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    Storing Phase One Back

    Quick question: I need to store my P25+ for about three weeks while traveling. Is it best to remove the battery during this time?

    With my other cameras I always remove the batteries, and I remove the Mamiya battery pack when not in use. Common sense suggests that I remove the battery, but thought I would confirm.

    I know, bonehead question. But when I'm home I rotate batteries in my back even if not using it regularly.

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    Re: Storing Phase One Back

    When I took my P30+ and P1 camera out the first day, I left the batteries attached (both camera and back). A few hours later, I placed my camera bag on my lap while my wife drove. I felt the bottom of the camera bag was slightly warm but gave it no further thought. Later when I took the camera out to shoot, I found the P30+ to have been turned on and was warm. I think the Power button had been depressed when it sat tightly in my ThinkTank bag and was turned on for that few hours.

    My point is I would definitely remove the P1 battery when not in use.

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    Re: Storing Phase One Back

    Thanks for sharing your experience, Henry. I can appreciate your point.

    My back will be returned to the "armor-plated" Phase One attache', apart from the camera, with the heavy metal backing plate attached. My value added case has a cutout for the back alone. I'll likely leave the battery out unless there is some benefit to be had from leaving it in while stored.

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    Re: Storing Phase One Back

    I had a similar issue with my P30+ as Henry but haven't noticed the problem with the P45. Now as a habit I always remove the battery when storing.

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    Re: Storing Phase One Back

    A little OT but if Steve Hendrix should read this post: Move the On/Off button to some recessed location. Also, seriously look into re-locating the Firewire port to the side. I recently ordered 2 angled firewire cables only to find they could not be used. The angled plugs are too short to connect into the port on the P1 back. I had wanted to avoid the firewire cable sticking into my face when I'm shooting but this did not work out.

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    Re: Storing Phase One Back

    Quote Originally Posted by Henry Goh View Post
    A little OT but if Steve Hendrix should read this post: Move the On/Off button to some recessed location. Also, seriously look into re-locating the Firewire port to the side. I recently ordered 2 angled firewire cables only to find they could not be used. The angled plugs are too short to connect into the port on the P1 back. I had wanted to avoid the firewire cable sticking into my face when I'm shooting but this did not work out.
    Ouch! I don't shoot tethered but wondered how that would work.

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    Re: Storing Phase One Back

    Quote Originally Posted by Dale Allyn View Post
    Quick question: I need to store my P25+ for about three weeks while traveling. Is it best to remove the battery during this time?

    With my other cameras I always remove the batteries, and I remove the Mamiya battery pack when not in use. Common sense suggests that I remove the battery, but thought I would confirm.

    I know, bonehead question. But when I'm home I rotate batteries in my back even if not using it regularly.

    Thanks,

    Dale
    Dale,

    I would suggest removing the battery. Sometimes when you are placing the digital back in the case you might accidently turn it on. Turning it on and leaving it a confined space could lead to the back getting extremely hot, which isn't recommended.


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    Re: Storing Phase One Back

    What about Date & Time if you remove the battery?
    Why not just set Auto-Off to 30 minutes? (or maybe 5 minutes)
    I keep the batteries always in my backs (but certainly would remove them as well if I would travel without my outfit for longer time).

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    Re: Storing Phase One Back

    Thanks for the replies.

    I'm not too concerned about the back accidentally being turned on as the case is quite well done in that regard. The case will not be touched by others either. As Thomas mentions, I was wondering about date and time and any other data concerns. I did store with the battery removed, but then was curious about the best practice and hence posted the question.

    Cheers.

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    Re: Storing Phase One Back

    I believe there's an internal battery that stores setting such as time & date. I'd think so long as it wasn't for an extended period (months) your settings should remain intact.

    I normally keep my back (attached to the camera) in my pelican case with the battery attached however remove it if I know I won't be using it for awhile or while traveling.

    Better safe than sorry remove the battery.

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