Why Calibrate A Battery
Below are the primary reasons to calibrate your Canon LP-E6 battery. Not sure why Canon wouldn't mention this in their manual but it could save you buying a replacement battery before you actually need to!
- 100% accuracy - "real world" battery status "out of camera"
- Realistic shot count - how many shots can be expected from the battery at the given charge status
- Reconditioning of an 'older' battery. Calibration of a battery can "rejuvenate a battery in terms of its performance *
*We often see cases where an uncalibrated battery displays just one brown bar (indicating the battery is near the end of its life) of life only to re-instated to 2 or even 3 green bars over time once calibrated. The process of calibration alone can prevent you having to purchase another battery which is not cheap.
This process also works with third battery batteries which include include the relevant battery monitoring circuitry.
Note - Canon are starting to target "third party" batteries in all future firmware upgrades and if a third party battery is detected the camera will prompt with a "non compatible" warning when initially switched on, This is a warning only and can easily be bypassed.
If you own any of the following cameras you will be using the LP-E6 battery..
- Canon EOS 6D
- Canon EOS 60D
- Canon EOS 60Da
- Canon EOS 70D
- Canon EOS 7D Mark II
- Canon EOS 7D Mark III
- Canon EOS 90D
- Canon EOS 5D Mark II
- Canon EOS 5D Mark III
- Canon EOS 5DS
- Canon EOS 5DS R
- Canon EOS 5DMk Mk IV
- Canon EOS 80D
Our first video covers the calibration of Canon LPE-6 / 6N batteries and why this is necessary, a little-known fact and not even mentioned in the instruction manual.