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Old Aug 28, 2004, 11:27 AM   #1
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I read that camera batteries should not be stored charged. I have always kept a spare in the camera bag fully charges for when I need it. My new camera (Digital Rebel) instruction book says not to charge a battery till it is needed. Wondering how to be prepared for the battery to go dead in the middle of a shoot or away from home. Ideas??
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Old Aug 28, 2004, 12:40 PM   #2
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I would not worry about it. I charge myspares all the time and nothing has gone wrong with them yet.


Now, if you were to store your camera and battery for great lenghts of time, then maybe you should discharge them and take the battery out of the camera...but this is only for a few months or longer storage time.


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Old Aug 28, 2004, 9:10 PM   #3
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My new camera (Digital Rebel) instruction book says not to charge a battery till it is needed.
The reason why they probably say that is most rechargeable batteries are self-discharging...you might charge up the battery, and then months later you go to use it and it's dead anyway. If you charge up the battery soon before you go to use it, then you know it has a full charge.
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I used to race radio controlled sailboats, and all the old timers said to discharge the specialized batteries at the end of the day. The (also specialized) charger even had a discharge function for this. But I have never worried about it for AA rechargeables, which my Nikon Coolpix uses, and have not had a problem - they seem to hold a charge for a long time. :idea:
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Old Aug 29, 2004, 3:57 PM   #5
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It all depends upon the type of battery you are using. Most of today's rechargeable batteries are more robust then those of yore.

Here is some quick info on the types of batteries...and interesting read.

http://michaelbluejay.com/batteries/
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Old Aug 29, 2004, 8:23 PM   #6
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Thanks for the advice and the site. The Michaelbluejay site was helpful.
Soulds like I should just continue to keep a fully charged extra battery ready.
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