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Old Oct 4, 2010, 12:10 PM   #1
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Default FZ100 battery or car charger

I just picked up my FZ100 this weekend. So far, I'm pretty impressed.

My problem is, I need a spare battery and Panasonic doesn't manufacture them yet.

I then started thinking about a car charger, but with compatability issues, I wasn't sure if the one's I was looking at even worked.

I'm going camping next weekend and won't have access to AC very often. Any suggestions or have any of you had this problem? Did you find either a battery or charger that actually worked with the FZ100?

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Old Oct 4, 2010, 12:32 PM   #2
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This is a real problem. Some people in Canada have reported that they got extra batteries,.....another report said it will be November before they are available.

Probably not much help but I did find that a full discharged battery will crank up to about half charge in 30 minutes and that it takes about two hours to get the full charge back on.

I've found the battery to be a good one. The other day at a Little League game I took over 175 shots (mostly bursts and videos) and didn't make a dent in the fully charged indication. Since then, I've reviewed and edited the bursts and videos many times and still show 2/3 charge.

If you find a battery, please let us know where.

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Old Oct 4, 2010, 3:49 PM   #3
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You could also pick up a power inverter for the charger

http://www.walmart.com/ip/XOvision-3...XO420/11063326
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You can get them off ebay...I have had one for a couple months...
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Thanks Clint. It looks like, for now at least, an inverter is the way to go.
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I keep one in my SUV for laptop, phones, etc. Just light electrical stuff.
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Old Oct 6, 2010, 5:23 PM   #7
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I bought an extra battery from ebay from a seller in japan and the battery works well. I ended up paying around 110 with faster shipping, which is really expensive, but it was the only option I could find to get a battery by the weekend for a trip.
The battery arrived in 4 days, which was pretty good, I think.
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Sounds expensive as you could actually buy a decent pocket camera for that.

I would have made a power supply from a cigar lighter adapter, zip wire & six zener diodes hooked in series (forward conduct mode - assumes 8.4 dc input volts) and a power socket (all from Radio Shack) and used my car battery (dont start the car, just plug in the home made adapter into the receptacle & the other end into the camera. This will allow the camera to be used and/or the battery to charge. Hopefully at a later date, batteries, as they come more numerous, will become available at a much better price.

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Old Oct 7, 2010, 1:59 PM   #9
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yeah 110 is really expensive for a battery.. I can't take my car with me to italy though, so buying it was the only choice.

Seems like most online stores will sell batteries for around 40 dollars when they become available, and because they have a panasonic chip inside, i doubt other manufacturers will be able to make them...

That's to me is by far the worse feature of the FZ100, by the way.. I love the camera for everything else.
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From the sites I've been checking in the US the price is between $35 and $50. for the battery.
(of course no one has it in stock...)
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