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Recharging Digital camera batteries in London

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Recharging Digital camera batteries in London

Question: If I take a digital camera to london and I need to recharge the batteries, how will I do that? I have a charger, but I doubt it is compatible with the electric system in London, which I believe is 240V.

Can one buy a converter?

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1. Re: Recharging Digital camera batteries in London

Most newer chargers are dual voltage. Look at the tiny print on the charger and if it says "Input 110v - 240v" you can use it in the UK. You'd just need the UK plug adaptor so it will fit in the outlet.

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If its not dual voltage you can buy a converter easily. One note, if the charger is built into the plug, it needs a converter that is ok for use with chargers. Some are not and will fry the charger.

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I sought Kodak assistance online to verify that my converter was built-in before I left. Everything worked out fine with nightly charges using just a plug adapter. Just another source of info/reassurance if your manufacturer has online presence.

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"If its not dual voltage you can buy a converter easily."

It will probably be cheaper, and definitely a lot less heavy, to buy a multi-voltage charger if thats the case.

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5. Re: Recharging Digital camera batteries in London

I believe I saw a charging facililty at at branch of Jessops (chain of camera specialists) recently.

Kodak, TN
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6. Re: Recharging Digital camera batteries in London

Thanks for the responses.

Yep! Sure enough the charger says in plain print, AC in - 100-240V 50/60Hz 23W. I never would have thought to look at that.

so all I will need is the plug adapter.

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7. Re: Recharging Digital camera batteries in London

Just returned from a trip to England(including London), Scotland and Ireland.

We were able to charge our digital camera battery using only an adapter. However, I would suggest that you buy a package of assorted adapters. I found ours at Radio Shack for $12.99 which included 4 different adapters for around the world. The one that worked for all 3 countries we stayed in was a 3 square pin adapter.

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It seems to me that most newer "gadgets" have dual-voltage chargers. When I examined them, I was pleasantly surprised to see that my mobile, digital camera, iPod and laptop chargers were all dual voltage.

Bringing along a little plug adapter is so much easier than the heavy transformer.

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9. Re: Recharging Digital camera batteries in London

We've been in a similar (although reversed!) situation in the early days of digital cameras - & to save all the faffing around just used normal duracells for the period we were on holiday - really easy & no worries.

Whatever you do, carry a few normal batteries (available everywhere!) for those days the charge runs out.

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The camera I have (a Sony) does not use off the shelf batteries: it has a special battery pack. I have two of the batteries so I use one for a back-up. The camera was a gift to me so I can't complain. I was very reluctant to get a digital camera. My daughters all have had them for a long time (years really), but do I ever find a picture in the mail of the grand kids that I can stick on the fridge? NO!!!. I have thought it out and decided that it is really something of a bother to go to the computer bring up your pictures and to print them, or to send them off to a online photo shop where if I want to get one I have to buy it. I hope to do better, but I wonder if I will.