Canon 6D. Battery Life Horrible.

Started Jun 12, 2014 | Discussions
Tom Boucher Senior Member • Posts: 1,518
Canon 6D. Battery Life Horrible.

Hi -

I have a Canon 6D that if I let it 'sit' on battery for more than a day even in the off position the thing is dead when I pick it up again.

For example:

fully charged the batteries.   installed in grip (or, without grip before).  Shoot maybe 100 shots total, all photographs with no flash/wifi off/gps off.

I've tried both leaving it in 'standby' or flipping to the 'off' switch.

return camera to case.   Retrieve it 24 hours later, batteries are dead.

I used to do this with my previous bodies, no problem.  This was Canon 5D, Canon 20D, Canon D60.  All of them with medium to light non-flash usage would take a month before the battery would need a charge, or more when I had a grip and two batteries in it.

What am I missing?   what is doing this?   The main lens I use with the 24-105 F/4L IS lens.

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aramgrg Contributing Member • Posts: 733
Re: Canon 6D. Battery Life Horrible.

Turn off gps and wi-fi.
They consume energy even if camera is off.
Update the firmware to the newest one, it seems to have better energy consumption.

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DtEW Senior Member • Posts: 2,432
Re: Canon 6D. Battery Life Horrible.
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This is not a problem common to the 6D, as I can leave mine sitting around for a couple of weeks and keep the same state of charge.  I can also shoot hundreds of normal shots without causing a significant dent in the charge state.  Even with GPS on, the power draw is surprisingly low.

Therefore, the problem is either specific to your 6D, or your (mis)utilization.

I have noticed there are two instances which do guzzle juice on the 6D:

1. WiFi - with Wifi enabled and active in a tethered state, whether that be between your smartphone/tablet (or presumably, through a router), I can burn through a battery in a few hours of night photography.

2. GPS logging - this is different from merely having your GPS on.  When your GPS is on, it reads and writes a geotag each time you take a shot.  With GPS logging, your camera keeps track of its location and writes it to a log file at a user-defined interval.  This is a juice hog.

Have you checked if you have activated these juice-hog features?

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RandyB2
RandyB2 Senior Member • Posts: 1,050
Re: Canon 6D. Battery Life Horrible.

aramgrg wrote:

Turn off gps and wi-fi.
They consume energy even if camera is off.
Update the firmware to the newest one, it seems to have better energy consumption.

All things to check. Especially the GPS. If you still have a problem you probably have a bad battery. My 6D will last all day shooting a couple of hundred pictures and still have battery left. It is NOT a overall 6D problem.

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Mr Jam Regular Member • Posts: 328
Check your settings too

I get 1200+ shots with 6D and battery life is great.  But, once I was playing with the WiFi and I set the camera to "Never go to sleep" in the settings menu and then forgot about it.  The next day the battery was completely depleted and dead.

So one more thing to check is, check your settings and check your time to sleep.

Freneticburn Regular Member • Posts: 200
Re: Canon 6D. Battery Life Horrible.

I've taken 1000+ photos on a single battery and still have plenty of battery left.  That's using a 6d with the latest firmware, wi-fi and gps off, and a canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS II with the IS turned off 95% of the time.  I've let it sit for days without losing any charge.  Something is wrong with your camera or the battery if you have the gps and wifi turned off.

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qianp2k Forum Pro • Posts: 10,350
Re: Canon 6D. Battery Life Horrible.

If you turn off all unnecessary features such as WIFI and GPS (in Airplane mode), LP-E6 battery could take 1000-2000 photos.  I took close to 2000 photos with the same fully charged battery in 5D3 by just shooting no viewing at LCD.

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lightform Regular Member • Posts: 133
Re: Canon 6D. Battery Life Horrible.

Not to pile on, but I too have taken nearly 1000 shots over a months time on a single battery pack charge. Check your settings or send your camera in for repair, something is not right.

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Abu Mahendra Senior Member • Posts: 4,632
Re: Canon 6D. Battery Life Horrible.

I've taken 1000+ photos on a single battery and still have plenty of battery left.  That's using a 6d with the latest firmware, wi-fi and gps off, and a canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS II with the IS turned off 95% of the time.  I've let it sit for days without losing any charge.  Something is wrong with your camera or the battery if you have the gps and wifi turned off.

Same here.

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Re: Canon 6D. Battery Life Horrible.

aramgrg wrote:

Turn off gps and wi-fi.
They consume energy even if camera is off.
Update the firmware to the newest one, it seems to have better energy consumption.

I was about to say that, the GPS & WIFI does indeed drain the battery.

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brightcolours Forum Pro • Posts: 14,249
Only sometimes

I have had 4 times that the battery was empty the next day, without GPS and WiFi enabled. Twice the camera was off, so I leave it in standby. Once it was tethered to USB (after downloading images). And one time it was in standby.

Usually it keeps power for days and days.

OP Tom Boucher Senior Member • Posts: 1,518
Re: Canon 6D. Battery Life Horrible.

I was unaware of the 'logging' option.  That was the only thing still on.   I've turned it off and we'll see if it behaves better for me.

I knew it couldn't be 'normal'.  Seemed ridiculous.   I never use WiFi so I turned it off completely when I got it.  Didn't know it logged anything.

Will it still geotag?  or is that disabled with the logging thing?

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lucidmedias
lucidmedias Forum Member • Posts: 97
Re: Canon 6D. Battery Life Horrible.

even if it's not the cause of the problem, you should always take the batteries out of the camera when not in use. evens says in the manual.

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