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Vivitar 5350s - poor battery?

by Psycho Savager / December 9, 2008 5:49 AM PST

I have a Vivitar 5350s and the battery lasts only a few hours before running out of charge. Is it the camera that's doing this or does the battery have problems?

If it's the latter, what type of battery should I buy?

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Vivitar 5350
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / December 9, 2008 7:31 AM PST

Alkaline AA batteries when used on a digital camera will only last for about 40 to 50 pictures.

Most people buy rechargeable batteries, which will last about 4 to 5 times longer on one charge.

Look for NiMH rechargeable AA batteries.

You can get a kit (batteries/charger) for under $20.
Available at any store that sells digital cameras.

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Battery
by Psycho Savager / December 9, 2008 7:44 AM PST
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It's not AA, it's one specifically for the camera.

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Battery
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / December 9, 2008 8:26 AM PST
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Sorry about that.
I looked it up on the Internet and two places said that camera uses AA batteries.

Vivitar has been bought out by another company and I was unable to find their new website.

If it uses a proprietary battery, you don't have much recourse.
You could do a Internet search and see if anyone has a replacement battery that has a higher MaH (milliamp hours) rating.
MaH is a measurement of power storage.

If your camera sits for several months between uses, you should recharge the battery before taking more photos. Many batteries will self discharge (to some degree) while setting unused.

Also, downloading pictures to your computer through the USB cable eats up battery time.
You might think about using a card reader to download your photos.
Card readers for SD cards are available for under $10.

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