Maintain camera batteries during shoots

Business Sectors (Suites): Camera
Developed by: ScreenSkills
Approved on: 29 Mar 2020


​This standard is about maintaining camera batteries during shooting. This could apply to any type of production including feature films, TV dramas, commercials, documentaries, sports coverage, outside broadcast and live or stage events.  This could apply to a multi or single camera environment.

This includes ensuring that appropriate batteries and chargers are used, monitoring batteries in use, operating charging routines, sequencing and labelling charged batteries and arranging appropriate storage for batteries.

This standard is for any member of the camera crew who maintains batteries during shooting.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. ​check and advise on suitable battery types
  2. monitor batteries in use on an ongoing basis
  3. inform relevant people when batteries need to be changed
  4. check that chargers are suitable for batteries being used
  5. charge batteries in line with health and safety requirements and agreed charging procedures
  6. organise and operate a re-charging routine so that there is a constant supply of charged batteries
  7. keep sufficient batteries available to meet both shooting and charging needs
  8. number charged batteries according to the order in which they are to be used
  9. store batteries in line with manufacturers' instructions
  10. obtain special battery storage facilities when required

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. ​the implications of batteries running down or out of power during a shot
  2. who to inform when batteries need replacing
  3. how and when to be assertive about battery changing requirements
  4. the correct battery and charger compatibility
  5. how to charge and balance batteries safely
  6. battery types and relative battery lives,
  7. how batteries can be affected by temperature
  8. how to safely store batteries and whether there are any special storage requirements
  9. how to sequence batteries for charging
  10. how to label batteries according to their status
  11. how to prevent accidental discharge
  12. what methods are available to monitor batteries in use


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Scope Knowledge





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Indicative Review Date

30 Mar 2024





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Relevant Occupations

Arts, Media and Publishing, Media and Communication, Media Associate Professionals

SOC Code



camera; batteries. chargers; camera batteries; storage facilities; storage; power;