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Offline Andy

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« on: February 11, 2007, 10:26:33 am »
Hi
We have an olympus mju 725 camera that we are using on a long tour, starting in San Francisco 5 month duration. We need to locate a solar charger for it (Lithium battery). Any help much appreciated.
Cheers Andy


Offline Badger

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« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2007, 07:51:10 pm »
Andy there are alot of chargers out there however other then ni cad batteries most other rechargibles do not like trickle charging in fact they won't charge.  However technology is always changing so there might be something out there.  


Offline JayH

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« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2007, 10:53:47 am »
Check out the Brunton line of solar chargers... they make some fairly costly chargers from a roll of solar cells. I've seen them at STP before (sierratradingpost) but I would talk to Brunton first about the feasibility of them. I have no personal experience of using them and if they work as Badger mentions.  Best bet would be to talk to Brunton...

Jay


Offline Sailariel

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« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2007, 12:53:57 pm »
Andy, You might want to check out some of the Green Stores. I checked with ours here in Belfast and they don`t have anything. A Lithium battery needs a goodly amount of juice charge it. Once charged it does last a while. The beauty of the Lithium battery is that unlike NiCd or NiMh, it does not develop a memory. My recommendation would be to find an AC Fast charger for your battery, get a spare battery, and plug in at campgrounds, motels, etc. every couple to three days, rotating the batteries through the camera. We do this with our cell phone and have had no problem.


Offline Sailariel

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« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2007, 12:53:58 pm »
Andy, You might want to check out some of the Green Stores. I checked with ours here in Belfast and they don`t have anything. A Lithium battery needs a goodly amount of juice charge it. Once charged it does last a while. The beauty of the Lithium battery is that unlike NiCd or NiMh, it does not develop a memory. My recommendation would be to find an AC Fast charger for your battery, get a spare battery, and plug in at campgrounds, motels, etc. every couple to three days, rotating the batteries through the camera. We do this with our cell phone and have had no problem.


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« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2007, 03:19:14 pm »
I've been really happy with my solar panels by Brunton, the brand JayH mentioned. Silva is another decent brand with some more afforadable price points. Contact either company regarding compatability and available adapters before you buy!

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Offline WesternFlyer

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« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2007, 04:12:03 am »
Try Real Goods/Gaiam, http://www.gaiam.com/, they are the Harris Cyclery of solar equipment with a very good technical staff to answer questions.

I don't like to leave a trail of dead alkaline batteries as I travel down the road.  I ride with my front and rear flashers on while on the road day or night and so also need to charge AA and AAA batteries--beside the camera and my cell phone.  Real Goods has a couple of products that can do that and even more like running a lap top.

Ride hard and long and safe and fully charged
Robert


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« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2008, 06:55:35 pm »
 E BAY, enough said...

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