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Sep 14, 2021 10:43:38   #
quixdraw Loc: American Free States -- Montana
 
I was using the D3 yesterday evening, everything normal. Grabbed it on the way out early this morning to check on something. Stopped to take a picture, the camera was completely dead. I had checked the battery yesterday and there was 70 odd percent of charge left. Got home, put a fresh battery in and the camera was fine. Put the old one in the charger, the charger wouldn't light up. Another spare put in and the charger performed normally. This is an off brand, but one of my batteries that registered as new. Did you ever experience or here of something like that?
Auto Off is set for 8 seconds.

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Sep 14, 2021 10:56:49   #
MDI Mainer Loc: Mount Desert, Maine
 
Yes, over the years I've had two batteries suddenly fail and then refuse to take a charge. One even swelled up enough I had a bit of trouble getting it out of the camera. One Sony branded, one after market.

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Sep 14, 2021 11:01:22   #
quixdraw Loc: American Free States -- Montana
 
MDI Mainer wrote:
Yes, over the years I've had two batteries suddenly fail and then refuse to take a charge. One even swelled up enough I had a bit of trouble getting it out of the camera. One Sony branded, one after market.


Thanks - this one appears to be completely normal. It was one I had relied on, unfortunately.

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Sep 14, 2021 11:17:43   #
MDI Mainer Loc: Mount Desert, Maine
 
So I've learned to try and keep a spare in in my pocket, but admittedly it's not 100 percent! If I'm shooting around the house I now reflexively check the battery charge when I pick up the camera.

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Sep 14, 2021 11:24:38   #
quixdraw Loc: American Free States -- Montana
 
MDI Mainer wrote:
So I've learned to try and keep a spare in in my pocket, but admittedly it's not 100 percent! If I'm shooting around the house I now reflexively check the battery charge when I pick up the camera.


These are not very "pocketable", but last quite a long time. I usually do the same, check when I pick the camera up - the menu is set to that position on ready to grab cameras. I had checked and been using it last night, in future I won't make the same mistake!

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Sep 14, 2021 22:27:35   #
TriX Loc: Raleigh, NC
 
quixdraw wrote:
I was using the D3 yesterday evening, everything normal. Grabbed it on the way out early this morning to check on something. Stopped to take a picture, the camera was completely dead. I had checked the battery yesterday and there was 70 odd percent of charge left. Got home, put a fresh battery in and the camera was fine. Put the old one in the charger, the charger wouldn't light up. Another spare put in and the charger performed normally. This is an off brand, but one of my batteries that registered as new. Did you ever experience or here of something like that?
Auto Off is set for 8 seconds.
I was using the D3 yesterday evening, everything n... (show quote)


Yes. I have two batteries for my Porter Cable drill. I’ve been using it regularly the last few weeks and alternating batteries which have both been performing flawlessly and recharging normally. Suddenly yesterday, one battery was flat (according to the indicator) and the charger won’t recharge it. Bam - no warning - just died. The odd thing is it measures 18V with my DVM (it’s rated for 20V) It has tamper proof torx screws holding the case together, but I have a set of the appropriate bits, so tomorrow I’m going to open it and do a post mortem. Never seen one die quite this way.

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Sep 15, 2021 05:18:50   #
Manglesphoto Loc: 70 miles south of St.Louis
 
quixdraw wrote:
I was using the D3 yesterday evening, everything normal. Grabbed it on the way out early this morning to check on something. Stopped to take a picture, the camera was completely dead. I had checked the battery yesterday and there was 70 odd percent of charge left. Got home, put a fresh battery in and the camera was fine. Put the old one in the charger, the charger wouldn't light up. Another spare put in and the charger performed normally. This is an off brand, but one of my batteries that registered as new. Did you ever experience or here of something like that?
Auto Off is set for 8 seconds.
I was using the D3 yesterday evening, everything n... (show quote)


Yes, yrs ago and I don't remember the brand but It wasn't Nikon , It was my first and LAST third party battery.

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Sep 15, 2021 05:53:29   #
camerapapi Loc: Miami, Fl.
 
It has happened to me. If you had the original battery for your D3 consider that the battery is pretty old already and has done its job. Time for a new one.
They are only $129 at B&H. I still use the original battery for my Olympus EM-1 and it is already 10 years old. I know it could fail anytime now...but I have Wasabi replacements.

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Sep 15, 2021 06:05:01   #
Manglesphoto Loc: 70 miles south of St.Louis
 
TriX wrote:
Yes. I have two batteries for my Porter Cable drill. I’ve been using it regularly the last few weeks and alternating batteries which have both been performing flawlessly and recharging normally. Suddenly yesterday, one battery was flat (according to the indicator) and the charger won’t recharge it. Bam - no warning - just died. The odd thing is it measures 18V with my DVM (it’s rated for 20V) It has tamper proof torx screws holding the case together, but I have a set of the appropriate bits, so tomorrow I’m going to open it and do a post mortem. Never seen one die quite this way.
Yes. I have two batteries for my Porter Cable dril... (show quote)


I have had a couple of PC batteries fail like that , however they were in heavy use all of their lives!!!! a min. of 3 years old

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Sep 15, 2021 07:38:21   #
LFingar Loc: Claverack, NY
 
quixdraw wrote:
I was using the D3 yesterday evening, everything normal. Grabbed it on the way out early this morning to check on something. Stopped to take a picture, the camera was completely dead. I had checked the battery yesterday and there was 70 odd percent of charge left. Got home, put a fresh battery in and the camera was fine. Put the old one in the charger, the charger wouldn't light up. Another spare put in and the charger performed normally. This is an off brand, but one of my batteries that registered as new. Did you ever experience or here of something like that?
Auto Off is set for 8 seconds.
I was using the D3 yesterday evening, everything n... (show quote)


Some years back, when I bought a new Canon 6D it, as expected, came with a new Canon LP-E6 battery. Battery was dead right out of the box and wouldn't take a charge no matter what I did. That's the only battery problem I've ever had either with Canon or aftermarket batteries. Fortunately, I had other LP-E6 batteries so I was able to play with my new toy without delay, and, B&H quickly replaced the bad one.

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Sep 15, 2021 07:48:45   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
I've never had one fail, but I guess any battery can die suddenly - apparently. If it doesn't take a charge, that's a good sign that it's time to retire it.

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Sep 15, 2021 09:14:32   #
Sidwalkastronomy Loc: New Jersey Shore
 
Does anyone know who makes Canon batteries for them. After one bad experience with after market batteries ill only buy orginal now for few dollars more

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Sep 15, 2021 09:38:58   #
Manglesphoto Loc: 70 miles south of St.Louis
 
Sidwalkastronomy wrote:
Does anyone know who makes Cano batteries for them. After one bad experience with after market batteries ill only buy orginal now for few dollars more


What are Cano batteries?

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Sep 15, 2021 09:45:05   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
Manglesphoto wrote:
What are Cano batteries?


Never open one of those batteries!!! It's like opening a cano worms!

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Sep 15, 2021 09:46:34   #
Sidwalkastronomy Loc: New Jersey Shore
 
Manglesphoto wrote:
What are Cano batteries?


Typo for canon

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