Leica M9 battery life...?

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Norwin Regular Member • Posts: 162
Leica M9 battery life...?

New Friends,

Having just purchased and most recenty obtained the new M9, I have now twice been surprised by finding the battery 'dead'.

Having had several Canon's in the past (the most recent a 5D Mark II, which I am in the process of selling) - I've now three times re-energised my new Leica M9 battery to find that by the following day it is completly discharged and won't even turn the camera on...

As I wrote above, I am new to Leica and think perhaps the Leica battery is more sensitive when new than any Canon battery I have ever had...or, it is something more serious of which I am completely unfamiliar?

Please, my new friends - advise with the experience you've had with your new Leica camera batteries...

I know they discharge rapidly when new...however, this is beyond discharging rapidly. This is over night...dead.

....no, I did not leave the camera on.

In appreciation for the courtesy of your respected response,

I remain

Faithfully yours,

Norwin

David28 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,073
Re: Leica M9 battery life...?

Norwin

Doesn't sound right to me. I have had mine for a week and I "complain" that it runs down pretty quick but I am talking a few days per charge and heavy usage and reviewing on LCD. Did you fully charge it up first time before using - like it ask you to in the manual????

Still ...... I notice it does run down faster than the one with the M8.

Try getting a spare and see how that goes.

Good luck.

Not a disaster but annoying nonetheless

Calvin Chann
Calvin Chann Senior Member • Posts: 1,395
Re: Leica M9 battery life...?

I noticed this too over the last weekend. On both the battery that came with the M9 and my M8 battery. Maybe I left it on, but it should have switched itself off, and maybe the M8 battery wasn't fully charged, but I'll have to investigate this a bit more.
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Greg Gebhardt
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I would say something is wrong

My M9 does not get near the same performance as the M8. I have alkso noticed that the battery in the M9 "seems" to discharge when not being used a little more than expected. If I put a fully charged battery in the M9 and do not use it for 4-5 days, it has lost power. The M8 will go for a couple of weeks and still be at 100%.

If you are watching a charged battery go dead overnight, that is not normal. I have even left my M9 in the on position, overnight, and did not do this.

Interesting
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Pointcolville Contributing Member • Posts: 572
Re: Leica M9 battery life...?

The M9 apparently ships with the "auto-off" feature disabled - at least mine did, and several members of the Leica forum have found this to be so. When auto-off is enabled, battery life improves dramatically. I am getting roughly the same battery performance from the M9 that I did from the M8, and almost no drain when the camera is on the shelf.
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Norwin OP Regular Member • Posts: 162
Re: Leica M9 battery life...?

Thank you.

I have the feeling that perhaps something may be a'miss with the new battery. Otherwise, I will continue to recharge and see if this problem continues.

When I ordered the M9, I also ordered a second stand-by battery. The M9 arrived, as did two of the three lens' also ordered, but no extra battery.

I await...

However, let me thank you again for the courtesy of your prompt responses...

Norwin

Calvin Chann
Calvin Chann Senior Member • Posts: 1,395
Re: Leica M9 battery life...?

Just checked and the battery that I put in there on Saturday seems OK. I also changed the auto-off settings, which were as previously stated defaulted to off.
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Deb Kolcun New Member • Posts: 1
Re: Leica M9 battery life...?

Norwin,

Having the same exact problem. Battery fully charged, discharged overnight when in the M9. Recharged the battery and same thing happened again. I made sure Auto-off was turned on and made sure that I turned the camera off. Very frustrating. Have ordered another battery as well to determine if that's the problem.

Are you still having your issue?

Thanks,
Deb

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khaw Contributing Member • Posts: 552
Auto power off

I find it necessary to switch "Auto power off" to Off before formatting a large SDHC card. Otherwise the M9 switches power off before completing the formatting. That has happened to my M9 a few times - but the card still works correctly after proper formatting. After formatting I just set the parameter back to 1 min.

Bo Lorentzen Senior Member • Posts: 2,785
Re: Leica M9 battery life...?

Norwin,

I had the same experience, but it was resolved when I realized my problem. naturally I do not know if this is what is happening to you, but it might be something similar.

Going to work in the morning I normally jam the M9 in a pocket on my backpack, at work I would pull it out and find it dead, at first I did not really think about it, just grabbed a fresh battery and got on with it... then I got bothered, wondering what was going on after a few times..

