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Tips & Tricks

Canon’s Tips on the Proper Maintenance of Your Camera Batteries

By Hanssie on October 14th 2014

Without batteries, our beloved gear would pretty much be useless, nice looking paperweights. Now, batteries are not that expensive to purchase – a Canon LP-E6 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack for my Canon 5D Mark II only costs $59. Even though they are fairly inexpensive, you still want to take care of them to ensure a long life and optimal performance (plus, I can think of lots of better things I want to spend my money on – not another boring battery!) Nothing is worse than being in the middle of a key moment during a wedding and having your camera battery blitz out on you (been there, done that…thank goodness for second shooters).

In the following video, Canon Service and Support gives some basic recommendations on caring for your camera batteries. This is second in a series of videos on how to properly maintain your gear, and though made by and geared toward Canon customers, these simple tips can apply to whatever camera brand and battery you use.

[REWIND: CANON’S USEFUL TIPS ON HOW TO CLEAN AND CARE FOR YOUR CAMERA]

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The short ~3 minute video gives pretty basic, common sense tips such as charging your batteries, if they need to be drained completely before charge, keeping the metal contacts clean, etc. Most of the information you may already know, but it’s a good reminder to take care of that little battery. For me, I always like to hear this stuff from an “expert” because I need reassurance that I’m doing things correctly.

A good chunk of the video talks about counterfeit batteries, which I actually never even considered before this article: CAMERA BATTERIES: CAN YOU SPOT THE FAKE? In any case, this video is worth a watch especially if you are a beginner or novice.

 

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About

Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at www.hanssie.com. Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Kayode Olorunfemi

    Does anyone really think Canon will make a video chanting the benefits of 3rd party batteries? I’ve been using higher capacity 3rd party batteries on professional jobs for 3yrs and never had a problem.

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  2. Herm Tjioe

    Count me in the group that gets a lot of mileage out of the 3rd party brands. I can buy 4 batts for the price of one Canon LP6. That assures me far longer marathon shoots or long treks with no recharge ability. Camcorders as well. I’m sure there are brands that assures fast disappointments, but I have not run across one.

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    • Nick Viton

      My 3rd party batteries even have higher mAh capacity than the brand names ones. I’ve never had a problem with any of them.
      (…but now I just jinxed myself…)

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  3. Clare Havill

    My non branded batteries have always failed. I always get better value of money from my Nikon batteries.

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  4. Ipek Amdahl

    This did feel like I was watching the plane safety video.

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    • Jeff McCrum

      Probably because it talks to you like you’ve never used a battery before…

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  5. Greg Silver

    Although 3rd party batteries are often cheaper then the brand name batteries, I’ve found them to lose their charge a lot sooner. My take with batteries is you ‘usually’ get what you pay for.

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    • Brandon Dewey

      I agree and also with 3rd party batteries usually that charge level icon on the camera usually doesn’t work, so you no longer know have much charge you have remaining.

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    • Nick Viton

      I have 3rd party batteries for one of my cameras that are 5 years old and still going strong. YMMV I guess.

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    • Ben Perrin

      I agree Greg. I’ve also had 3rd party batteries that didn’t fit properly in the camera and I have certainly noticed a difference in capacity over time. I suppose it doesn’t matter in all circumstances but when I’m at a wedding I like to know that I can take many many shots before worrying about replacing the batteries.

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    • Barry Cunningham

      When I first got my Digital Rebel XT in 2006, I bought a couple of spare 3rd party batteries that were about 1/3 the price of the Canons. A couple of years later, I would charge them, get off about 3 shots, and they would be drained. Missed some family photos that way. I disposed of them properly, and promptly. Then, I bought a couple of Canon batteries; they were more expensive, but I no longer resented it quite as much.
      Usually, I now just bite the bullet and buy the camera manufacturer’s batteries.
      Of course, your mileage may vary. For me, it’s just one thing to worry a little less about.

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