Solar Chargers for DSLR Camera Batteries Jeff August 25, 2010 All, Devices 65 Comments Update: Visit our current guide to charging DSLR Camera Batteries which includes our latest products and is kept up to date. Here’s a brief guide to turning your solar charger into a digital camera battery charger. Basic Concept: Most camera batteries need to be removed from the camera and charged from a special cradle designed to fit that specific model battery. The cradle that comes with your camera plugs into the wall, but most likely will not work from solar. You need a cradle that has been designed to charge from a car socket, and ideally one that has been tested to work with solar output. Car charger cradles look like this: Always Test Before you Travel: We’ve tested all the camera chargers we sell on our site to make sure they work well with solar. Some camera chargers available online will not work with solar as their internal circuitry is setup to look for a higher current or other issues. Either way, we recommend you always take the charger for a dry run before traveling. Drain the battery in your camera, then put it out in the sun for 5-8 hours. Depending on the battery size, it should read full (See Estimating Charge Times Below). Connecting to the Charger: Our 4 Watt solar chargers have two cables coming from the panels. One has a Mini USB tip that connects to the USB battery and the other is round. Connect your camera cradle to this round output via one of the universal adapters included with your bag. If your battery is 7.4Volts, you will also need to change the setting on your charger to 12V (remember to switch it back to 6V when charging the Voltaic USB battery). If your battery is 3.7V, try charging from 6V first and switch to 12V only if the 6V doesn’t work. Remove the Mini USB connection to the Voltaic battery for faster charging of your camera battery, otherwise you’ll be splitting the power. Estimating Charge Times: On the battery, you’ll see a Voltage (typically 3.7 or 7.4V) and capacity (e.g. 1200mAh). Multiply these numbers together and divide by 1,000 and you’ll get Watt-hours. A 7.4V, 1200mAh 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. Direct Sun Works Best: As with all solar charging, direct sun is best. Make sure the panels are pointed towards the sun and no part of the panels are in the shade. If the panels are dirty, simply wipe them with a damp, soft cloth. 65 Responses Jeremy Bryner April 30, 2011 So if I own a Nikon d90, how would I charge my batteries with your system? The D90 uses a EN-ELe battery. Your charging system has looked like the best option for me vs finding every little piece myself. I will be in the backcountry backpacking for weeks at a time, and I need a way to keep my camera going the whole time. Can you guys help me please. Thanks, Jeremy Bryner Reply admin April 30, 2011 Hi Jeremy, You would need our EN-EL3 camera cradle (confirm the battery inside your D90 is EN-EL3), available on our adapters page. Once you have one of our chargers, there is a switch that sets the output to 12V. Connect the cradle directly to the output of the solar panels and point the panels towards the sun. Does that help? Reply Jay April 28, 2012 Hi Jeremy… I also have a D90 and I’m headed to Peru in June for three weeks… This looks like a great backpacking solution. Did you purchase this system and did it work well for you? Thanks in advance… Jay George Lacy May 22, 2011 Can I use a EN-EL3 cradle to charge a 3.7V 600mAh EN-EL10 battery? Reply admin June 14, 2011 Hi George, Unfortunately, no. Use this one: http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-EN-EL10-Replacement-Battery-Charger/dp/B003D8I25G/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1308009793&sr=1-2 Plus our 3.5×1.3mm adapter as per above. Reply Corbett Jones June 13, 2011 Im looking to charge the popular Canon 7D/5D battery, the LP-E6. I noticed that you dont have an adaptor for it up on your site. Are you working on one or is there another work around that will work to charge these batteries? Thank you! – Corbett Reply admin June 14, 2011 Hi Corbett, This one seems to work fairly well with our testing: http://www.amazon.com/Premium-Compact-Battery-Charger-LP-E6/dp/tech-data/B002WNP4RM It is not fancy, but does a relatively good job converting solar into battery power. You’ll need our 3.5×1.3mm adapter to connect from our panels (set to 12V) to the cradle. If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a ring back tomorrow — and we do recommend testing before you head out on any trip. Simply, drain the LP-E6 and then connect it to the panels for 4-5 hours of direct sunlight. You should see it make reasonable progress towards being fully. Reply Richard June 15, 2011 How about a Canon NB7L battery? Which charger will work? Reply admin June 15, 2011 Use this one: http://www.amazon.com/Compact-Battery-Charger-PowerShot-G12/dp/B004GNUOW6/ref=sr_1_9?