Adaptor for battery charger
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Mar 18, 2013 1:13 AM Last Post By: qwbwzy
Feb 12, 2013 11:26 AM
Adaptor for battery chargerWhat is the current in Greece? We know we need to purchase an adaptor to charge the camera (lithium ion) battery, but want to make sure we purchase the correct adaptor.
Is there a place near central Athens where we can purchase a battery charger rather than an adaptor? This is for a Nikon AW100 camera. The battery is, as noted above, a lithium ion battery.
Feb 12, 2013 11:56 AM
Feb 12, 2013 1:03 PM
2Unfortunately, the charger (which came with the camera) is rated only for 110, and Nikon has been unhelpful. The owner's manual says not to charge using an adaptor (violates warranty if we do), but Nikon says they don't sell a charger for use in Europe. (We find that hard to believe, but despite two phone calls can't seem to get Nikon to tell us how to purchase anything that can be used in Greece.) The online support personnel have told us to purchase an adaptor, even after we point out that the owner's manual warns against doing that. Lithium ion batteries are a little tricky to charge, from what I'm reading, so we'd like to ensure we don't end up ruining a battery or, worse, having the potential for fire by charging incorrectly. And even with a second battery (charged before we leave), we will almost certainly run out of power before we return.
We will probably not consider Nikon for future camera purchases because of this. The owner's manual is written in several languages, so it seems unlikely they don't sell battery chargers for other than 110.
Feb 12, 2013 2:01 PM
3Your adapter has a specification data plate or embossing that tells you what the input, output and milliamperage is. I've been using a Coby CA-33 universal Power adapter that covers just about every setting needed. It comes with a voltage selector switch and a selection of input jacks to fit all sorts of electronic devices. They're not expensive so you can afford to buy one to see if it fits your needs. Just be sure that when you're in Greece you set the input voltage to 220 or you'll burn it out.
You'll also need a plug end adapter to change the two flat blades that plug into an American outlet to two round prongs that plug into a Greek outlet.
Feb 12, 2013 2:04 PM
Feb 12, 2013 5:17 PM
5It's 240 vac in Greece, European Schuko sockets are normally used.
MH-65 is 100-240 ~ vac according to Nikon, so all you need is a plug adapter, sometimes called 'continental adapter', or another cord as supplied in Europe for two round pins like schuko.
Check by looking at the printing on the adapter that it is 100-240 ~vac.
All you will probably need is this, should be able to get one at a major European airport:
No need these days to fiddle around with voltage adapters.
Feb 13, 2013 1:00 AM
I find this hard to believe. These days, what electronic gadget is not rated 100-240 v? They're all made for international markets. As Ouzo says, the camera manual itself specifies rated output as 100-240, and the charger should have the info printed on it. I've had a Nikon and used their charger on 5 continents.
Feb 13, 2013 9:57 AM
7I have had a succession of Nikon digital cameras, both SLR and point & shoot. These were all bought through US sources. Every single one had a charger rated at 100-240V 50/60Hz. Look a little closer at the specs on the charger. Some of the Nikon chargers say 120V 60Hz, but have a separate section called "Foreign", which shows 100-240V 50/60Hz.
The instructions not to use an adapter are probably because you don't need one. If Nikon is telling you they don't sell chargers for use in Europe, that probably means they don't sell chargers with Schuko plugs. You don't need one with a Schuko plug anyway — do as I do and use the charger with a US-Schuko adapter, which can be bought for a few dollars.
BTW, I have lots of gadgets (cell phones, cameras, iPads, e-readers, etc) and they all come with 100-240V 50/60Hz chargers. What good would they be if you couldn't use them abroad?
Feb 13, 2013 11:49 AM
8BTW, the Nikon AW100 user manual shows it comes with the MH-65 Battery Charger, which has a rated input of 100 to 240V, 50/60Hz, just as I said in my previous post. You can find the specs toward the end of the manual, In Technical Notes and Index page 23. If you can't find your user manual, you can download it at http://www.nikonusa.com/pdf/manuals/kie88335f7869dfuejdl=-cww2/AW100EN.pdf
Mar 5, 2013 5:44 AM
You could check that one.
Mar 18, 2013 1:13 AM
10All kinds of camera battery and charger.
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