Batteries in Cold Temperatures
1. Saving Camera Battery Life
To save some battery life you can turn off unnecessary features on your camera. If you have extra batteries or only going out for a day, this is not necessary. But if you are on a multi day or few weeks adventure, you can think of turning off one or more of the following:
- LCD Screen
- Auto Focus
- Image Stabilisation
2. Battery Drainage
Batteries will loose power during winters and run out during an adventure or shoot. You can avoid this by doing the following:
- Always keep batteries inside one of your pockets! Its easier if you are doing a shoot and have a nice thick jacket. Most winter jackets have inside pockets, so use them for the batteries. If you are on an adventure, use the pockets on your pants. You can also wrap the batteries in a Buff and put this in your pocket. It will help with extra heat toward the batteries
- Swop Batteries – While shooting, swop the batteries during your shoot… and when you do this, put the battery that was in your camera straight into your pocket. This will heat it up again and save the battery life.
3. Regaining Battery Life
If batteries drain during the cold, its not a lost case! YES, you can gain back some of the power in the batteries.
- Keep them warm – This is the most important thing for batteries during the winter. Try keeping them from losing power in the first place.
- If you start to loose battery power, warm them up! This will gain back battery life. Put the batteries inside your pockets or for quick fix…. under your armpits or inside your pants!
- Some batteries will gain back much more power than other
4. Tips with Batteries in Extreme Colds:
- Take spare batteries… At-Least two extra per camera
- Always keep them warm
- Warm Batteries up when losing power
Hope this help a bit. If you have any more questions about batteries, give me a shout!
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