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Monday, March 16, 2009

Camcorder Battery Tips

By Matthew Hankey

I know how important memories are with family and friends. You need to be prepared to record as the moments are taking place in front of you. This article will address tips for the folks who just want to capture those memories among family and friends, doesn't have much for the pro. My purpose is to help you understand how to best be prepared to record with the camcorder you have.

Camcorder batteries are an essential part of the battery technology market. Without important innovation in portable camcorder power packs , we would never have the small, High tech camcorders that are available on the market today. Camcorder batteries are very simple to use and maintain. All you have to do is charge them and put them on your camcorder the proper way. More than likely you'll never have to worry about your camcorder batteries. However there are a few helpful hints about battery technology that once aware of, will help you make informed purchase decisions when it's time to buy spare camcorder batteries. We will be covering the four major types of camcorder batteries.

Lithium-Ion batteries are the best of the best of camcorder battery technology. They offer quick charge times, long life, steady discharge characteristics and light weight. A Lithium-Ion battery offers about 40% more charge capacity than a Nickel Cadmium battery of similar size and weight. This camcorder battery can be fully charged in less than half the time than it would take a Nickel Cadmium battery to charge. Lithium-Ion batteries do not suffer from memory effect. Not having to worry about memory effect you can charge your battery when it is 90% fully charged and not hurt it at all. It is best to keep this type of camcorder battery fully charged. Lithium-Ion batteries are also the most expensive on the market. It is best to store your Lithium-Ion batteries in a cool ,dry area, safe from shock. Be sure to recycle them when they're ready to be discarded.

Lead Acid Batteries are the most reliable. This type of camcorder battery is basically the kind you have in your automobile or recreation vehicle ( Four Wheeler, Motor cycle). Best to keep this battery fully charged. No need to discharge this type of camcorder battery prior to charging. Most chargers continue to charge after the light goes out or the light changes from red to green. On occasion this type of camcorder battery may need to be charged 24 hours to regain a full charge. There is no need to worry about overcharging your lead acid camcorder battery for most chargers have a safety circuit to prevent heat build-up. Most all manufactures have there lead acid batteries thermally fused to prevent acid leak or meltdown.

Nickel Cadmium and Nickel Metal Hydride camcorder batteries require more attention than Lead -Acid. These are the same batteries used in cordless phones. It is Very important to fully discharge (run battery down until camcorder shuts down) to get the longest life out of your camcorder battery. Let it shut down a couple of times before putting it on the charger. This will drain it enough as to not cause any memory effect and you will get maximum run times. It may require an overnight charge to completely gain a full charge. The trickle charge on your charger will help to top off the camcorder battery charge.

Hopefully this information will help prepare you to be ready to record all those memories as they unfold in front of you with camcorder in hand. All the best in recording memories with family and friends.

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