Battery life

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  • Elizabeth Swoope

    With the Ghost, you’ll be more interested in the internal and external voltage shown on the status report than in the battery indicators or the P numbers on the info strip.

    I would expect that lithiums would maintain a higher voltage for longer.

    Number of photos is a better indicator of life than months, but it depends on how strong the signal is, thumbnail size, day vs night, videos, and possibly other things.

    Here’s an article on Ghost battery info that may help a little. Johnny will probably have more input tomorrow.

    https://support.spartancamera.com/hc/en-us/articles/360043534053-Ghost-battery-information

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  • John Lockburner

    What are the voltages shown on the status report for internal and external batteries? Do you have power save turned on in the settings and what is the exact model number for your camera? It sounds to me like you should be getting more pictures from those batteries.

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  • Francesco Magazu

    Power Mode is on, Internal 3.89V, external 10.35V, model ID: 107542, thanks

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  • John Lockburner

    I guess there could be a chance that you got some bad batteries, is the camera still sending pictures? The model number will most likely start with a G or a W. Have you requested many videos?

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  • Francesco Magazu

    Model#: GC-G4Gb. The camera just send a photo a few minutes ago stating P0 now. Only have been taking pictures no videos. Batteries were brand new Lithium from Energizer.

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  • John Lockburner

    Is the cameras firmware up to date? With an external voltage showing 10.35 volts that's 1.725 volts per battery which should still be good for lithium. The internal is a little low but not horrible. How close to you is the camera? Can you look at the online portal and check the picture numbers and see if they are all there in order with no gaps? Also is your SD card 32gb or smaller, class 10, 80mb/s or faster and full sized (not a micro in an adapter)? The voltages for lithium batteries and a 12 volt SLA battery overlap so the camera may actually think it has a dead 12v sla rather than good lithium batteries in it, which won't cause you a problem if that's the case it is just a little confusing looking at the status report. What will probably happen if that is what's going on is as those lithium get lower in voltage they will get closer to aa alkaline specifications and the camera will start to show full battery power. 

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  • Francesco Magazu

    I bought the Father’s Day special I believe it came with a 32gb SD. Not near the camera to go back to check it for at least another month or so. Now that I’m looking at all the photos on my portal, 95% of my 338 photos say P0 in the bottom right corner. It went to P5 recently and now back to P0. Hoping this camera keeps performing the way it has I have been extremely impressed with the quality so far

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  • John Lockburner

    If the card came with it then it should be fine, you do want to make sure that anytime you put a card in the camera that you format it using the option in the cameras menu. It sounds to me like everything is OK with the camera, it's just in that overlapping voltage range like I mentioned before and I would expect it to show full power in the future.

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  • Francesco Magazu

    Thank you John!

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  • Francesco Magazu

    How do I know if my firmware is up to date? Looks like it is showing 11/22/2019 firmware now. Camera hasn’t taken pictures (most likely dead). I am trying to avoid it dying after 340 pictures, was really hoping it would last way longer than that it’s only been a month.

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  • John Lockburner

    When you look at the status report on the app it lists the current firmware and will either say that it's up to date or there will be an update button. What is the date and time on the last status report and what voltages are given? You should definitely be getting more pictures than that on a set of lithium batteries.

     

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