We love all things photography here at Voltaic and want to help all you shutterbugs out there keep your digital cameras powered through the day with clean, renewable solar energy.  We’re expanding our selection of solar camera charging cradles based on new and popular models.  To help us get an idea of what you’re most likely to be shooting with, we turned to Flickr for stats on the most popular brands and cameras by use.  To help you find out which battery charging cradle you’ll need to power your camera from solar, we dug through the manufacturer sites to find out which battery those cameras use.  Below are the top 50 cameras from the top 7 brands and the battery they use (sorted by average daily users on Flickr).

Our next to-do is to make sure we have all those cradles in stock. We have most of the Canons and Nikons but were short on Panasonic and Sony cradles. Click here to learn more about solar charging digital cameras. Click here to see the camera cradles we have in stock.

Brand Model Average Daily Users Type Battery Type
Nikon D90 4885 DSLR EN-EL3e
Canon EOS 5D Mark II 3996 DSLR LP-E6
Canon EOS REBEL T2i Also known as EOS Kiss X4, EOS 550D 3527 DSLR LP-E8
Canon EOS REBEL T1i Also known as EOS 500D, EOS Kiss X3 3345 DSLR LP-E5
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi Also known as EOS 450D, EOS Kiss X2 3336 DSLR LPE5
Canon EOS 7D 3333 DSLR LP-E6
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS Also known as EOS 1000D, EOS Kiss F 2708 DSLR LP-E5
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi Also known as EOS 400D, EOS Kiss X 2706 DSLR NB-2LH
Nikon D5000 2060 DSLR EN-EL9/9a
Canon EOS 50D 2003 DSLR BP-511
Nikon D7000 1970 DSLR EN-EL15
Nikon D700 1936 DSLR EN-EL3e
Nikon D80 1925 DSLR EN-EL3e
Nikon D3000 1886 DSLR EN-EL9/9a
Canon EOS 40D 1861 DSLR BP-511
Nikon D3100 1714 DSLR EN-EL14
Nikon D300 1695 DSLR EN-EL3e
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT Also known as EOS 350D, EOS Kiss N 1609 DSLR NB-2LH
Nikon D40 1604 DSLR EN-EL9/9a
Canon EOS 60D 1505 DSLR LP-E6
Nikon D60 1472 DSLR EN-EL9/9a
Canon EOS 5D 1213 DSLR BP-511
Nikon D300S 999 DSLR EN-EL3e
Nikon D200 941 DSLR EN-EL3e
Nikon D50 688 DSLR EN-EL3e
Canon EOS 30D 646 DSLR BP-511
Canon EOS 20D 642 DSLR BP-511
Canon PowerShot S95 557 Point & Shoot NB-6L
Nikon D70 539 DSLR EN-EL3e
Nikon D40x 527 DSLR EN-EL9/9a
Canon EOS REBEL T3i Also known as EOS 600D, EOS Kiss X5 523 DSLR LP-E8
Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS Also known as Digital IXUS 80 IS, Digital IXUS 82 IS, IXY Digital 20 IS 516 Point & Shoot NB-4L
Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS Also known as Digital IXUS 95 IS 423 Point & Shoot NB-6L
Canon PowerShot G11 421 Point & Shoot NB-7L
Panasonic DMC-GF1 420 DSLR BLB13
Nikon D3 416 DSLR EN-EL4
Canon PowerShot SD780 IS Also known as IXY DIGITAL 210 IS, Digital IXUS 100 IS 415 Point & Shoot NB-4L
Sony NEX-5 415 DSLR NP-FW50
Canon EOS Digital Rebel Also known as EOS 300D, EOS Kiss 404 DSLR LP-E5
Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS Also known as IXUS 130 398 Point & Shoot NB-4L
Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS Also known as IXUS 105 388 Point & Shoot NB-6L
Sony Alpha DSLR-A200 387 DSLR NP-FM500H
Canon PowerShot G10 381 Point & Shoot NB-7L
Canon PowerShot G12 377 Point & Shoot NB-7L
Canon PowerShot SD1000 Also known as Digital IXUS 70, IXY Digital 10 375 Point & Shoot NB-4L
Canon PowerShot S90 372 Point & Shoot NB-6L
Nikon D70s 359 DSLR EN-EL3e
Panasonic DMC-LX3 336 Point & Shoot S005
Nikon D5100 327 DSLR EN-EL14

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33 Responses

  1. Freija Michiels

    I use a Sanyo Xacti VPC-WH1 camera. Which back pack solar panel adapter for loading the battery do I need?

