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Old 07-12-2008, 20:40   #1 (permalink)
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Remember how ın my prevıous post I asked what to take for my trıp to Turkey? Well guess what?! I am there now but I have done somethıng very foolısh... I forgot the battery to my camera I swear I can almost cry... and sınce I found out ın Dubaı aırport, I am unable to fınd a new one. It's been 2 days of sıghtseeıng but no camera. I came across a shop sellıng the battrıes so I bought one. I turned out to be fake!!! I was trıcked as I was really desperate!!!

I put the battery ın the charger and the lıght ıs orange and wıthın a couple of mınutes ıt tunrs green as ıf ıts done chargıng. I put the battery ın the camera to see... I can only take a few pıcs and the battery dıes...

I have been all over the town (Istanbul) askıng about the battery... seems lıke they don't sell ıt here

What bad luck!!!

Thanks for listenıng!
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Old 07-12-2008, 20:46   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Battery

Ouch, thats a tough break there. I feel really sorry for you

I would make a detour to the nearest large town/city and search out a decent camera shop. Its likely they will have a battery that will be compatible and will hold its charge, even if it costs more than you would pay back in your own country the cost of it compared to the loss of your photographs on the holiday is not worth worrying about.

Extra batteries are always a good investment.

I wish I could offer more helpful advice. Good luck with the search anyway!!
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Re: Battery

Don't forget on the first charge you are supposed to give it about 16 hours - even if the ready light has come on.
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Re: Battery

Bad luck indeed

Is it worth buying a point + shoot camera just so you at least get your photo's of the trip?
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Re: Battery

Hi SBTM,Just to really condem the battery. Give it another charge and when the LED changes to green ,unplug the battery and plug it in again stright away. Does it charge for longer this time?You should get the orange indication and then it will go to green(indicating its fully charged.) It will never get to its full capacity until about 5 charges. Does the battery get very warm when you have carried out the charge?.If it does there's every possibility that there is a duff cell in the pack

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Old 14-12-2008, 15:22   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Battery

Thanks guys for your concern. I am back home now and the battery was where I thought I had left it

A very important lesson learned here but in a very difficult way.

Anyhow, as for what happened, I never manged to get an original battery as were there during their Eid holidays so most of the speciality stores were closed for about 4 days. I did try numerous things mentioned in the posts to try and get the battery charged but none helped. I put up with it for a couple of days and got about 20 shots for each day which didn't last for long and for the remaining days, I depended on my camcorder and its 1 megapixle camera

I'll post a few shots that I did manage to shoot and will also post the pictures of the fake battery and the original (comparison) for those who are interested.

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Re: Battery

just spotted this thread but too late, if your charger is for the UK probably the problem was voltage, charging a battery can take 2 or 3 times longer in other countries due to voltage differences. I found this happened to me in Canada. I had to buy a new charger over there.
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Nope, I checked. Same voltage
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if you're going to be there long enough maybe someone can mail you one
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