Top positive review
An excellent product.
9 December 2016
I do travel photography and carry at least 3 different types of cameras on each trip. This implies that I have to carry 3 different types of battery chargers. These chargers, together with the cables and plug adapters take up valuable space. I am looking for a universal charger where one device can charge the 3 different types of camera batteries. I need the universal charger to be robust and reliable but yet compact. As it is an all purpose device, I expect a degradation of performance in the battery charging.
• Battery might not be fully charged
• Takes longer to charge the battery
I have found the “unbranded” chargers difficult to use – fiddly to make good contact with the battery for satisfactory charging.
I tried this universal charger (a black plastic case 10 by 5 by 1.5cm). The contacts are adjusted by handles and the battery is held tight in position by a slider. The device automatically detects the appropriate voltage and polarity. There is a LCD panel which provides information on the charge status: Voltage, % charged, current applied (mAmpH) and the time charged (in hours and minutes).
Charging indicator – It provides the number from 0 to 100%. The fully charged battery was checked by placing the battery in the original charger.
Accept many types of camera batteries. I have Lumix and Fujifilm X cameras. Could not get to charge the Olympus camera battery.
It is small and compact. Occupies less space than the 3 chargers combined.
It uses power from a USB cable. I carry a multiple USB port to charge other equipment. Therefore, there is no need for extra equipment.
Have not found any yet.
Please refer to the photographs
1. Charging a Lumix battery from 0 to 100%.
I took the battery from the camera and fitted it in the charger. This battery was “flat” as the camera could not operate. The readout gave a 0% reading. Within a minute when I took the picture, it was reading 25%. The battery was fully charged at 100% after 2 hours and 14 minutes. Quite a reasonable time when charging a battery from 0%. I checked this battery with the original charger, it confirmed that the battery was fully charged.
The original charger would have taken about 2hrs to full charge the battery.
2. Thoughtful design
The battery charger is essential for the continued use of the cameras in a travel photo shoot. I cannot afford any malfunction or damage to this essential piece of equipment.
There are 2 external contacts that make contact to charge the battery. Therefore, the metal contacts are essential to the operation of this battery charger. Should they be deformed or damaged, this charger would not work. These metal contacts can be moved with the handles below. When the charger is not in use, these contacts can be moved under the slider for protection. This minimises the chances of potential damage.
Camcaddy2 - Compact Universal Camera battery charger. Exactly what I have been looking for. I would certainly recommend it as a Universal camera battery charger.