Organizing batteries in your bag

c0ldc0ne

Regular
Feb 27, 2014
8
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?
 

Nuskyn

Top Veteran
Jul 8, 2011
104
@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...
 

c0ldc0ne

Regular
Feb 27, 2014
8
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.
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).
 

Biro

Super Moderator
Aug 7, 2011
124
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.
 

Luckypenguin

Hall of Famer
Dec 24, 2010
124
Brisbane, Australia
Nic
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).
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.
 

Jock Elliott

Hall of Famer
Jan 3, 2012
124
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
 

c0ldc0ne

Regular
Feb 27, 2014
8
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.
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?
 

c0ldc0ne

Regular
Feb 27, 2014
8
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.
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.
 

c0ldc0ne

Regular
Feb 27, 2014
8
or that people take waaaaay too many photos ?
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?
 

Chrisnmn

Veteran
Jul 8, 2012
103
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




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drd1135

Zen Snapshooter
Jul 13, 2011
124
Lexington, Virginia
Steve
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?
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 . . .
 

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