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Battery Recharging... how often?
Is it better to let the camera battery uncharge itself all the way, or should you recharge more frequently to "top it off". I know that some types of battery loose their ability to recharge over time, if they are "topped off" rather than being allowed to fully discharge..

Thanks..

Peter F...

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It depends on the type of battery, plus the advice/instructions in the manufacturer's manual..

What sort of camera / battery are we talking about?.

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Comment #1

I recharge before going out (usually the day before), or after a session, just to "top up". (both my digitals use L-ion proprietory batteries).

So far, no problems..

Hardly ever has the battery been so low as to "require" recharging...

Comment #2

And be prepared to read it all..

Http://batteryuniversity.com/.

Regards, David..

Comment #3

I just posted this in anser to apost on another thread..

Main point charging to store lithium-ion batteries is not recommended. It will shorten the life of your battery. Charge to use not to store then store part charged..

Http://forums.dpreview.com/...forums/read.asp?forum=1034&message=25226107Chris Elliott.

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Comment #4

I've added some info from Thom Hogan on the D80 battery to that thread. Basically agrees with what you are saying..

To the OP: What camera and battery are you using? There is no "one size fits all" answer to your question..

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Comment #5

BTW, I've been "topping up" my cell-phone (L-ion battery) daily for about 3 years without any problems whatever...

Comment #6

Chris Elliott wrote:.

Main point charging to store lithium-ion batteries is notrecommended. It will shorten the life of your battery. Charge to usenot to store then store part charged..

That may be true in theory (I really have no idea but I am happy to take your word for it) but in practice I need charged batteries in my bag - even if it does mean I have to replace them a little more often...

Comment #7

First of alll what type of battery is it, it does make a difference, I know a fair bit about batteries but need more info .ALL Batteries Types are different..

Dave..

Comment #8

Steve Balcombe wrote:.

That may be true in theory (I really have no idea but I am happy totake your word for it) but in practice I need charged batteries in mybag - even if it does mean I have to replace them a little more often..

Steve,.

I quite understand your perspective. All I seek to do is to allow people to make an informed decision..

Two 60-70% charged batteries ready at any moment is quite enough for me. And when I go on a planed shoot I have 160%. If away for the weekend I might take 200% rather than the charger..

Chris Elliott.

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Comment #9

Chris Elliott wrote:.

Steve Balcombe wrote:.

That may be true in theory (I really have no idea but I am happy totake your word for it) but in practice I need charged batteries in mybag - even if it does mean I have to replace them a little more often..

Steve,.

I quite understand your perspective. All I seek to do is to allowpeople to make an informed decision..

Yep, and I am in no way questioning that - just saying what works for me. I should have added a "YMMV" ..

Comment #10

Just incase you have Ni-Cads, I would NOT top them off, because these type of batteries have memory, while NMH type batteries do not, but they do have a cycles limits (all batteries do) but Both batteries will loose there charges over time NMH will loose there charge quit faster than NiCads, so if been about a week no problem, but more than a week on NMH I would top them off, BUt better still ALWAYS keep on hand a spare set, and this will NEVER be a issue..

Dave..

Comment #11

(nt)Chris Elliott.

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Comment #12

That reply should have read a MONTH not a Week. I gotta remember to Preview my posts DUH!! Sorry about that..

Dave..

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