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    Default Charging camera batteries in the bush.

    I am off to Balule in KNP this weekend. 3 days of KNP with 1 battery. As it is a new camera I just realised today how unreliable the battery is. Only on its 2nd charge, so will improve after a few more cycles. So I dont have power camping at Balule. I have 2x 105ah batteries and a solar panel to power the conqueror, but how do I charge my canon batteries from 12V? Phones, gopro etc no problem. I really dont want an inverter just to charge a camera battery. That seems like a lot of wasted power converting back and forth.
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    Default Re: Charging camera batteries in the bush.

    There are almost always 12V versions of 240V chargers available...

    I never use an inverter for charging camera batteries. I have 10 12V connections to keep up with all the battery charging I do (obviously also have accessory batteries in the truck too). I do a lot of photography and videography in remote locations so I hardly ever have access to 240V power when travelling so having 12V chargers is simply fundamental to my travels and photography and videography.

    Without you mentioning the camera(s) you use - and hence the batteries - it is impossible to say with true certainty whether a 12V battery charger is available but there more than likely is...

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    Default Re: Charging camera batteries in the bush.

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    Default Re: Charging camera batteries in the bush.

    Quote Originally Posted by MarcR View Post
    This is awesome, and cheap. Unfortunately it doesnt support my canon 50D or 77D. Sigh.
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    Default Re: Charging camera batteries in the bush.

    Small 300va inverter will do the Job fine , but you will find a 12v after market charger for your cameras . Broadcast lighting should have .

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    Default Re: Charging camera batteries in the bush.

    We managed to find a 12V charger for our Canon bridge, it does work very well. If I remember it was Amazon from overseas. Try bid or buy as well I see there was lots on there.
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    Default Re: Charging camera batteries in the bush.

    I use one of these

    https://www.ormsdirect.co.za/jupio-c...attery-charger

    Works very well.

    The Jupio Canon brand battery charger charges almost any camera storage battery of the Canon brand and is two-sided with fixed positions for the various batteries.

    I have a second battery that makes thing easier.
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    Default Re: Charging camera batteries in the bush.

    Quote Originally Posted by MarcR View Post
    This.
    I have been using one for some time for my Canon 7D and 5D. Works great.

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    Default Re: Charging camera batteries in the bush.

    I have one of these (go with pure sinewave for sensitive electronics). I use this for all my camera batteries, gimbal, laptop and drone
    https://thepowerstore.co.za/products...x-vedir-12-375

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    Default Re: Charging camera batteries in the bush.

    Quote Originally Posted by Christoff View Post
    I have one of these (go with pure sinewave for sensitive electronics). I use this for all my camera batteries, gimbal, laptop and drone
    https://thepowerstore.co.za/products...x-vedir-12-375
    Seems a little pricey ? My Dixon 300w is under 1G and works perfectly.
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    Default Re: Charging camera batteries in the bush.

    The best option is a Usb powered camera battery charger, then all you need is a USB batterybank and you can charge your batteries on the go anywhere. As a backup a 12v cigarette lighter USB charger can be used either directly with the USB battery charger or to charge the USB battery bank.

    The decent Chinese cheapie USB camera battery chargers work well and cost around R100, available from eBay and elsewhere and I've seen local retailers also selling them.

    I always have one in my camera bag just in case, great for travelling and on the go, one of the best inventions ever, no more flat batteries in the bush drama!

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    Default Re: Charging camera batteries in the bush.

    Most (all ?) electronic toys come with a dedicated mains charger. Now you want to buy a dedicated 12v charger for each and every one ??

    Just get a small inverter and you don’t have that hassle

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    Default Re: Charging camera batteries in the bush.

    Quote Originally Posted by duncang View Post
    Seems a little pricey ? My Dixon 300w is under 1G and works perfectly.
    Pure or modified sinewave?

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    Default Re: Charging camera batteries in the bush.

    I also just use a little 500w inverter. Charges the batteries in no time. I try to be in camp between 11:00 and 13:00 plenty of time for the solar panels to top up the van's battery after charging the cameras.
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    Default Re: Charging camera batteries in the bush.

    Quote Originally Posted by Christoff View Post
    Pure or modified sinewave?
    Never looked but everything charges perfectly over the last 10 years or so. Laptops, phones, batteries etc
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    Default Re: Charging camera batteries in the bush.

    I make use of a small 180W pure sine wave inverter and it has more than enough power to charge batteries, but I’m fairly sure that that a modified sine wave will also serve that purpose.

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    Default Re: Charging camera batteries in the bush.

    Quote Originally Posted by LandyLove View Post
    This is awesome, and cheap. Unfortunately it doesnt support my canon 50D or 77D. Sigh.
    I have one of these for my (Nikon) camera. Works very well and no inverter needed. You probably won't have time to get it this time but something to consider for the future. I don't know if you get it in SA though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LandyLove View Post
    This is awesome, and cheap. Unfortunately it doesnt support my canon 50D or 77D. Sigh.
    Here is a 12v solution for the 77D battery .........https://www.takealot.com/hahnel-proc...B&gclsrc=aw.ds
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    Default Re: Charging camera batteries in the bush.

    Quote Originally Posted by Christoff View Post
    Pure or modified sinewave?
    I had a modified sine wave inverter. Every time I charged my batteries at home after time in the bush, the battery charger went into ‘reconditioning’ mode. That was using a Canon 1Ds.

    I now use a pure sine wave inverter, but have since switched to a Canon 5D. It’s charger is less sophisticated and does not have the ‘reconditioning’ functionality. So, I can’t definitively say that it would have solved the problem.

    Still, I’d go with pure sine wave.

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    Default Re: Charging camera batteries in the bush.

    Do you come via Hoedspruit? I have a usb charger for you in our shop.It will charge almost any camera battery.

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