Don’t Forget Batteries !

Nearly everything we play with in photography requires some sort of battery. When we run out of battery power, the fun stops.

 

Batteries

  • We are a battery dependent profession/avocation/hobby. Nearly everything we play with in photography requires some sort of battery. When we run out of battery power, the fun stops. So, how do you insure that you don’t have a power problem?
  • Have at least one backup battery with you at all times. Two would be better.
  • Charge before you leave your home/studio/hotel. Make sure your batteries are topped off. Most are not susceptible to battery memory problems of the past. Lithium and NiCad batteries are usually memory free.
  • Just like your cell phone, camera batteries for DSLRs are proprietary these days which means you can’t drop into the corner drug store and pick up an extra. You should have 2 – 3 camera batteries for each body.
  • You should always travel with at least one charger for each battery type.
  • If you don’t have a power inverter, get one for your car. There are all kinds of different models that can run your laptop, your chargers, and your phones.
  • If you can afford it, get a battery pack that accepts AC plugs. You can not only run your strobes and LED panels with this battery pack, you can charge your phone, your camera batteries, and recharge it from your car or hotel room.
  • If you use 2A or 3A batteries, be sure you take enough extras with you. Rechargables are a good money saver, but they don’t have the life span you think they’re going to have. I don’t use them anymore.

What uses so many of these standard little batteries?

  • A: Your radio trigger for your strobes
  • B: The radio receivers on each strobe light – either 2A or 3A batteries.
  • C: The same is true of your Infra-red trigger…more double A’s.
  • D: Your on-camera flash unit – there goes 4 more.
  • E: Don’t forget the button batteries for your camera memory and your video mics.
  • Take LED flash lights along, and don’t forget the 2A or 3A batteries for them as well.
  • I recommend a battery tester to test the charge of the batteries before you insert them into your equipment. If they’re not fully charged, don’t waste your time.
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