Quick Tip - Battery Management
Posted 06 November 2002 - 11:27 AM
Your batteries are in various states of disarray - so which ones have a full charge,and which ones need charging? Doh! You don't want to put a drained set into your camera and have it die in the middle of your next dive...
It would be easy if you could put them all in your charger, but they don't all fit. Hmm... It's easy if you only have one set of batteries, but what if you and your dive buddy have 4 or five sets???
Well, here's a super easy and pretty "aggie" way to manage it. Use a big ziplock bag and a small ziplock bag. I just keep all my batteries in the big bag. Any batteries that are not fully charged go into the smaller bag inside the big bag. As they get charged, they move to the "pool" of charged batteries. That way I can just grab four (or 8) of them out of the pool and I know they are good. It also helps if you have the same mAh rating for all of your batteries. You shouldn't mix them!
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Posted 06 November 2002 - 01:01 PM
Here's what I do with 20+ AA's
Go to The Container Store and buy a couple of AA battery plastic holders (will hold 12 batteries.....packs easy and very neat) or use the little 2 battery holders that usually come with the batteries
I keep all my charged batteries aligned like they come out of the charger, ie: all pointing in the same direction
I keep all my used batteries aligned like they come out of the camera, ie: pointing in both directions
Works for me.........
Posted 10 November 2002 - 04:13 PM
Posted 15 November 2002 - 07:55 PM
I use my batteries in sets of 4 and mark the sets A, B, C and D. For storage, I use old tape back-up cases (you use what you have!) and they fit almost perfectly. Fully charged batteries are postioned vertically and used ones are positioned horizontally. Standing up = live, laying down = dead....get it? I also draw that little diagram on one side of the box in case I forget!