Taking Care of Camera Batteries

June 24, 2010

In case you weren’t aware of it, all digital cameras are battery hogs, so it is important to learn the best way of taking care of camera batteries. You shouldn’t expect the batteries in your digital camera to last too long because they are used for running a number of key camera functions.

Some of these functions are:

That’s a whole lot to expect from a couple of AA batteries, and in fact they really don’t last long at all, especially if you follow my advice and take a lot of pictures. Just to be clear, when I say take a lot of pictures I am talking about hundreds, not just a dozen or so!

We tried out a few different cameras to see how many photos of our kids we could take with the following results:

While 260 shots may seem impressive, realize too that this was a best case scenario. In real life you may not get that many shots of your kids!

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Rechargeable Batteries vs Alkaline Batteries

If you are going to use your digital camera a lot, I highly recommend that you get rechargeable batteries instead of alkaline batteries. While 1-2 sets of NiMH rechargeable batteries may be more expensive to start with, along with the charger, in the long run you will be better off.

The more you use your camera the more obvious the cost savings will be. Once you purchase the first set of rechargeable batteries and charger, the next set will be less expensive.

Get The Most Out Of Your Batteries

Here are several things you can do to get the most out of your batteries:

If your batteries die in the middle of a shoot and you don’t have any spares, you can turn the camera off and then back on and may be able to get a few more shots in.

Using Batteries In The Cold

You can prevent most problems by just keeping your batteries warm. If the batteries get too cold the chemical reactions that generate power are inhibited and will simply stop working. Carry a spare set of batteries in your pocket which will stay warm from your body heat. Exchange for the cold ones, put them in your pocket, and then change again once the original batteries have warmed up.

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