausted. It doesn't make sense, but that's what they do. It's happened with Bigfoot, SS II, CriterGetter and GameWatcher boards. The Yetis may have done it too, but I don't remember about them. Try new batteries for the boards.
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Okay, Thanks..I'll replace the batteries. I did try that on a few of them. Thanks 
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Agree with Woody....board batteries
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In my experience some boards don't function properly for very long on rechargeable batteries. When they discharge only a small amount this is the exact problem l encounter. As a result l only use alkaline batteries with those control boards.
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"In my experience some boards don't function properly for very long on rechargeable batteries."

Interesting since I always use rechargables to power my boards -- except for the builds that are way back in that I sometimes can't get to easily in the winter, then I use lithiums. Whenever I change the batteries in the cameras (always rechargables) I also change the board batteries too. I've gotten four months and over 1000 photos from rechargables in some of my cameras.

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"Interesting since I always use rechargables to power my boards -- except for the builds that are way back in that I sometimes can't get to easily in the winter, then I use lithiums. Whenever I change the batteries in the cameras (always rechargables) I also change the board batteries too. I've gotten four months and over 1000 photos from rechargables in some of my cameras."

I was having problems with 2 boards and the maker (I won't name him here) recommended l use alkaline batteries, as rechargeables even 2500mah Enneloop black batteries just don't cut it. I took his advice and used alkaline batteries and never had a problem since. I still use rechargeables in my externals and slaves, & boards from an alternative maker but not in those two boards. Hope this better explains it.



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"In my experience some boards don't function properly for very long on rechargeable batteries."

Interesting since I always use rechargables to power my boards -- except for the builds that are way back in that I sometimes can't get to easily in the winter, then I use lithiums. Whenever I change the batteries in the cameras (always rechargables) I also change the board batteries too. I've gotten four months and over 1000 photos from rechargables in some of my cameras.


I do like Woody does and use rechargeables in all my cam control boards. I use them in all Ralph’s boards and in all Gary’s boards. I don’t have an issue. But I do like Woody does and I change them out every time I change out the externals ... plus I have a customer that has 10 of my homebrews and they do the same. No issues with Ralph’s or Gary’s control boards using rechargeables. But like I said I change them out when I check the cams and change out the externals. Rechargeables save me piles of $$
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Rechargeables save me piles of $$


Me too. I just started to recycle 2400mah Energizers I bought in 2003 or 2004. They're starting to not hold a charge long enough to run a camera for two or three weeks -- they're still fine in solar powered lawn lights that recharge every day. The old Duracell rechargables I had didn't last long at all, but the new one are apparently fine from what's on-line.

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Me too. I just started to recycle 2400mah Energizers I bought in 2003 or 2004. They're starting to not hold a charge long enough to run a camera for two or three weeks -- they're still fine in solar powered lawn lights that recharge every day. The old Duracell rechargables I had didn't last long at all, but the new one are apparently fine from what's on-line.


Woody what is your top three favorite rechargeables? I condition my rechargeables once per year .. not sure if that’s right or wrong. Have never read anywhere what is suggested...
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I condition (or refresh) my AAs about once a year also.  They are like new after that. I don't have a charger that conditions C and D cells ...although they seem to hold their charge longer than the AAs and AAAs,
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I use Imedion (Powerex), Amazon and Energizer rechargables. They're apparently all made in the same factory in Japan; but, the last batch of Amazons I bought were made in China so those may well be the last Amazons I purchase. I have one group of Tenergy batteries that were made in China that I bought by mistake, they don't last as long as the Japanese-made batteries.

My rechargables get conditioned about every six months unless they're dead when I check the camera. If that's the case they get reconditioned right away, sometimes twice. Reportably the best way to kill a rechargable battery is to totally drain it.

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