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It is amazing how many batteries a digital camera can go through in a day � sometimes one or two sets of batteries if you are on a long shoot or a full day of sightseeing. However, there are a few ways you can conserve your battery power so you aren�t stranded without power.

1) Turn off your camera when you are not using it. 2) Use your regular viewfinder rather than your LCD viewfinder when taking pictures. 3) Don�t use the camera�s playback mode often. While it may be tempting to view every picture you have taken right away, the camera�s playback drains batteries quickly. 4) Some miniature hard drives, like MicroDrive use more battery power than Compact Flash Cards.

Despite all good efforts, your batteries will run out of power. To avoid being stuck without power, bring along some extra batteries and a battery charger, if you are on a trip or long photo shoot. At the end of each day, you can recharge the batteries you drained during the day.

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There is fantastic resolution to most digital camera battery problems. DigiPower makes a rechargable external battery that connects directly to your cameras AC adapter port. It plugs in just as an AC adapter would. The camera sees it as a slave battery source. It has a set of LED lights that when the check button is pressed on the end of the unit the LED lights illuminate to let you know how much charge is remaining. The AC recharge unit on it lets you know when the unit is fully charged by changing colors from red to green. One can leave the unit plugged in when not using the camera so that the unit always contains sufficient charge for any job. The DigiPower pack comes with several adapters to accomodate a great variety of manufacturers and their models. The price for the DigiPower units average around $35.00. When you consider what AA batteries cost just for two of them and how often they have to be recharged, not to mention how many one would have to carry in order to maintain enough to get in a whole days shooting. I own two DigiPower units and have no intentions of ever buying another rechargable AA battery. One can keep the AA batteries in the camera while using the DigiPower unit just for backup. I purchased my first DigiPower unit on eBay, and the second one at Ritz Camera. After paying shipping and handling on eBay I actually paid more that at Ritz Camera.

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