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Old April 29th, 2004, 11:21 PM   #1
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Battery Strategy for when you are short on batteries.

If you owned a one hour battery and a four hour battery, and you have a video shoot where you may be shooting continuously all day from 9:00 to 5:00 (with a one hour lunch break), which battery would you start with?
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Old April 29th, 2004, 11:42 PM   #2
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Assuming I can charge a batt on site, I would start with the 1-hour. Use it up and then throw it on the charger. Meanwhile shoot with the 4-hour. By the time it's run down, the 1-hour should be fully charged again.
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Old May 1st, 2004, 10:29 PM   #3
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What about swapping back to the 1 hour battery as soon as it is charged?
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Old May 2nd, 2004, 01:28 AM   #4
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if you are getting paid

I would buy another battery so I knew I was safe, and if it was a stationary shoot off tripod and I could tap into AC I would use a power supply...of course thats if it was paid :)
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Old May 2nd, 2004, 02:28 AM   #5
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Ha.

I'm not recommending a one hour and a 4 hour battery as the only batteries one should own or use, but in this scenario, that's all that is available.
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Old May 2nd, 2004, 04:54 PM   #6
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1 hr first then charge
4 hr second then charge
1 hr third then charge
4 hr fourth then charge
1 hr fifth then charge

Ultimately you will run out of battery power as it usually takes longer to charge the battery than to use it in supplying power.

A third battery and at least a 2-hole battery charger would probably keep you shooting all day.
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Old May 2nd, 2004, 05:28 PM   #7
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I'm told the Panasonic Batteries made specifically for the DVX-100 actually charge up faster than they can be used.
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Old May 3rd, 2004, 10:00 AM   #8
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I'd test before I depended on that.
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