Battery Drain Research

After another investigation where we experienced the dreaded ‘battery drain’ phenomenon, we realized it was time to get a better understanding of what exactly was going on.

It was an especially troubling session- we went through 21 fresh batteries and had three separate cameras shut off, some of them doing so twice. When we left the investigation location, we used a volt meter on the ‘bad’ batteries and discovered that they all still carried a charge. Frustrated, we popped them into a camera and, after running a video camera for 30 minutes and taking an addition 50 still photographs, the batteries were still going strong.

Now, we’re not certain what might be causing this, but we were in a climate controlled location- which means that temperature fluctuations can be ruled out. So we decided to ask investigation teams from all over the world to share their battery drain experiences with us, to see if we can find a common thread to the events.

If you’d like to participate, you can do so by simply emailing us a record of your battery drain events as they happen.

We’ll be making the results public through a Google Docs spreadsheet once we have a sampling of events- we believe that the more people we have working on this, the better!

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

The zip code of the location where this event occurred (required)

Did the malfunction affect a single device or multiple devices?

If it was a single device, please list the manufacturer and model:

If it was multiple devices, please list the manufacturer and model for each:

What was the ambient temperature at the time of the event?

What was the relative humidity at the time of the event?

Did the location have active electricity (was there power to the building)?

Did the location have any EMF readings above zero?

What brand and type of batteries were involved? (For example, Duracell Procell)

What is the expiration date on the batteries?

Was the event a complete battery drain or low battery light?

How was the battery drain resolved?

Please describe the event: