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.