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Battery Charger for Motor Vehicle.

Unread post by adw » Sun Jun 26, 2011 10:58 am

I intend staying at some electrical free camps (eg Balule Tsendze) and enquire from other forumites if any of them have a battery charger for their camera which works off a 12v system. (car battery).
(My camera is a Nikon.)
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Re: Battery Charger for Motor Vehicle.

Unread post by Tobieo » Sun Jun 26, 2011 6:23 pm

I use an inverter to charge camera, laptop and shaver. They are available at outdoor shops from <R1,000 but rather invest in one of at least 600W
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Re: Battery Charger for Motor Vehicle.

Unread post by Switchback » Mon Jun 27, 2011 11:07 pm

I have a 350W inverter built into my canopy in conjuction with a dual battery system and works fine for all my camera and laptop charging needs. I also shoot Nikon! :thumbs_up:
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Camera battery

Unread post by chirinda » Sun Oct 28, 2012 5:36 pm

I have just bought a new camera which has a specific battery size. My old one uses penlights and I keep two sets and swap them over, very useful to not have the camera out of action while charging them.

My question is do I need to buy a specific Canon battery or will the generic be ok? I don't want to damage this expensive (for me) new camera.


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Re: Camera battery

Unread post by JDW » Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:30 am

Most generic batteries are ok, not usually as the Canon one however a lot cheaper.
I would suggest that a generic battery is not going to damage the camera.
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Re: Camera battery

Unread post by EOS_User » Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:24 am

Hello Chirinda;

I second JDWs comments. I use Canon and also use third-party spare-batteries. Good ones won't damage the camera; but you do need to exercise some caution when buying.

Stay away from the very cheapest; and be very careful if buying on ebay.

Where are you located? Perhaps I can point you in the right direction of a reputable vendor!

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Re: Camera battery

Unread post by EOS_User » Tue Oct 30, 2012 11:01 am


With all respect to those above, there really is nothing to worry about using 'good' third-party batteries.

I have been a Canon user for over 30 years, and currently use top-end bodies. I use BOTH Canon original and good third-party batteries in them, and always have - without any problem whatsoever!

As always; it's a case of 'buyer-beware'. If a deal looks too good to be true; it generally is. The very cheap batteries you might see on ebay will be Chinese knock-offs. The biggest problem with them is that they simply don't hold their charge for any period of time.

But; a decent vendor can provide a very good-value-for money alternative.

I see using (good) third-party batteries as no different to using any other third-party component; and there are multitudes of those available, from lenses, to grips, to flash units etc. etc. All have an electrical connection with the body!

Just my two-cents worth!

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Re: Camera battery

Unread post by Drew Cairncross » Tue Oct 30, 2012 7:10 pm

Chirinda, as mentioned, there are good generics available. People will say that generics are rubbish, and others will say they are better. One thing that almost everyone overlooks, is battery care and maintenance. If you have a new battery, DO NOT deplete it beyond 50% of it's capacity on the first cycle. It will be prone to a condition known as "memory" and in a nutshell, some batteries, not all, can lose 30% of their life if completely drained on their first cycle. When you first get your battery (even the new one in your camera) make sure you do not let it go completely flat for the first few cycles, but also don't charge it when it is at 95% capacity. Charge it when it has between 50 and 60% capacity on the first few cycles.

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