Having only one camera battery is always a pain. If it runs out, then you have to plug it in and wait for it to charge before continuing shooting. This could throw a serious wrench in the flow of whatever it is you’re trying to film. Sometimes, even having two batteries isn’t enough because there simply isn’t an extension cord or a power outlet readily available. Fortunately, there are people who love thinking up solutions to problems like these. Their particular solution is really quite simple: simultaneous quick chargers. These are devices that allow you to charge several batteries at once, immediately eliminating the need to wait by the wall for batteries to charge.
Simultaneous quick chargers work like power strips for batteries. You can usually find them as two-channel or four-channel models. The four-channel variety is more expensive; however, if you find yourself running out of power frequently, then getting the four-channel version could be worth your while. On the other hand, if mobility and basic operations are more indicative of your shooting style, then it would be a waste of money to buy two more charging stations than needed.
It’s always a good idea to evaluate ones needs before making a purchase. You don’t want to buy a product that will not really be used. You may think that you’ll eventually expand your needs and use that product, but by that time, the technology may have improved and you’d be stuck with an obsolete piece of equipment and ending up with the latest design anyway. This certainly applies to simultaneous quick chargers as well as other types of equipment. Make sure that you know your needs before you commit to a purchase.
Simultaneous quick chargers are not only convenient because you can charge more than one battery at a time, but also because they are able to charge batteries quickly. They help to make you a more efficient videographer because you’ll be able to switch batteries quickly and not have to wait for your batteries to charge. Thanks to advances in technology, you’ll never miss capturing a moment in time on camera because of a battery that dies unexpectedly. Head off potential disasters at the pass.