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    Battery charger (in car)

    Hi Guys,

    I'll be traveling alone at the end of the year. More than likely I'll be staying at camping grounds over night.

    If I wanted to charge my batteries for the DSLR whilst I was in the car, would that still be possible? Are there cables out there which plug into the cigarette lighter and allow me to charge the batter? I'm looking for a figure 8 power cord with a cigarette lighter plug on the other end.

    I'm using a Nikon MH-25 charger btw.
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    They are called power inverters and they convert 12v car systems to 240v. Basically they plug into a car power socket and have a normal power point socket at the other end.

    http://search.jaycar.com.au/search?w...rter&view=list
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    Hi Phil,

    I use 12v chargers for cameras when camping.

    Better Batt sell a combo charger unit that comes with both 240v & 12v adapters for a reasonable price.

    http://www.camera-battery.com.au/s/b...r/nikon/mh-25/
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    If you buy a pure sine wave inverter, then it can be used to run your laptop as well.

    If you don't want 240v, you can get 12v "cigarette lighter hubs" with 3 or 4 sockets and some come with a USB port for your phone or tablet.
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    if you are staying at camping grounds with a camp kitchen, you can use the power outlets there to charge up. I was at Dubbo over June school hols and there were a few people doing that whilst camping in non-powered sites.

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    Id look on ebay for a thirdparty 12v charger for your battery type.

    Simplest and best way to charge from a 12v power source.

    BTW I have two(now).
    I originally got one for my D70s about 7 years ago, and as it fit the battery for the D300, I kept using it for the D300 as well.

    The D800 battery is different, so had to do it all again.
    Got a battery and charger for $20 delivered(took a while to come tho, as delivery was free) ... and it also charges perfectly

    MH-25 implies a EN-EL15 battery type, so here's a typical ebay listing: EN-EL15 charger on ebay
    Nikon D800E, D300, D70s
    {Nikon} -> 50/1.2 : 500/8(CPU'd) : 105/2.8VR Micro : 180/2.8ais : 105mm f/1.8ais : 24mm/2ais
    {Sigma}; ->10-20/4-5.6 : 50/1.4 : 12-24/4.5-5.6II : 150-600mm|S
    {Tamron}; -> 17-50/2.8 : 28-75/2.8 : 70-200/2.8 : 300/2.8 SP MF : 24-70/2.8VC


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    Quote Originally Posted by arthurking83 View Post
    Id look on ebay for a thirdparty 12v charger for your battery type.

    Simplest and best way to charge from a 12v power source.
    Agreed. 240V DC-AC power inverters are inefficient and unnecessary. Check eBay for a 12v battery charger (search for 'your camera model' + '12v battery charger' or something like 'MH-25 12v charger'. I paid under $10 for mine.

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