Today’s battery isn’t marvelous, or highly efficient, but thanks to Lithium-Ion technology many gadgets, including laptops and cameras, can function for hours- even days – without needing a recharge or replacement. To find a great camera battery, look for Lithium-Ion for dependability and savings – and for all over solutions, try 2AA batteries…although they are not recommended for use with HD cameras.

Lithium Ion Batteries
The current generation of battery technology that achieves excellent performance — sometimes over a few hours — is the Lithium Ion battery. Most contain three or more cells that can be recharged via USB connection to the PC or through a socket using the adapter which is packaged with most digital cameras today.

Li-Ion batteries are the best solution as they do not need to be replaced for many years. In some cases, if the usage is lighter than normal – they can last more than six years! Simply recharge – no need to take the lithium ion battery from its seat inside the digital camera.

There is also no need to purchase more Lithium-Ion batteries if it is starting to power the device poorly; send it to the manufacturer and for a small fee, the battery will be replaced within a week or two.

2AA or Other Old Batteries are Inefficient
Some digital cameras still rely on four 2AA batteries or some other multiple-battery solution… This results in a big hassle for the consumer who must continue to 1) recharge the rechargeable batteries or 2) continue purchasing more batteries. In today’s world of bottled water, some may go for this solution without thinking twice; rest assured, it will harm the environment more if it causes every house to produce more battery waste. In addition to that negative, the cost is exorbitant.

Note: be sure to avoid paying more for 2AA batteries than the actual cost of the digital camera!

Why HD Cameras Need More Power

The newest home camera technology is HD recording video. It lets people at home to record movie-studio quality videos with the same ease that comes with owning a tiny digital camera. The only difference? The HD digital cameras require more battery power to run the processor inside. The videos are also extremely large, requiring some kind of hard drive- either solid state or a spinning disc hard drive; each still has power consumption requirements that make 2AA battery solutions highly ineffective for prolonged use.

That’s why Sony and Canon are introducing more and more HD cameras that have Lithium Ion batteries. These camera batteries can prolong the HD recording to many hours, depending on the cells. Usually, the more multiples of cells in the Lithium-Ion battery, the more hours it can function without a power-out.

Look for what recommendations the camera manufacturer’s website introduces with its latest cameras to understand a little more about what’s needed for HD recording at home.

Where to Purchase Batteries

Lithium-Ion batteries are not normally sold in stores, though some stores like Verizon Wireless will provide them for a few products. Camera batteries, on the other hand, are normally sold on the camera manufacturer’s website. Go to the customer service section, or the support section, and fill out a form requesting a new lithium-ion battery replacement. The charge may be anywhere from $50 to $100, depending on the price of the camera.

If you are looking for a cheaper solution, an auction site may offer lithium-ion batteries which are compatible with your device. Seek out detailed information for the seller before purchasing any batteries online that are not from the manufacturer; there are leaky batteries, dead batteries and other malfunctioning products that may be used to fool a first-time buyer into paying a cheaper price.

Note: take your time in deciding if it is worth replacing the battery; if the digital camera is worth less than the lithium ion battery, do not purchase the battery; purchase a new digital camera that contains a functioning new battery….measure out the cost versus benefits with care.

When it comes to buying batteries for your digital camera, take care to research the seller. If you do decide to purchase a new camera instead of replacing the old lithium ion battery- be sure that it is brand new, and that the battery works for several hours, or whatever is promised on the product’s box, where it is labeled ‘Specifications’.