Zone VI/Pentax spot - battery drain

Discussion in 'Large Format' started by abiggs, Aug 6, 2001.

  1. I purchased a new Pentax Spot, modified by Zone VI from Calumet about 3 months back. No problems until now.

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    I pulled out my spot, noticed the battery was dead. Short life span, I thought. Until I put in another battery, and it was dead the next morning. The spot hasn't been mishandled or dropped.

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    I looked to see, after my 3rd battery was put it, if the LED lights stayed on permanently. Nope. And I looked to see if the on/off switch stayed in the 'on' position.

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    Anybody else have this happened to him/her? I just wanted to check before I made a trip back to Calumet.

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    Thanks
     
  2. I've had one for years and the batteries outlast the recommended one
    year life. I think you need to call Calument and send it back ASAP.
     
  3. My analogue Pentax spot has been on the same set of batteries for 5
    years
     
  4. I recently had an experience with my 11-month old Zone VI Pentax Spot
    meter bought from Calumet. Performed flawlessly on its first trip out
    of the box (Utah). Back in the box for 6 months. Went to use it
    again, weird readings, no readings. Thought it was also the battery.
    New battery, same thing. Sent it to Richard Ritter - said it was the
    head board. As yours is not much older than mine - maybe there was a
    bad batch of head boards??

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    Rich
     
  5. make sure the trigger isn't being pulled when it's in its case. that
    happened with my pentax spot (i have the old analog one) one time and
    it drained the battery very fast.
     
  6. Gotta be something wrong with the meter, Andy. I just replaced
    my battery for the first time--the meter is 4+ years old
    (Pentax/ZoneVI digital). BTW it is fantastic.
     
  7. Thanks for your responses. I took it back to Calumet for a new one.
    What an easy transaction. I also took the liberty to get
    the 'holster'. Now, I can be held up by park rangers in Yosemite.

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    :)
     

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