    Next to that I would also like to be able to charge the battery of a still camera (Traveller UW 8 Outdoor-Sports) which uses an external battery charger. Same question here again: which back pack solar panel adapter do I need for this?

    Both cameras were purchased for use in Europe.

    Thank you in advance.

    Best wishes,

    Freija Michiels

  2. Blair


    I have a Panasonic DMC-ZS7 camera. The charger says it is a DE-A65. The battery says DMW-BCG10PP. Don’t see any cradles for my camera. Am I out of luck when it comes to using your product?

    • admin

      Hi Janine,

      What are the digits after the XP? 50? 20? Better yet, can you remove the battery and tell us what ID is on the battery? Should be something like NP-45.


      • Janine

        It is a lithium ion battery pack.

        It says NP-45A 3.7V, 700mAh (min.) and typ. 720mAh, 2.6Wh


  3. Beth

    I have a canon XA10 video camera with a 7.4V Lithium battery. Is there a charger available for it and which Solar Charger would i need to work with this and give a complete charge? Thankyou

    • admin

      Hi Beth,

      There are lots of cradles available for the XA10 – here’s one that would work -http://www.amazon.com/BP-819-BP-827-Compatible-Battery-Charger/dp/B003CQBS8M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1344443817&sr=8-1&keywords=bp808+charger

      Does the back of your battery say 890mAH? If so, any of our chargers would work – the Fuse 4W is the most popular. Read more about camera charging here: https://www.voltaicsystems.com/camera


  4. Whitney

    I have a canon power shot A3400 and it has a NB-11L battery. Do you have a charger that will work with that?

  5. Carrie

    I have just bought a new camera last summer. It is great for backpacking, water proof, shock proof, crush proof, and cold proof. There was only one thing, a rechargeable battery. I love this in theory, cheaper and better for the environment. One problem having enough power throughout my backpacking trips. (1 week to 3 weeks) I have a Pentax WG 2 camera. Is there any charger that is compatible with the solar charger?

  6. Menno Dekhuyzen

    I am from the netherlands.
    I am in the proces of buying a new camera.
    The Olympus TG-2 this has the LI-90B Lithium-ion battery.
    I don’t see this one in your list.
    When you have this cradle it’s more likely I will buy your solar Charging system.

    • admin

      Hi Menno,

      Thanks for your interest in Voltaic. Its the same cradle as the LI-50B. We will try and make this clearer on the site… Jeff

  7. J. Hong


    I have a Nikon d7000, and its battery is EN-EL15 (7.0V, 1900mA, 14Wh).

    I’ve read your descriptions, however, I cannot get which one should I have to buy.

    I wonder which one of your product is suitable for my nikon. I am planning 1 month trip in Lapland, Sweden.


    Best wishes,

    Jeong Hong

  8. CHPalmer

    What charging solution will work with a Nikon D4? It uses the EN-EL18 battery.

    Heading to Everest Base Camp and am trying to plan on several nights of shooting extended astro-photography series – 2,000 to 3,000 consecutive images.

    Thanks in advance for your help.

  9. Rick Thompson

    I have a Pentax Optio W20 camera with a D-LI8 Battery. Do you have a solar charging solution for this camera and battery?


  10. Henrique

    Hi ! I have a Pentax K10D with a D-LI50 7.4v 1550mAh = Minolta NP 400. Do you have a solar charging solution for this camera and battery?

  11. Alan Bundy

    Hello, I recently purchased the EOS Cannon (Rebel) SL1 DSLR camera for my bicycle touring. I believe the battery is an LP-E12 battery 7.2v. I don’t see that number in your list of cradles. Do you have an option to charge this battery?

    Thanks for your help.


    • Voltaic Systems

      Hi Alan – thanks for letting us know of our oversight. We added that option and should be able to ship out on Friday or next Monday.

  12. Umar

    Plz get a cradle for the Nikon D4. That will be amazing. Cradle should match the MH26, battery model is EN-EL18. Thanks.

    • Voltaic Systems

      Hi Umar,

      We keep looking into options but haven’t found one we like yet. The issue is that the EN-EL18 is an 11.1V battery vs 7.4 for most DSLRs. Thanks for encouraging us to keep pushing on this problem.

  13. Joseph


    I have a Panasonic GX7 it uses the battery BLG10. Do you have a cradle to allow me to charge from one of your products.




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