###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 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 chargers are fast and deliver up to 800mA at 7.4 Volts (XYZ 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 for any of our tablet chargers. For point and shoot cameras, any of our smartphone chargers will do.

Charging from the Voltaic battery

  • Connect USB cable from battery to cradle and activate power output of battery.
power bank charger for camera battery
solar camera battery charger

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 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

Option C: Battery-Free System - Use any of our 12 Volt Chargers

If you are charging a DSLR occasionally, are weight conscious and don't need to charge a smartphone, you can choose one of our smaller systems. As long as you have good sunlight, the Amp, (7 Watt Kit, 12-watt-kit) will work. Please note that these systems will only charge directly from the solar panel.

Charging from a 12 Volt system

  • 1. Disconnect the Voltaic battery so all the power goes to the camera battery
  • 2. Set the Voltage switch on the circuit box to “12V”
  • 3. Connect the 3.5x1.3mm adapter (included with every 12V camera cradle we sell) to the output of the solar panel and then to the camera cradle
  • 4. Point the solar panels to the sun
unplug Voltaic battery
set switch to 12 Volts
charge camera battery


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 8- and 10-Watt bags, each Watt-hour takes about 18 minutes. Our 16-Watt laptop charger will be slightly 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