If you've had your camcorder for a few years, it may be time to purchase a replacement battery pack. It's a smart choice to keep extra batteries or a power station around, in case of an emergency. Alternatively, you can get a camera mounting plate for attaching different batteries. With different types of camera batteries available, it's important to know how to choose the right one for your camera.
The three main types of camera batteries are lithium-ion batteries, nickel-metal hydride batteries, and nickel-cadmium batteries. Lithium-ion batteries are very popular because they're rechargeable, they can usually store more energy than other battery types, and can retain power for longer. Nickel-metal hydride batteries are less expensive and more environmentally friendly. They have a high self-discharge rate, though, and are vulnerable to memory effect, which can lessen their capacity. Nickel-cadmium batteries are more impervious to weather conditions than other batteries, and they're used in portable power stations. These batteries are susceptible to memory effect.
Many cameras and devices rely upon rechargeable batteries for power. Because you can use them repeatedly, they're cost-effective and better for the environment. Rechargeable batteries deliver a consistent voltage level no matter how much power they have left, resulting in better performance than traditional batteries. There are basic camera battery chargers for casual use and larger capacity, professional camera battery chargers that charge multiple batteries at once.
Battery power stations are some of the more heavy-duty charging devices available. They're designed for working on location and for charging different batteries for prolonged periods; film crews and expert camera operators use professional video battery power stations to keep many devices charging for weeks at a time.
Explore the selection at B&H Photo and Video for camcorder batteries and professional camera batteries and charger kits, among other power accessories.