USEFUL TIPS FOR REFRESHING RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES | MAINE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Useful Tips for Refreshing Rechargeable Batteries

We use a good number of electronic devices in use in our photography business. Many of these devices rely on rechargeable AA batteries. What follows is a useful tip for refreshing rechargeable batteries.Using an Ansmann Charger for refreshing rechargeable batteries

 

We talked about our excellent experience with Powerex batteries in this post last year. We are always on the lookout to make a good thing even better.

Using rechargeable batteries has a host of advantages that include highest performance and lowest cost. Not to mention the greatly reduced negative environmental impact. Over time, however, unless special (but simple) measures are taken, things happen. Nickel metal hydride rechargeable rechargeable batteries eventually begin to not take and hold a full charge. They develop a “memory” effect where they remember the last level they were at when they were charged and dischargedEventually, their ability to be charged at all may become lost. There is something that can be done to counteract the loss of strength over time: reconditioning or refreshing.

Refreshing Rechargeable Batteries

The Ansmann brand charger pictured above is a very affordable and well-built device. We purchased it from the always-dependable Thomas Distributing Company (and we suggest you shop there, too. We note, though, that we do not have any affiliation with them other than as pleased customers). What sets this unit apart from other regular chargers is its ability for reconditioning/refreshing rechargeable batteries. The unit slowly charges each battery independently and then slowly discharges the battery. It continues to repeat this charge – discharge cycle, each time increasing the capacity of the battery. And this continues until there is no more gain in the results, up to ten times.

When the process is completed, the LCD indicator on the charger reads ‘Full’. In the meantime, the LCD displays the milliamp rating of the drain – recharge process. Each cell gets treated and conditioned individually as it needs to be. It’s worth noting that this necessarily is not, by design, a fast process. Sometimes it takes a couple of days to run through all the charge-discharge cycles. But, it is worth it, as the batteries end up fresh and as like-new as possible. They will simply last longer with each new use.

The Process

We have about 12 dozen Powerex AA cells. We’re at the end of our third season of heavy use with this batch. We’d noticed a couple of times where a set of these AAs was not performing to their usual high level. This prompted the refresh-recondition process. In the height of busy season there isn’t time to do anything but recharge them using our three standard 8-bay Maha Energy chargers (as seen in the other battery post linked above). The workflow to run through the reconditioning process is simple. Start with a pile of all the batteries, and four at a time cycle them through the Ansmann charger using the reconditioning mode. Finally, as they come out, they go back into storage cases, and with a new identifying small mark added with a permanent ink Sharpie pen.

In summary, the use of batteries is all worth it for all the advantages noted earlier, but none more significant than the staggering cost savings of this system, not to mention the performance, of this process versus using disposable, expensive alkaline batteries.

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This Technical Tuesdays post is about the Ansmann charger that Russ and Liz Caron, Maine wedding photographers, use for refreshing rechargeable batteries. Do you have questions, or recommendations for the Technical Tuesday series? Let us know in the comments! And don’t forget to share this post with your friends. Russell Caron is available for workshops, group instruction, or one-on-one mentoring. Call Russ at (207)233-4050, or email him at russ@wed-pix.com.
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BEST WEDDING PHOTOS OF 2016 | MAINE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Best Wedding Photos of 2016 | Maine Wedding Photographers

We counted down our Top 16 Wedding Images, our best wedding photos of 2016, per se, one per day in the second half of December. Now together here in one post, for the first time, we again present our best wedding photos of 2016!

#16

The adorable ring bearer at Ryan and Amanda’s wedding! Another Ryan and Amanda Kennebunkport, Maine wedding image will appear in this list at #8! Here is the full blog post.
Finally, here is the full blog post from the wedding.

Ring Bearer is one of the most adorable wedding photos of 2016 in our best wedding photos of the year!

 

#15

Meredith at Sand Beach, Acadia National Park, Maine. Meredith with groom Jeff will appear again all the way at #1, too! Here’s their story of their #15 image. Accordingly, you can see their wedding day blog post here.#15 dreamy wedding images of 2016, Meredith going to the water at Sand Beach, Acadia National Park

Meredith walking towards the water at Sand Beach is one of our dreamy wedding images, as one of our best wedding photos of the year!

