Fuji Charger Blinking Light Issue and How to Fix it
There’s an issue that can occur with Fuji cameras when you go to charge the battery. The light on the charger flashes, and instead of charging the battery, it will drain it completely. I’ve had this problem a couple of times now, and at first, I thought there was something wrong with my battery, but it turns out that it’s a fairly common issue with the charger. I’ve googled it and researched the problem, and while it’s fairly well known, as is typical with such things, there’s a wide range of conflicting opinions as to the cause and solution. So here’s what I found works for me…
First of all, I’ve had this happen on two different cameras, with three different batteries and two different chargers. It first occurred on my X100, and I assumed it was a problem with battery no longer charging, but after doing some searching I realised it was the charger, so I replaced it. Then it started happening with my X-Pro 2 as well. I was using the battery from my X-E1 in the X-Pro 2 and at first, I could only charge the battery in the corresponding charger, and then it just started happening at random to both batteries and both chargers.
There seems to be a number of possible fixes. The one that seems to be the most successful is to buy a third-party charger. Apparently, the consensus is that there are some quality control issues with Fuji’s chargers. I’ve never had this problem with any other camera charger, yet I’ve had it with all of my Fuji chargers so there may be some truth to this opinion. However, if you are experiencing this, you may not want to have to buy a new charger, so there are some things you can try.
For me, I found that I could fix the problem, at least temporarily by cleaning the contacts on the charger and the battery. It doesn’t have to be anything complex. I just used a dry cloth, but if you have cleaning alcohol then that might be a better way to do it. This is what worked for me, although I’m not sure for how long. In my research, one user suggested using a small piece of cardboard at the rear of the battery, to add pressure on the spring-loaded connections of the charger and make sure that it’s properly making contact with the pins. This may also be a solution if cleaning the contacts alone doesn’t work.
I’m sure this doesn’t occur with everyone, and I’ve just been unlucky, but there are a lot of posts about this on various forums, so it seems to be widespread enough. If this does happen to you, however, try one of the two suggestions above to see if it helps.
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