Carrying spare battery


techno-terminator

Link Posted 14/01/2013 - 16:05
Never had to do this before ! I always used AAs and had a spare set with me in a small plastic case bought from 7 day shop.link

Now , and certainly till I know how my Li-On batteries will last I must carry the spare , charged of course , with me

How do I carry it in my bag ? After all the terminals are exposed all the time - so they should be protected to stop accidental shorting.

Ideas please
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MattMatic

Link Posted 14/01/2013 - 16:14
...the K10D used to ship with plastic transparent end caps that fitted over the battery. It's a real shame there's nothing for the K-5 etc

You could make one out of Sugru by putting cling film over a battery first.

I have a number of small zip-lock style plastic bags (freezer/food/electronics - but non-conductive ) that I put single batteries in. That keeps them dry & contacts protected

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Last Edited by MattMatic on 14/01/2013 - 16:16

johnriley

Link Posted 14/01/2013 - 16:18


This holds two K-5 batteries snugly and is a small Samsonite leather compact camera case. I find that perfect and tend to keep small cases even when the cameras have gone. They can come in very handy.
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steven9761

Link Posted 14/01/2013 - 16:29
The new IATA/ICAO Dangerous Goods By Air regulations have deemed it perfectly acceptable to cover the + and - terminals with a non-conductive material, so why not get a cheap roll of sellotape from one of the many high street £Pound shops?

Also note that if you are flying, I'd recommend taking your batteries (except lead/acid car batteries, of course!!) into the cabin with you, rather than packing them in your suitcase that's going into the hold of the plane.

swarf

Link Posted 14/01/2013 - 16:31
I now use old plastic business card boxes. I had the same problem as you, PU member Chrism8 advised using them.

They're great and work really well. I distinguish between fully charged and discharged batteries depending on which way up the contacts are. Down = fully charged; Up = discharged. As the cases are translucent, you can tell which one to use before opening the case.
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Frogherder

Link Posted 14/01/2013 - 16:35
Hi TT
A few more ideas in :-

https://www.pentaxuser.com/forum/topic/plastic-batter-cover-32840


A problem I faced a while back

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Bernard

techno-terminator

Link Posted 14/01/2013 - 17:30
Well - there were certainly some very interesting ideas there

I do like MikeP's Marzipan

Think this trip it will be a small plastic bag and then in a little leather purse and I'll cogitate thereafter .

Steven - my camera comes in the cabin with me - chargers and an extension block go in my hold case . NO-ONE but no-one handles my beloved camera Well not folk in the airport that is
let the education continue

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Gwyn

Link Posted 14/01/2013 - 17:38
If you only have one spare then leave it in the charger and take it onboard with you. The terminals are then covered.
The cable can go in the hold, but the charger doesn't take up much room, and if your hold bag gets lost you can always buy a new cable for the charger.
More than one spare then a small zip-lock bag per battery is a cheap option.

I'm very happy with my 3-D printed battery covers.

Crossed-up

Link Posted 14/01/2013 - 18:24
And for those without a 3D printer this stuff is pretty good for making little plastic objects.
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gartmore

Link Posted 14/01/2013 - 18:51
Genuine Pentax plastic bag does the job quite well



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Gwyn

Link Posted 14/01/2013 - 18:55
Crossed-up wrote:
And for those without a 3D printer

You mean me.

I ordered them online.

techno-terminator

Link Posted 14/01/2013 - 18:56
mine didn't look like that in the K-30 box and the Innov8 battery was in plastic packaging that would cut through stuff if you weren't careful

Placcy bag and a little leather purse should work nicely for this trip
let the education continue

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mdc

Link Posted 14/01/2013 - 19:09
I just toss all my D-Li90s in a side pocket of my bag, and AAs in the other side pocket lol.

wasleys

Link Posted 14/01/2013 - 20:24
steven9761 wrote:
note that if you are flying, I'd recommend taking your batteries … into the cabin with you, rather than packing them in your suitcase that's going into the hold of the plane.

My understanding is that you must now carry spare lithium batteries in cabin baggage only - see p5 here.
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