For "InfoLITHIUM" Battery Only?
I picked up a couple of aftermarket batteries so I have a few more on hand in preparation for football shooting season, and unlike any battery I've had before, after fully charging, when inserted, the camera powers up fine, and you can go to a menu, take a shot, etc. But after about 30 seconds, the message For "InfoLITHIUM" Battery Only appears, and then the camera shuts off.
The batteries are lithium ion, with the same power specs.
I see a lot of chatter about this problem with Sony video cameras, with a lot of crazy ideas about shorting the batteries to discharge them, and recharge them, etc. Most of it seems to be old postings.
But when issues like dirty contacts, etc., are eliminated, it seems to be an issue with the battery pack not having the chip to feedback the remaining battery power level, and the camera shutting down because it isn't receiving this feedback.
Anyone seen this message before on a Sony D-SLR, and if so, is there a resolution? Other than sending the batteries back and demanding a refund?
Also, anyone know of anything that identifies what aftermarket batteries work, and which ones don't, other than trial and error?
No handy spares ... what?
I must say, Peter, there were some eye-opening revelations in that article you submitted ... which really will make the way I work with these batteries a bit different than the accepted battery practices of the past. To say the least, it lends more confusion to the overall approach.
While my camera batteries are an event by themselves, the portable (HVL-FxxAM) flash battery cycle is a heck of a lot more "bothersome" and frequent. They are usually exhausted after most day-long shoots or sooner.
The one aspect that really caught me off guard, from the aforementioned article, was the idea of not being able to carry a conveniently charged set of spare Li-ION batteries for my α700/α850 bodies. :eek:
But, it really sounds more like a "getting around to them" kind of deal w/o long-time storage in a camera bag. According to my understanding of the article, we probably should be recharging the Li-ION batteries after a serious dent in their capacity and not waiting until "switch over" in the VG grip @ 0% (which was my normal practice). So, in this case, a convenient third battery would probably be best ... to be switched out at, say, 20%, instead of 0, to provide the most flexibility for the battery and after 30 uses ... a full drop to 0% and back to full to keep the internal metering working correctly.
Again, that makes the whole shebang kind of weird, in that your second (#2) battery in your VG would not be "envoked", as after replacing the #1 with a fresh one, the #1 would, again, be at 100%, thereby making the #2 the point of long-time storage. :rolleyes: A relatively simple work-around could be during the battery change, swapping the #2 for the #1, and then putting the "fresh 100% spare" into the #2 spot, instead. This way, the #2 gets cycled and not subject to "long term" idleness.
This "work-around" does not require more attention than I can practically give the system, but something I will incorporate into my process. As it stands, I have 5 of these Li-ION packs in use ... and there is no way I can, at this time, tell them for one another. I suppose I could run a chart, color coding each cell, in order to keep track, but that really is becoming serious and superfluous overhead, when you think about it.
Portability has a price. I am also noticing some batteries drain differently than others. That may be directly due to this "unusual" charging cycle these devices have. I have to say, in my opinion, this is not much fun to deal with. And with the idea that keeping "ready spares" are impractical along with it ... well, just seems like more salt-in-the-wound.
I also need to remember that my camera use is exceptionally high compared to most of the other members of the SONY DSLR forum. It really is nothing to fully exhaust both batteries in a day or two. Filling the 64GB card will do it with no problem whatsoever. The wedding shoot from last weekend was nearly 800 images ... just the wedding and reception. None of the rehearsal stuff or formal setting shoots. The Rockford Airfest, if I had stayed the full day, would have rung up, easily, 2000-shots. I was shot by 2PM ... that sun was murder.
Anyway, Peter, thanks for sharing the info.
Substantive alternatives ...
I do not know of many photographers running around with refrigerators in their cars. Keeping batteries on ice is a little too much to consider to be practical about it.
It seems to be a rather simple debate of what would make me madder ... finding my two Li-ION batteries at 50% in my case ... or having forgotten them, altogether, in the home refrigerator, trying to keep them well-charged ... when I am miles away!
Clearly, some improvements should be offered. Heck, I'd even like the option of going with an emergency "AA", like the older Minolta Maxxum/Dynax SLR cameras could.