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Portable DVD burners - any experience?


Sabreur 9 767 England
10 Aug 2005 12:48AM
Hello

I'm going on safari next month, and am currently considering my options for photo storage.

I have been thinking about getting a stand-alone DVD burner (Delkin, Digi-Magic and Jobo each produce one), but was wondering if anyone had used one.

Main areas of interest are battery life (a couple of the camps we are staying at don't have mains electricity available) and reliability.

Thanks

Robert

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davek 11 22 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2005 6:20AM
Hi, I went on safari last year and took an X-Drive-Pro for external storage. Had the same issue as you in that none of the camps we used had electricity, but an inverter saved the day. this plugged into the Land Rover cigarette lighter socket and converted the 12v DC to 240v Ac that could then power all the gear. Only used it once in the middle of the week to charge everything up, then ran off batteries the rest of the time.
digicammad 11 22.0k 37 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2005 6:46AM
That's worth thinking about Dave. Was it a particular kind of invertor or will any 12-240 models do?

Ian
chris.maddock 13 3.5k United Kingdom
10 Aug 2005 6:58AM
Just make sure the power output is enough for all you'd want to plug in - including any startup surge power drawn.
Obviously, also make sure the car lighter circuit can handle the load.

KRs
Chris
digicammad 11 22.0k 37 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2005 7:09AM
Cheers Kris, what wattage was yours? 150w seems to be the smallest, which sounds adequate for a battery charger.

Sorry for hijacking your thread Robert. In answer to your question, I use a Flashtrax on the basis that I tend to trust hard drives more than DVD/CD burners (also take less space). We are going on safari in a couple of years and I may invest in more memory cards between now and then, copy them to the Flashtrax but not clear them down.

Ian
andytvcams 12 10.4k United Kingdom
10 Aug 2005 7:13AM
You can always get the in car charger for the flashtrax.
digicammad 11 22.0k 37 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2005 7:14AM
It's also for the camera battery Andy.
chris.maddock 13 3.5k United Kingdom
10 Aug 2005 8:02AM
I have a 150W inverter, which is enough for my needs - charging or laptop only. it was a Maplin sale one.
I also have a Flashtrax in-car charger and a Hahnel in-car charger for my Canon batteries.
When I bought my new car in the Spring I had the dealer rewire the cigarette lighter socket so that it's permanent live with its own fuse and 30A cable straight from the battery - that means I can leave batteries on charge when I'm not at the car.

KRs
Chris
digicammad 11 22.0k 37 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2005 8:05AM
Thanks Chris. If 150w is enough for a laptop I would think it would be enough for Flashtrax or camera batteries.

Have to get one and have a play.
chris.maddock 13 3.5k United Kingdom
10 Aug 2005 10:24AM
Should be fine Ian. My Canon double charger is rated at 32W.

Maplin do a 150W inverter for 30.

KRs
Chris
Sabreur 9 767 England
10 Aug 2005 11:55PM
Thanks for your replies.

I had considered an invertor, but we are taking some internal flights that have fairly low weight limits, so trying not to add too much extra to carry.

Ian - I do keep wavering between a Flashtrax/P2000 or something similar and a DVD burner. Just this nagging worry that if the hard drive fails, then you lose everything.
sabretalon 11 1.9k United Kingdom
11 Aug 2005 12:52AM

Quote:Just this nagging worry that if the hard drive fails, then you lose everything.


But the same nagging worries will be there for just about anything! Will the camera work, or do I take a spare body, do I need a spare spare? Will the DVD have copied all the data without problems? Will my camera stand up to some pretty heavy chewing from a lion? LOL..;P

We get so paranoid over our equipment failing! The camera manufacturers must love us! We buy a camera from them, then through fear of it breaking down we buy a second camera as a backup! There are not many business areas that have the same going on. You don't buy a second car just in case your first one does not work!

Thing is though, we all do it!

I think that if I did not take my second body with me, that guy called sod and his law would crop up. Do I have faith in my equipment? Has it caused me problems before? Yes I have faith, no it has not caused me problems but I still insist on having at least one backup with me.
kit-monster 11 3.7k 2 Singapore
11 Aug 2005 12:57AM
Flashtrax or P2000 . . . depends if you shoot raw. I don't know what the battery life on the Flashtrax is like but I've copied 26 GB of raw files to the P2000 without recharging.
digicammad 11 22.0k 37 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2005 12:58AM
For a once in a lifetime trip I have the same worries, which is why I said I will probably buy more memory cards but still copy everything onto the Flashtrax. :0)

If you are trying to travel light, the Flashtrax/P2000 option is smaller and lighter than a DVD burner and disks.

Ian
digicammad 11 22.0k 37 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2005 12:58AM

Quote:Flashtrax or P2000 . . . depends if you shoot raw.


It doesn't actually Ed, they both support raw. Battery life on the P2000 is better I think.

Ian

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