Save Time Charging Your Batteries by Getting Organized

The key to cutting down on the amount of time you spend charging batteries is having an organized space in which to do it.

Batteries need to be charged almost constantly and if you're running around trying to get ready for a shoot or to film a scene, the last thing you want to worry about is whether or not your batteries have enough juice to get you through the day. The solution to this problem isn't a sweet new piece of gear or a DIY workaround, it's good ol' fashioned organization. The more organized you are, the more prepared you're going to be when it comes time to shoot your project, saving you not only loads of time, but plenty of money as well. Find out how the team over at Fstoppers organizes their power station in the video below.

Hopefully, the video gave you some good ideas on how to set up your own power station. Mounting a power strip on each level of your shelf is essential to connect all of your chargers, and the little LED light strips are great if you're trying to grab stuff in the dark.

For me, it's all about labeling and sleekness. I want everything to have a designated (and labeled) place. I don't want to see any cables. I don't want batteries stacked awkwardly. I don't even want to be able to accidentally misalign a row of chargers with my clumsy mitts.

This means that a label maker (or Sharpie-d pieces of tape) is going to be used a lot. Zip ties are going to restore order in my chaotic world by hold back all of those f*cking cables. And velcro strips are going to lovingly grip each of my chargers to the bottom of the shelf because I seriously hate fumbling around with slidey electronics.

What cool features does your power station (or whatever you call it...the dedicated station where you charge your batteries) have? Let us know down in the comments.     

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Oh yes!
You can save time for charging batteries by..... using more chargers! What a great tip!

And if you use twice as many chargers than the guy in the video,
you can even speed up charging even more batteries - in half of the time!

Oh my god.... this tip is so cool!!!

/irony_off

January 15, 2018 at 5:09AM

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JeffreyWalther
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Next tip...you can protect your lens by using the cap=) What passes for tips these days, hehe.

January 15, 2018 at 5:17PM, Edited January 15, 5:17PM

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Josh.R
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Maybe next week we can read:

"Save time reloading your medias - use 128 GB SD cards instead of 64 GB"
or
"Save walking time while shooting - use a zoom lens instead of wide-angle"
or
"Save packing time - use a single fancy $1000 bag to carry your bullshit"

I have a personal one:
"Save your life time - do not read stupid NFS articles having no value"

January 16, 2018 at 11:40AM

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JeffreyWalther
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