Older cameras/motor drives and NiMh/Imedion batteries

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Older cameras/motor drives and NiMh/Imedion batteries

Postby Reschsmooth on Thu Jul 12, 2012 4:29 pm

Does anyone know if there are problems using rechargable NiMh or Imedion style batteries in older style cameras/motor drives. I have the MD-4 for the F3 that takes 8 batteries and would prefer to use rechargables. Appreciate comments before I order a stack.
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Re: Older cameras/motor drives and NiMh/Imedion batteries

Postby aim54x on Thu Jul 12, 2012 5:12 pm

I have had issues using the Eneloops and Imedions in my MB-16 (F80), due to the lower voltage on these batteries the camera very quickly decides the batteries are flat.
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Re: Older cameras/motor drives and NiMh/Imedion batteries

Postby Reschsmooth on Fri Jul 13, 2012 1:36 pm

So what you are saying is that such drives struggle with the 1.2 volt discharge of rechargables and I have to waste money on alkalines? Bugger.
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Re: Older cameras/motor drives and NiMh/Imedion batteries

Postby aim54x on Fri Jul 13, 2012 4:47 pm

No harm in trying but you may find that the difference in voltage may result in the need for alkaline batteries
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Re: Older cameras/motor drives and NiMh/Imedion batteries

Postby Reschsmooth on Fri Jul 13, 2012 5:11 pm

aim54x wrote:No harm in trying but you may find that the difference in voltage may result in the need for alkaline batteries


From what I understand, the MD4 (F3) uses batteries in the motor drive to run both the drive and meter. The MB-1 (F2) only runs the drive, I think, suggesting that the voltage difference may be less relevant. Not sure.
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