Charging 5DIV batteries with battery pack?

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phototeacher Senior Member • Posts: 1,102
Re: Charging 5DIV batteries with battery pack?

EAV ATL wrote:

Prepping for a 7 day wilderness trip with no access to electricity. Need a way to have enough power for my 5D IV so I can take all the photos and video I need.

Solar I’ve moved on from as too expensive and inefficient. Now looking at small battery packs.

Smallest and cheapest are USB out for phones etc, but wondering if there’s a way with an adapter etc to charge the camera batteries?

Taking the battery pack and a Canon charger will add quite a bit to your pack, if you are going to backpack and want to keep the weight down.

Larger and more expensive are AC out (2 prong) battery packs. Here is becomes a question of how many charges are there in a battery pack. I’m not sure how to properly calculate that and I’m sure there is some power loss in the recharge process. Looking at an 88 Wh / 24000 mAh 80 W pack.

Battery pack with AC converter is a bit more specialized; will you actually have another use for it after your trip?

Also, with either of these packs, if you are going with a group, then invariably someone will want to borrow your pack to charge their device. Not a problem if you only brought along extra camera batteries.

Or do I just purchase more camera batteries? They’re small, lightweight and if I charge all up before getting on the river and I manage power, potentially the most efficient.

I would agree, taking along extra camera batteries will take up less space/weight, and will be relatively easy to keep dry (you mentioned getting to the river) during the trip. They can always come in handy assuming you keep the same camera system, and if not, would be easier to sell than either of the above units you mentioned.

I would suggest that you follow the KISS principle!

Thoughts and especially experience on multi day remote trips appreciated!

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