Hello All, This is my first post here. I've been lurking around for some time now and have learned a lot. There is a great wealth of information here and hope to learn more in the future.
My problem is this. Both Nikon batteries that I own seem to discharge at an accelerated rate. If I insert a freshly charged battery and don't do anything but let the camera sit with the power switch off, within five hours the battery is discharged to approximately 50%. Within a 24 hour period it is completely dead. Again this happens with both batteries. I was just wondering if this is normal? Is this happening to anyone else? Could it possibly be that both batteries are degraded or is there something wrong with my D200? A bit more information is that I have the 18-200 VR attached. I thought that maybe because the VR switch was in the "on" position that it might have some affect; no joy, because in the off position the batteries still get drained. Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Dana, this is not normal. I had one battery that would not accept a full charge. Nikon had told me there was no warranty, but B&H said the batteries had 1 year warranty, so I sent it to Nikon. I just got a new repalcement from UPS tonight. I would send both back for replacement.
Cope, thanks for the quick reply. When you say that the battery would not take a full charge, do you mean that when inserted into the camera the battery info reads less than 100 percent? When I insert both batteries into the camera they show between 99-100 percent. So, could this be a false indication of charge that I am seeing?
I purchased the camera from Amazon in April. This problem started occuring about last month. I was storing the camera in my Tamrac backpack and just thought that the power switch was somehow getting switched on during transport. Today was the first day that I left the camera out in the open. I will try to measure the voltage after a full charge. Maybe I should just purchase another battery and see what happens. If it turns out the new battery works, then I will probably send the current two back to Nikon. I could always use another battery for backup.
>If you charge a battery and leave it out of the camera and >off the charger for a day then insert it in the camera. What >happens? > >If the camera indicate full I doubt it is battery issues, it >is in the camera. If the camera indicates a low battery then >it sounds like a bad battery or possiably charger.
(Good Idea!)I will try this and post the results back here when finished.
>Cope, thanks for the quick reply. When you say that the >battery would not take a full charge, do you mean that when >inserted into the camera the battery info reads less than >100 percent? When I insert both batteries into the camera >they show between 99-100 percent. So, could this be a false >indication of charge that I am seeing?
In my case, the battery charger shut off but the battery only showed 45% in the LCD meter. All of my othetr batteries show 100% when charged. You could have bad batteries, or as suggested, a faulty camera. Look at the date code on the batteries, they could well be from the same batch if bought together. 4 of mine were from B&H (1 with the camera) and 2 from Cameta, but the date codes were cose together, and 2 were from the same date code.
OK. So I check the voltage of the batteries and they seem to be correct. I charged both and let them sit overnight, then inserted into the camera. Battery info indicated 100 percent. There does not seem to be any rapid discharge as compared to when they are in the camera. I'm afraid it is time to send the camaera back to Nikon. Hopefully it is an easy and quick fix. Thank you all for your suggestions and comments!