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Now before you head into the field and this is one that i cannot just say enough. >> Its a head scratcher this one. >> Make sure every battery, is fully charged. Now you think of course. But I can't tell you how many times I go out into the field and somebody else used the gear in my office, we share gear and I get on location I pop in one battery. Dead. Grab another one. Dead. >> Yeah. And I'm like, I told you, this happens to everybody. So don't feel bad if it happens to you, and when it happens to you. But in my case, I was at the situation where the night before shoot, I'm making sure that I have the right lenses and that I have the audio recorder and that I have the memory cards.
And the one thing I always think to do is oh did I charge my batteries, that I plug in you know, plug in my power charger, but oftentimes, that's the one step that I think about, but I forget >> And to make things easier, one of the things I've done is I buy multiple battery chargers, so that I don't have to just keep doing one after another, so that you can have a bunch of batteries on charge. Now, once they're charged, and this is can sound silly, but these are just some little bags I picked up from a company called Lense Coat. Their designed to hold batteries and you know, I just start filling these up. This one can easily hold eight GoPro batteries.
>> Oh, yeh, their tiny. >> Yeah, and then totally here folks, this is kind of silly, it's got little belt loops, it's geeky but you can just put it right on the belt and have it or right in the pocket. But I find that by having two of these, one that I keep filled with good batteries and one that I put the bad batteries in, is really easy then to hand this off to somebody for a charge. Or, if nothing else, you've got this in your pocket, you can take it out when you need spares. I always carry at least two batteries on my body. >> Yeah, absolutely, because it's always going to be a situation, where somebody goes oh, we need a battery, we need a battery! And then what has to happen? Somebody's gotta run back to the car and look through the bin or a bag to try to find a battery.
And the next thing you know you've wasted 15, 20 minutes looking for a battery when you could have just said here you go, give me the old one and we'll get that on the charger. >> Yeah I always carry those on. So couple simple things before you go out in the field, make sure you start with adequate power and that everything is charged up. To recap, pick up multiple chargers and then have a system maybe a bag type system or a pocket system, where you keep the good batteries on one side. And as they become dead you hand them off to get charged, and you make sure that you know the difference between the good ones and the bad ones. All right that sounds obvious, but let's explore some less common techniques for charging in the field.
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