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power converter/carnet
on Jun 28, 2007 at 8:00:58 pm

Hi there -

Will be shooting in Rwanda and am curious about power converters [electricity there is 230V 50Hz]. Many of the converters I've done research on have bad reviews, usually 'it blew a fuse upon first use' type stories. Does anyone have any recommendations for a specific converter, or at least specific things I should look for? First time shooting abroad.

[also, if anyone has opinions on carnets - to get or not to get, love to hear them - will have a Panasonic DVX100 and a consumer miniDV camera....]

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Paul Thurston
Re: power converter/carnet
on Jul 3, 2007 at 4:42:16 pm


Most camera power supplies/battery chargers these days are 100-260v AC, so you probably will not need a power converter to run your camera or battery charger.

Some older equipment will only operate in a specific voltage (115v AC/60Hz or 230v AC/50Hz.) ... don't even bother considering such equipment for ANY production work, no matter where you go.

The exception is lights. If you know the power there in Rwanda is 230v AC, just install 230v lamps into your light. The correct plug for the local outlets can probably be purchased locally.

Carnet or not to Carnet... that depends on what you will take with you on the trip and the total monetary value of the equipment.

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