Nikon charger puzzle

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by jim stone, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. jim stone

    jim stone Guest

    The mains charger for the Nikon coolpix S3100 is made up of two parts which
    clip together. When I got it a while ago i seem to remember having to clip
    them together.

    Now i wondering if I unclip them the base unit which has the 'specs--label'
    and usb port on it from the part with the English three prong plug,
    might we have the american/japanese type two flat pin plug lurking
    underneath ? There is nothing in the instruction manual that I can find.

    It looks like these two halves are basically attached at one point and there
    is a small hole which might release a catch. It does not seem very willing
    though and I dont want to break it.

    Any one know how to detach the two halves? Thanks for any advice.

    Jim
     
    jim stone, Nov 1, 2012
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    Rob Morley Guest

    That sort of charger normally just has a couple of little sprung
    connectors, and you add your pin plate of choice.
     
    Rob Morley, Nov 1, 2012
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  3. jim stone

    Ian Guest

    : The mains charger for the Nikon coolpix S3100 is made up of two parts
    which
    : clip together. When I got it a while ago i seem to remember having to clip
    : them together.
    :
    : Now i wondering if I unclip them the base unit which has the
    'specs--label'
    : and usb port on it from the part with the English three prong plug,
    : might we have the american/japanese type two flat pin plug lurking
    : underneath ? There is nothing in the instruction manual that I can find.
    :
    : It looks like these two halves are basically attached at one point and
    there
    : is a small hole which might release a catch. It does not seem very willing
    : though and I dont want to break it.
    :
    : Any one know how to detach the two halves? Thanks for any advice.

    Hello Jim.

    Looking at the picture of the charger in the S3100 manual
    (http://www.nikonusa.com/pdf/manuals/kie88335f7869dfuejdl=-cww2/S3100_EN.pdf
    and go to the page numbered 14 which is page 26 in the PDF) it looks as
    thought the charger has two flat pins projecting from the body and adaptors
    for other pin designs (the page shows a two pin round design) are clipped
    onto these flat pins.
    I think a clip/tab/lug clips onto the side of the charger.

    Sorry I can't give any better help. Most of the search hits are for pseudo
    Nikon chargers which are not the same as the Nikon design. I have some
    computer power units which use slide-on plates to adapt the unit to USA two
    pin or UK three pin and suchlike. They can't be used without an adaptor
    plate whereas the illustration in the Nikon manual appears to show that the
    Nikon charger has an inbuilt flat two pin connector.

    Best wishes, Ian.
     
    Ian, Nov 1, 2012
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  4. jim stone

    jim stone Guest

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    Ian you're a top man, thanks for that.

    Nikon U.K. Support are telling me I must buy an adapter for Japan, and I
    *cannot* separate these units once clipped together even though the unit
    underneath is already to plug into the Japanese mains. Which is all I need.

    How helpful of them is that!! I will separate them even if I have to take a
    hacksaw to it.

    We have Japanese family in Tokyo and often these directors are usually very
    interested to hear from Japanese what is going on in their companies abroad.

    But I still have to hear from the Nikon complaints department.
     
    jim stone, Nov 2, 2012
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    Davey Guest

    Can your people in Tokyo not find a local charger for you? E-bay
    Nippon, maybe? Then you would not be risking your one working charger.
    Or just use a standard adapter. Why the fixation on modifying the one
    you have?
     
    Davey, Nov 2, 2012
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  6. jim stone

    jim stone Guest

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    Fixation ?? You don't work for Nikon do you?

    I've got a perfectly good charger there with something *just clipped* on the
    front. Why go to time and trouble of (a) hunting one down in tokyo (b)
    spending out on stuff i already have ?
     
    jim stone, Nov 2, 2012
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    Rob Morley Guest

    Because the adaptor is not designed to be removable - once you clipped
    it on you no longer had a US/Japanese charger.
     
    Rob Morley, Nov 2, 2012
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  8. jim stone

    jim stone Guest

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    Because the adaptor is not designed to be removable - once you clipped
    it on you no longer had a US/Japanese charger.

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    Nope. its got the two pin jap prongs and is 100 to 240 volts, when
    unclipped. Its all ready to go and neat to travel with as the prongs fold
    down.

    I clipped it on and i'm going to clip it off. Its just strangely not obvious
    how to do it.
     
    jim stone, Nov 2, 2012
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    Geoff Berrow Guest

    A man after my own heart. Good luck. Would Googling supply the answer?


    Geoff Berrow
    www.slipperyhill.co.uk
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    Geoff Berrow, Nov 3, 2012
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    Darkside Guest

    Is there a how-to video on YouTube?
     
    Darkside, Nov 3, 2012
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