Dual Battery charger for BP511 batteries

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by John A. Stovall, Apr 1, 2005.

  1. I'm look for a battery charger which can charge two BP511's at time.
    The only one I find is Canon which doesn't have a car power outlet
    adapter and is ridiculously expense.

    Anyone know of any alternative?
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    John A. Stovall, Apr 1, 2005
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  2. From: "John A. Stovall" <>

    | I'm look for a battery charger which can charge two BP511's at time.
    | The only one I find is Canon which doesn't have a car power outlet
    | adapter and is ridiculously expense.
    |
    | Anyone know of any alternative?
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    |
    | "History is a vast early warning system"
    |
    | Norman Cousins

    Use an Inverter. I use a 375watt TrippLite unit. $41.00 US You can use the inverter for
    other AC appliances as well which makes getting an inverter more versatile than just a 12vdc
    battery changer for the Canon battery.
    http://www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=10351869&loc=101&sp=1

    You can have two Power 2000 single units connected to the above (2 AC sockets) and two
    single battery charger units cost less than one dual battery charger unit.

    Canon Dual battery charger $110.00
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&sku=208587&is=REG

    Canon Single battery charger $50.00
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&sku=278232&is=REG

    single non-Canon battery charger w/auto adapter $30.00
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&sku=326707&is=REG

    single non-Canon battery charger w/auto adapter $30.00
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&sku=248449&is=REG
     
    David H. Lipman, Apr 1, 2005
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  3. John A. Stovall

    John Francis Guest

    My one (from Canon, and indeed ridiculously expensive) does have a
    car adapter, and can accept two BP511s. It doesn't actually charge
    them both at the same time - it charges them is sequence.

    The model number is CG-560
     
    John Francis, Apr 2, 2005
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  4. I was looking at the CA-PS400 and they claim it charges two at once .

    In another forum it was pointed out two of the cheaper charger and an
    inverter (which I have would be cheaper). I may go with that for car
    charging.


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    John A. Stovall, Apr 2, 2005
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  5. True, and then you need a DC cord, in addition to the $100 charger.
    Just get two of the Lenmar DVC-511 ($39), and it comes with AC and DC cords.

    http://lenmar.com/product_list.asp?product=digital&type=chargers&manufacture
    r=Canon&category=9,16,18

    You could even do a custom wiring harness to run both off of a single DC
    plug (not sure if the AC adapter puts out enough current for two chargers,
    but you could build a DC harness that would work, and you could always buy a
    higher current AC adapter for two chargers).

    See http://tinylink.com/?PIeMeuHZQZ (link to the Lenmar charger on Amzaon.
    $39, free shipping.
     
    Steven M. Scharf, Apr 2, 2005
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  6. John A. Stovall

    John Francis Guest

    Is $100 supposed to be expensive? The charger I mentioned, which
    I purchased when I was taking my PowerShot G1 on a long trip abroad,
    ended up costing me $160 - nobody except Canon had them at the time.
    Then top that off with another $60 for a second BP-511. (I could have
    got that a little cheaper from another source, but not by very much).
    Still, at least mine included the car adapter cord at no extra charge.
     
    John Francis, Apr 2, 2005
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  7. On Fri, 01 Apr 2005 20:37:21 GMT, John A. Stovall


    My solution: It's not much if any cheaper than the Canon but more
    flexible.

    1 - SPP-04 - Lenmar - Power Port 4 Outlet DC Power Socket

    2 - LENMAR DVC-511 OmniSource® AC/DC Power/Charger System for Canon
    (LENMAR DVC511)

    Thanks for all the help and suggestions.


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    John A. Stovall, Apr 3, 2005
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  8. You could build a wiring harness that ran both chargers off of a single 12V
    DC plug.

    Just buy one of these
    http://www.allelectronics.com/cgi-bin/category.cgi?category=search&item=CLP-
    Y&type=store and cut off the socket ends, cut the cigarette lighter plugs
    off of the cords that come with the DVC-511s and and splice the cords to the
    Y. It'll be less bulky. I hate all those big old cigarette lighter
    splitters.
     