#14

Cristina and Ryan with a very happy moment just prior to walking back down the aisle as husband-and-wife. Original #14 post here. And, in closing, Cristina and Ryan’s original post is here.

Happy wedding moments at the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport, Maine, in our best wedding photos of 2016!

#13

This was a fun moment with Stephanie a short while prior to her marrying Dustin, while her many bridesmaids assist in the fine-tuning of the gown fitting. You can read more here. Their wedding day blog is here.#13 fun wedding day captures of Stephanie getting ready for her wedding ceremony at Point Lookout, Northport, Maine

We love fun wedding day captures like this one with Stephanie and her bridesmaids getting ready for her wedding

#12

Brianna, her dad Mick, meeting Chris at the altar. One of several images in this series including the wonderful emotions of the dads. Also see dads in our #5 and #4 favorites below. See their original post here. Brianna and Chris’ wedding day blog is here.#12 special wedding moments of 2016, Brianna and her dad meeting Chris at the altar

One of the special wedding moments of the year, when the bride and her father meet the groom at the altar

#11

Kendra, with her dad, is set to surprise her groom, Demetri, at their Chittenden, Vermont wedding with a horse-drawn carriage arrival. More about the #11 image here. Another post of interest, from wedding day, is here!#11 idyllic wedding photos, Kendra and her father arrive at the wedding site at the Mountain Top Inn, Chittenden Vermont

Kendra and her father approach the wedding site in one of the most idyllic wedding photos of the year

#10

We’re in our top 10 best wedding photos of 2016! What’s not to love about a golden sunset at a Sanibel Island, Florida wedding? Stacia and Jeff made a perfect couple in a perfectly dreamy location. Read about their wedding here, and more about the above image here.#10 gorgeous wedding moments with Stacia and Jeff embracing at their destination wedding at Santibel Island, Florida

#10 gorgeous wedding photos of 2016, Stacia and Jeff embracing on the beach at Casa Ybel, Sanibel Island, Florida

#9

In this post we talk about this image and it’s #9 finish of our year’s best. Then, in this post we look at more of the fabulous wedding day of Danielle and Rob at their September wedding. Finally, it was a day we will always remember!#9 stunning bridal portraits of 2016, Danielle at the barn at Point Lookout, Northport, Maine

#9 stunning bridal portraits of 2016, Danielle at her Point Lookout, Northport Maine wedding

#8

It doesn’t get any more real of a moment than this. Laurie and Shawn had a wedding rich in photo ops and you’ll see more of them toward to very top of this countdown. Therefore, you may want to read more. Here’s more about our #8 and about their wedding day.#8 charming wedding pictures, Laurie and Shawn laughing over Shawn's wedding band

Laurie and Shawn in one of our charming wedding pictures at their York Harbor Maine wedding

#7

Color, color, color! Seems like we have here a willing couple who just seemed to know the look were sought. And, they nailed it! And it’s our #7 favorite image of our 2016 wedding season! Molly and David’s beautiful wedding blog post is here, and see more about the above image here.Molly and David in front of mural in one of the most colorful wedding images of the year

Molly and David in one of our most colorful wedding images during their Lincolnville Maine wedding

#6

Our #6 is a joyous moment replete with bubbles as Amanda and Ryan walk down the aisle as husband and wife.#7 joyous wedding images of 2016 with Amanda and Ryan during their recessional at the Nonantum Resort in KennebunkportAmanda and Ryan are #7 in our joyous wedding moments of 2016 during their recessional at the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport

 

#5

Jessica and Mat’s October wedding was as full of love and family unity as any we have ever seen. Accordingly, this image is strong in many ways, hence it’s our #5. But it’s really all about Jess’ dad as he hands off his daughter to his soon-to-be new son-in-law. And here’s more from wedding day.#5 of 2016, Jessica and Matt in one of our most heartfelt wedding moments of 2016

