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Aug 16, 2017 10:58 |  #16

DaviSto wrote in post #18428990 (external link)
In the UK, ExpressPro sell their own Ex-Pro branded version through Amazon. There seems to be a good range of plates available for sale either with a base unit or separately. ExpressPro seem to be one of the best of the Chinese goods resellers. They appear to be pretty careful about what they choose to put their name on and offer a good service.

https://www.amazon.co.​uk ...smid=A15TW43BF9Y9WW​&psc=1 (external link)


That's cool, but fyi, those plates (and the charger they go on) do not look like they are the same as the ones the Neewer charger uses. They might not be compatible, (although from the photos, even though the plates are different, they do look like they might be physically compatible) and the dual charger is certainly a different unit without the much desired LCD read out.

I know of at least two completely different plate systems available.
Lenmar was the first to do this, going back to at least the late 1990s,. and they still support that system. Haven't seen any on Amazon in the US, but a google will lead you to them. Plates are usually around $5.00. Adorama sells them for $3.00!!

The more recent one is Watson. They make all the plates easily available.

I am not at all sure why the plates found on so many of these Chinese parts like Neewer and Wasabi are hard to find.


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Aug 16, 2017 11:25 |  #17

OK, bless Adorama again!

First, here is the same charger under two different names;

https://www.adorama.co​m/gxch2.html (external link)
https://www.adorama.co​m/vova1202.html (external link)

And if you search Adorama for "Smart Charger plate volta" you will get a ton of the plates, all only $1.99 :) :) :)

....no idea if my search link will remain working;
https://www.adorama.co​m ...smart+charger+plate​+volta (external link)


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Aug 16, 2017 11:45 |  #18

CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #18429231 (external link)
That's cool, but fyi, those plates (and the charger they go on) do not look like they are the same as the ones the Neewer charger uses. They might not be compatible, (although from the photos, even though the plates are different, they do look like they might be physically compatible) and the dual charger is certainly a different unit without the much desired LCD read out.

I'm pretty sure it is essentially the same unit ... although not very well presented in the marketing photograph. The design does look slightly different. It certainly includes the LCD read out and the specification includes identical functionality: L/H charge rates; AC/DC power supply; high output 2.1A USB charge port, etc.

I can find the actual identical base unit produced by Topmax (at a better price) but only with a Nikon plate and no separate plate availability (not a lot of use to me). Bottom screenshot shows this one.

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Aug 16, 2017 11:48 |  #19

Ah, that one does look correct. I had found a different one;
https://www.amazon.co.​uk ...fRID=C3DKT4SG2VQSEY​QFH1T1 (external link)


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Aug 16, 2017 12:54 |  #20

The plates for the Neewer chargers look to be identical to the plates that come with the Wasabi chargers. The Wasabi chargers are essentially free when in a package with a couple of Canon replacement batteries. I have a few of the Wasabi chargers. The ones for LPE6 and BP511 appear to be identical and the plates are interchangeable with each charger. The voltage output in these two chargers is listed at 8.4 volts.

I also have a Wasabi charger that I got with replacement batteries for a Sony RX-100. Outwardly, the charger is the same shape as the ones for Canon, and the plates will interchange. However, the voltage in the Sony replacement is listed at 4.2 volts.

So, if the Neewer and the Wasabi plates are the same, the plates can also be had with an order of Wasabi batteries. I'm not sure what, if any leeway there is regarding differing voltage outputs.




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Aug 16, 2017 13:59 |  #21

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The plates for the Neewer chargers look to be identical to the plates that come with the Wasabi chargers. ...

They are.
This was part of my first post. I was using the Wasabi Fuji charger plate with the Neewer charger in Botswana.
I also included an extensive list of other compatible "brands" in that post.


As for voltage, I am pretty sure that the charge voltage is read from the battery,. that most any modern charger will have flexible output voltage, but I suppose I could be wrong. I will look to see what is listed for the Fuji vs. the LP-E6 that I have already tried.

Usually in a case like this, if the physical part is made to fit (ie: the plates are interchangeable) than that should = no fear of voltage concerns. If I can find two differing voltage chargers, I will be happy to risk a fried battery to test, but again, I believe they should work fine.


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Aug 16, 2017 20:58 |  #22

CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #18429383 (external link)
They are.
This was part of my first post. I was using the Wasabi Fuji charger plate with the Neewer charger in Botswana.
I also included an extensive list of other compatible "brands" in that post.

