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Re: Battery charging 'in the field'

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I have that charger and those batteries, the charger is great and the batteries are ok but not great, fine for an emergency backup but if you are intending to regularly use more than one battery then I think the OEM ones are a better choice.
Thanks. I already have a spare OEM and will possibly get an extra one at some point if the price is right. I'll still get the Neewer as a travel charger to cut down on the bulk
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Re: Battery charging 'in the field'

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Although you have already ordered a car charger, another option would have been to buy an inverter like this one. I've used one of these for ten years without any hiccups. I use it for my laptop and my son't DVD player too.
The 150 watt version shown is not powerful enough for the Oly charger......(I have one for my laptop)

Not sure what wattage one needs for the Olympus charger....
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Re: Battery charging 'in the field'

https://www.amazon.co.uk/DSTE-Batter...=BLH+Batteries

Will this charger charge the genuine Oly BLH batteries as well, and without damaging them.

Likely to be "off grid" for a week on the boat, so need 12 solution to battery charging........

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Alternative is the Inverter, but as my previous post, I am unsure what wattage is needed. My Electric knowledge is limited, so do want to buy the right one first time. Amazon do many, but as I am on a boat with limited 12v battery power, I don't want over kill either........

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Re: Battery charging 'in the field'

I bought en Ex-Pro charger which can work with AC mains, USB or car cigar socket input. They have a number of models and the descriptions are not always very clear.

EDITED TO ADD:

Whoops - correction. I was going to buy a car charger, but found this model which charges from mains or USA, and then didn't bother with car charger as I already have a converter from car cigar socket to USB.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ex-Pro-Olym.../dp/B00CYMPP6Q
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Re: Battery charging 'in the field'

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The 150 watt version shown is not powerful enough for the Oly charger......(I have one for my laptop)

Not sure what wattage one needs for the Olympus charger....
The E-M1 MkII charger draws 25W according to its spec
so 150W is plenty... though there may be a minimum load spec for the inverter.
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The E-M1 MkII charger draws 25W according to its spec
so 150W is plenty... though there may be a minimum load spec for the inverter.
Thanks for the reply. I have a 150 watt charger from Halfords which powers my laptop with no problem. But when I tried to use it to charge the Oly BLH 1 battery (Em1 mk 2) the red light comes on which indicates that the inverter is overworked............

So not sure what that means.

I have in the meantime bought a charger for expro, which claims to be able to charge the original Oly battery.....

I do have an old 120 watt inverter, so might try that. Thanks for your input.

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But when I tried to use it to charge the Oly BLH 1 battery (Em1 mk 2) the red light comes on which indicates that the inverter is overworked............

So not sure what that means.
Well, it's certainly not an overload... I'd check the inverter spec to see if it says there's a minimum load... If it was plugged in without a battery in place, the load would be even less so you could try plugging in with a battery installed in the charger.
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Well, it's certainly not an overload... I'd check the inverter spec to see if it says there's a minimum load... If it was plugged in without a battery in place, the load would be even less so you could try plugging in with a battery installed in the charger.
Sorted..............

I was using a 12 converter from the wall plug, then trying to up that output back to 240v. !12v converter could not supply enough umph to make it work.

Tried on a 12v battery and it worked.

Many thanks for your input.............

Now also got the USB power source as well
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Re: Battery charging 'in the field'

I go boating once or twice a year and not all hire boats have 240v inverters, including the one we took in the Netherlands last week. Fortunately we were able to hook up to on-shore power twice which was enough to keep my two BLN-1s full. But .. is this too good to be true?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Newmowa-Bat...attery+charger

There seem to be other USB chargers available without batteries and which look very similar to this one, including an Ex-Pro. They appear to have only two connections however while the BLN-1 battery has five?
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Re: Battery charging 'in the field'

Ive been using one of these for a while, and it seems OK:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B01...ID=81xz9AEc7ZL

We need one for the E-M1ii battery.
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Re: Battery charging 'in the field'

Thanks Mark, I'll try one of those. Those other batteries just look too cheap!
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Re: Battery charging 'in the field'

I use an ExPro which plugs into the 12v system in the car but I suspect newer models will run off USB which is the same voltage.
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Re: Battery charging 'in the field'

I have thought about getting for a car charger (preferably for 2 batteries) for my E-M1 mk1 but never really needed one. I have a grip on the camera so always have 2 batteries connected but I have 5 batteries and always have them with me and fully charged. When they are cheap as these then cost isn't an issue https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Re: Battery charging 'in the field'

The one lesson I learned was about the danger of non regulated voltage when you do have power somewhere (from a generator etc.)

I blew up a charger in Morocco (just as all the lights in the building were blowing at the same time)

Now I always use a surge protector on the charger when travelling (easier to reset/replace)

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I use an ExPro which plugs into the 12v system in the car but I suspect newer models will run off USB which is the same voltage.
Just to avoid doubt and potential problems, USB runs at 5V, not 12V
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