Quick Tip #3
If you have ever been shooting in very cold conditions then you have experience poor battery performance. A few simple suggestions will help you get the most out of those batteries. Sometimes the simplest things are the easiest to over look. Keeping your batteries at a decent warm temperature is critical to ensuring you get the most shots possible from each charge.
Keeping your batteries warm in cold weather is very important to how long the batteries will last until a recharge is needed. Most batteries will start dis-charging in a temp of 40 degrees F or lower with out being actually used. So keeping them warm is critical to good performance. Plus you get many less exposures from cold batteries. As much as a 50% reduction is not uncommon.
Keeping your batteries cool in hot weather is sometimes just as important as cold weather but for different reasons. Heat tends to break down the internal components of a battery and reduce its useful life. Plus most batteries have a protection circuit that prevents a too warm battery from being charged until it drops to a safe temperature. This could prevent you from getting that shot your looking for. Leaving batteries in your car in extreme heat could reduce their life by half or more, not to mention the havoc it can play on lenses. So keep your batteries cool or warm and as the situation dictates and you’ll get a lot more out of them.
QUICK USE TIPS
- Keep your battery in your pocket on the inside of your coat until you need it.
- If you have multiple batteries keep them in your coat and swap out the one in teh camera with them every 10-15 minutes.
- Use one of the chemical hand warmer packs to keep them warm in an outer pocket. (use a sock to keep the battery off of the pack)
- Leave extra batteries in the car glove box. If the car is off you might be able to use a variation of tip #3 in the glove box itself. Just beware of flammable objects.
Good Luck and Keep Shooting Str8!!
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