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Sep 15, 2019 21:41:46   #
Tedster
 
Hi, this battery has been charged twice in the past, but suddenly will not take a charge either from a Wasabi charger or a Pentax charger. Anyone know of a way to persuade it?

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Sep 15, 2019 22:31:51   #
Dave327 Loc: Duluth, GA. USA
 
Try cleaning the contacts with a cue tip and rubbing alcohol. If that does not work - recycle & buy a new battery.

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Sep 15, 2019 23:48:29   #
TriX Loc: Raleigh, NC
 
It may be just a failure, but if it’s a Lithium Ion battery, and it becomes discharged below a certain point, you won’t be able to charge it (safety feature) with a regular charger. It may be able to be resurrected, but you’ll need equipment you don’t likely have available, and there is a danger of fire. Best advice is recycle it and replace as was suggested (and be sure not to let future batteries become completely discharged or go for long periods without use and charging)

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Sep 15, 2019 23:51:56   #
Joe Blow
 
Li-on batteries have circuits in them to prevent overcharging and to cut them off before going totally dead. If they refuse to be charged then the circuit is probably bad.

While they may be disassembled and booted with success, it does require some special tools. My advice is to just recycle it and get a new battery. If there is a warranty then follow up on that.

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Sep 16, 2019 00:51:55   #
Tedster
 
OK, thanks.

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Sep 16, 2019 06:33:09   #
techwolf Loc: Edgewater, Fl
 
If it under warranty contact Wasabi. Mine did the same thing and they replaced them promptly.

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Sep 16, 2019 07:14:52   #
Silverrails
 
Tedster wrote:
Hi, this battery has been charged twice in the past, but suddenly will not take a charge either from a Wasabi charger or a Pentax charger. Anyone know of a way to persuade it?


Not sure what Camera brand you own, but it has been highly suggested to me that you should Only use OEM batteries in the Camera brand you own, Nikon Camera use Nikon Batteries, Canon Camera use Canon batteries, etc.
I have a Nikon D3300 and 3 EN-EL14a OEM Nikon Batteries, have not Experienced any issues in the past 3 years.
You might save money with "Off-Brand" batteries, but they may not perform well or even possibly damage your camera.

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Sep 16, 2019 07:32:27   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
TriX wrote:
It may be just a failure, but if it’s a Lithium Ion battery...there is a danger of fire.


There was a fire on a scuba diving boat, and lithium batteries were mentioned as possible cause. It cold be a year before the investigation is finished. No survivors. I hope someone comes up with a safe alternative to lithium batteries.

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/jasonwells/dive-boat-fire-preliminary-report-ntsb

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Sep 16, 2019 07:39:37   #
LFingar Loc: Claverack, NY
 
Tedster wrote:
Hi, this battery has been charged twice in the past, but suddenly will not take a charge either from a Wasabi charger or a Pentax charger. Anyone know of a way to persuade it?


It happens. I had a brand new Canon LP-E6 that came with a 6D that I bought. It wouldn't take a charge from day one. B&H gave me a return UPS label and sent me another new one, which worked fine, BTW. I suggest you contact whomever you bought it from.

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Sep 16, 2019 08:03:40   #
rehess Loc: South Bend, IN, USA
 
Silverrails wrote:
Not sure what Camera brand you own, but it has been highly suggested to me that you should Only use OEM batteries in the Camera brand you own, Nikon Camera use Nikon Batteries, Canon Camera use Canon batteries, etc.

Yeah, we have this discussion regularly - like Canon vs Nikon. Since the OP said “Wasabi charger or a Pentax charger”, I’m guessing he has a Pentax camera.

I also have Pentax. Pentax would like me to use their batteries, but other brands are so much less expensive. I have Pentax, Wasabi, and Kastar batteries. Most of the time I use a Watson charger and the system does work. The Wasabi battery seems to cut out around 95% charge, so I get less from it, but I don’t see that I am hurt because the price is so much less. I handle all my batteries every Monday - unless I’m on a trip {when I handle them every day}. I put them in the charger until it reaches full charge, then I put them in the camera to check charge, so I would notice any swelling. I’ve heard batteries are ‘good’ for 500 charges - and I don’t expect to get ten years from digital camera - so I don’t think I lose much from this system.

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Sep 16, 2019 08:19:22   #
TomV Loc: Annapolis, Maryland
 
I buy only OEM. I have bought Wasabi & Power2000, etc in the past but they always fail much earlier than OEM. I have never had OEM failures in 15 yrs.

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Sep 16, 2019 08:35:18   #
In-lightened Loc: Kansas City
 
TomV wrote:
I buy only OEM. I have bought Wasabi & Power2000, etc in the past but they always fail much earlier than OEM. I have never had OEM failures in 15 yrs.


I have Wasabis as well...and they have quit taking a full charge. I replaced them with much more expensive Nikons. Sigh. Is failure to take a full charge the beginning of the end now?

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Sep 16, 2019 08:41:11   #
mas24 Loc: Southern CA
 
Third party batteries such as Wasabi and Watson are generally very reliable. I use OEM Nikon batteries, that come with the camera. And my replacement battery, if needed is a Watson. I keep both Brands fully charged. I have an OEM battery charger, and an aftermarket charger. Third party batteries are less expensive. But, the overall lifespan of the aftermarket battery may be shorter than the OEM batteries. Try a Watson Brand, if available for your camera. Or, return the defective battery for a replacement, if on a warranty? Good luck.

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Sep 16, 2019 08:46:37   #
Scruples Loc: Brooklyn, New York
 
techwolf wrote:
If it under warranty contact Wasabi. Mine did the same thing and they replaced them promptly.


Forgive me my naïveté!

I only buy original manufacturer batteries. A friend of mine had his batteries leak in the compartment. Major damage repair. I'm inclined to believe it was a really bad manufacturer. But since then, I won't buy generic batteries. I know they are more expensive but I like playing it close to the vest.

My humble advice. Recycle the old battery and buy a brand new one. You photograph a lot easier knowing there is a new battery on board.

Happy Shooting!

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Sep 16, 2019 11:55:33   #
GENorkus Loc: Washington Twp, Michigan
 
Tedster wrote:
Hi, this battery has been charged twice in the past, but suddenly will not take a charge either from a Wasabi charger or a Pentax charger. Anyone know of a way to persuade it?


You said, "in the past". How long in the past? What was the charge when you last used it?

One of the biggest problems with modern batteries is storing them with a low charge. Another is leaving them on a non-smart charger for a long time.

The best way to store them is to have about 80% charge.

If you have ever noticed, a 100% charged battery over a month or two, will discharge to about 80%, then very slowly discharge from there. (Unless something else is wrong.)

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