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Old Feb 12, 2007, 12:51 AM   #1
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Hi All,

Since I got the camera, I've been looking for a viable container to carry a spare battery for my K10. I usually don't carry a bag with me (or leave it in the car), so I always try to carry a spare battery in one of my pockets. Since the terminals are so exposed, it would be prone to shorting out against keys or coins, and I cringe at the idea of my pants bursting into flames (think Sony laptop batteries!! :?)

Everything I've found is either just a little too small, or too bulky. Today I was walking around the grocery store, and thought to take a look at the baby section (since all their stuff is little). I saw a pack of newborn baby booties and knew I had found close to the perfect battery carrier (I got the boy's ones as I favor blue over pink for my camera gear :-)). These particular ones are long enough that I can completely cover the battery body and fold the top over to double the thickness. . . The only thing that I can think of as a negative is that they're not waterproof. I guess shrinkage could be a problem, but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.

They are washable, and I have 5 spares (they came in a package of 3 pair) -- and they are probably the cheapest accessory that I've bought for any of my cameras @ 50 cents each.

Just thought I'd share my discovery (which I am inordinately pleased with :lol

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Old Feb 12, 2007, 8:00 AM   #2
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Well done! I love clever ideas. I still haven't bought a spare battery for the K10 - one of these days I will. The other option might be to buy the grip and then you'd have a spare battery. I ended up deciding to skip the grip - the camera by itself is as heavy as I can manage/carry and think that adding a grip might be a bit too much for me to handle. Besides, my budget is already stretched to the absolute limit at the moment.
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Old Feb 12, 2007, 5:11 PM   #3
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Hi Harriet,

I already have the grip, though unlike quite a few users, I don't like to keep it on the camera unless I plan on needing the extra battery life and want the convenience of the vertical shutter button (which really isn't that often). I usually use relatively heavy lenses, so I usually don't want to carry the extra bulk.

BTW, there's also room to tuck a spare memory card in the battery booty (it's stretchy), so I have the ability to carry both in the most compact and convenient manner that I've been able to find so far.

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Old Feb 12, 2007, 11:00 PM   #4
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mtngal wrote:
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Well done! I love clever ideas. I still haven't bought a spare battery for the K10 - one of these days I will. The other option might be to buy the grip and then you'd have a spare battery. I ended up deciding to skip the grip - the camera by itself is as heavy as I can manage/carry and think that adding a grip might be a bit too much for me to handle. Besides, my budget is already stretched to the absolute limit at the moment.
Not sure I'd bother with the grip but a spare battery is a good idea unless you want to recharge (not great for the battery if under 1/2 discharge) everytime you use it.

Forget Pentax you go on EBAY you can easily find one on EBAY for $15 shipped.... vs $50+... maybe even with a few more maH vs the OEM.

I do carry a bag... so haven't needed the booty solution.... but a very clever one.:-)
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Old Feb 19, 2007, 10:18 PM   #5
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Instead of the Pentax battery, search for NP-400 on eBay. They are Minolta batteries, but are designated for the K10D also. I have 2, and they are great. You can find one for $10 shipped, or two for $15 shipped
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Old Feb 23, 2007, 2:13 PM   #6
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Can you safely mix them?
Let's say a D-LI50 in the body and a BP-200 in the battery grip?

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Old Feb 23, 2007, 3:04 PM   #7
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There are aftermarket K10D batteries on ebay and they are the same mH as the original, while the NP-400 is not. Also my K10D battery came with a plastic cover for the end with the contacts which would protect it while in your pocket.

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Old Feb 23, 2007, 10:27 PM   #8
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Actually my 10Dbattery came with a plastic cap that fits over the contact end of the battery.

So I just rotate it to whichever battery is not in use. (The 3rd party 2nd Batt just came shrink wrapped... no box or anything.)
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