Which type of converter to use?

Jan 13th, 2006, 08:44 AM
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Which type of converter to use?

I will be going to the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Croatia and Slovenia in September 2006. I have a digital camera that does not use the "plain ol'" AA batteries, but a special battery that I recharge with a battery charger.

Last year for 2 weeks in Ireland I just brought 3 batteries with me and I was able to fully charge them before I went and the 3 batteries lasted me the full 2 weeks (came back with 2 fully used and 1 still had about half it's "juice" left).

Since I will be spending 4 weeks traveling in September I didn't want to purchase any more camera batteries (about $35 a pop) but I would like to bring my battery charger to recharge the 3 batteries I have.

My question is, which type of electricity converter do I need, I have the plug adapters and a converter I use for my hairdryer, but I am a bit confused when it comes to the correct converter to purchase for use with a battery charger. I don't want to "fry" my battery charger and be stuck without a camera, especially since I will be spending the last 10 days on the Dalmation Coast of Croatia and I don't want to miss any great photo ops!

Thanks for any advice you can give!
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Jan 13th, 2006, 08:52 AM
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If the camera's charger reads "110/220V" or the like, you're good to go.

If it doesn't, your safest strategy is to buy one that does. Whether a particular converter will work with a particular charger or kill it is a very iffy proposition.
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Jan 13th, 2006, 08:54 AM
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I'm thinking that there is only one 'converter' (other than 'brands').
There are many adaptor plugs, however.
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Jan 13th, 2006, 09:01 AM
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This past May we were in PO/HU/CZ and recharged with ease, versus a previous trip. Lesson learned. We have rechargeable batteries, so our setup calls for a recharger hooked up to a voltage converter hooked up to a converting wall plug. The first trip, the converter wouldn't recharge because its output was in a range, for example, of 0.5W to 10W, while the recharger had a maximum draw of, say, 0.3W. When the batteries ran down, we couldn't recharge them (bought store batteries). 2nd trip, new charger, no max draw, no problem.
I may be wrong, but as long as your converter converts 220V to 110V, you can't fry the batteries; I think 50 cycle current is just "slower" than our 60 cycle current, not "hotter".
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Jan 13th, 2006, 09:10 AM
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Visit www.voltagevalet.com. It contains detailed information and may speak exactly to the questions you raise.
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Jan 13th, 2006, 09:13 AM
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If the voltage converter in question is a "step-down transformer," it will probably work.

If it's a "switching" type (also called "solid state"), it will either work, not work, or blow up your charger. And there's no way to tell in advance.

No one else's experience applies to your situation unless you know exactly what combination of converter and charger they used. Anything else is high-stakes guesswork.

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