Well, in this case, when I switched from 8 to 9 the 50mm became more popular, and it fit tighter in the pocket.. a lot tighter... it turns out that I frequently managed to turn the power switch when stuffing the camera (its a very tight back not made for cameras) and sitting there the shutter would be depressed draining the battery.

Solution, check to make sure its turned off after stuffing it. have not had a dead battery since then.

Calvin Chann
Calvin Chann Senior Member • Posts: 1,395
Re: Auto power off

I really hope they address the formatting time in a future formware update.
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rusch07 Contributing Member • Posts: 584
Re: Leica M9 battery life...?

Norwin,

during the first weeks with M8/ M9 and three Leica batteries: no problem and in opposite good experience with "power" time.

regards

rusch07

David28 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,073
Battery problems ?

My batteries seem to be fine .......... but my new charger that came with the M9 died after 3 charges. I have sent it back to the shop. Hope to get a replacement soon.

Has anyone had this problem? I am sure it is one of those 1 in a kerzillion chance of happening, no matter how tight QC is .

Oh well, could be worse - could be without an M9.

David
Melbourne

Norwin OP Regular Member • Posts: 162
Re: Leica M9 battery life...?

Yes, I am having the same problem...it appears to have only gotten worse. As the battery dies much too rapidly to be a camera problem. However, I am now becoming concerned that it may have either effected the camera or it is a combination camera and battery problem.

Tonight I am testing a good friends M9 battery...in my camera. And, he is testing my battery in his camera...in order to see which goes first. Or, if either goes at all.

Norwin

Norwin OP Regular Member • Posts: 162
Re: Battery problems ?

Dear New Leica Friends,

I guess in every miracle photograph whch we snap a shutter upon - there is always something which we wish might not have appeared or could be simply removed or somehow fixed.

Thus, I honestly thought the problem of my new camera's rapidly discharging power I was having with my new M9 was due to the battery.

However, yesterday a friend allowed me to exchange his newly charged new M9 battery with my questionable M9 battery in order to determine whether it was, indeed, the battery or whether it was the camera itself that is the problem.

This morning to my dismay and sorrow, when turning the camera on - the display again signaled a low battery. Thus, since yesterday, less than 24 hours since installing the new battery and with the camera in 'off position' the battery was indicating that the battery again had discharged.

Indeed, I am 'gutted' this morning as since first receiving my M9, I have wanted to begin to use my new M9, but each time found when I wanted to take it for a photo session it was dead...or, unuseable and in need of charging, that I find I will now need return the camera to Leica for repair.

As David above wrote about his once in a ga'zillion battery cord requiring replacement. I probably have the one in a ga'zillion M9's which had to have some electrical failure which immediately discharges the battery...

...darn that hurts!

However, if it is only one in a ga'zillion, let's hope so!

With my respects to Leica...

I remain

Norwin

Dodi73
Dodi73 Senior Member • Posts: 1,650
Re: Battery problems ?

Hi guys
I tried to post your question over another forum..

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?p=1228690#post1228690

let's see if they also experience the same issue.
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Re: Battery problems ?

Sorry
here's the right link:

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=84435
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Norwin OP Regular Member • Posts: 162
It wasn't the battery after all...

I don't believe the previous gentleman who posted to this thread read my last explanation about the battery.

It is NOT a battery problem. The problem appears to be a problem with the camera.

As we all know, Leica is the best camera in the world. And, it is lovingly manufactured with the most careful technicians on earth. However, there will always be that one off chance that even with the best technology, the best supervision, the most careful of controls in production - some thing can still go amiss. Or, be incorrectly wired. Or, some other technical issue occur.

Thus, what at first was believed to have been a battery problem - was not a battery problem.

Therefore, the issue I thought I had with what I thought was a battery problem ... should not have been posted onto another rangefind parish -

The subject new camera (and, working battery) is being lovingly returned to Leica and I am certain that once there it will receive Leica's immediate attention and that they will deal with whatever is the problem; and, that it shall be corrected in short order and returned to operate for the next one hundred years without any issue 'ever' reoccuring.

Norwin

Dodi73
Dodi73 Senior Member • Posts: 1,650
Re: It wasn't the battery after all...

Ciao Norwin

effectively I hadn't read your last post... sorry... however, if you can, try also with a third battery.. maybe you could have stumbled on a batch of defective ones...

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Re: It wasn't the battery after all...

What about your friend's M9? Did it work? This was my doubt...
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