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Old 14th of October 2008 (Tue)   #1
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Default How Long Can I Leave My Camera Battery Inserted?

Hey guys,

Sometimes I leave my house and stay at a relatives house for a week or more at a time and sometimes I leave my battery inside the camera. I know that the battery can drain if left inside the camera, but how long can I leave it inside the camera until it starts to corrode or cause damage? I also have a Vivitar 285HV with AA's, can I leave the batteries in my flash for the same amount of time?

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I only take mine out when it needs charging - period. Same for the flash.
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I only take mine out when it needs charging - period. Same for the flash.
That's a good point, but for someone who shoots very frequently that can mean they charge it very often and that the battery doesn't stay in there camera for a long amount of time, but for someone like me who shoots very infrequently that can mean I charge it once a month or 2. Thanks for the help though! Anyone else have any idea?

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I leave my battery in and my camera on 24/7. The only time I turn it off is when I have it in the camera bag, which is not very often.

I only shoot occasionally. My battery rarely ever needs to be charged.
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I leave the battery in my camera all the time. I have a MKIII and even shooting almost everyday the batter stays in the camera sometimes for weeks at a time before it needs changing. I think I have gotten well over 5k shots out of one battery before it needs charging.
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I don't know if its an XT only thing but leaving your Battery in the body is bad. It'll lower the max charge capacity of the battery very quickly. I had this happen with the first battery that came with my XT. I had gotten lazy, left it in the body a bunch of times and noticed that it would hold less and less of a charge.
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I don't know if its an XT only thing but leaving your Battery in the body is bad. It'll lower the max charge capacity of the battery very quickly. I had this happen with the first battery that came with my XT. I had gotten lazy, left it in the body a bunch of times and noticed that it would hold less and less of a charge.
Unfortunately, I'm not the most "responsible" person when it comes to my equipment. I use an XTi and the only time I don't have my battery in the camera is when it's charging or when I know it'll be weeks / months before using it again. I've never noticed any problems with either of my batteries.
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A couple weeks won't hurt anything.
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I never take them out, and they last for a long time, no problems!
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That's a good point, but for someone who shoots very frequently that can mean they charge it very often and that the battery doesn't stay in there camera for a long amount of time, but for someone like me who shoots very infrequently that can mean I charge it once a month or 2. Thanks for the help though! Anyone else have any idea?

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My 40d had batteries left in for months on end, mark III has had its batt in it for about 2 weeks now
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I never take my batteries out unless they need a charging and same with flashes, I only take them out for replacement.
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i dont take my battery out of my cameras either, except for the flash...
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the only time i take the batteries out is to charge it. other than that....it's always in there eventhough i can go weeks or months without shooting.
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I wouldn't worry about it unless its for months.
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the only time i take the batteries out is to charge it. other than that....it's always in there eventhough i can go weeks or months without shooting.

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