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Solar Chargers for Digital Cameras


What Voltaic solar chargers can I use to charge my camera?

With the right cradle, every one of our solar chargers can power your digital camera. There are wide performance differences and exceptions, so we suggest you read this guide completely. Watch the overview (note, this video omits the USB camera charger option which we have in more detail below):


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What adapters or accessories do I need?

The charger supplied with your camera most likely requires AC power and will likely not have the DC power input required for solar charging. We have a variety of battery charger cradles available that accept USB or 12V DC input and have been tested to work well.

To get the correct camera cradle, identify your battery type and purchase the appropriate model. Simply remove your battery and look for the model number on the pack. This is typically a short alpha-numeric code. Below are examples of the Canon NB-2LH.

How to tell camera battery model type
camera battery in DC cradle


How do I use solar power to charge my camera battery?

Option A: Recommended - Use any Voltaic Charger or Battery and our USB Camera Cradles

Our USB camera battery chargers are fast and deliver up to 800mA at 7.4 Volts (5.9 Watts) to your camera battery. If you’re trying to charge multiple professional DSLRs a day or a DSLR and a laptop, we suggest using either our Arc 20W Kit, Fuse 10W, Array, or 17 Watt Kit. For occasional DSLR charges, look in the 6 to 9 Watt range. For point and shoot cameras, any of our solar chargers will do.

Charging from the Voltaic battery

  • Connect USB cable from battery to cradle and activate power output of battery.
solar charge camera battery
charge camera battery from USB port

Option B: Use our Laptop Charging Systems or V72 and our 12V DC Cradle

These will charge your camera from our laptop level systems or any car's DC charger. One advantage is that these cradles will charge directly from any 12V source and directly from a solar panel although we have found the charger cradle construction to be a bit less reliable (and convenient) than the USB chargers.

Charging from the Voltaic battery

  • 1. Set output of battery to 12, 16 or 19V (19V will yield slightly faster charging)
  • 2. Connect the “O” adapter to the output cable
  • 3. Connect output cable to camera cradle
power bank charger for camera battery
solar camera battery charger

Charging directly from the solar panel

  • 1. Using the “O” adapter connect the output of the solar panel to one of our camera
  • 2. Point the panel to the sun
camera battery charging from solar panel
camera battery charger using array solar backpack


Do I need to test before I leave on my trip?

Yes. Camera batteries can be slightly trickier to charge than cell phones. We highly recommend testing your setup before you leave on your trip and contacting us with any questions.


How long will it take to charge my camera battery?

On the battery, you'll see a Voltage (typically 3.7 or 7.4 V) and capacity (e.g. 1200 mAh). Multiply these numbers together and divide by 1,000 to calculate Watt-hours. A 7.4 V, 1200 mAh battery is a 8.9-Watt-hour battery. With our 4-Watt solar bags and solar chargers, each Watt-hour of battery capacity takes about 35 minutes to charge in direct sun. So an 8.9-Watt-hour battery will take about 5 and a half hours to charge. For our 9- and 10-Watt bags, each Watt-hour takes about 18 minutes. Our 17 Watt and 20 Watt laptop chargers will be even faster.


What camera cradles do you have available?

See the full list here.

Is there a list of which camera uses which kind of battery?

This is constantly changing, but here is the list based on data from photo sharing site Flickr.


Can I see camera charging in action?
solar charger for DSLR
solar panel charger for camera
12V battery pack to charge camera battery
solar power for digital camera
12V battery pack to charge camera battery
solar backpack that charges cameras
portable charger for camera battery
solar power canon dslr