Think Tank Photo DSLR Battery Holder

Last updated July 7, 2012


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Introduction

The new Think Tank Photo DSLR Battery Holder is a neat accessory that lets you compactly store either two or four batteries for stashing in a camera bag - or any old bag.

For those that like to keep gear to a minimum yet organized, the DSLR Battery Holders, while primarily designed for DSLR batteries - happen to fit the digital M batteries perfectly. There's no padding, zippers or bulk. In fact, when empty there's really not "much" to these at all. Perfect for tossing into your backpack or travel bag just as easily as a normal camera bag. Think of it as a wallet for your batteries, similar to those for SD cards or filters.

Construction

The material used is primarily a diamond-pattern nylon ripstop fabric. A generally tough fabric and one that will keep holes and tears from spreading. Construction is similar to other Think Tank Photo products; that is to say, exemplary. There are no rough edges, all seams are cleanly folded over and double-stitched so as not to come apart, using a 3-ply bonded nylon thread. The Velcro closures (two of them) are sewn in solidly as well.

In fitting digital M batteries, you'd think these pouches were custom made. The batteries slide in and out easily and the individual pockets the perfect size.

In terms of capacities, the DSLR Battery Holder comes in two versions, depending on your power needs:

Dimensions of the DSLR Battery Holder 2 are 3.9” W x 3” H x 0.4” D (10 × 7.5 × 1 cm).
Dimensions of the DSLR Battery Holder 4 are 7.5” W x 3” H x 0.4” D (19 × 7.5 × 1 cm).

Conclusion

Even for short trips, we generally recommend having at least three batteries. One in the camera, one fully charged as a spare, and a third in case one of the other two fails. This way you're always ensured having a shooting and backup battery on-hand until you can charge them again. The two battery version then, is an excellent choice for general shooting purposes.

With the four-battery version, you have up to five total (with one in the camera) for extended trips or heavy shooting. You'll always have your batteries together so they won't get lost - and they won't come into contact with anything nasty (paperclips or other metallic objects) that might cause a shorting out.

If you employ a regular system, such as contact end up for full, and contact end down for empty - you can also tell at a glance what the status of the batteries are (much like you might do with SD cards in a wallet).

Unfortunately, there's really not much else to say about these two products - they're simple, built as well as can be and do the job!