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1308099268&sr=1-9 (plus our 3.5×1.3mm adapter) Reply thomas verbeke June 16, 2011 could this work with a EN-EL14 battery? What adapter do i need? thx Reply admin June 16, 2011 Hi Thomas, Get this one: http://www.amazon.com/Battery-Charger-Nikon-EN-EL14-ENEL14/dp/B004S57F4M Plus our 3.5×1.3mm adapter Reply thomas verbeke June 25, 2011 Are you familiar with this manufacturer? have there been any test using this setup? So basically i want to be sure this is going to work before i order anything 🙂 thank you very much for your answer Thomas V. Will June 20, 2011 How about a Canon NB4L battery? Which charger would you suggest? Thanks. Reply admin June 20, 2011 This one: http://www.amazon.com/Battery-Travel-Charger-Adapter-Digital/dp/B000U96EW4 Reply Will June 20, 2011 Thanks for the link. Do you also know what adapter I would need for this? I’m assuming 3.5×1.3mm adapter. admin June 22, 2011 That’s correct. Tony Johansen June 24, 2011 How about a Panasonic BLB13E battery for GH1 Micro For Thirds camera? It is 7.2V Reply admin June 24, 2011 I would suggest this one: http://www.amazon.com/UpStart-Battery-NDMW-BLB13-Replacement-Panasonic/dp/B0040NCEFC/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1308929122&sr=8-8 + our 3.5×1.3mm adapter. It looks very similar to the ones we’ve tested, but we haven’t purchased one from this company before so I would still recommend testing when you get it. -Jeff Reply Katie July 7, 2011 I have a Canon PowerShot SX130 IS that I’m using AA Lithium batteries in. What battery charger pack should I buy that would be able to charge up with this solar charger? Thanks! Reply admin July 7, 2011 Does it say in the manual whether the SX130 will work with rechargeable NiMh AA batteries? If so, you could charge the AAs from a AA USB charger like this one: http://www.amazon.com/Targus-Usb-Aaa-Battery-Charger/dp/B0025X1ASG/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1310075060&sr=8-3 That works with all of our chargers. It won’t recharge AA Lithium batteries, only AA NiMh. Jeff Reply Katie July 10, 2011 Thanks for the info Jeff. Looks like that AA USB charger is out of stock. Would this one work too? http://www.dealextreme.com/p/aa-aaa-batteries-usb-charger-67 Tim Presley July 14, 2011 I have a Sony Nex-3 with an NP FW50 battery. I am looking to buy a solar charger that can charge this but have been unsuccessful so far. If I bought the Amp Solar Charger, what else would I need to buy so that I could charge my camera battery with it? Thanks! Reply admin July 15, 2011 Hi Tim, You would need to get this charger: http://www.amazon.com/Compact-Battery-Charger-Sony-NP-FW50/dp/B004460DIA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1310688789&sr=8-1 Plus our 3.5×1.3mm adapter to connect from the Amp to the cradle. Reply Anas July 19, 2011 How about a Canon NB6L battery? Which charger will work? Reply admin July 19, 2011 http://www.amazon.com/Compact-Battery-Charger-Canon-NB-6L/dp/B001R6LRM6/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1311078145&sr=8-8 Plus our 3.5×1.3mm adapter Reply GBC July 23, 2011 Hi, I ha ve a Fuse Solar Charger, I want to charge the battery for a Panasonic DMC ZS7, which charger suggest?? THX Reply admin July 25, 2011 This one: http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS7-Digital-adapters/dp/B0040ILTKI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1311596063&sr=8-1 Plus our 3.5×1.3mm adapter to connect from the charger to the cradle. Reply The Dude August 1, 2011 What about for the Canon NB-2LH batteries for the old Digital Rebel XT circa 2006? Thanks. Reply admin August 1, 2011 Hi Brian, A classic battery. It is the same one as in my Canon G9 – I use the one available on our site: https://www.voltaicsystems.com/adapters.shtml#camera Reply Steve August 11, 2011 Is there a cradle for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3? Reply admin August 11, 2011 Hi Steve, you might want to read through the compatibility details thoroughly, but it seems like this is compatible: http://www.amazon.com/Compact-Battery-Panasonic-DMW-BCF10-DMW-BCF10E/dp/B002T1PRPQ/ref=sr_1_9?