As for voltage, I am pretty sure that the charge voltage is read from the battery,. that most any modern charger will have flexible output voltage, but I suppose I could be wrong. I will look to see what is listed for the Fuji vs. the LP-E6 that I have already tried.

Usually in a case like this, if the physical part is made to fit (ie: the plates are interchangeable) than that should = no fear of voltage concerns. If I can find two differing voltage chargers, I will be happy to risk a fried battery to test, but again, I believe they should work fine.

I've been keeping an eye out for your photos from Botswana. I'm looking forward to see how your new 500 ll and 5D IV worked for you.


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Aug 21, 2017 17:15 |  #23

Jake, I'm confused. What did you plug into that was DC current? And why wasnt AC available? I haven't experienced that YET.




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Jake, I'm confused. What did you plug into that was DC current? And why wasnt AC available? I haven't experienced that YET.

Jeep 12v socket, I imagine.

Mains or even generator power is not to be relied upon outside the big cities in much of Africa (and inside the big cities may be a good deal less than desirable). It won't be a problem if you're staying in nice swanky hotels, of course. Maybe Jake wasn't.


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Jake, I'm confused. What did you plug into that was DC current? And why wasnt AC available? I haven't experienced that YET.

The backie's cigarette lighter.
We were camping in tents on top of the backie for 8 days.

We had Hippo, Elephant and of course monkeys right in our campsites. With the occasional Jackal, Hyena and Lion very near by :eek:

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DaviSto wrote in post #18433535 (external link)
Jeep 12v socket, I imagine.

Mains or even generator power is not to be relied upon outside the big cities in much of Africa (and inside the big cities may be a good deal less than desirable). It won't be a problem if you're staying in nice swanky hotels, of course. Maybe Jake wasn't.


No hotels. We had three very nice nights in lodges, and two nights in a rented house. Two of those lodge days were at the start and end of the trip, about 20 minutes from Maun airfield.

Days in places with power in red

Fri 20 ------ Backpackers Lodge, MAUN
Sat 22 ----- Xakanaxa - Moremi, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Sun 23 ---- Xakanaxa - Moremi, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Mon 24---- Khwai - Khwai River, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Tue 25 ---- Khwai - Khwai River, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Wed 26 --- Savuti - Linyanti, Botswana
Thur 27 --- Muchenje - Chobe, Botswana
Fri 28 ----- Muchenje - Chobe, Botswana
Sat 29 ---- Kazungula Residence - Chobe, Botswana
Sun 30 --- Kazungula Residence - Chobe, Botswana

Mon 31 --- Senyati Lodge - Lesoma Valley, Botswana
Tue 1 ----- Nxai Pan Camp - Kalahari, Botswana
Wed 2 ---- Nxai Pan Camp - Kalahari, Botswana
Thurs 3 ---- Backpackers Lodge, MAUN


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CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #18434114 (external link)
No hotels. We had three very nice nights in lodges, and two nights in a rented house. Two of those lodge days were at the start and end of the trip, about 20 minutes from Maun airfield.

Days in places with power in red

Fri 20 ------ Backpackers Lodge, MAUN
Sat 22 ----- Xakanaxa - Moremi, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Sun 23 ---- Xakanaxa - Moremi, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Mon 24---- Khwai - Khwai River, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Tue 25 ---- Khwai - Khwai River, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Wed 26 --- Savuti - Linyanti, Botswana
Thur 27 --- Muchenje - Chobe, Botswana
Fri 28 ----- Muchenje - Chobe, Botswana
Sat 29 ---- Kazungula Residence - Chobe, Botswana
Sun 30 --- Kazungula Residence - Chobe, Botswana

Mon 31 --- Senyati Lodge - Lesoma Valley, Botswana
Tue 1 ----- Nxai Pan Camp - Kalahari, Botswana
Wed 2 ---- Nxai Pan Camp - Kalahari, Botswana
Thurs 3 ---- Backpackers Lodge, MAUN

Whoah ... living the easy life. You've just got to love 24hr room service! Still, I bet most places you stayed, they could find you a cold beer if you really needed it. :-)

Africa!!!


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Sep 20, 2017 17:48 |  #28

Been reading about the LP-E6 and the LP-E6N...


Apparently the LP-E6N has a slightly better life.

But, will this charger Jake posted charge both types? I got the LP-E6N with my camera but the extra battery B & H sent with the camera is a Watson LP-E6. I haven't had any problems charging with the charger that came with the camera (80D) but just wanted to check on this issue.




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Sep 22, 2017 13:54 |  #29

Does the 5D4 come with the "N"?

If so then it's charged them and I have not seen any difference either way.


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