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SRHEdD

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Nice that the same cord now charges my phone AND my camera. Anyone tried their car charger on their camera? Sure would be handy!
 

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My 5N came with an original Sony charger, I'm assuming they don't that anymore? The day I bought my NEX, I also got a spare battery together with the memory card. I always have the other fully charged and ready to go. I hate waiting for a battery to charge when I need it...
 

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My 5N came with an original Sony charger, I'm assuming they don't that anymore? The day I bought my NEX, I also got a spare battery together with the memory card. I always have the other fully charged and ready to go. I hate waiting for a battery to charge when I need it...

My 5RK just came with a USB cable and a wall-wart USB charger. I bought an aftermarket charger and two batteries from Amazon, but I haven't tried either of the aftermarket batteries yet.
 

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Anyone here with electronics knowledge who thinks it would be safe/unsafe to use a USB car charger to charge the camera/battery combo? Or a USB adapter and the USB cord that came with the camera?
 

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Anyone here with electronics knowledge who thinks it would be safe/unsafe to use a USB car charger to charge the camera/battery combo? Or a USB adapter and the USB cord that came with the camera?

I don't, but you could try and then tell us if something happen : P
 

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Anyone here with electronics knowledge who thinks it would be safe/unsafe to use a USB car charger to charge the camera/battery combo? Or a USB adapter and the USB cord that came with the camera?

I'm not an electrician or electronics expert, but USB is pretty well-defined; I've been charging my 5R off a powered USB hub since I got it; I've never plugged the sony-provided charger in. The Sony USB charger for my 5R is stamped as 0.5A -- I might hesitate a minute before plugging the camera into a 2 amp ("iPad grade") USB charger, but I'd think any quality USB car charger in the 0.5 - 1 amp range should probably be fine. The 2 amp would probably be fine too - I'd hesitate, but if I needed a charge and it was what I had, I'd try it.

(of course, if you try this and your camera blows up, the cat typed this while I was outside taking pictures)
 

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I will start by saying I haven't tried this. That being said. The wall wart that came with my 5N is output rated 8.4 volts at 0.28 amps.

I would start by comparing these specs to your car charger. My car charger is rated 4.75-5.35v at 1 amp.

Where as in a standard PC USB the output is 5v and .5 amps for USB 1.0 and 2.0, USB 3.0 is rated at .9 amps output same 5v.

So what this says to me is you should be safe, just will take a while longer because of the considerably lower voltages in USB. The amperage is not so insanely more that I dont think it will fry anything.

Also keep in mind that if the PC has dedicated USB charging jacks (some new ones come with them) the output voltage is still rated at 5v, but could be as high as 2.1 amps (standard charge amperage for ipads).

Again, these are just my opinions, try at your own risk.
 

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I just got my Nex 6 the other day, and I've charged it with my blackberry charger. I noticed that the light sometimes blinks, so my guess is that this is not an ideal way to do it. It is very convenient, though.

Also, is there any concern about the USB connection going back from too much use?
 

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