Seeking solutions to charge Canon batteries in the field w/ solar power

Discussion in 'Canon' started by Sean Neilson, Jan 21, 2004.

  1. Sean Neilson

    Sean Neilson Guest

    Dear 35mm friends,

    I take extended trips into the backcountry and need to charge the
    batteries of my Canon 10d. (BP-511 batteries) I would like to hook up
    some type of lightweight/portable solar panel to my batteries to
    charge them in the field. I am not sure what products I will need to
    do this.

    Does anyone know if there is a way to hook up a solar panel directly
    to the camera? Can the Canon 10d be used to charge its own battery, or
    do I need to use a separate and dedicated battery charger?
    ....adapters?? ...converters??

    If anyone has experience charging batteries like this in the field, I
    would really appreciate any help or guidance you might be able to
    offer.

    Thanks,
    Sean
     
    Sean Neilson, Jan 21, 2004
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  2. Check out: http://tow.com/photo/articles/solar_charger/

    Consider that it just might be cheaper (and lighter) to buy more
    batteries (~$20 each, no-name brand). Have you thought about an image
    storage solution?

    -Dave
     
    Dave Herzstein, Jan 21, 2004
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  3. Sean,

    Can a 10D use AA batteries by chance? If so you could get a AA solar
    charger from REI. Or you could go and build one with solar ceslls from
    Radio Shack.

    Robert Meyers
     
    Robert Meyers, Jan 22, 2004
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  4. Sean Neilson

    Skip M Guest

    Where did you find those batteries for $20? I'm paying $40 for no name
    batteries (eFilm) and $60 for Canon, locally. Not that I'm disputing you,
    I'd really like to know.
    And, even at $40, that's probably cheaper than trying to rig and maintain a
    solar panel in the field. Can you imagine a solar panel large enough to
    power a 10D in the Columbia Gorge???
     
    Skip M, Jan 22, 2004
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