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PD170 car battery charger

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Mark DuckerPD170 car battery charger
by on Feb 2, 2005 at 2:07:23 pm

I would like suggestions on a battery charger with car/cig lighter adapter suitable for charging PD170 batteries (Sony or other brands). Later this year I'll be shooting a project in Malawi (east Africa), and some days will be in very remote locations, away from electrical grid (which is not always stable anyway). Recharging camera batteries via an automobile might be my only option for awhile. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Mark Ducker


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Jeff CarpenterRe: PD170 car battery charger
by on Feb 2, 2005 at 4:06:56 pm

I don't know about video battery chargers, but you can buy a brick that converts DC power to AC current. Then you can plug anything you own into that and use what you already have to charge batteries.

Here's an example:

http://theepicenter.com/dc_to_ac_power_converters_and_inverters.html

(I am not suggesting you buy it there, that's just the first image I could find on google. Shop around.)


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Bob PenningtonRe: PD170 car battery charger
by on Feb 2, 2005 at 5:14:24 pm

You could use a full size camera battery to operate the Inverter... but my suggestion would be operate the camera from the full size battery- the advantage is the ability to operate the professional accessories (lights, wireless receivers, hard disc recorders) all from the same battery. Keep in mind the PD-170 operates at 7.2 volts, you need a voltage conversion to run the camera. Here are links on the voltage conversion plate
http://www.antonbauer.com/7_14_gold_mounts.htm

here is a link on the inverter option:
http://www.antonbauer.com/battery_belts.htm#mobile



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Blast1Re: PD170 car battery charger
by on Feb 3, 2005 at 12:00:23 pm

I've used one of these to charge Sony NP-F types from the cig lighter in my truck for years when I'm out in the boonies, also comes with a 120vac->12vdc wall-wart:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&...
If the link doesn't work you can go to B&H and search for a SPM-13

The regular Sony camera charging adapters are 50-60hz and 110-240v and will work just about any where in the world if you're in a hotel or other lodging and have the proper AC adapters.


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