Batteries

How can I tell when the batteries are getting low?

The battery indicator icon on the screen is black when the batteries are full and shows white sections as they discharge. The newest versions of the scanner show the battery icon in green.

Sometimes I get a low battery warning when I’m sure the batteries are good.

There are common situations that might trigger a low battery warning.

  • Make sure you turn the scanner power OFF before removing the SD memory card for any reason. If you leave it on when you eject the card, the scanner will not go into battery saving mode and your batteries could be exhausted before you have gotten the number of scans they are rated for.
  • When turning the scanner off, you only need to hold the power button in the forward position for about one second. If you leave it pushed forward for a much longer time – six or eight seconds or more – you may get a *false* low battery warning.
  • Make sure to set the date and time in the scanner settings when you put it into service, AND whenever you replace the batteries. Not doing so can lead to a *false* low battery warning screen.
  • Make sure you replace all four alkaline batteries at the same time. Do not mix battery types, brands, or old and new batteries. Make sure that all batteries are fresh, come from the same package from the same manufacturer, and have the same expiration date.
How many scans can I expect from a set of alkaline batteries?

Our tests show that you should be able to get at least 150 scans from a set of quality alkaline batteries. We strongly recommend only alkaline, photo lithium and rechargeables (see next question). The so-called “heavy duty” batteries do not perform as well or as long as alkalines and should be avoided.

You should not mix battery types, brands, or old and new batteries. Make sure that all batteries are fresh, come from the same package from the same manufacturer, and have the same expiration date.

Can I use rechargeable batteries in my Flip-Pal mobile scanner?

Absolutely. If you have many photos to scan and battery consumption might become an issue, rechargeable batteries are an excellent and cost-effective solution. We advise the use of quality nickel-metal hydride rechargeables (abbreviated NiMH). Several sets of batteries and a charger will allow you to make thousands of scans without requiring the purchase of new batteries. Note that NiMH batteries typically lose their charge over several months when not in use, so it may be necessary to make sure they are fully charged before use.

There is a new generation of rechargeable NiMH batteries from the major manufacturers – Duracell, Energizer and Sanyo. Duracell calls them “Precharged,” Energizer calls them “Recharge,” and Sanyo calls theirs the “Eneloop.” Sanyo invented the improved technology. These are quite superior to the older NiMH rechargeables, allowing more scans per charge, and many hundreds of recharge cycles. Sanyo says their Eneloops can be recharged “up to 1,500 times.” In addition, these batteries do not lose their charge quickly and will still be ready for use for six to nine months or more, even if your scanner is stored and not in use. Their price is comparable to conventional NiMH batteries. You can purchase those from our shopping cart.

Is there an AC power adapter to use for large scanning projects?

No. One of the unique features of our mobile scanner is that you do not need to be plugged in to use it. The Flip-Pal mobile scanner is designed to be very power efficient and uses the available-everywhere AA battery. Please read the FAQ above that discusses the use of rechargeable batteries as an excellent solution to battery consumption concerns.