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 Post subject: Sharing the Joy
PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 7:25 pm 
I finally got my A300 today. :D

I just had to share. Now that the waiting is over I have to wait for the battery to charge. Major bummer. I will probably be honing my night photography skills, since the battery won't be fully charged until 3:00 am.

Gotta go, I have to unpack the box.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 7:57 pm 
Have fun with your camera :)


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I don't think the lithium batteries suffer from memory so you could try it on a partial charge. :D

Maybe add 2nd battery to shopping list too.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 8:28 pm 
Ooh i remember that. Waited a long time to get the Camera, but those hours were almost longer than the weeks i waited for the camera :P

But i was surprised when the little charger-lamp stopped lighting, after only three hours :D So there's still hope (;

Good luck with your Camera,


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 8:36 pm 
That's good to know,I wasn't quite sure about the memory build up. The watched pot never boils they say.


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I have been told that when you first use the battery (once fully charged) you should run it down to ZERO the first time, and then re-charge fully and continue for about an hour after the light goes out thereafter.
Also “fragment” the card more so than just delete its content.
Not sure if it’s the better thing to do, but I was told by a pro that it is.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 9:07 pm 
Thanks Westcoast.

Sounds like excellent advise. It is going to take some discipline, but I think I can wait.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 9:28 pm 
To the best of my knowledge (and I took that from a discussion on another forum a few years back from someone who was professionally involved with battery technology) it is VERY BAD for Li-Ion batteries to deep-discharge and it is no problem at all to keep them charged regularly so they are always in a 'highly charged state'. :D

So basically the best thing to do is recharge them after every shoot and start the next session with a fully charged battery.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2008 12:33 pm 
The time i waited for my battery to recharge, i was looking up on how long time it would take. And then i came into a website where there was an articel aboout InfoLITHIUM batteries. And it said that whteher you use them fully down, or you use them for half an hour and then recharge, it won't take damage at all.

So yeah, Caim-I-Am / Ben is right. (At least as far as i know)


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I did use the battery until it was completely empty and then recharged it again. Don't know for sure whether it's good or not, but the batteries I have both work still. Not a problem.
Have fun with you camera! :D

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Most devices typically have some protection feature in it to stop the battery level getting too low so that it becomes a problem. e.g. turning itself off when the level is low.

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Good thing that my A700 doesn't do that. My phone does it though, and it annoys the c**p out of me :x .

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The description on a NP-FM500H package says "no memory effect". So there should be no need to fully charge or discharge a battery to maximize the batterylife on long term.

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