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Any way to get more battery power from a Canon A570?

This is a great camera, performs really well in low light, etc. But it eats batteries, have tried every kind of battery, rechargeable and non-rechargeable. Energizer works longer than others but not much. Anyone know if I could hack the camera to get it to stop using so much battery power?

H Munster
Wed, 12 Jan 2011 01:21:22 +0000

It's probably difficult to modify/hack the camera to use less power. On, the other hand, you can modify/hack the battery source. You can either use higher-capacity batteries or change the battery source completely.

What's the battery configuration (physical characteristic, voltage, ampere, etc.) for the Canon A570?

Chieh Cheng
Wed, 12 Jan 2011 02:43:35 +0000

What's the battery configuration (physical characteristic, voltage, ampere, etc.) for the Canon A570?

where can I find this. I couldn't find a service manual online.

Wed, 12 Jan 2011 13:11:57 +0000

If you have the actual camera and the battery, you can read the battery label for the electrical characteristics. And the physical battery, itself, is the physical characteristics. For example, Does the A570 use regular AA battery? Or does it use a proprietary battery with a strange shape?

Point is, if it uses AA batteries, then you can find AA-sized batteries with higher capacity. If it is some proprietary shape, then you can take the shell apart and replace the battery cell(s) inside it.

Another option is to make dummy batteries that connects to an external battery pack, which you carry your body. The "Hacking Digital Cameras" book has a chapter on making dummy batteries.

Chieh Cheng
Wed, 12 Jan 2011 16:51:59 +0000

It uses AA batteries and I've tried all kinds, they all die quickly, chargeable and non-chargeable.

l rogers
Wed, 12 Jan 2011 19:49:52 +0000

How many AA batteries does the battery bay hold?

Chieh Cheng
Thu, 13 Jan 2011 00:46:55 +0000

the camera takes two AA batteries.

l rogers
Thu, 13 Jan 2011 15:37:36 +0000

Each AA-sized battery is either 1.2v (NiCd/NiMh), 1.25v (NiCd), or 1.5v (Alkaline). So I suspect your camera supports voltage between 2.4v to 3v.

With that information, you can find larger battery cells with those voltage ratings. Then use dummy batteries to connect them to your camera.

Chieh Cheng
Thu, 13 Jan 2011 23:45:12 +0000

can you send me detailed email on how to that?

[email protected]

Fri, 14 Jan 2011 19:31:39 +0000

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