The LC-E6 battery Charger that came with my new 5D Mk III failed to operate properly right out of the box. Would not charge my new battery, nor any of my other Canon batteries. Amber charging light blinks rapidly.
The old LC-E6 charger that came with my EOS 7D charges these batteries normally.
I junked the charger that came with my 5D Mk III, and bought a new LC-E6 from B&H. This unit has the same issue. It will sometimes charge some of my Canon batteries, but more often the amber light, after about 20 seconds just blinks rapidly, and will not charge the battery. My old LC-E6 charger still charges all these batteries in normal fashion.
I only use Canon Brand LP-E6 batteries in these cameras.
I have followed the battery charging instructions as found in the owner's guide and online at the Canon USA website. The batteries are relatively new, and show good operating status on the camera Battery Info panel of the camera menu.These units (LC-E6) have never operated properly.
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As there are no menus, nothing configurable, and nothing to reset on the charger, if these two units are failing to charge batteries (but your older charger that came with the 7D can) then it sounds like they're defective and need to be replaced.
Thanks for the reply, Tim.
I am hesitant to buy another LC-E6 charger from Canon, since two of the three I have purchased have malfunctioned. I have seen a few online entries at various sites, also complaining of the same behavior.
Are there any of you out there who have had experience with third party chargers for Canon LP-E6 batteries?
I thought you mentioned these were new? Are you not able to exchange them or contact Canon for replacement?
I have three of these same charges and they're all working fine. I had wondered (but didn't post in the previous reply) if your power was ok.
At one point I was having some electronics problems at my home and, using a meter, I ultimately discovered that the power in part of my house was only running at 95volts instead of the 110v-115v that normal north american utility companies are supposed to provide and it turned out to be a problem with aging wire in the neighborhood (the power company had to perform a repair). I only mention this because it seems suspicious that a two of your chargers aren't performing correctly.
Also... when the "working" charger is being used, is it on the exact same power circuit?
Looks like Canon issued a product advisory for that, along with it some procedure that is supposed to "fix" it when it happens. Pretty chinsy Canon.