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1. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru, 561 posts) 7 Mar '05 10:59

how would one go about re-charging AA batteries for a digital camera whilst on the road? i'm heading out to south-east asia and china and was wondering how i would get to re-charge my batteries. i have a handy little worldwide adapter, but will i be able to access plugs at all, particularly in places like laos and cambodia? i was just thinking that the hostel/guesthouse owners probably would'nt want people charging up batteries all night and using up their electricity!

this may be the stupidest question ever, and if so i apologise, but i love taking pictures and it's been keeping me awake at night!

joey

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin, 5579 posts) 7 Mar '05 15:09

Well, we wouldn't want you staying awake at night now would we!? :)

A thread was just started today about charging batteries on the road.

I am a little unclear though, aren't the AA batteries the ones that you buy in the store or do you have those in the rechargable version too? If so, I recommend just travelling without that recharger for a period like this as those things are huge (aren't they?)?

Sam

3. Posted by Isadora (Moderator, 13924 posts) 8 Mar '05 04:31

Quoting Sam I Am

Well, we wouldn't want you staying awake at night now would we!? :)

I am a little unclear though, aren't the AA batteries the ones that you buy in the store or do you have those in the rechargable version too? If so, I recommend just travelling without that recharger for a period like this as those things are huge (aren't they?)?

Sam

I agree with leaving your charger at home and using disposable batteries while on the road. If your charger is anything like mine, it' bulky, a bit on the heavy side and the plug is larger transformer type. (It's designed for 4 batteries and to recharge in 1 hr.) I found that mine gets quite warm if the recharged batteries are not removed and it's not unplugged in a timely manner too. I'm always concerned to might become a fire hazard in some hotel if I've forgotten it's plugged in.

I'm sure other TPers will have answers for you too.

4. Posted by georgep (Respected Member, 201 posts) 8 Mar '05 05:01

Please take a charger!

We ran in to problems with this in India. We just bought AA batteries for our digital camera but they only lasted like 20 minutes (the same brands we by in europe and last for days)

So atleast bring you charged batteries just in case. And I will next time bring a charger.

Greetings,
George

5. Posted by dpd (Full Member, 138 posts) 1 Apr '05 04:28

This may seem like a stupid question but has anybody come accross a solar charger. I'm almost certain I saw a one in Maplins in the UK. It opened to A3 size. Am I barking up the wrong tree here.

6. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru, 1026 posts) 1 Apr '05 04:33

You can get solar chargers. I've seen them about. I don't know how much they cost or how good they are, but they definitely exist.

7. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin, 5579 posts) 1 Apr '05 05:38

Maybe you are referring to the solio charger ? Also very environmentally friendly in production if I understand correctly.

Check out their nify ipod solar charger too, that's how I read about them first :)

Sam

8. Posted by georgep (Respected Member, 201 posts) 4 Apr '05 09:53

another option could be to get a quick charger that charges your aa's in just a hour or so. That makes it easier to charge on the road.

9. Posted by zags (Respected Member, 370 posts) 4 Apr '05 22:07

Quoting georgep

Please take a charger!

I agree with georgep. Don't leave home without it. My digital camera uses AA batteries (rechargeable Ni-MH), disposable alkaline batteries don't work.

Actually AA charger is not bulky, like the Sony power quick charger I have (model BCG-34HC4). It can charge up to 4 AA batteries. But if you bought it in your home country and you are going to take it abroad with you, I guess you might have to use a converter.

Z

10. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive, 627 posts) 2 May '05 13:57

joey22,

My battery charger is no larger than a dessert plate! It fits four aa batteries. You just buy rechargable batteries to charge in it . . . After that, depending on where you're travelling, you might need a converter or plug. It takes about eight hours.

Peace,

Steph