Frozen Electronics & How They Perform in -40°C
Taking photos and videos is a big part of my adventure and this meant I had to carry everything with me on the bike through the middle of the winter. If you think taking a photo in cold, frozen and windy weather is the same as in the summer… think again. So how did all the electronic gear perform??
** Links to all products at end of article
1. Cameras & Video Camera
- Canon EOS 70D and Canon EF Zoom lens: After cycling 3/4 across Asia, I had no problem with any of these through all types of terrains, which is amazing if you look at some of the roads I took. Throughout the winter I faced temperatures between 0 and -40°C and did not struggle once with this camera. When I took out the Canon 70D, does not matter how cold it was, it would snap away without any problems.
- Canon Legria G25: Like the camera, I could take it out whenever I wanted and film video in all the temps I was in.
Overall, batteries is the one thing that takes a lot of punishment during extreme colds. When temperatures fall below -10°C, batteries drain very quickly. The only way to keep them charged is placing them in your pockets (close to your body, where it is warm) otherwise you won’t be able use them. But some performed better than others…
- Canon EOS 70D Batteries: The Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E6 surprised me from the start. Never had to heat them up before shooting. Just took out the camera, took photos, videos and the batteries held up all the way.
- Canon Legria G25 Batteries: The Rechargeable Lithium Ion BP-808 Batteries of the Canon Legria performed different than the Canon EOS 70D though. When temperatures fell below -15°C, I started to loose power in the batteries. This is a common problem with batteries in cold environments and only something I had to get use to. All I had to do was to wrap it in one of my Buffs and stuck it in my pocket. This kept them warm enough and whenever I wanted to use the video camera, I took it out of my pocket, stuck it in the camera, shoot some video, take it out and put them back into my pocket. Yes it is more work and makes things more difficult, especially in the winter, but you get use to it… or you have to if you want to document your adventure.
3. Other Electronics
Im not going to go deep into all the electronics, because I did not use all of it. I did test most of them just to see how they performed in cold temps. Most had the same effect as some batteries, loosing battery time when temps fall.
4. YB Tracking Device
All I can say is… The last time I charged this device was three months ago… and still has 75% of battery left!! Amazing! Through the winter, sending at least three positions daily and some messages via satellite. I’m not gonna recharge it now… maybe it can go a year without being recharged!
PowerGorilla: The amount of charges you get out of this baby is truly amazing! I’ve been using this for over two years and its still performing like the day I took it out of the box. Even in temps as low as -30°C, I had no problem. There was only a few times that I needed to warm it up a little before charging some items.
SolarGorilla: Did not use it much, as the PowerGorilla kept up charging the few electronics I was using during the winter. Will switch over to the SolarGorilla again in the summer.
Amazing products that will not leave my bag throughout the adventure!
6. Links & Websites
- Canon EOS 70D: http://ow.ly/LO2nB
- Canon Legria G25: http://ow.ly/LO2dP
- PowerGorilla: http://ow.ly/LO2wk
- SolarGorilla: http://ow.ly/LO2AK
- YB Tracking Device: http://ow.ly/LO2EY
NEXT BLOG ON THURSDAY – 30 APRIL : BATTERIES IN COLD TEMPERATURES
BLOG NEXT MONDAY – 4 MAY : MONGOLIAN PHOTO BLOG
Cheers for now…
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