    Steven M. Scharf, Apr 3, 2005
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  9. From: "John A. Stovall" <>

    | On Fri, 01 Apr 2005 20:37:21 GMT, John A. Stovall
    |
    | My solution: It's not much if any cheaper than the Canon but more
    | flexible.
    |
    | 1 - SPP-04 - Lenmar - Power Port 4 Outlet DC Power Socket
    |
    | 2 - LENMAR DVC-511 OmniSource® AC/DC Power/Charger System for Canon
    | (LENMAR DVC511)
    |
    | Thanks for all the help and suggestions.
    |
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    |
    | "The past is foreign country: they do things differently there."
    |
    | _The Go-Between_
    | L.P. Hartley
    | 1895 - 1972

    The cigarette lighter splitter could be found at your local Radio Shack. I saw a similar
    product there when I bought a cigrette lighter socket with battery post clamps at a local
    store.

    The Lenmar DVC-511 is $70.00
    http://lenmar.com/details.asp?model=DVC511&product=digital&type=chargers&manufacturer=Canon

    While the Power-2000 QP-7600 @ B&H is only $30.00
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&sku=248449&is=REG

    Both are AC and 12vdc. What do you expect to gain by paying 2 1/3 more with Lenmar ?
    I point this out becuase in your original post you declared what you looked for "...is
    ridiculously expense."

    I looked at Lenmar products and they are way overpriced.

    For example...

    Power-2000 ACD-674, BP-511 replacement @ 1.5Ahr, $30.00
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&sku=232733&is=REG

    Orginal Canon BP-511 @ 1.39Ah $50.00
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&sku=327022&is=REG

    vs.

    Lenmar DLC511, BP-511 replacement @ 1.3Ahr, $65.00
    http://lenmar.com/details.asp?model=DLC511&product=digital&type=batteries&manufacturer=Canon
     
    David H. Lipman, Apr 3, 2005
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  10. http://lenmar.com/details.asp?model=DVC511&product=digital&type=chargers&man
    ufacturer=Canon

    It is not $70, it is $39. See http://tinylink.com/?PIeMeuHZQZ

    The Power 2000 chargers have problems in fully charging batteries, making
    the slight extra cost of the Lenmar units well worth it.

    For batteries, the best deals are at Sterlingtek.com, see
    http://sterlingtek.com/ln03-canon-bp-511-dlc511.html, but the Lenmar DLC-511
    is $30, see
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00006JPNE/104-4100553-7912767
    with free shipping.
    You are comparing the MSRP of the Lenmar products, with the street prices of
    the other products. If you compare street prices, then there is little or no
    difference. Probably if you compare the MSRPs there would also be little or
    no difference.
     
    Steven M. Scharf, Apr 4, 2005
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  11. Steven M. Scharf, Apr 4, 2005
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  12. From: "Steven M. Scharf" <>

    | || http://lenmar.com/details.asp?model=DVC511&product=digital&type=chargers&man
    | ufacturer=Canon
    |
    | It is not $70, it is $39. See http://tinylink.com/?PIeMeuHZQZ
    |
    | The Power 2000 chargers have problems in fully charging batteries, making
    | the slight extra cost of the Lenmar units well worth it.
    |
    | For batteries, the best deals are at Sterlingtek.com, see
    | http://sterlingtek.com/ln03-canon-bp-511-dlc511.html, but the Lenmar DLC-511
    | is $30, see
    | http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00006JPNE/104-4100553-7912767
    | with free shipping.
    ||
    | You are comparing the MSRP of the Lenmar products, with the street prices of
    | the other products. If you compare street prices, then there is little or no
    | difference. Probably if you compare the MSRPs there would also be little or
    | no difference.
    |


    You have a good point of MSRP vs retail prices. I went directly to Lenmar's web site based
    upon a previous post pointing to the Lenmar site and I must admit I did not search for
    retail prices vs the manufacturer prices.

