K30 battery retaining clip


Link Posted 14/07/2017 - 20:43
Hi all, the other day I took the battery out of my K30 to recharge it. When I pushed the retaining clip back it broke in half. Has anyone else had this problem? At the moment I'm using a piece of thin card to push the battery forward to maintain electrical contact.



Link Posted 14/07/2017 - 21:01
Yes I have! The spring loaded grey inner clip recently snapped in my K50, fortunately the D-LI 109 battery still makes good enough contact when the battery compartment outer cover is shut. I have considered getting this repaired but haven't bothered as I expect it would cost more than I'd like to pay.



Link Posted 14/07/2017 - 21:41
I've not had it with the Pentax bodies, but it has happened to a Fujifilm body of mine.
Too Old To Die Young



Link Posted 14/07/2017 - 22:33
Remember the 2 year warranty


Link Posted 15/07/2017 - 08:05
stu62 wrote:
Remember the 2 year warranty

The K30 is probably out of its two year warranty by now Stu. Its a model replaced first by the K50 and then the K70. But its a great little camera (I love mine) and it still gets plenty of use alongside my K5 and K3 so if the piece of thin card works then stick with it Wombat.
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Link Posted 15/07/2017 - 08:53
There should be lots of K-30 cameras available as spares now, given the aperture mechanism failures that plagued that model.


Link Posted 17/07/2017 - 08:31
Yep mine snapped as well


Link Posted 17/07/2017 - 22:06
Luckily mine's still OK (for now!) after 3+ years - maybe I'm "gentler" when I remove the battery!
K-3 II, K-3 and a K-70 from SRS (having now relegated the K-30 /"K-50" to a backup body), & some Sigma and Pentax lenses (and a lot of old 35mm gear!)


Link Posted 18/07/2017 - 22:07
It happened to me when my camera was about 2 years old. I had it repaired and that has lasted longer now.


Link Posted 05/09/2017 - 18:17
It happened to my K30 recently. It seems to work fine without the retainer in place. I expected it to fail so I carried some adhesive foam (draught excluder) with me to stick to the back of the battery door to give extra pressure onto the battery. I didn't need it, but I'm not confident. I think it will fail at some point. I'm going to request an estimate for repair. From experience, I reckon the cost will be outrageous.


Link Posted 05/09/2017 - 22:30
Is this part easy to remove/replace yourself if you could obtain a replacement piece?


Link Posted 06/09/2017 - 19:47
richandfleur wrote:
Is this part easy to remove/replace yourself if you could obtain a replacement piece?

It's not completely accessible from within the battery compartment. It looks like it would involve some dismantling. I won't be going there!


Link Posted 20/10/2017 - 17:43
Just got the estimate from Johnson's Photopia.....

"If it is just this part that requires replacement the technician has advised an
approx cost of 80.00 + Vat - partial repair and clean subject to inspection"

I won't be bothering at that price (camera coming up to 3 years old).
It seems to be working fine as it is.
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