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07-02-2016, 09:42 AM   #1
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Longest battery life models - Preferably AA battery and waterproof.

I am leaving on a trip in 5 days that will require us to travel light. Too light for my SLR. In fact, tooth brush and more than 1 underwear is out of the question. Climb up Mt. Veniaminof in Alaska, cross the glacier to the active part of the volcano, pack-raft down a river, visit walrus colonies and hot spring on our way up Bristol bay. Ideally I would like to find a water proof point and shoot that accepts AA batteries. I doubt this is available anymore because the industry ignores those of us who travel without access to electricity. Even Pentax has almost entirely abandoned those of us who need AA for wilderness and travel reasons. If not available, a very long lived rechargeable battery camera would be ok if I purchased many batteries.

ANY SUGGESTIONS?

older models, even of lower megapixels would be appreciated, although i doubt i could secure them in a short amount of time unless still on the market. If it is something i can buy locally that is better because with the July 4th holiday and a early flight on the 7th.... even next day shipping is going to be difficult.

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If you take a USB-rechargeable model, a good quality USB power bank will have much better power density than single-use AA batteries.
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Lithium Energizer AA non-rechargeable are excellent. And I believe they work in the K200d (which you have?)

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QuoteOriginally posted by dms Quote
Lithium Energizer AA non-rechargeable are excellent. And I believe they work in the K200d (which you have?)
He says in the first post he doesn't have room for an SLR. I think the idea is to go smaller and lighter.
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Lithium Energizer AA non-rechargeable are excellent. And I believe they work in the K200d (which you have?)
YES. I wish I had room and weight for a SRL. But on this trip i am not even able to bring a change of underwear. It is going to be really tight. The weight of food, ropes, (we are not even using harnesses, just swiss seats), rafts, etc... no room for a SLR. The entire group is going to share 1 point and shoot. I wish i could bring the k200. I also wish the k-70 and the WG waterproof cameras took AAs.

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If you take a USB-rechargeable model, a good quality USB power bank will have much better power density than single-use AA batteries.
I have not explored this. But it sounds heavy and too expensive to dispose of in villages (not any on this trip) or split up at caches. I will investigate.

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If you take a USB-rechargeable model, a good quality USB power bank will have much better power density than single-use AA batteries.
Thanks for the speedy response and offer. I returned your PM.


I might try to fix an old nikon coolpix and use that. but it is far from weatherproof. And it needs to be held together with rubber bands. hahahaha

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Just wanted to thank everyone for the help especially those PMing me offering to next day air an old AA camera. Nikon still makes AA point and shoots. The coolpix L line. I had a L1 that lasted FOREVER. I got a new L31 for $60 at a local store. I really really wish Pentax's waterproofs point and shoots were sold local and ran off AAs.

I will investigate USB chargers as my pet peeve with the GoPro is the proprietary batteries running out the first couple weeks. And it appears that even Pentax DSLRs are soon going to be rechargeable. But just basic thermodynamics would suggest going from chemical (redox) to electrical to chemical (almost identical redox) is going to lead to some lost energy. But i will investigate for next trip. I so wish we had room for the k200 and some real glass.

MANY THANKS!!!

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great links. good finds. thanks.

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Enjoy the trip and post pictures when you return!
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