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Solar or car-powered charging?

Discussion in 'Camcorders, Action Cams & Video Editing Forum' started by rich, Feb 18, 2002.

  1. rich

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    I go motor-racing for up to 5 days at a time and am planning to take a camcorder for the first time in a few weeks.

    Does anyone know where I can buy either a solar-powered universal charger for Lithium-ION batteries, or can I buy an in-car charger? And can anyone give me any information regarding using either option? (i.e Charge times? Will my car battery be drained quickly if the car is stationary in a campsite? Any other info?

    Thanks

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    The most practical way would be to use an inverter. You would then have a 240 volt socket in the car which could be used to power/ charge most things (camcorder/ mobile phone/ PDA/ laptop etc).

    They aren't expensive and for charging a small item such as a camcorder battery it shouldn't drain the battery much.
     
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    Thanks networkguy for the reply.

    Do you know where I can buy an inverter to go straight into the car? I suppose it would connect directly to the battery with crocodile clips? (or to the lighter socket?).

    If the batteries usually take about 2hrs to charge I expect it will be similar in the car. I'm still a bit concerned about battery drainage though?

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    Just do a search on your fav search engine for Inverter or failing that, a caravan shop or maplins all do this kind of this.

    The ones I have seen, all plug into the cigar lighter socket although all they need is a 12v feed so I assume you could just cut that off if you want to connect it directly.

    As far as drain goes, I once left mine plugged in charging a Laptop overnight once (didn't mean to, just forgot to take it out of the car) and the car battery was okay to start the car again the following morning.
     
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    I've just visited Maplins website and found they do them starting at about £50. It's exactly what I need - I can't beleive I'd never heard of an inverter before. Mains power from a 12v battery..? - I suppose it seemed too good to be true!

    Thanks again for your help.

    Rich

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    I think they should be standard on all cars.

    After all, most makers include a couple of cigar lighter sockets these days as they know you will want to charge your phone/ run a fan/ power your GPS etc.

    It would make sense to fit these as standard as most owner would use them.
     

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