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PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:23 am 
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On the 3.6 volt 1/2 AA batteries that the SS2 uses, at what point do you change out batteries? I have found that they normally start out at around 3.66 volts but I am never sure when they actually need replacing, any ideas? Thanks Danno.


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I write the month and year they're installed in the build on each battery and have changed them after about 15 months. But, I've also converted most of my SS II boards to run on 9v or AAA rechargable batteries, then I change them after four months and just recharge the batteries -- cheaper in the long run and the board battery is never run down to where it won't power the board.

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Here's what happens when the purple battery goes low with my S600's. The camera will fire off continually until the camera's battery is dead. That's over 500 pics with flash in one instance. As for when to change them out, I seem to recall JDH knowing that detail. I think that it's only a matter of a few 10ths. of a volt though.

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Thanks for the replies guys, I usually replace them when the camera starts taking pictures one after another also but I have a couple of camera's doing this with new 1/2 AA batteries and I have about a dozen batteries now that I don't know if they are shot or the camera just malfunctioned. I hope Gary or Johnny see this and give their opinions also.


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I didn't remember exactly so I checked with Gary and he said around 3.2. I've also seen them start acting funny at higher voltages. Lithium are funny that way.

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Thanks Johnny, I just checked these 12 batteries that I have removed from builds that had runaway pictures they range from 3.59 to 3.63. That figure that you gave of 3.2, could it possibly be 3.62 or do I have other issues with the builds that these came out of?


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Lithium batteries die a quick death so once the voltage starts dropping it doesn't take very long at all. I've noticed that when they do start crapping out the walktest acts funny, even the LED will seem dim. Another thing, checking the voltage at rest may show 3.6 volts but as soon as a load is placed on it it probably drops significantly.

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Great advice John, I have one build that I just changed the battery on for the 3rd time that when I go to check it the red light on the SS2 starts blinking and it also has runaway pictures, any idea what's wrong with this one?


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check the trail/feeder switch and make sure it's fully one way or the other. Also turn the sensitivity adjustment dial back and forth a few times to see if that helps. I've also seen where an external switch going bad causes battery drain or erratic board behavior.

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Woody Meristem wrote:
I write the month and year they're installed in the build on each battery and have changed them after about 15 months. But, I've also converted most of my SS II boards to run on 9v or AAA rechargable batteries, then I change them after four months and just recharge the batteries -- cheaper in the long run and the board battery is never run down to where it won't power the board.


I have done many conversions as Woody stated. I have used 9 volt, AAA's and AA's. I like the AAA and AA best if space permits. Gary's SS11 can run on many voltages. I was having to many issues with the little batteries and swapped one build out with a AAA battery holder. I have never looked back. No issues. I still use one build that has the small battery cause it's in a micro build. Perhaps it's just another option Danno.


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