Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Den, Nov 17, 2003.

1. ### DenGuest

Is this possible?

My friend tells me that using AA batteries for his digital camera he
gets the following results;

First situation:
Rechargeable batteries rated 1.2 volts after charging the batteries
he reads : 1.359 volts Is this normal?

Second situation:
With regular AA batteries there is no voltage indicated on the
batteries;

but at one point his camera will tell to change the batteries; he
checks the voltage and he gets a reading of 3.389 volts
How is this possible?

Den

2. ### Keith R. WilliamsGuest

Sure, though he's likely over-charging them with a dumb charger.
Define "regular". Define the circumstances. No, this is not
normal.
The internal resistance of a battery will climb as it discharges.
At some point a "regular" battery will not be able to supply the
load. However, when it's taken out of the camera (and has no
load), the voltage from its intrinsic chemistry may be evident.

Testing batteries without a load is a usually waste of time. You
might be able to find a shorted cell, but rarely weak ones.

3. ### DenGuest

Thanks for the explanation Keith;
Does that mean that those little batterie testers
are useless?

Den

4. ### Keith R. WilliamsGuest

Battery testers come in all sorts. If they load the battery, they're
useful, particularly if they have a differing load for each battery
type/size. If they're simply a voltmeter they're next to useless.

5. ### Andrew HowardGuest

With regular AA batteries there is no voltage indicated on the
Maybe these AA batteries aren't "regular"? I've seen 6V batteries that look
like AA batteries before...

Andrew Howard

6. ### Watson A.Name - Watt Sun, Dark RemoverGuest

It's normal for a Ni-MH to measure about 1.4V at full charge.
The normal AA alkaline cell will measure about 1.3 to 1.4V when it's
getting low. It's easy to tell a fresh cell from a used cell by
measuring it with a DMM on the 2V range.

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7. ### Watson A.Name - Watt Sun, Dark RemoverGuest

Not true. See other post.

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8. ### Keith R. WilliamsGuest

I disagree. See other post.