Always new batteries

I spent $40 the other day on new batteries for my Radio Poppers.

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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.

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive antique shopper. You can typically find her in her garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party.

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