Digital Camera Battery Tips: How to Care for Your Battery!
camera battery tips... Your camcorder or digital camera battery is one of the most important components of your device... Here are some tips that will help you get long-lasting, reliable and trouble-free operation from your camera battery!
Here Are Some Helpful Digital Camera Battery Tips!
BATTERY TIP #1:
When buying a new battery ... There are two important terms to consider in reading and
understanding a battery pack’s specifications.
#1. The voltage (V) of the camera battery pack. The voltage is how much
power the battery will generate. The voltage rating of the new
battery pack should always match the voltage of the original battery or your camera can be damaged.
#2. The battery capacity rating in terms of Ampere-hours (Ah) or, more
commonly, milliamp-hours (mAh). This is a measure of how long the
battery will power your device. The higher the Ah or mAh capacity
rating of the battery pack means longer camera runtime and does not
mean there will be any incompatibilities with your model camera as
long as you using a battery with the recommended voltage rating. Most
new battery packs for your camera will normally have higher Ah or mAh
readings than the original, and will be manufactured up to original
equipment manufacturer (OEM) standards.
BATTERY TIP #2:
"Conditioning" (The process of fully discharging the
battery and then fully charging it again) is necessary so as to
maintain the optimum performance of a battery pack, and is
recommended at least once a month particularly for NiCad and NiMH
batteries. Failure to do so could result in reduced charge capacity
and can significantly shorten the battery pack’s useful life. Note:
Lithium Ion batteries do not normally require such conditioning.
BATTERY TIP #3:
A new camcorder or digital camera battery normally comes in a
partially discharged condition and must be charged before use. Most
types of new camcorder or digital camera batteries need to be fully
charged and discharged (cycled) a few times before they are
“conditioned” to always charge to full capacity. Doing this with
a new battery will ensure that you get the most runtime for your
digital device per charge. Refer to the user manual of your portable
electronic equipment for charging instructions.
BATTERY TIP #4:
An important digital camera battery tip is ... Almost all camera batteries will undergo a degree of
self-discharging when left unused. When you're putting them back in
your camera to get it ready for use be sure to check the state of
charge of your batteries. You don't want to take your camera out on a
shoot to be surprised when the battery light comes on after shooting
just a very short time.
BATTERY TIP #5:
Don't store your camera batteries with other metal parts that may
touch the terminals and cause a short circuit of the battery. At the
very least this can discharge your battery, and the worst case is
that it could possibly destroy it. If for some reason you do need to
store them around metal parts… Put them in their original packaging
or, even better, place a strip of insulating tape across the
contacts so there can be no electrical discharge if touched by other
BATTERY TIP #6:
When charging the battery using your camcorder as the
charger... Don’t continually connect and disconnect the camcorder.
An irregular charging of the battery may occur which may lead to a
much shorter battery life.
BATTERY TIP #7:
Camera batteries tend to self-discharge quicker when it’s hot.
One of the most basic of digital camera battery tips is: Don’t
leave a camcorder or digital camera in a hot car or in direct sunlight. If your
camcorder or digital camera will not be in use for a month or longer, it is recommended
that the batteries be removed from the device and stored in a cool,
dry, clean place. Just remember, the refrigerator is cool, but not
BATTERY TIP #8:
Another one of the most basic of digital camera battery tips is
always store rechargeable nickel and lithium based
batteries at approximately 40% charge.
BATTERY TIP #9:
Invest in a good stand-alone battery charger for your camera so
you can charge your spare batteries while you are using your
camcorder or digital camera. Make sure that the battery charger you
get has good reviews, is well-made and most importantly, is
compatible with the type of batteries you're using. Chargers with
micro-controller chips that ensure that you don't overcharge your
battery are usually the best choice.
BATTERY TIP #10:
Be careful not to discharge your camera battery too deeply (to
less than 1v), as discharging to absolute zero is stressful for a
battery to recover from and can quickly make your batteries useless.
BATTERY TIP #11:
NiMH batteries should not be charged in a NiCad charger, unless
the charger is specifically made for both types of batteries. Using
the wrong type of charger can result in battery damage such as
overheating and destruction of battery cells.
BATTERY TIP #12:
One of the digital camera battery tips for your safety. Never
attempt to charge non-rechargeable batteries.They can explode.
BATTERY TIP #13:
Here is an important digital camera battery tip that sometimes is overlooked ... Be sure to read the instructions that come with the camera,
charger and battery. The manufacturer instructions will give you the
correct way to handle and use your equipment. Always take the time to
read the instructions ... your equipment usually costs a bundle of
money and you don't want to damage it or void any warranties through misuse.
BATTERY TIP #14:
Camera battery manufacturers generally consider a rechargeable
battery to have reached its useful life when it can provide only
about half of its original power output. For instance, if your
battery could originally provide an hour's worth of power, you should
replace it when it can now only provide a half-hour's worth of power.
BATTERY TIP #15:
When charging your new camera battery for the first time - your
equipment may report a fully charged condition in as short as 10 to
15 minutes. This is a phenomenon that happens occasionally when you
are newly charging a camera battery, especially for Nickel Cadmium
(Ni-Cad) and Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) batteries due to
fluctuations in heat. An important camera battery tip is: if this
happens, remove the battery pack and let it cool down for about
fifteen minutes then continue the charging procedure to charge the
BATTERY TIP #16:
A good method for storing camera batteries is using storage
cases that are specifically designed to help preserve their charge by
keeping the batteries cool and dry. These types of battery cases are
especially handy when you're traveling and want a good way to keep
your camera batteries from being damaged. There are also some
portable battery chargers that double as storage cases.
hope these digital camera battery tips will be helpful to you the
next time you buy a battery or when you're out on a shoot in need all
the camera battery power you can get!
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