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How can I reduce the heat my battery packs are exposed to?
For years Broadcast Engineers and
Professional Film Photographers have been asking us about ways to
reduce heat and increase the life of their battery packs.
- Purchase Coleman, Igloo,
Rubbermaid or other brand quality coolers to store your battery
packs. Place any foam egg crates that you use inside the
coolers between the battery packs for transporting. Do not
place ice or those blue freezer packs inside the cooler.
Some photographers have taken this extra step in enthusiasm and
produce condensation inside their decks or other equipment.
By using the cooler you are storing the battery packs at the
ambient temperature. If you are in an already hot
environment you may be able to do the actual storing of the packs
after going inside your vehicle with the engine running and the
air-conditioner on, creating that artificial interior ambient
temperature which is of course cooler than the ambient outside
temperature. If your battery packs are to be shipped, then
use the coolers to ship them.
- When charging the battery
packs, charge them in the coolest area possible. Also,
while charging set the battery packs on the most narrow side that
will still stand up on your surface. This will allow more
heat dissipation from the charge of the battery pack.
- When possible, do not charge
the battery immediately after full discharge. Allow the
battery to cool before charging when possible.
- Avoid trickle charge
chargers or charges that go into some type of trickle charge
after the battery has reached full charge. Leaving a
fully charged battery on trickle charge for a weekend over 52
weekends is equivalent to a full years use of the battery.
The trickle charge treats the battery like a crock pot treats a
- We recently had a gentleman
call about his auto-resetting circuit breaker opening in the
charge mode. He was in unusually hot weather in bright
sunlight. His charger was in an un-air-conditioned building
directly in front of a large thick plate glass window.
Ouch, I was sunburned! The breaker was saving his battery
and triggered him to call us. Thus educating him on proper
handling of his battery packs. Everybody's Happy Now!
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Last Revised September 09, 2002
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