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Old April 4th, 2013, 04:48 PM   #1
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The $4 part that every videographer needs.

By now, we all realize that disposable batteries are a necessary evil for our craft. You always have a million at home and none with you when you need them. Even worse are the dozens we "save for later" after using them for a couple hours in the wireless kit. For some reason, I always have a bunch of new/used/dead batteries that end up in the bottom of my camera bag, and it drives me a little nuts.

The other day I searched around for something that I thought MUST exist, and found this wonderful little part! They're called PowerPax and there are a bunch of different models to choose from. Perhaps I'm a bit odd, but this little plastic caddy makes me quite happy and I had to share!

Battery Case | Battery Cases | Battery Holders | Battery Holder - PowerPax
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Old April 4th, 2013, 04:59 PM   #2
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Re: The $4 part that every videographer needs.

I use a little pop open battery holder kind of like a Plano fishing tackle box I got from a dollar store. It too makes me happy!

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Old April 4th, 2013, 05:00 PM   #3
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Great!, nothing worse than installing a dead battery when you're in a spot .. more power to you Nate.

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Old April 4th, 2013, 05:06 PM   #4
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Re: The $4 part that every videographer needs.

I figure if I did want to "save" any for the TV remote and such, I could put them in the holder backwards to tell the difference.

It's the little things :)
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Old April 4th, 2013, 07:03 PM   #5
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Re: The $4 part that every videographer needs.

Nate,

Good find, I could use a few of them holders. I use rechargeable Energizer batteries mostly, but have recently thought of going to a higher capacity type, like the Tenergy 2600mAh. Tried to order some but nobody will ship overseas and I haven't found them locally. Properly packaged, I don't see the threat. Not like I'm ordering hand grenades.

http://www.amazon.com/Tenergy-Channel-Charger-Rechargeable-Batteries/dp/B001AX6BRC/ref=sr_1_15?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1365119450&sr=1-15&keywords=Tenergy+rechargeable+aa+batteries
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Old April 4th, 2013, 08:55 PM   #6
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Re: The $4 part that every videographer needs.

this is what I use - have loads of them!! they come in their own box too

Sanyo Eneloop AA Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries SEC-HR3U4BPN B&H

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Old April 4th, 2013, 11:14 PM   #7
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Re: The $4 part that every videographer needs.

I have a couple of these, one for AA and one for AAA. I've been meaning to post about them but have been way too busy with NAB prep. Thanks a bunch Nate for doing it for me! Heh.
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Old April 5th, 2013, 02:07 AM   #8
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Finally a product that doesn't cost $500 or more. I gonna splash out and get two. Great find Nate
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Old April 5th, 2013, 04:08 AM   #9
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Well it's more like $12 in the UK... quelle surprise!

Still got one, it's better than elastic bands holding batteries together in my backpack. Thanks to Nate for the tip.
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Old April 5th, 2013, 05:54 PM   #10
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It's amazing how the years go by, and you suddenly find that what was once multiple sets of AA rechargeables has whittled itself down to only three sets that still work! I recently started from scratch with Enelope AAs, and was most impressed with the claimed 1000 charges life cycle.

I like to keep my sets together, so label them with a fine marker pen. Just seems like a good idea to make sure that a set of four will be of the same age and number of charge cycles. I also use those little four battery containers, but I have no idea where I found them. Actually, just remembered. They were in the bag of freebees at a photographic convention I attended.
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Old April 5th, 2013, 06:54 PM   #11
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I should say that I got them on eBay for a bit cheaper than manufacturer list. The orange is cheaper than the cool glow in the dark ones though!
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