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02-11-2012, 03:43 PM   #1
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New baby... (and a battery charger question)

Just got the K-5. Sitting at a coffee shop charging the battery, hoping I can shoot some before it gets dark (OTOH, I don't need to worry about that anymore, do I?)

Also got a couple manual lenses to play with. So it will be fun.

Oh, I will have so many questions, because I am one that obsesses about the tiniest of things.

Here goes one: I will immediately need a second battery/charging solution. I like leaving one home and carrying one with me. The question is, given that I already hate the charger it comes with, what are my options? Something smaller? Maybe *without* a separate cable (which will inevitable get left behind in a hotel room)? Some way to charge in camera? An caddy of sorts to let me use AA/AAA batteries (rechargeable or otherwise)?

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Get the battery grip, and don't skimp by getting the el-cheapo one, you'll regret it (search the forum). Pentax D-BG4 Battery Grip for Pentax K-7 & K-5 39846 B&H
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Hello, I've been looking into this myself. The best solution it seems is to get the battery grip that allows the use of AA batteries.
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Here are the after market charger options.

And here is Pentax battery grip, third party model available on ebay but the official one is said to be better quality.

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LOL! A charger for $0.19?
I suppose I can afford to buy one for every single plug at the house and charge anywhere.
02-11-2012, 04:13 PM   #6
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LOL! A charger for $0.19?
I suppose I can afford to buy one for every single plug at the house and charge anywhere.
Meh. It goes up to $6.99 when you go to buy it, but still not a bad deal.
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Yeah, I saw that too. Figured it had to be a mistake even with the shipping. But what the heck, I did the one-click thing and we will see what happens. It is one of the chargers I was looking to buy anyway. When I got the k-5 I figured I would need another charger and extra batteries, etc. But the battery lasts so long I'm not sure I need a spare charger.
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Well, picked up the charger, but didn't dare buy cheap batteries. Plus found a 90 degree viewfinder attachment (gotta get that free shipping you know).

We'll see how deep this rabbit hole goes. Already spending money and my battery isn't even charged yet.

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I have never once shot so much that I got my battery indicator down to 1 bar, let alone running out of power. This includes a 4 day camping trip in Death Valley.

I'm not saying nobody has extra power needs... but make sure you have that need before spending money.
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I have never once shot so much that I got my battery indicator down to 1 bar, let alone running out of power. This includes a 4 day camping trip in Death Valley.
Well, I didn't get extra batteries yet. Most of the time when I need a spare is when it is cold outside and the battery just doesn't last, and there is need for another one sitting in a warm pocket.

But I sure do need an extra and different charger to carry around because I hate things in many pieces like the charger it comes with.
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Indeed. Not a lot of cold weather shoots here in sunny L.A.
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Bonjour,

I purchased the Adorama PT-44 charger with the "Power 2000" battery. Both work great together and seperately ... here's the link:

Adorama PT-44 AC/DC Rapid 8.4 volt Battery Charger for Pentax D-Li90 reviews - Pentax Camera Accessories: Database and Reviews

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I ended up ordering this one: Amazon.com: PRO SERIES AC & DC Pentax D-BC90 Replacement D-LI90 / Dli90 Battery Charger For Pentax K-5 / K-7 / K-R / 645D Digital SLR Cameras: Camera & Photo

Preferred this one because of the USB charge connector at the bottom.
As long as I am carrying a charger, it might as well do double duty, and would be nice to have in hotel rooms and coffee shops where free outlets are at a premium.
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Let me know how this works for you ... SVP

QuoteOriginally posted by atekant Quote
I ended up ordering this one: Amazon.com: PRO SERIES AC & DC Pentax D-BC90 Replacement D-LI90 / Dli90 Battery Charger For Pentax K-5 / K-7 / K-R / 645D Digital SLR Cameras: Camera & Photo

Preferred this one because of the USB charge connector at the bottom.
As long as I am carrying a charger, it might as well do double duty, and would be nice to have in hotel rooms and coffee shops where free outlets are at a premium.

Bonjour atekant,

Could you let me know how this works, "s'il vous plait" (SVP) ...

I'm curious because I'm not quite sure how it could work for both the K-r and the the K-5/7 ... since they are quite different batteries ...

If it does work, then great. I would get one since it could serve both my K-r & K-5 and be USB compatible, etc.

As the French say, "Merci d'avance!" - Salut - J Frog
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There are also hi-charge batterys for use in K-5, but no idea if they work. With a noirmal battery you can make plenty pictures, unless you are of to do video and use liveview, since then they will deplete rapidly.
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