Tip & How-To about Cameras
You are at an important function and the red indicator starts to flash telling you the battery is low. What do you do? Of course you grab your spare battery, right?
Wrong. Unless you are a nerd like myself, you don't have a spare rechargeable battery with you, or you didn't buy the kind of camera that uses standard AA batteries.
Solution: Because batteries are little chemical factories enclosed in a hard shell, you can get a few more pictures out of that battery by simply taking out the battery and tapping it on a hard surface. This stirs up the electrolyte or shakes free a few electrons, not sure why but it works.
Caution #1: Be careful - don't crack the plastic cover or damage the contacts!! Some are more fragile than others. You can do this several times before it finally gives out and you should be able to get quite a few more pictures using this method.
Caution #2: Obviously do NOT try this if the battery is not removable, i.e. it is permanently encased in the camera (like your iPod battery). The delicate parts of the camera will not survive this kind of treatment.
Disclaimer: I have no idea if this affects the life of the battery negatively but hey, at least you got that picture of your husband passed out under the wedding cake table.
Posted by JeffersonQ on
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