1. Reminder: Please use our affiliate links for holiday shopping!

Organizing batteries in your bag

Discussion in 'Open Gear Talk' started by c0ldc0ne, Jul 12, 2014.

  1. c0ldc0ne

    c0ldc0ne New to SC

    7
    Jul 12, 2014
    I'm interested in hearing practical tips/tricks/ideas for keeping empty batteries separated from the charged ones in your camera bag.

    My DSLR batteries came with a cover with a small opening that could be placed either over the blue or grey colored patch on the battery label, thus providing a visual clue. My mirrorless batteries didn't come with such covers so we need creative options there.

    Suggestions I've seen from other mirrorless shooters include putting a rubber band around the battery once it's been charged or storing charged and empty batteries in a zip lock bags with different colored labels.

    Any other interesting solutions?
     
  2. Nuskyn

    Nuskyn SC Veteran

    387
    Jul 8, 2011
    @Gelderland - the Netherlands
    Jeroen
    I'm always numbering my batteries with a permanent marker ( 5 for the EX1, now 3 for the RX100) so it's easy for me to organize..
     
  3. c0ldc0ne

    c0ldc0ne New to SC

    7
    Jul 12, 2014
    Not quite sure I follow how that helps you tell the charged and empty ones apart.
     
  4. Nuskyn

    Nuskyn SC Veteran

    387
    Jul 8, 2011
    @Gelderland - the Netherlands
    Jeroen
    simple : When #2 goes flat, and i replace it with #3, the only thing i have to do at home (when i forgot) take a look for the battery-number inside the camera.

    Now with my new RX100m3 , 3 battery's is enough, but it worked fine with my old EX1 with 5 or sometimes 7 battery's...
     
  5. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    I use the same method as Nuskyn: numered batteries that are used sequentially, although I use a sticker on the face that is visible when the battery is inserted rather than a permanent marker.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  6. c0ldc0ne

    c0ldc0ne New to SC

    7
    Jul 12, 2014
    Ah, gotcha. Except for why you have to check the in-camera battery number at home (sorry if it's obvious but I'm a bit tired).
     
  7. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    You could also bring a small role of colored painter's tape in your bag. Tear a small piece off the roll and stick it on each battery as it's used up. Painter's tape is easily removed without leaving residue. But the number idea sounds better to me.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  8. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    If you know which number battery was in the camera at the start of the session, and then which number battery is in the camera at the end of the session, then those batteries and any in between will require charging.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  9. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    I carry my FZ200 in an Eagle Creek bag that is designed for birders and can hold a small pair of binocs and a birding book. It has a flap with a zippered compartment.

    Charged batteries go in the flap; batteries that need charging go in the bottom of the bag.

    cheers, Jock
     
  10. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I use one battery. Problem solved. I suppose if I were feeling decadent, I could carry a second charged one.
     
  11. Judderman62

    Judderman62 SC Regular

    192
    Mar 24, 2013
    Greater Manchester, UK
    Mike
    similar to this ^^^ when one in the camera gets depleted I put a different one in. I've never needed to change battery more than once.
     
  12. c0ldc0ne

    c0ldc0ne New to SC

    7
    Jul 12, 2014
    But doesn't the very existence of this thread imply that there might be those who use more than two batteries for any one of a multitude of possible reasons?
     
  13. c0ldc0ne

    c0ldc0ne New to SC

    7
    Jul 12, 2014
    That addresses a concern I had with this approach (how do you know which batteries are empty if you switched from the highest numbered one back to #1 in the field).

    I'm not sure if I'll remember to make a (mental) note of the in-camera battery number each time I go out, but other than that this approach sounds quite feasible. I'm going to give it a try.
     
  14. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    I think the very existence of this thread entirely justifies the existence of the concept of a "First World Problem" :biggrin:
     
    • Like Like x 3
  15. c0ldc0ne

    c0ldc0ne New to SC

    7
    Jul 12, 2014
    Amen to that. :)
     
  16. Judderman62

    Judderman62 SC Regular

    192
    Mar 24, 2013
    Greater Manchester, UK
    Mike
    or that people take waaaaay too many photos ?
     
  17. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    I carry self-addressed envelopes and mail them home when they go dead. :dance3:
     
    • Like Like x 3
  18. c0ldc0ne

    c0ldc0ne New to SC

    7
    Jul 12, 2014
    Or that they do a lot of long exposures using live view?
    Or that they go on multi-day hikes with no opportunity to charge every day?
    Or... or...

    Anyway, is it really necessary to second guess and criticize other people's motives?
     
  19. Chrisnmn

    Chrisnmn SC Veteran

    405
    Jul 8, 2012
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Chris Leskovsek
    I usually carry 3 batteries with my cameras. I mark them on their front pointing the model of the camera followed with a number. I carry them on a canvas wallet. when a battery is depleted i simply flip it to its back not showing its model or number that way i know only front facing labels are fresh batteries. This way i use them evenly all the time. And know which one to charge when i get home




    Sent from my iPad using SeriousCompacts
     
  20. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    Maybe they have mutant superhuman physiology that sucks power from exterior sources so that they may better serve our future alien overlords.

    Just a theory, of course . . .