Yesterday’s NFL football playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Minnesota Vikings was the 3rd coldest game in NFL history, as temperatures were -6° F with a wind chill of -25° F. It was so cold that camera batteries weren’t performing well and had to be warmed up on the sidelines.
It's -6 at the stadium with a -25 wind chill. It's officially the coldest game in #Vikings history, 3rd coldest in NFL history.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) January 10, 2016
Sideline heaters were placed on both sides of the field to help players and other personnel stay warm, but they also came in handy as a way for media to warm up their camera batteries. Dawn Mitchell of FOX shared this photo on Instagram:
At low enough temperatures, batteries start losing their power. You can gain some of that power back by heating the battery back up.
“[Camera batteries] should all be fine down to -20 degrees C, though they will certainly have a lower capacity than they do at higher temperatures,” writes Adorama. “Most will work for a while at even lower temperatures. If they get really cold and become exhausted they will usually regain power if warmed back up, so take 2 or 3 (if not more) batteries out in the field with you and switch them between your camera and a warm pocket and you should be OK.”
Image credits: Header illustration based on photo by Matthew