Sounds like click bait right? Well it isn’t – it actually works, but if you haven’t guessed already the solution is VERY simple:
Buy more chargers!
I’ve met a few people who have bought a new camera & proudly showed it to me & when I ask how many batteries they bought I’ve been surprised when they say one & have no idea why they should have bought at least one spare battery. Imagine you’re on holiday and back in your hotel room after a full on day exploring & taking photos – your *one* battery is charging… and suddenly something amazing happens, so amazing no one will ever believe you unless you can document it, you grab your camera hit the power button & nothing happens…. oh right, your *one* battery is still charging…
But if you’re out shooting or recording a lot, having a lot of batteries is a necessity and keeping them charged & ready can be a bit of a chore. I actually have four chargers for the batteries I use with my Sound Devices recorders, but I do have two recorders and a LOT of batteries which take quite a while to charge… So if I suddenly decide to head off on a recording mission tomorrow I can get at least get 4 large capacity batteries fully charged in a few hours.
Sound Devices recorders = 10 batteries & 4 chargers
Canon 5D = 8 batteries & 2 chargers
DJI Phantom 3 = 6 batteries & 2 chargers
And while I only have one charger for my iPad & iPod and one for my iPhone I do have two USB batteries which carry a lot of power & can easily recharge my iPhone a few times over – essential for travel with long flights!
A few other observations about batteries:
– DJI are soon releasing a charging hub for the Phantom 3 batteries, which you can plug four batteries into and the device charges the fullest battery first, then switches to the next fullest etc etc… this is such a great idea, I could shoot for weeks with my 5D and its batteries but the Phantom chews through batteries fairly rapidly (each battery = 25 min flying time)
– I love how on the Shinkansen they have a power outlet by each set of seats – makes sense as a lot of people in Japan travel for business and the transit is a work time too. One stint on my flight home I managed to upgrade to business class for not much and was surprised they didn’t at least have a USB outlet at each seat…
– Seen these fake power outlet stickers? You’d really have to be a bit juvy to go stick them on a wall at an airport, just to seek entertainment as desperate travellers try to plug in their devices