    However, a smart shopper would not get from Amazon, they would go to trusted sources. For
    example; B&H

    I have no experience with SterlingTek. However, the price of their no-name brand battery @
    1.8Ahr /*is*/ the best.

    I have bookmarked SterlingTek and I will check their references for possible purchases at a
    future date. Thanx !

    BTW: None of the information I have heard has been negative in anyway on Power2000
    products.
     
    David H. Lipman, Apr 4, 2005
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  13. John A. Stovall

    Frank ess Guest

    I have two of the SterlingTek 511s. they were still going at 1500 shots,
    plenty of flash and viewing, when I broke down and recharged them for a
    lengthy project away from the power grid. _Via_ Amazon.com they came to
    about $16.00 each, including (upper limit of acceptability, my view)
    S&H. Quick delivery, friendly communication.

    Assuming their batteries for other uses are of equal performance, I'd
    recommend them. Recently I aquired a SterlingTek for Minolta Dimmidge Xt
    and one for Canon S500. Haven't used them enough to say anything, yet.
     
    Frank ess, Apr 4, 2005
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  14. Why would you not consider Amazon (since it direct not through a
    re-seller) a trusted source? I've bought thousands of dollar from
    them and never a problem. In fact I got my 20D body from them cheaper
    and quicker than from B&H. I do get my lenses from B&H since Amazon
    doesn't care the one I want.


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    John A. Stovall, Apr 4, 2005
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  15. From: "John A. Stovall" <>

    | Why would you not consider Amazon (since it direct not through a
    | re-seller) a trusted source? I've bought thousands of dollar from
    | them and never a problem. In fact I got my 20D body from them cheaper
    | and quicker than from B&H. I do get my lenses from B&H since Amazon
    | doesn't care the one I want.
    |
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    | "Vietnam is what we had instead of happy childhoods."
    |
    | Tim Page in
    | "Dispatches"
    | by Michael Herr

    ebay and Amazon just don't fit the requirements, at least for me. There have been cases for
    both where accounts have been provided by bad employees to bad people. eBay is even worse.
    There is much fraud associated with eBay deals. Both buyers and sellers. Amazon started as
    an online book store. Let them stay that way. I'd rather get to know a supplier, check
    their respective BBB records, send them a letter of "right to pricacy", etc. Today you have
    to be careful who you dio business with and Amazon isn't on the chart. When it comes to
    doing business on the Internet, paranoia means "a heightened sense of awareness".
     
    David H. Lipman, Apr 5, 2005
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  16. I agree on eBay but you seem to be comparing Amazon to it's affiliates
    and resellers then there is world of difference but not if it's direct
    from Amazon.


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    John A. Stovall, Apr 5, 2005
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  17. John A. Stovall

    Frank ess Guest

    It's usually pretty easy to go from Amazon's offers to their sources. If
    the sources don't measure up, you're free to go elsewhere. In every
    instance I have bought from Amazon or its referrals the value was
    excellent, the delivery was safe and quick, and I had no problems
    whatsoever. Often the goods are shipped from Adorama, or from J&S or
    another reputable seller, at a price and shipping cost well below what
    the latter offered on their Web sites.

    As for a "heightened sense of awareness", I think that is a muddy phrase
    that sounds good but is meaningless.
     
    Frank ess, Apr 5, 2005
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  18. Huh? Amazon is about as trusted as you can get. Plus they have a much better
    return policy than other vendors.

    Amazon prices end up being less than the stated price. You can use an Amazon
    Visa card to get a 3% rebate (pretty significant on a D-SLR), and if you
    have a web site you can become an Amazon Affiliate, getting 5-8% additional
    discount in rebates. I became an affiliate due to my digital camera sites,
    and have been happy to get a few hundred bucks in referral fees, as well as
    saving on the stuff I buy myself.
     
    Steven M. Scharf, Apr 5, 2005
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