Baby G discharging a new battery within hours
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    Baby G discharging a new battery within hours

    My wife's Baby G needed a new battery, local jeweller fitted one and withing days of getting it back she noticed the display and light were very dim. She complained and the jeweller put in another brand of battery and kept the watch to check it. They said that after initially having a bright display and light, they both then dimmed dramatically within hours so the watch rather than the battery is at fault.
    The watch is a G MSG300C-1B and is only 4 yerars old and this was its first battery change. It was relatively cheap £90 but has some sentimental value to her as she bought it as a bash about daily watch when our daughter was born (to protect her nice watch) and she has hardly taken it off since.

    Any ideas what is wrong and can it be repaired?
    I'm in the UK too, any G-Shock repairers here that come recommended?
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    Re: Baby G discharging a new battery within hours

    Outside replacing the module or the whole watch, there isn't much "repairing" possible.
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    I'd give Casio UK a phone call. I've always found them to be exceedingly helpful and professional when I've dealt with them in the past, and their prices were reasonable. Services & Repair - Support - CASIO
    020 8450 9131 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
    Good luck!
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    Re: Baby G discharging a new battery within hours

    Quote Originally Posted by boy_wonder View Post
    My wife's Baby G needed a new battery, local jeweller fitted one and withing days of getting it back she noticed the display and light were very dim. She complained and the jeweller put in another brand of battery and kept the watch to check it. They said that after initially having a bright display and light, they both then dimmed dramatically within hours so the watch rather than the battery is at fault.
    Did they forget or ever know they need to do an A/C reset to the watch? Not all jewelers are proficient for all types of watches, so just a wild guess if they haven't done it. The A/C reset will reset the watch's memory, and give the watch a fresh start. Even with a battery change, a lot of time it still thinks it's in the previous state, i.e. lack of power.

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    Re: Baby G discharging a new battery within hours

    Hi, I don't even know what an A/C reset is so I doubt the jeweller does, they aren't watch specialists at all. How do I do an A/C reset?

    Surely I don't have to read the manual! (probably lost by now anyway)
    Thanks for your reply with a glimmer of hope!

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    Re: Baby G discharging a new battery within hours

    Just googled AC reset and will give it a try tonight, thanks for your post, hopefully a reset will solve my issue.
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    Re: Baby G discharging a new battery within hours

    Collected the watch, the jeweller did do an AC reset so that is not the issue. The second battery they used was tested on an amp meter after a few hours in the watch and it was totally run down so the watch is discharging a new battery to zero in a matter of hours. Guess I'll have to contact Casio unless anyone has any other ideas. Annoying that a 4 year old watch died with no obvious signs of misuse.

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    Re: Baby G discharging a new battery within hours

    If of any help, download the manual here:

    Timepieces(Watches) - Manuals - CASIO
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    It's either a faulty circuit or there's a short on the battery. If you can, examine the battery compartment with a loupe and ensure that there are no loose wire strands or a bent clip anywhere. Good luck.

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    Re: Baby G discharging a new battery within hours

    Quote Originally Posted by boy_wonder View Post
    Collected the watch, the jeweller did do an AC reset so that is not the issue. The second battery they used was tested on an amp meter after a few hours in the watch and it was totally run down so the watch is discharging a new battery to zero in a matter of hours. Guess I'll have to contact Casio unless anyone has any other ideas. Annoying that a 4 year old watch died with no obvious signs of misuse.
    Glad you have ruled out reset as the issue. You can try suggestions from other members above, but I doubt anyone without exact knowledge of the electronics in the watch module would know the cause and solution. If it's something obviously, like a bend battery retainer clip, I'm sure the jeweler had looked at already. In fact, I think even for Casio, they would just replace the entire module rather than trying to fix it.

    So all it comes down to now for you, is whether the cost of repair is worth it for the value of the watch, and where do you draw the line, when it's more economical to get a new watch rather than repairing the existing one.
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