Mike Chan
Mike Chan

Mike is part of the Canon Digital Learning Center team as a Technical Specialist providing Online Educational resources to professional and advanced amateur photographers.

Built-in Battery Management with the LP-E6 Battery

July 02, 2013

Memory card management during a shoot is very important and we all strive to avoid that sinking feeling when you take a memory card out of your card wallet, insert it into the camera, format the card, take a shot and realize that you inadvertently overwrote a full card. A lack of battery management is not AS catastrophic, but it can mean missing a series of key shots while trying to find a fully charged battery out of your bag.

There are many different methods to battery management and it is up to you to decide what feels comfortable. For example, Canon Explorer of Light Vincent Laforet mentions in his time-lapse tutorials his method of putting colored gaffers tape over the battery contacts as a visual cue for unusable batteries. For users of the Canon LP-E6 battery (found in the EOS 60D, EOS 60Da, EOS 70D, EOS 7D, EOS 6D, EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 5D Mark III), Canon Inc.’s engineers have built a battery management system into the yellow battery cover.

Taking a closer look at the yellow battery cover of the Canon LP-E6 battery shows a small battery-shaped hole on one side of the cover. Then, taking a close look at the bottom of the battery itself (where the battery information is printed) reveals that two colors are used. The top half, where the Canon logo and voltage information is printed, is in a bright blue color. The bottom half, which contains caution information, is a gray color.

Snapping on the yellow battery cover to the battery reveals that the color shines through the battery-shaped hole of the cover. Since the battery cover is reversible, the battery-shaped hole can be placed in such a manner that the blue or gray side of the sticker shines through. Placing the hole over the blue side signals a fully charged battery and the gray side represents an uncharged battery. The manual covers this information under the “Tips for Using the Battery and Charger” section if you wish to further read up on your LP-E6.

Seeing which of your batteries is charged and ready to go at a glance is a huge time-saver when you only have a few seconds to change batteries in the middle of a shoot. This is a great way to take the guesswork out when your mind is concentrated on shooting the event at hand.

Happy shooting!

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