I have recently started using PowerPax Storacell battery caddies, and I really like them for camera bag battery storage.
A couple of years ago, I posted about the nylon cases that I used to transport the batteries for my flashes. I have been using those cases for several years, and while I like them quite a bit, there are a few drawbacks that made me wish for a better solution.
For one, I have eight of them (hey, I go through a lot of batteries) and I sometimes lose track of where they are. Even if I start a shoot with all the battery cases organized in one place, there have been times the cases would get shuffled arround and I would find myself rooting through my camera bags and pockets to find a set of fresh batteries,
Secondly, the nylon cases are opaque. so I couldn’t tell which batteries were inside which case. I use different batteries for different applications. If I need a particular battery for a certain piece of equipment, I would have to dig through the cases to find the correct cells.
I couldn’t even tell if there were any batteries in a chosen case. For my workflow, I keep charged cells in cases, and discharged cells in a pouch in my camera bag. If there is one of the nylon cases in my bag, I would have to pick it up and examine it to see if it contained any batteries.
This didn’t keep my up at night, of course. but it was annoying. I knew there had to be a better way. And when I discovered the PowerPax Storacell containers, I found it.
I confess, my first thought when I saw the Storacell system was that the batteries were too exposed. Water and/or dirt could contaminate the cells. Then I realized I would only use the Storacells in my camera bag. If I have water and dirt in my camera case I have more important things to worry about than batteries.
Storacell Caddy Advantages
Once I got past that concern, I immediately realized these cases were just what I was looking for. Although PowerPax makes different sizes and configurations, the twelve cell carrier is perfect for my needs. It stores twelve AA batteries together in one place. It is large enough that it won’t get lost in the bottom of my camera bag, yet small enough that it can be squirreled away so it doesn’t take up too much space.
More importantly, I can see all the batteries inside the Storacell. If I need a particular cell, I can find it quickly.
The cells can be inserted with the positive terminal up or down, and some people like to store charged batteries with the terminals pointing in one direction and then insert discharged cells in the other direction.
While that is nice feature, I prefer to keep fully charged cells in the Storacell and then put all the discharged cells into a pouch for charging later. In that way, jut a glance at the Storacell tells me how many charged batteries I have available, I don’t have to take extra time to count which terminals are pointing up or down.
Since I like to charge and use my flash batteries together in sets of 4, I use a Sharpie marker to label the cells from a particular set. That way, i can dump all the discharged cells together in a pouch, then charge them together as a set. The fully charged cells can then be placed into the Storacell for the next shoot.