Jessica and her dad meet Mat at the altar, in one of our most heartfelt wedding moments from 2016

#4

Dads made the headlines in our #12, #5, and in this, our #4 top wedding image of 2016. This is at Jennifer and Michael’s August wedding in Kennebunkport, Maine.#4 of our top touching wedding photos of 2016, father of the bride hugging the groom

#4 of our touching wedding photos, the bride's father hugging the groom just before the ceremony

#3

Here are Laurie and Shawn at a particularly photogenic antique building along the shore in York Harbor, Maine during their September wedding. It’s our #3!#3 of our artistic wedding photography for 2016

#3 of the top artistic wedding photography of 2016, Laurie and Shawn in front of an art gallery in York Harbor, Maine

#2

It was a record-breaking day in terms of heat and humidity, and with that came all manner of striking cloud formations. As a result, we had skies like this. Consequently, we then this unscripted moment along a rock wall in Kennebunkport, Maine for Jen and Mike. Our #2!#2 environmental wedding portraiture of 2016

A great example of environmental wedding portraiture, Jennifer and Michael on the Kennebunkport breakwater

#1 (!)

Wedding day perfection for Meredith and Jeff. Enough said. Our #1 Top Wedding Image of our best wedding photos of 2016!!#1 breathtaking wedding photos of 2016

#1 breathtaking wedding photos of 2016, Meredith and Jeff on the cliffs in Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine

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BREATHTAKING WEDDING PHOTOS | THE TOP 16 OF 2016 | BAR HARBOR MAINE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Breathtaking Wedding Photos | Bar Harbor Maine Wedding Photographers

Bar Harbor Maine weddings evoke breathtaking wedding photos, like this one of Meredith and Jeff on the cliffs in Acadia National Park. Breathtaking to the point that this earned our #1 Top Wedding Photo of the year for 2016! Read more about it below:#1 breathtaking wedding photos of 2016#1 breathtaking wedding photos of 2016, Meredith and Jeff on the cliffs in Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine

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ENVIRONMENTAL WEDDING PORTRAITURE | THE TOP 16 OF 2016 | KENNEBUNKPORT MAINE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Environmental Wedding Portraiture | Kennebunkport Maine Wedding Photographers

What is environmental wedding portraiture? For us, it’s when we take our couples into the area surrounding their wedding location. We then find the right look in terms of direction, light, composition, and background. Then we direct the couple relative to what we we’d like to see them doing in the photo. Now and again, something different happens during this process, such as our #2 image. We’ll elaborate more below. #2 environmental wedding portraiture of 2016A great example of environmental wedding portraiture, Jennifer and Michael on the Kennebunkport breakwater

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ARTISTIC WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY | THE TOP 16 OF 2016 | YORK HARBOR WEDDING MAINE PHOTOGRAPHERS

Artistic Wedding Photography | York Harbor Maine Wedding Photographers

We’re known for many things, one of them being our artistic wedding photography. We also love incorporating architecture and the environment. Further, two of our favorite environmental elements to add into artistic couples portraiture are walls and buildings. In any case there needs to be something special about the composition and set. To that end, we feel this photo very well exemplifies that!

#3 of our artistic wedding photography for 2016#3 of the top artistic wedding photography of 2016, Laurie and Shawn in front of an art gallery in York Harbor, Maine

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TOUCHING WEDDING PHOTOS | THE TOP 16 OF 2016 | COLONY HOTEL WEDDING KENNEBUNKPORT MAINE #4

Touching Wedding Photos | Colony Hotel Wedding Kennebunkport Maine

Touching wedding photos: We shared a “dad moment” yesterday with our #5 image of 2016. Today we look at another story featuring a dad, and this too is a very touching photo. Those moments when the bride and her father reach the groom, are some of the most touching wedding photos. We love this one of Jennifer’s dad, hugging Mike tight, just before the wedding ceremony at the Colony Hotel, Kennebunkport, Maine.

#4 of our top touching wedding photos of 2016, father of the bride hugging the groom#4 of our touching wedding photos, the bride's father hugging the groom just before the ceremony

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