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Car charger for a D300

22 Jun 2008 9:09AM
Does anybody know of one. My husband and I are fortunate to be going to Botswana and whilst we will have a lot of batteries we don't want to be left with no power in the bush.
Jenni Alexander

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User_Removed 14 17.9k 8 Norway
22 Jun 2008 9:16AM

I have the D200 version (i.e. EN-EL3e battery)... Enjoy the trip!
justin c 14 4.9k 36 England
22 Jun 2008 9:27AM
A good option IMO is a power invertor which can be purchased relatively cheaply (about 30) from any decent motor accessory shop.
Just plug it into your car's cigarette lighter and then plug what ever you want to, into that. A lot more versatile than just having a camera charger.
I wouldn't be without one when travelling and use one daily for camera batteries, flashgun batteries, portable storage device, etc, etc, etc.
22 Jun 2008 9:30AM
Thanks for that fellows. Very helpful
mark_delta 10 1.3k
22 Jun 2008 10:34AM

Quote:A good option IMO is a power inverter

No it's not a good Idea !
Its a brilliant one, Why buy new gadgets when you can just plug your own in !
agoreira 14 6.0k Wales
22 Jun 2008 10:42AM
You can get an idea of specs and prices of the inverters here.
loweskid 16 2.0k 1 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2008 11:20AM
Uniross Universal Li-Ion battery charger with both mains and car adaptors - 25.94 from batterylogic .

Edit - it doesn't list the EN-EL3e battery (D300) but I can assure you it will work. I have a D300 and I used this charger in the car for two months in New Zealand. If you won't need the mains unit it weighs a lot less than an inverter unit.
User_Removed 14 17.9k 8 Norway
22 Jun 2008 11:30AM

Quote:going to Botswana

Just be sure you understand the power (wattage) requirements you need before going down this route. Botswana=hot to me (Wink) so by the time you add the 'fridge etc etc...

The 12vDC items I am suggesting actually charge the batteries faster than the standard Nikon charger - and on my D200, the EN-EL3e's seem to last longer too. Smile
samfurlong 12 2.5k United Kingdom
22 Jun 2008 12:27PM
I use an inverter all the time for my chargers / phone /laptop /pda etc.. so I had an upgraded battery installed in my car and got the inverter wired directly in to the cars circuitry rather than going through the cigarette lighter. This has 2 advantages, firstly your cigarette lighter is freed up so if you're charging something on the inverter you can still plug the tomtom into the lighter, secondly by wiring the inverter directly into the car it can sustain much higher output because it bypasses the relatively low power circuitry of the lighter (obviously before doing this make sure the cars electronics can support it without blowing all your fuses.
Paul Morgan 16 19.1k 6 England
22 Jun 2008 7:00PM
Netto were selling inverters for 15 each.

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