Keeping track of batteries is a pain. We have to change them so much more often in our cameras now. Especially since the advent of live view LCDs and video. So, most of us keep a well stocked supply of spares, particularly with small juice suckers like action cameras. But when you go out to shoot, how do you keep track of which are charged and which are depleted?
One option is to keep separate sections of a bag, or even separate bags for each. But things can often get mixed up easily. You could just write numbers on them and just use them sequentially, but that’s easy to lose track of. Here’s a solution from Knoptop that’s simple and pretty effective, just using some small rubber bands.
This quick tip uses cheap silicone bands. All you need to do, is pick a colour. As each battery charges up to full, stick a band around it and pop it in your bag. You have to take the band off in order to fit it into your camera, so when it it dies, and goes back into your bag, it remains bandless. No band = no power.
I’ve done similar in the past using gaffer tape. If it has a small square of white gaffer tape stuck to it, it’s fully charged and ready to go. If it doesn’t, it’s dead and needs recharging.
I’ve also had batteries organised into multiple bags to keep them separated. A black one for fully charged batteries, and a red one for dead batteries. But, you do need to be careful with that, it’s easy to get mixed up.
What do you do to quickly identify which of your batteries are ready to go and which are dead while out shooting?