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1313021892&sr=1-9 …plus our 3.5×1.3mm adapter to connect to the cradle Reply George September 6, 2011 Hi, when will you carry the Canon Rebel T2i cradle? I’m looking to do a few full reviews on my website within the next month. Can you have them available by then? I’m aiming to purchase maybe two bags and a bunch of accessories as well so please let me know. Thanks! Reply admin September 6, 2011 Hi George, We should have the cradle for the LP-E8 battery (the kind in the T2i) in about 7-10 days. We just ordered them a few days back. Thanks, Jeff Reply Ryan September 10, 2011 Hey I know you get a lot of these posts, and im sorry to add another one, but i was wondering if you know of a charger that would work for my Nikon D3000, it uses a EN-EL9a lithium ion battery pack…thanks in advanced Reply admin September 11, 2011 Hi Ryan, You can use the EN-EL9 cradle on our site: https://www.voltaicsystems.com/adapters.shtml#camera Reply Kris December 27, 2011 Hi, do you have a cradle for the panasonic gh2 or can you recommend one? thx Reply admin December 27, 2011 Hi Kris, You can use this one: http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH2-Digital-adapters/dp/B004LTT994/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1325019451&sr=8-1 Reply Sergio January 19, 2012 Hi, great product. What would I need for the sony Alpha 230? thanks Reply admin January 19, 2012 http://www.amazon.com/NP-FH50-Premium-Compatible-HDR-CX100-Cybershot/dp/B003EEPSDS/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1326980727&sr=8-4 Plus our 3.5×1.3mm adapter to connect from the solar charger to the cradle. Reply Victoria March 31, 2012 What solution would i use to solar charge a nikon d3000? Reply admin April 6, 2012 EN-EL9 cradle (available at https://www.voltaicsystems.com/camera plus any of our chargers. The larger chargers will power the battery quicker than the smaller ones. Reply angelina dreem August 5, 2012 Hey Voltaic! i have a Sony Alpha55 with a NP-FW50 Battery i believe, whats my best bet for using a solar bag charger? I dont see my battery in your selection. love Angelina Reply admin August 6, 2012 Hi Angelina, Thanks for your note. We do have an FW50 cradle here: https://www.voltaicsystems.com/camera – see the last row of camera cradles. The FW50 is a fairly large camera battery (9.6 Watt hours). Any of our solar chargers will power it, so if you need a very fast charge (<7 hours), I would go with one of the larger units: Spark, Fuse 10W, etc. If 7-8 hours charge time is ok, then the Amp, Fuse 4W, Switch, etc. with 4 Watts of power are fine. Jeff Reply C-Dan December 17, 2012 Can you tell me in short what I’ll need to charge my D3200’s battery. It’s a ENEL14. I’ll obviously need the ENEL 14 cradle, will third party cradles work? And what else will I need? Can you please link the products? Thanks! Reply admin December 17, 2012 You need one of our 4W or higher solar chargers on our site (this is really all our solar chargers). The larger the charger, the faster the charge on the ENEL14. Many, but not all 3rd party cradles work…if you have some time, you should definitely test before you go. If you do get a 3rd party charger, you should also get our 3.5×1.3mm adapter which connects from the solar panels to the cradle – http://secure.voltaicsystems.com/cgi-bin/UCEditor?merchantId=VOLTA&ADD=3511-3513 Hope that helps, Jeff Reply Pat February 3, 2013 Hi there. Need a bit of help, please. I recently purchased a Nikon D3200 digital camera. It takes the EN-EL14 7.4V 1030mAh 7.7Wh Nikon Lithium battery. I have 2 batteries but still never seem to have enough for the many extended backcountry trips I’m accustomed to making. I want to purchase a solar powered charger to carry along. Exactly what all will I need? Do you folks sell the cradles for above mentioned batteries for your solar chargers are can you direct me to someone who does? Thanks so much. Reply admin February 4, 2013 Hi Pat, Our guide to charging camera batteries is here: https://www.voltaicsystems.com/camera To charge your D3200, you could get our Fuse 4W (https://www.voltaicsystems.com/fuse4w.shtml) and the EN-EL14 cradle: https://www.voltaicsystems.com/solar-camera-charger.shtml#general3 Hope that helps! Jeff Reply Eduardo Barreto Alexandre July 29, 2013 Hello, I’m planning to buy your Voltaic Fuse 4W Solar Charger with the V39 Battery Upgrade to use in my vacations. The main reason I need the Charger is to charge my Nikon D5200 which uses EN-EL14 battery. Watching the youtube movie from the DSLR Charging guide, I noticed that you directly plugged the cradle to the Solar Panel switching the voltage to 12V. My question is if it is possible to use the V39 battery as well to charge the EN-EL14 battery when there is no sun? Thanks! Reply admin July 29, 2013 Hi Eduardo, You