Power to the People - It's no fun when the best planned video shot fails because your battery wasn't up to par. Yes, even your POV camera batteries can give you better performance if you follow a few maintenance tips.
Scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign announced a new way of making battery electrodes that could charge lithium-ion batteries a hundred times faster than current speeds. This means that we may be looking at editing laptops that could completely charge in 5 minutes, or camera batteries that could charge in less than a couple of minutes.
I couldn't think of a better title but hopefully this will suffice. I read Videomaker religiously as one of only two magazines that I never miss a month. The other is HD Video Pro. The stuff I notice in all of the magazines are ads and review guides about all kinds of accessories for cameras. My problem is that this dilutes the market and it makes it very hard to know what are accessories and what are add-ons. Things like mate boxes, add-on batteries, dollies, lights, twelve mics, 87 filters, rail systems, etc. It all just seems so daunting.
From wireless mics to battery-powered lights, remotes and some cameras, we use lots of disposable batteries in the video-producing world, as well as in other areas of our day-to-day lifestyle. Unfortunately, disposable batteries are bad for the environment, and proper disposal techniques arent always available, so we guiltily drop the dead batts into the trash with the rest of the garbage. We know about disposal facilities, but not all towns offer them nor make their use very convenient.
I still like shooting on my older Panasonic AG 456U SVHS camcorder, it still shoots good images and records great sound for a 10 year old camera and I can still get new batteries for it. Witch brings me to my question. I would like to know how to extend the battery life. This camera uses Lead-acid batteries, and I was told to drain the batteries completely before recharging them. Normally, I would recharge the batteries after the camera shut itself off because of low battery charge.