Minolta battery packs

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by David Harrison, Sep 26, 2003.

  1. Hi,

    I picked up a Dimage S414 a while back. It's fun, but exhausts
    rechargable batteries in no time flat.

    I was looking at rechargable battery packs -- Minolta's EBP-100 battery
    pack is around £180, which ain't far of the price of the camera!

    Are there any generic packs that do the same job for less, please?

    many thanks,

    David Harrison


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    David Harrison, Sep 26, 2003
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    Ian Grant Guest

    I looked at buying a pack 2 months ago for my Dimage 7i, but the cost was
    prohibitive. Take a look at Uniross 2300mah batteries they are excellent
    and hold far more charge. Jessops stock them - everyone else seems to have a
    large surplus of far lower rated batteries to sell of first.

    Surprisingly my local Dixons, Currys, Comet were still selling 1500, 1700
    and 1850mah and hadn't heard of them

    Bought mine and also a rapid charger which came with a set of 2100mah plus
    car adapter & mains lead excellent for when working away from home.

    Ian

    Hi,

    I picked up a Dimage S414 a while back. It's fun, but exhausts
    rechargable batteries in no time flat.

    I was looking at rechargable battery packs -- Minolta's EBP-100 battery
    pack is around £180, which ain't far of the price of the camera!

    Are there any generic packs that do the same job for less, please?

    many thanks,

    David Harrison


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    Ian Grant, Sep 27, 2003
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  3. Many thanks, Ian -- this sounds excellent. And far, far cheaper than a
    big battery pack!

    best regards,

    David


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    David Harrison, Sep 28, 2003
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  4. Even better than that..
    RS do 4000mAh D size Ni-Cads. I use a pack of eight in two holders fixed
    back to back with my Nikon Coolpix 4500 which seem to go on forever.
    Mind you, they take forever to charge too. 40hrs according the the blurb
    on the charger!
    They're also a more useful size to borrow for use in a torch or whatever.
    Bear in mind though, that Ni-Cad and NiMH have different charge/recharge
    characteristics.
     
    Willy Eckerslyke, Sep 29, 2003
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  5. Forgive my ignorance (I bottle out long before Ohm's Law) -- can I be
    sure that configuration would work with the input on my camera? It says
    6V but I supposed that's only about half the information I need to know :)

    cheers,

    David


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    David Harrison, Sep 29, 2003
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  6. No. And you probably won't find anyone guaranteeing that it does either.
    However, if you're lucky a web search may turn up someone who has tested
    out what voltages your particular model will accept without complaint.
    These guys had testest various Nikon Coolpix models and concluded (with
    obvious disclaimer) that you can get away with pretty well any voltage
    from that listed for the camera up to 14volts (the maximum they tried).
    http://www.harbortronics.com

    It might be safe to guess that other cameras are just as unfussy.
    The Ni-Cads I mentioned are rated at 1.2volts each, so I'd imagine you
    could use five of them safely enough, though you'd need to do a bit of
    soldering unless you can find a holder that takes five (unlikely).
     
    Willy Eckerslyke, Sep 29, 2003
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  7. I'm not too worried about a cast-iron guarantee -- can't imagine the
    manufacturer who *would* guarantee a camera with a non-standard power
    supply attached!
    Interesting to know -- I didn't think a camera would be quite that
    tolerant! Google here I come...

    If it can be done, it'll be a hell of a lot cheaper than the circa-£180
    for an official pack (which might prove to be just a case around
    standard components).

    cheers,

    David


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    David Harrison, Sep 29, 2003
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