cannot use the V39 to charge the EN-EL14 battery from the cradle. The issue is that the cradle needs 10-20Volts to work and the battery outputs 5V. If you want to be able to charge directly from a battery, you need one of our laptop chargers like the Fuse 10W. Thanks, Jeff Reply Eduardo Barreto Alexandre July 29, 2013 Hi Jeff, Ok, I was looking about the Fuse 10W and it looks like a better solution for my needs, but there is one thing I’m not so sure. I saw some reviews from people attaching the Fuse 4W to a bike like this one http://bicycletouringpro.com/blog/voltaic-fuse-solar-charger-my-1-year-review/ , the size is perfect to do it, but I’m not so sure if the size of the Fuse 10W will be too large to use on the rear rack of a bike. Do you have some video, image or source talking about this? Thanks again! admin July 29, 2013 It is a bit larger than the back rack, but you can secure it, see: https://www.voltaicsystems.com/solar-chargers-for-bicycle-touring.shtml Here’s the specific picture: https://www.voltaicsystems.com/img/fuse10w-rack.jpg kody May 20, 2014 Looking for a way to charge my omd em1 battery. It is a dln1. What what would be min required? Reply admin May 20, 2014 Hi Kody, You’ll need a BLN-1 camera charger that charges from DC like ours, see: https://www.voltaicsystems.com/adapters.shtml#camera From the solar perspective, you’ll need one of our chargers that is capable of 12 Volt output. The smallest one we recommend is the Fuse 4W. If you were trying to charge the battery relatively quickly, I would go with either our 7 or 12 Watt Kit. If you also want to charge a laptop, the Fuse 10W is a good choice. You can watch the video at https://www.voltaicsystems.com/camera Reply Harship March 14, 2016 what would you suggest for Canon 600D ? Voltaic Systems March 15, 2016 Hi – if you’re not trying to charge a laptop, I would go with the Arc 8W with V44 upgrade, Fuse 6w with V44 upgrade or Fuse 9W. If you’re trying to charge a laptop, Fuse 10W, Arc 20W Kit and 17 Watt Kit are our most popular. neer December 2, 2014 can somebody help me in understanding this accesorie and how I use it for my canon eos 50D ? I m going to hilly areas after one week where no electricity source is plz help me understanding this better Reply Tenesor Diaz July 7, 2017 Hello, I have a Nikon D7200 and Macbook pro that I will take with me during my bicycle world tour starting next summer 2018. what will you recommend for these devices? look forward to your response thank you. regards Tenesor Reply Voltaic Systems July 7, 2017 Either the Fuse 10W or the Arc 20 Watt Kit plus our EN-EL15 and MagSafe adapter for the MacBook. The Arc 20W has a great balance of power, price and size but it difficult to mount on the bike while riding. The Fuse 10W can be mounted on panniers, but has less power than the Arc 20W. See: http://www.voltaicsystems.com/arc20w-kit http://www.voltaicsystems.com/fuse10w http://www.voltaicsystems.com/macbook http://www.voltaicsystems.com/nikon-en-el15-charger Reply Carol October 21, 2017 Will your product work for a Canon LP-E8. I am going to Tanzania In the summer of 2018, we will be in a tent camp and I am not sure if we will have power to charge up my camera battery Reply Voltaic Systems October 23, 2017 Yes – I personally have a camera with an LP-E8 battery (T4i) and use the system all the time. You will need this adapter and any of our solar chargers – https://www.voltaicsystems.com/canon-lp-e8-usb-charger Reply Rachel May 17, 2018 Hi, I have a Canon PowerShot SX530 HS, which uses a NB-6LH 3.7V Li-ion battery. Do you have a USB camera (battery) charger that would work with this? If not, is there a product you recommend? I’m going to be in a tent camp for 30 days in Kenya starting in a week and a half, so would it arrive in time? Reply Voltaic Systems May 17, 2018 We have this adapter that will connect to any USB source – https://www.voltaicsystems.com/canon-nb6l-usb-charger The Arc 10W Kit is a good choice for travel – https://www.voltaicsystems.com/arc10w-kit We ship ex-New Jersey. All orders ship out same day if placed before 12 noon Eastern Time. Reply Rachel May 17, 2018 Thank you so much! The price is reasonable, as well. Do you also have an adapter that will work for a Sony Handycam’s battery: model number NP-FH50 6.8V, by any chance? This is for a camcorder. Reply Voltaic Systems May 17, 2018 We have the FM50 but not the FH50. You can find some on Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/OAproda-FDR-AX100-HDR-CX675-HDR-PJ760V-HDR-PV790V/dp/B0728JZ682 Reply Rachel May 17, 2018 Perfect! Thank you so very much! 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