Are we supposed to drain down batteries completely?

3 weeks 1 day ago #706429 by Alfonso Camil
Are there any circumstances where you should drain down your camera batteries completely before a charge?  I thought I read something about this last year towards my beginning.  Now I did find a post here that said you didn't need to, but I can't find that post and I wanted to revisit and honestly just make sure.  Actually I'm curious in the 'why' if possible.  

Thank you all, your help has been so appreciated.  


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3 weeks 15 hours ago - 3 weeks 15 hours ago #706454 by Shadowfixer1
Not with the battery technology they use now. Optimum is try to keep them between 20% and 100%.

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3 weeks 4 hours ago #706494 by Nikon Shooter
No, not even the NiCads!

I go down sometimes to 2~5 % and it has no consequence.
Important is to recharge them ASAP!

Light is free… capturing it is not!
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2 weeks 4 days ago #706772 by johnledford
No, not at all. 

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2 weeks 4 days ago #706775 by johnledford
No, not at all. when I see it under 30% I recharge them asap.

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1 week 4 days ago #707314 by Ozzie_Traveller
G'day Alfonso

Your Q is a bit open-ended ... so I will simply say that I use my Li-ion batteries until the battery image starts flashing red, sometimes I am still busy and the camera shuts down when the battery is completely flat. Then it is swapped and into the charger while the other one goes into the camera

All my batteries (I have 6 batteries used over 3 similar cameras) are treated the same way and have not shown any difficulties

Hope this helps
Phil from the great land Downunder
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1 week 3 days ago #707437 by Fess Walker
+1 todays batteries are pretty solid where you don’t need to worry about that.  On top of that the chargers do all the work and have all sorts of safety built in to prevent over charging.  


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1 week 2 days ago #707583 by Gump
Thank goodness, I remember back in the day batteries and chargers were dicey 


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