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Old 06-08-2005, 01:22 PM   #1
 
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I'm on the verge of buying a digital camera for my trip but from what I've heard they eat up batteries like nothing so your best using rechargeables.

However, I was wondering how that'll work if staying in hostels. I'll also be needing to charge up my phone.

So is it possible to do this in most hostels?

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Old 06-08-2005, 01:47 PM   #2
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Easy. If the camera has a proprietary rechargeable, just make sure that you have a plug adapter for the charger that comes with it. (It should be dual voltage so you won't have to worry about a power converter.) If you get a camera that takes AA batteries, get some NiMH-- nickel metal hydride-- rechargeables and a charger that you *know* is dual voltage. This is the set-up that I had on my big trip last year and it worked fine.

Your cell phone charger is most likely dual voltage. But like I said before, you'll just need plug adapters for whichever country you'll be in.
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I use rechargable batteries (the NiMH 2600 mAh kind) and I don't have a problem. They last a LOT longer then the disposable ones and I take a lot of pictures! I charge them overnight and as long as I have access to an outlet then it's all good. I'm planning to bring 2 sets of batteries with me to Europe along with an adapter - this way I can charge one set in my room (or at night) and use the second set on the go.
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Oh yeah, I should have said: the NiMH batteries will last a million times longer than alkalines. I'm a shutterbug and it still took me 3 days or more before my batteries died. If I'd been using alkalines it would have been *maybe* 50 shots at the most without using the flash. But that was also one of my deciding factors on buying a camera: I didn't want to have to deal with the fallout if the proprietary battery crapped out on me overseas. In a pinch you can always find AA's.

And definitely try to get the highest mAh number that you can, but as long as they're at least 2100 they should be fine.
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kool, just ordered a recharger pack with 4 NiMh 2500mAh batteries, which fully charges in 2 hrs, so hopefully that'll be fine.

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I use rechargable batteries (the NiMH 2600 mAh kind)
You can get 2600? I want 2600

Jimbo how many batteries does you camera take? If it is 4, get another set of batteries and keep them in your case (if you use one). That way if you are out around town and your batteries die, you can swap them over.
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Yeah, they are out there now: 2600mAh AA NiMH batteries
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well, i just went and bought a AA/AAA battery charger with some NiMH 2600 mAh batteries, but i missed the part about making sure the charger is duel voltage. In the charger specifications part of the manual it says:

Input Voltage
UL(120Vac, 60Hz), JIS(100Vac, 50Hz), VDE(230Vac, 50Hz) SAA(240Vac, 50Hz)

Does any of that mean it's duel voltage?? I'm a n00b at all this stuff.
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LFB: I think you're okay. The US runs on 110-120, europe on 220-240 or something like that. I don't know about Australia, but I think it's the same as Europe, so you should be fine. Just make sure you bring the proper plug adapters!!
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Excellent!!

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