I spent $40 the other day on new batteries for my Radio Poppers.
Yep, that’s all I got. It’s just enough that I need in addition to my extras for a single wedding. Then I recently saw RadioPopper actually sells the CR123A batteries for a great price – $10 for 4 or $15 for 8! Next time…
My point is, as a professional photographer you need to be prepared as best as you can. This post will just be about batteries – I have a future post on PhotoTuts+ that goes into everything a photographer needs for additional insurance measures.
I also want to preface this by saying that photographers are human – things happen. I’ve actually not been in the right position (where I preferred to be anyway) for the official kiss, and I’ve also had my memory card get full right when they new couple walked down the aisle. I told my clients immediately and we reshot – no big deal. I also have awesome laid back clients and the retakes were way more stunning than the real deal could have ever been.
But I think with batteries, we can at least control a bit beforehand, as much as we can.
My rule on batteries:
- Charge the rechargeable batteries only a few days before they will be used. They tend to lose their full charge capacity even if they were once fully charged months ago.
- Any batteries that are not rechargeable that have not been used, toss or recycle to use for your remote control – computer mouse, things around the house.
- I only use batteries that I know are fully charged – so newly purchased in the package or rechargeables I charged myself.
Even if a device can show you the battery is so-so by flashing lights and such, I don’t want to take my chances that anytime during an important evening I have to run over and change it. Sometimes you just do if it’s used a lot, but if you have shot enough and you know how long a battery will last for an evening, that’s your best bet. Hope that helps some of you – doing so will at least give you one less thing to worry about.
Diana Elizabeth never knew she’d have so many batteries around in her life.