Batteries are a necessary part of every photographer’s life but keeping them in blister packs take up lots of space in your camera bag. Taking them out of the packs and letting them bang around into one another in your bag is an even worse idea because it’s a recipe for disaster.
Here’s a few safety tips about battery care from the Electrical Safety Foundation International:
- Periodically check battery contacts for cleanliness
- When the positive (+) and negative (-) terminals of a battery are in contact with each other, the battery can become short circuited. Don’t do this. Loose batteries in a camera bag or pouch especially with any other loose items can short circuit possibly resulting in venting or explosion, although I think the ESFI may be exaggerating a bit here. But ya never know.
- Do not expose batteries to excessive heat.
- Do not crush, puncture or damage batteries.
- Do not charge non-rechargeable batteries. Duh.
- Keep batteries out of reach of small children. The little tikes like to put everything in their mouths.
What’s a photographer to do with all these loose batteries? One solution that I’ve found is Lightware Direct’s battery caddies and they are not just the perfect answer for battery storage but affordable as well.
These handy caddies let you organize, store, protect and carry your batteries in the safest possible way. Each caddy is compact, protects the batteries and better yet is easy to get a single battery out when you need you only need one. Originally designed for pilots, I’ll bet photographers—especially anybody using speedlights—will find them an invaluable storage solution. The caddies protect the ends of the batteries from damage and the batteries can be taken out of the carrier with one hand making it easy to use when you are in a hurry to get the next shot.
The Lightware Direct battery caddies are available in three different sizes and configurations for AA or AAA batteries. The 12-pack AA version only costs $6.95. The six-pack AAA version is just $4.95 as is the four-pack AA version for those who want to keep their batteries in speedlight-sized modules. Check’em out!