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Batteries - should be supplied with covers

Just joined the M1 fraternity and so exploring.

However I am very disappointed that the batteries supplied by Olympus do not come with protection caps to prevent the contacts coming into contact with metal.

The airlines (ie the US TSA) have very strong rules on the need for batteries to be either inside the appropriate device (camera, computer etc) or to have their contacts covered.

In the good old days of the E1, E3, E5 the batteries were supplied with plastic covers.

Why not now? - the batteries cost enough.

Time to write to Oly I think.
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Re: Batteries - should be supplied with covers

I agree with you. I've searched for a suitable container, but end up putting them in small plastic bags.
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Re: Batteries - should be supplied with covers

I tape mine up and put in plastic bags and then a sealable food box. The last thing I need is to have my batteries confiscated on my way to a holiday or worse - in a foreign place!

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Re: Batteries - should be supplied with covers

many of the 3rd party manufacturers and Hahnel in particular sell their batteries with terminal covers.

A little like the saga of Olympus, lens hood & bags! minimul cost for max return in the eyes of the customer!
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Re: Batteries - should be supplied with covers

The grey versions of BLM, BLN and BCS batteries have an extra contact pad - I wonder if this negates the need for a cover; requiring the camera to enable the battery to go live? Just a theory.

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Re: Batteries - should be supplied with covers

I just checked my BLN-1 and there's a healthy 8.6v across its terminals so I guess not Ian. It might be a good idea though! The terminals are recessed though so it's not possible to complete a circuit with simple contact to a metal surface, but I too keep mine in small plastic bags.
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Re: Batteries - should be supplied with covers

But if you have to persuade a TSA man at the airport that your jumble of batteries at the bottom of the camera bag are not likely to short circuit. He/she can prevent you from boarding the plane.
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I make up little bags from bubble wrap and tape them up. I travel quite a lot and have never had a problem ...yet!
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Re: Batteries - should be supplied with covers

So do I but you should not have to mess around with bubble wrap when a rigid condom made to fit would be so much better.
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Re: Batteries - should be supplied with covers

Someone with a 3D printer could make a killing here then
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Re: Batteries - should be supplied with covers

I bet you could make your own covers with Sugru, if you wish. It's a silicon putty that you can shape with your bare hands. It air-cures into a relatively strong silicon rubber. One pack should be enough to make a battery cover. Electrically insulating and withstands high temperatures.
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I will try Sugru thanks - is it elastic or rigid once it has cured.
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Elastic, but not super-stretchy.
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Re: Batteries - should be supplied with covers

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So do I but you should not have to mess around with bubble wrap when a rigid condom made to fit would be so much better.
I think the flexible ones would be more gratifying.

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I bet you could make your own covers with Sugru, if you wish. It's a silicon putty that you can shape with your bare hands. It air-cures into a relatively strong silicon rubber. One pack should be enough to make a battery cover. Electrically insulating and withstands high temperatures.
I think I would prefer to wrap the battery in a layer of cling wrap before applying the Sugru.
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Re: Batteries - should be supplied with covers

Sugru will stick, so I would tape over the contacts and then apply some kind of release agent (soapy water or a bit of oil) before applying Sugru on the battery to make the case.
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