Saturday, October 3, 2009

Giving life to a dead battery

Pretty, Pretty Batteries, 09-10-06
Here is a fact, batteries do not work as well when it is cold outside. I learned this on my recent trip to Mt. Lassen. I woke up on the first morning of the trip to find both my camera's unwilling to shoot anymore. Yet by mid-afternoon I was able to work another 30 photo's out of them and keep them going until the end of the trip.

The trick is simple, sleep with your batteries. I tucked mine inside my vest as I crawled into my sleeping bag for the night. It's not the most comfortable, but it buys you some time in the morning. Keep in mind though , If it's cold enough they will start to drain once you put them inside your camera.

When that happens, do what you do when your hands get cold, rub them together inside your hands and breath on them, then pop them back in and repeat until the sun warms them up. The trick applies to a lesser degree when they die in warm weather too.

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