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07-31-2016, 12:46 PM   #1
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(How) Do you keep track of your charged and uncharged batteries?

I'm starting to overflow with batteries... I currently have:

Eight D-Li90s for my K-3 (+grip), K-3II (+grip) and K-5
Six D-LI68s for my Q and Q7
Six NP-FM500H's for my Hasselblad HV (+grip)
12 x Eneloop AAs (three cased sets of four) for my Metz flashes (with another set of four coming soon)
Various other compact and film camera batteries

My problem is that I'm dreadful in remembering which batteries are charged and ready to use, which are partly used, and which are empty. I always mix them up in jacket or camera case pockets when I'm out and about, then forget about them until I need them again - at which point I can't remember which ones are good and which aren't.

I'm thinking about putting a little electrician's tape "tag" on each battery once it's charged, then removing it when it has run down, that way I'll know any batteries without a tag aren't usable until recharged. But I was wondering if any of you folks have a system or practice you use to keep track of yours?

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Small bags. green bag = charged, orange = halfish, red=dead. Having to move tags on and off is a chore, moving between bags easier
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It really easy:

I've only got two batteries!
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The rechargeable batteries I have are for my Nikon camera. So what I do is tape a post-it-note on the box and in pencil I write the date they were last charged. For myself I always have a fully charged battery since there are so many functions on the camera that do draw a lot of juice. Seems to work out fine.



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Put a rubber-band around a battery after you charge it. Since you must remove the rubber band to use the battery, you will know which have been used.
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I have my batteries numbered. I write on them with a silver permanent marker. For example, when the battery dies, and it's #2, I put it on the charger and load #3. I have five total spares for my K-30/K-S2. Seems to keep me straight so far, but this method is reliant on my putting the spent battery on the charger right away so that it keeps its place in line.
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I put my charged batteries ready to go in the small dry bag I always take with me and some in my photo bag. Every battery that isn't in those bags is not charged.
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I like the rubber band idea. So simple, and foolproof.

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I numberd them and using them in a round robin manner. I only have to remember the first one.
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I put a piece of electrical insulating tape over the contacts on my charged batteries. Easy to identify the charged ones, and prevents any change of an accidental short in my camera bag. I also number them, and put the purchase date on them with a sharpie.
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I only carry two batteries with the camera. One is newly charged the other is until removed in a quantum state... lol
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I use a piece of gaffer tape over the connectors. Could try electrical tape as above.
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Thanks for the replies, everyone. Some great ideas. I think my favourite has to be the elastic bands - pretty much foolproof
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I've only three D-Li90s (1 OEM, 2 aftermarket) so don;t have much trouble keeping track. I do have trouble with the rechargeable AAs. I have plastic cases that hold 4 AAs each and have them labeled "Charged" and "Not Charged".
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QuoteOriginally posted by BigMackCam Quote
I'm starting to overflow with batteries

No wonder I had trouble trying to get batteries last month Mike, you have cleaned out the stocks !! I use the small battery size plastic bags and have the charged batteries inside with the terminals to the top, and the dead ones go in the bags with the terminals to the bottom.

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