My Coolpix L18 Won't Turn On


The Nikon Coolpix L18 digital camera receives power from two AA-size batteries --- LR6 alkaline, FR6/L91 lithium, ZR6 oxyride or Nikon EN-MH1 NiMH; or an optional Nikon EH-65A AC adapter. Typically, when the camera won't turn on, an issue with the camera's connection to other devices or the power source exists. Power source issues can involve a dirty battery or battery compartment, improper installation of the batteries and/or low or spent batteries. Additionally, camera misuse or malfunction can result in the camera not turning on.

Things You'll Need

  • Canned air
  • Lint-free microfiber cloth
  • 2 AA LR6 alkaline, FR6/L91 lithium, ZR6 oxyride or Nikon EN-MH1 NiMH batteries
  • Nikon MH-71 battery charger (optional)
  • Nikon EH-65A AC adapter
  • Disconnect your Nikon Coolpix L18 camera from your computer or TV as the camera monitor won't work while connected --- making it appear as if the camera is turned off. If you don't have the camera connected to one of these devices, skip this step.

  • Press the "Shutter Release" button halfway to check whether the camera switched to automatic power save standby mode. If it has, the camera should then turn on --- unless the camera rested more than three minutes in standby mode. When the camera rests for more than three minutes, it automatically turns off.

  • Turn the camera to the back if you still can't turn on your camera. Flip it so that the bottom of the camera points up so you can access the battery compartment.

  • Push the battery compartment cover lock forward and slide the cover to the side of the camera to open it. Flip up the cover and remove the batteries. Set the batteries aside.

  • Blow canned air into the battery chamber to clean out any dust or dirt that may have interfered with the camera receiving power from the batteries. Wipe the battery terminals with a lint-free microfiber cloth.

  • Reinsert the batteries --- making certain to align the polarity marks correctly. Flip down the cover and slide it in toward the center of the camera until it locks in place. Press the "On/Off" button to turn on the camera.

  • Remove the batteries and replace with two new batteries if you still can't power on your Coolpix L18. If you don't have charged EN-MH1 NiMH batteries available, recharge the existing batteries in a Nikon MH-71 battery charger and then return the batteries to the camera.

  • Plug in the AC adapter if the issue persists. Remove the batteries from the battery compartment and insert the AC adapter connector into the compartment cavity. Close the cover, plug the adapter into an electrical socket and then press the "On/Off" button to turn on the camera.

Tips & Warnings

  • The camera or batteries may not work properly if you stored either in a cold area. Warm the equipment slowly and then try to turn on your camera again. If this doesn't work, replace or remove and recharge the batteries. If you still can't turn on your camera, plug in the AC adapter.
  • If your camera won't turn on or the AC adapter works but the batteries don't, contact Nikon (see Resources) for additional assistance as your camera is malfunctioning.
  • Always replace spent batteries with new ones. Mixing old and new can damage your camera.
  • Nikon recommends that you only use the Nikon EH-65A AC adapter to power your camera when you're not using the batteries. Other adapter brands may overheat the camera resulting in damage and malfunction.

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