How Long Does a Canon Battery Takes To Charge

As a photographer, I wanted to know the approx. time, a Canon camera takes to fully charge. Then I realized that most of you may also want to know about it. Therefore, I took a few Canon camera including LC-E6, LP-E6NH and E6N and tested their battery’s charge and drain time. I am going to share the results below.

How Long Does a Canon Battery Takes to Charge?

In short, a canon battery takes approximately 120 minutes or 2 hours to fully charge on room temperature which off course vary depending on temperature and battery’s health. The best temperature to charge a Canon Battery is 6°C – 10°C or 43°F – 50°F which will likewise take longer to charge, approx. 4 hours.

How Long Does a Canon Battery to Fully Charge (Exact Time)?

Honestly, there is no absolute time, your camera’s battery takes to charge as it varies to battery to battery. There are few reasons on which the charging time depends including ambient temperature, health of the battery, battery size and quality, and type of charger.

At lower temperature, it takes longer to fully charge as compared to room temperature. At room temperature, my LC-E6 to 2hrs to fully charge. The LP-E6N took 2hrs and 10 min to fully charge and the E6NH took 2hrs and 47 minutes when exhausted.

Factors Affecting Charging Time of Canon Batteries

There are several factors which affect the charging time of a camera battery. Some of these are given as under:

Capacity of the Battery

The charge time widely differ depending upon the capacity and quality of the battery. If the battery has a bigger capacity, it is obviously taking more time to charge fully and if the battery capacity is low, it will take less time to fill the space.

BatteryCapacityAmbient Temperature
(°C/°F)
Charging Time
(Hours Min)
Canon LC-E61800mAH23°/73°2hrs 00min
Canon LP-E6N1865mAH23°/73°2hrs 10min
Canon LP-E6NH2130mAH23°/73°2hrs 47min

Quality of the Battery

Likewise, if the battery is of good quality and manufactured by a reliable brand, it will charge quicker and in case of poor quality, it will charge slower as it will not support fast charging and will charge with difficulty.

Method of charging

Charging time depends on mode of charging. For example, if you are using a standard Canon charger, it will charge the battery quicker. Similarly, if you are using another low-quality charger, it will take longer to charge the camera’s battery.

Additionally, it also depends on the cable’s quality. If the cable is of high quality, it will help in fast charging and vice versa. Also, if you are using wireless charger, then let me tell you that it is slower than wire charging.

The point is that if you use a different charger, the charging time is going to vary. Suppose you are charging LP-E6NH batteries at room temperature. If you are using a standard charger, it will charge the battery in 2hr 47min. The same batteries take 12 minutes longer in PD-E1 Power Adapter which takes 2hr 59min to fully charge the battery.

The battery’s recharge performance

The runtime of Li-ion batteries degrades with time. The performance of the batteries is also affected by the no. of recharge cycles and charge conditions like temperature etc.

Therefore, due to degradation, the internal resistance of these batteries is increased. That’s why a battery may require longer time to fully charge. Also, if the battery is more degraded and cannot be fully charged, then it will fill up is less time and will also drain quickly.

Ambient temperature

If you are a cellphone user, then you will know that the battery of your smartphone drops drastically in low temperatures. This is not just smartphone ability but is the effect of Li-ion batteries. These batteries are affected by the surrounding temperatures.

The manufacturing brands of these batteries suggest a temperature of 20 to 30 degrees centigrade. This temperature can vary from 20 degrees centigrade 30 degrees centigrade, but you should keep batteries and an optimal temperature of 20-26°C or 68-78°F.

Back to the point, the charging time of a battery is somehow affected by the ambient temperature. At higher temperatures the camera batteries take less time to fully charge and in case of war temperatures the camera’s batteries take slightly more time to fully charge.

When I tested the cannon LP-E6N with a Canon LC68 charger, it took two hours and 10 minutes to fully charge at room temperature. when I charge the same battery that is slightly high temperature, second it took 2 hours and 8 minutes to fully charge which is 2 minutes less when charging at room temperature.

although charging speed increases with increasing temperature but I would not recommend doing it intentionally because it will affect your battery. it damages the battery and reduces the capacity and its life cycle. In case of excessive heat, you can completely damage the camera’s battery.

At temperature the camera gives a false positive message the battery is full which is not therefore reducing the usable capacity of the battery. thus it will require more frequent charging and you won’t be able tax to get the expected batteries battery life.

Same is in the case of low temperatures, as charge is intentionally reduced in the batteries. This will on one hand prevent over-heating but, on the other hand, increase the charging time. Also, charging at lower temperatures promote lithium plating which ca result in permanent damage to the batteries.

The remaining battery capacity­­

The charging rate also depends upon the remaining charging capacity of the battery. If the battery is 10 to 20% charged, then it will charge faster. On the other hand, have the battery’s percentage is 90%, it will take longer for the rest 10% as compared to the start 10%.

How to Charge a Canon Camera Battery?

First of all, get the battery out of the camera. For that purpose, you push the battery pop-open button down and it pops open. After that grab the battery out. You can add another battery if you want. Then put the drained battery in an external charger and plug it to feed the battery.

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