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    Default Re: Charging camera batteries in the bush.

    Quote Originally Posted by LandyLove View Post
    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.
    I take 7 fully charged batteries for my Nikon D850 in Kruger 3 week trip ..Never have to recharge..and I take enough XQD cards ..couldnt be bothered with Electrical crap trap
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    Quote Originally Posted by Krugerfan View Post
    Do you come via Hoedspruit? I have a usb charger for you in our shop.It will charge almost any camera battery.
    I will be going through Hoedspruit. Will send you a PM. Thanks.

    Thanks to all the replies. I will be upgrading to a 5D in the next year so dont want to buy extra batteries ans grips etc. Will look into the gadgets you guys memtiomed. I have a 2000watt imverter that needs to be re-installed in the trailer. But it seems a bit excessive to charge a camera battery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J Snyman View Post
    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 donít have that hassle

    Johan 😎
    Agree, and as soon as you change your camera or other toy you need to start searching again for a 12v solution.

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    Default Re: Charging camera batteries in the bush.

    Bought a 100w Waeco inverter from Outdoor Wharehouse many years ago, charge my camera batts and cellphones with it, have never had any issues with it... I also use one of these, https://store.sinetech.co.za/shop/in...wave-inverter/, brilliant little inverter.

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    I got a USB charger and 2 batteries from Henk in Hoedspruit for R860. Only for the 77D though. 50D is not the primary camera and the battery lasts ages. Havent tried the new batteries yet but they charged pretty quick using USB cable in the car. Both charged at once. The wheather was crap so we didn't shoot nearly as much as we wanted.

    If anyone ever needs some gear while in Kruger. Henk (Krugerfan on forum) is a worthy stop. He even manged to sell me a new tripod, for only R4400 https://www.takealot.com/manfrotto-m...E&gclsrc=aw.ds
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    All you need with the USB charger is a USB battery bank and you can charge your batteries absolutely anywhere, even on the go in your bag.

    Romoss is one of the best, get one that supports QC fast charge if you have a phone that supports fast charging, incredibly convenient.

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    There are a number of solutions. I would opt for choosing more than one option to have some extra safety built in. You will hate it when in once the bush a battery fails and you can't take any pictures at all.

    Options:
    1. Extra batteries. I always take a few extra batteries. You don't want to be in the bush with just a single battery and then have it fail. Buy some extra inexpensive no-brand batteries. They may not last forever but will work okay for several years and they are very inexpensive.

    2. Buy a universal charger that works on 220V and 12V. I use this one and it works great. Has been with me on many trips and can charge all my batteries.

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    3. Buy a small inexpensive inverter. I bought one like this many years ago and have used it on all my trips ever since.

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    One more item I always take with me, is a small powerstrip, so I can do more things at the same time. Just take care not to draw too much power at once. You don't want to fry anything or drain the car's battery.
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    But when really in the bush, it is best to have some backup. So I take all three options mentioned above and I take the small chargers that came with camera as backup. But normally they remain deep in a suitcase.
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    We have one extra battery and a cheap Chinese 180w inverter that does the job. The original nikon battery last 2 days if shooting sometimes, the 3rd party only a day.
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    Thanks for a very informative thread.

    I do not want to open a can of worms - but what size battery will work to charge the laptops and camera batteries?

    If the 2nd car battery is running the fridge and such like, there is no space for a third - but will a little 10amp hr motorcycle battery work ? Currently that is what we use to run the lights in the tent - will it work to run a small 300w inverter to charge a laptop and camera batteries (obviously separately).

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    Default Re: Charging camera batteries in the bush.

    Quote Originally Posted by Slowones View Post
    Thanks for a very informative thread.

    I do not want to open a can of worms - but what size battery will work to charge the laptops and camera batteries?

    If the 2nd car battery is running the fridge and such like, there is no space for a third - but will a little 10amp hr motorcycle battery work ? Currently that is what we use to run the lights in the tent - will it work to run a small 300w inverter to charge a laptop and camera batteries (obviously separately).
    I have a 7ah running a 300w inverter perfectly.
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    Default Re: Charging camera batteries in the bush.

    Hi Slowones

    Your camera and laptop batteries consume so little power while charging, that you donít need an extra battery in the vehicle just for that purpose.

    If you are really concerned about it, you can charge the batteries whilst driving.

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    Thank you Mr Snyman

    *mini hijack*

    We are travelling up to the Caprivi and are planing on an overnight at Mururani Camp. Is this place you would recommend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slowones View Post
    Thank you Mr Snyman

    *mini hijack*

    We are travelling up to the Caprivi and are planing on an overnight at Mururani Camp. Is this place you would recommend?
    I would rather stay at Royís Restcamp (70km before Mururani)

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    Thank you.

    And thanks for all your writings about your travel.

    Much inspiration to travel !

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