No; the battery check works fine.

It's hard to test it, because to turn the meter on you need to press the reading button, and then the needle gets pegged, so you can't tell at that point if the battery check is working. If I wait 30 seconds for the meter to turn off, I'm out of luck because the battery check button doesn't seem to wake it up. But if I put the meter on flash mode, it will turn on without the needle pegging, because it hasn't taken a reading yet. At that point, the battery button works fine. If you actually read a flash exposure with it, the needle pegs the same as when taking an ambient reading.