Ok, I've been meaning to write this article for a while, so here goes...
The biggest shock to me moving from film cameras to digital last year was how much battery life is reduced by, not only that, but now my Nikon doesn't take standard AA batteries available almost anywhere when Im out and about and they run out. This is a problem for me as I do a lot of trekking.
I have finally found the solution however!
For a Christmas present this year, I received the following solar charger:
It works great, I tie or tape it to the back of my bag when I'm trekking and then when sleeping, I chuck it into my phone/ ipod etc to charge it up.
Ok sorry for boring you camera fanatics, but bare with me...
I've finally found the adapter to plug my camera battery into it:
Now, I can charge my camera with a little bit of sunlight wherever I am in the world!
The solar panel is VERY rugged, consider it the D3/1D of solar panels. I've stepped on it, dropped it, caked it in mud, and it doesn't even show any signs of use! The charger if Im honest is a bit tacky and bulky to throw in my backpack, (although probably not as bulky as all my film used to be).
Im sure the first question on people's minds will be does it work, to which I can only answer, surprisingly well. The pack will charge fully over half a day or so, even in some pretty bleak and overcast British conditions. And then putting it to charge my camera battery, charges it to the max. Please note that by to the max I mean that it lights three of three panels in my cameras battery indicator and this isnt a very precise scale. It does seem to last as long as a regular charge however.
The reason for starting this thread I suppose was to see if anybody else solar charges their SLR's and to let people know that it is possible, please dont hesitate to post any questions below!