A new work today.
Regular visitors to my blog will know that every once in a while I publish an article on equipment and what works well for me. This isn’t so much about camera equipment but more about the equipment that I take with me for USB charging/powering my various pieces of photographic and other kit like my mobile phone, Holux GPS bluetooth data logger etc. when travelling. I’m heavily in to USB charging. 🙂
Some while ago I came across a very nice “waterproof?” zip-up transport case for my chargers and cables etc.. The case has a lot of handy compartments.
This case works well and stops all my gear rattling around in transit. I never carry my rechargeable camera batteries and powerbanks in hold baggage as they’re not allowed. They travel in my hand luggage in a multi- compartment, flame-retardant LIPO-safe bag which makes it much easier to explain at airport security scans.
BATTERY SAFETY TIPS.
Nearly all my rechargeable batteries including my small USB powerbanks are of the Lithium Iron type, only my phone has a Lithium Polymer type battery. I feel it makes perfect sense to transport them as safely and securely as possible paying particular attention to preventing shorting of battery terminals. Which is why I always carry my spare camera batteries in small waterproof latching plastic boxes when out and about and not loose in my pocket rattling around un-protected with a bunch of keys or other metallic objects.
If anyone wants to view a very sobering demonstration of what happens when one short circuits a lithium battery then watch this video https://youtu.be/HCGtRgBUHX8 and water does not extinguish these battery fires, Co2 type extinguishers do. I guess the take home message is “stay safe and look after your batteries and they’ll look after you”. I never leave battery charging un-attended and that’s another reason why I like being able to use USB charging of multiple batteries at the same time as it minimises one’s turn around time. I’d rather be out and about taking pictures than waiting for batteries to charge up when one’s time is limited. 🙂
Noticed and corrected an amusing typo: I put “carb” reader, must be my conscience kicking in 🙂
PS. Anker USB charger hooked up for simultaneously charging mobile phone, Holux GPS data logger, Olympus camera battery, rechargeable AA batteries and Anker Astro 6700 mAh powerbank. I’ve got to work on my cable management. 🙂