How long will the Triggertrap V1 batteries last?


You may have noticed that we've got some pretty fantastically geeky people on the Triggertrap team. For myself, don't let my entry-level books fool you: I'm a photography geek through and through. Since the Triggertrap is a photography gadget, that's what we've been focusing on on this blog. In this post, however, I'd like to highlight some of the other awesome things we've been doing with the Triggertrap. To create the Triggertrap V1, I've been working with the awesome Noah (Code-wrangler extraordinaire) and Michael (Hardware guru of the very finest type). Together, they make up NoMi design.

One of the awesome things about working with deeply competent people, is that they come up with some pretty awesome stuff. The Triggertrap V1 couldn't have happened without them, and here's an example for why:

Think about most of your battery-operated gadgets. How long do they last? My iPhone lasts about 24 hours. My computer survives for about 3-4. My flashlight? About 10 hours of use, at the most. My camera runs dry after a couple of days of moderate use.

So, what do you reckon would be a reasonable time for a Triggertrap to be able to operate in, say, Timelapse mode? 5 hours? 5 days? Maybe even 5 weeks? Let's take a look...

Testing power consumption with science

Michael created a geeky video about the sleep mode and its impact on the Arduino-powered Triggertrap device:

If you're too lazy or not geeky enough to watch the whole video; Shame on you. But the answer to our question asked before: A fresh pair of batteries in your Triggertrap, when operating in the battery-powered Timelapse mode, will last about 5 months.

That's right, ladies and gentlemen: If you start the Triggertrap today, and set your camera to take a photo once every 5 minutes, your Triggertrap will run out of juice around mid-may, and your camera will have taken just over 43,000 photographs.

Not bad for three AA batteries, eh?

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