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Battery Rechargers and Battery Grips

Unread post by bert » Thu Oct 04, 2007 7:22 pm

Just dont forget the digital photographers and video cammers.
We must all charge our batteries. :?

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Unread post by bert » Thu Oct 04, 2007 8:42 pm

Then i have a blond question
Why cant you charge the batteries at the wilderness camps in the Kgalagadi :?

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Unread post by Jay » Thu Oct 04, 2007 8:54 pm

Bert there is probably no conveter which converts the battery power to 220V.

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Unread post by saraf » Sun Oct 14, 2007 9:40 am

pardus wrote:

Oh, by the way, I had the opportunity to meet the representatives of CEF on my last visit to Kruger, and asked them not to forget about the need for charging facilities for tourists and they very seriously made note of my ideas! :D


That's great to know Pardus. Thanks for the update. Has anyone used the little solar rechargers. I'm thinking of getting one and wondered how good they are.

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Unread post by Jay » Sun Oct 14, 2007 9:50 am

They work well saraf :wink: ....are you getting the little solar blanket or the celfone/pda charger?

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Unread post by saraf » Sun Oct 14, 2007 10:46 am

I think the blanket would be better. I can't believe the amount of stuff I have to charge - cameras x 2, pda, mobile phone, games consoles x 2, mp3 players x2. I can get car chargers for most of them so at least while I'm churning out co2 I can charge things!

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Unread post by Jay » Sun Oct 14, 2007 11:51 am

saraf wrote:.... I can get car chargers for most of them so at least while I'm churning out co2 I can charge things!


:lol: good thinking!

and ja a blanket will definitely be better with all those "toys" :wink: ...a decent one is so pricey here, are they reasonable in the UK?

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Unread post by saraf » Sun Oct 14, 2007 11:58 am

Not really no. Small one £85, larger one £185 (R1168, R2542). But if our year's trip goes ahead it will be invaluable.

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Unread post by Jay » Sun Oct 14, 2007 12:03 pm

yeah the great thing is you can put it on the dashboard while you are driving and let it soak up charge 8)

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Unread post by madach » Fri May 23, 2008 3:47 pm

I've use both generic batteries and original Canon batteries in my 10/20/30D and the generic batteries work fine. I think the Canon ones last a bit longer, but when you take the price difference into account then the generic ones are better bang for your buck.

I use a car charger, but that is because I sometimes go to areas where there is no power at all (Botswana). In Kruger you should be fine if you have one or two spare batteries. The generic car chargers which I've tried for the Canon batteries are not very good so I was forced to buy the original Canon one (which is insanely expensive). I'd say buy two generic batteries as spares and don't bother with a car charger.

As to storage, I use two NextoDI devices and carry lots of spare notebook harddives with me. Check this page for more information.

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Unread post by UKbadger » Fri May 23, 2008 7:55 pm

I have an AN-MANN car / mains charger that works just fine though not as fast as the canon.

It has 4 main components, a Mains transformer and a car Lighter plug either of which can plug into, the Charger it’s self, 2 small inserts that enable you to charge AAA, AA, and lodes of different cam./vidio bats. [Inc. my 30D ones], of lion, or NMH. You just plug in the bats. and it works out what it’s charging for it’s self.

It’s very light in weight, so when flying, it goes with the light weight Canon one that comes with the cam. in hand baggage and the mains transformer which is on the chunky side, goes in the suit case. This way, if the bags get delayed or lost we’re still in business whatever!! :D

This actually happened to us on our last trip and were we glad we had thought it all through. The flight to Phalborwa arrived with only half of it’s baggage and ours took a over 24 hours to catch up with us at Mopani!! No big problem, just a night without pyjamas!!

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Battery advise

Unread post by Ladybug 123 » Mon Mar 23, 2009 2:04 pm

Hi Guys

Sorry if this is a stupid question :redface: , but i am still new to the camera thing.
I got a Canon 450D a month ago and will be trying it out for the first time in KNP in April :cam:

My problem is that after purchasing the camera lenses tripod etc I don't have enough money left for an extra battery. (didn't think of this at the time :wall: :wall: )
Will I be damaging the battery if I recharge the battery every night even if the battery is not flat, or should I wait for the battery to go flat before charging. I'm dont want to miss a photo oppurtunity but also dont want to damage the life span of the battery.

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Re: Battery advise

Unread post by DuQues » Mon Mar 23, 2009 2:22 pm

Not to worry, you can charge when you want to, empty or not. 8)
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Re: Battery advise

Unread post by krouxsa » Tue Mar 24, 2009 1:15 pm

Hi LadyBug

Have you considered buying a generic battery?
They are way cheaper and does more or less the same job.

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Re: Battery advise

Unread post by bert » Tue Mar 24, 2009 2:28 pm

ladybug, there are cheaper brands than the original who make batteries for different camera brands.
I have a few.
They dont last as long as the original but great as back-up


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