How Long To Charge A Canon Battery For The First Time

There is nothing like bringing a brand new camera home. You open the box and unwrap your new piece of kit, and you immediately start to prep it for its first use.

Exciting times!

But, if you’re reading this article then I’m sure you’ve heard people talk about how important it is to charge your Canon camera’s battery for the first time. Especially the amount of time that you should charge it for.

I’ve owned quite a few Canon cameras in my time, so I have quite a bit of experience in this regard.

Join me as I take a look at how long you should charge your Canon camera’s battery for the first time.

How Long To Charge Canon Battery For The First Time

Upon purchase, a Canon battery is not fully charged, and it is important that you charge it before use. A full charge is recommended when charging a Canon battery for the first time, and this will take approximately 2 hours to complete at room temperature (23°C / 73°F).

There is a myth doing the rounds that states that you have to charge your Canon battery for an extended period of time when charging it for the first time. I have been to a few camera vendors and quite a few shop assistants have told me to charge it for up to 8 hours before using the camera.

Well, this is simply not true.

See, the battery charger will not charge the battery for longer than what is required. It will stop charging it automatically once full charge has been reached, so there is no way that you can actually charge it for longer.

How Long Does A Canon Battery Take To Charge?

The time it takes to charge a Canon battery will vary depending on the ambient room temperate and the remaining battery capacity. Generally speaking, a full drained Canon battery will take approximately 2 hours to fully charge when charged at room temperature (23°C / 73°F).

When charged in colder temperatures, it can take up to 4 hours to charge the battery.

How Do I Know When My Canon Battery Is Charged?

It is super easy to find out when your Canon battery has been fully charged. When you start charging the battery, an orange light will flash on the charger, indicating that it is busy charging the battery. Once the battery is fully charged, a green light will show on the charger.

Once you see the green light, you can safely remove the battery from the charger and use it in your camera.

Can You Overcharge A Canon Battery?

No, it is simply impossible to overcharge a Canon battery. As mentioned before, the charger will stop charging the battery once it has been fully charged.

But, you need to be careful of leaving the battery in the charger overnight.

Even though the charger has stopped charging the battery, it still produces a fair amount of heat, and exposing the battery to this heat for long periods at a time can ultimately damage the battery.

I recommend that you keep an eye on the charger when charging the battery, and once fully charged, you should remove the battery from the charger.

How Long Does A Canon Battery Last Per Charge?

Well, this depends on what you do with your camera. Using the electronic viewfinder extensively will drain the battery quickly, as an example.

Generally speaking though, the average shooting life of a Canon battery is roughly 850 photos.

How Long Does A Canon Battery Last?

Unfortunately, Canon batteries do not last forever, and you can expect to get the most out of your Canon battery before it is 3 years old. Even if you’re not using it on a regular basis, it can still degrade after a few years and it will eventually need to be replaced once you notice a decline in performance.


I hope this quick guide has helped you to understand how long a Canon battery should be charged for the first time.

When you purchase a Canon camera, its battery is not fully charged, so you need to make sure that it is fully charged before using it. It should take approximately 2 hours for the battery to charge at room temperature. After that, you can remove the battery from the charger and put it in your camera.

It is important to note that charging your Canon battery for the first time is no different from charging it any other time. There is no requirement to charge it for hours on end when charging it for the first time. Just charge it until the charger indicates that it has been fully charged, and you should be good to go.