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How to manage your tangled mess of batteries and chargers?

Published On 26 April, 2017 | By Zeferino | Tips

This week in Zeferino Professional Lighting we go back to the basics, because so often we forget about it. How do we make it to keep our batteries and chargers organized and ready to go when it comes time to shoot?

Batteries are essentially the life blood of production. If you’re constantly having to deal with dead batteries and missing cables, your production will slow to a crawl and then everyone will get really irritated and mad at you. This is why it’s so important to keep all of your power stuff nice and organized, and luckily there are many clever ways to do that.

This is basic organization: bag it up. However, there are some other pretty ingenious solutions that you could either buy or build yourself. If you’re looking for a nifty way to, again, bag it up, there are theWolf packs from Fangs Film Gear. These weather-resistant pouches are designed with red and green sleeves that allow you to organize and store your charged/dead batteries and empty/full memory cards.

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Aside from knowing how to store your batteries and cables, it’s also wise to anticipate other items you might need when you’re on set or traveling, like power cords and international power adapters, extra extension cords, surge protectors, and grounding adapters, because there’s nothing worse than getting to a location and seeing dreaded 2-prong outlets of death.

But maybe you want to do more than just organize your batteries, maybe you want to organize them and charge them at the same time. We offer you a couple of options; on one hand, you can make yourself a portable battery board made out of fiberboard that you can hang on any wall in your office or studio. On the other hand, Fangs Film Gear came up with an awesome way to turn an old toolbox into a portable charging station (The Batt Cave). If you want to discover how, please take a look at the tutorials.

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