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Battery Care and the EOS60D

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May 04, 2012 20:14 |  #1

Hi all

New owner of a Canon EOS-60D and a nice welcome upgrade from my Canon EOS-30D with the jump from 8 to 18MP

However I am interested on opinions on battery care, is it better to use the camera to the point that the battery is exhausted of charge, or continue to "top up" if you say after each use.

I found in the past that batteries would loose there charger quicker each time and wonder if there are any tricks of the trade to prolong a good battery cell.

I do try and make a habit of turning the camera off and removing the battery if its not in use.

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May 04, 2012 20:20 |  #2

I am probably not a good example but I charge nightly. I am a motorsport photography and need fully charged batteries. 2 in the battery grip. Extras charged. I run them all day and then charge again. As I understand completely killing them works best in terms of longevity but not sure.

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May 04, 2012 21:08 |  #3

The Lithium Ion battery in the 60D is immune from the "memory effect" that NiCd and NiMH batteries have, so I think it does not matter if you top off or let it run down. It won't affect the battery life.

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May 04, 2012 21:22 as a reply to  @ lar55's post |  #4

http://batteryuniversi​ …g_lithium_based​_batteries (external link)

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May 04, 2012 22:02 as a reply to  @ oldvultureface's post |  #5

I personally run mine all the way down every time but I have a couple so their is always one ready and full.

I have read some place that it is good to run them all the way down every once in awhile as to set the chip in the battery.

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May 05, 2012 02:07 |  #6

While on vacation last year with my gripped 30D, I took about 1600 pictures before the batteries died. And that was on a used camera with used batteries I purchased a year ago.

So, when I, too, upgraded to a 60D (and bought a grip as well), I figured about 1600 pictures as well before they died. I think I ran it up to about 1200 before I 'chickened out' and recharged the batteries. I don't have spares. I figure the battery charge level in the viewfinder is a pretty good indicator of how many shots I have left before the die, using 1600 as a 'full charge' amount (with the grip). The day before I go out to do some shooting, I double the estimate of how many shots I'll be taking and check to see if I have enough battery left to handle it. But, of course, on important events, I always leave home with fully charged batteries.

I forget how I 'found' it, but there's a menu info screen that shows number of shots per battery, and if I recall, an estimate of how many shots left.

Of course, using the popup flash, Live View, or longer LCD display time or longer shutdown time will drain the battery(s) faster than the calculated number of pictures based on power/charge level.

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May 05, 2012 06:34 |  #7

I have always with my 20D, 40D,and now 7D rotated my battery use between my two batteries. I don't use a grip becasue I don't want to add any more weight to my rig with a 70-200mm 2.8 and a flash. I am a big guy and never had any problems with my gig hands needed more to hold. I shoot all day on a single battery with no issues. Next time out I use the other one. I have never had any issues.

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