Regular visitors to my blog will know that every once in a while I publish an article on equipment and what works well for me. This isn’t so much about camera equipment but more about the equipment that I take with me for USB charging/powering my various pieces of photographic and other kit like my mobile phone, Holux GPS bluetooth data logger etc. when travelling. I’m heavily in to USB charging. 🙂
Some while ago I came across a very nice “waterproof?” zip-up transport case for my chargers and cables etc.. The case has a lot of handy compartments.
- Small wireless keyboard, micro USB charging cable and OTG micro USB adaptor + USB receiver. Works nicely with my mobile phone and makes typing a lot easier.
- 4 x AA USB battery charger for my Garmin GPS batteries.
- Anker 8 Amp, 5 port USB charger which charges 5 device simultaneously.
- Olympus battery charger as a mains-powered backup or to charge another battery at the same time (If I’m ever lucky enough to have a room with more than one accessible mains socket) 🙂 , accepts same figure of eight mains cable as Anker charger.
- USB battery charger for Olympus BLN-1 batteries, really useful bit of kit.
- Additional waterproof camera battery storage boxes.
- UK figure of 8 mains lead and continental 2 pin adaptor.
- USB-charging Bluetooth headphone (I like my music when I’m travelling 🙂 )
- Backup mains-powered USB charger, just in case 🙂
- Spare lens wipes.
- Figure of eight European mains cables for Anker and Olympus chargers.
- USB volt/amp meter, quite useful for checking charging.
- Wireless camera remote control transmitter.
- Small flash gun as I very rarely use flash.
- Wireless remote control receiver.
- Cable for wireless remote control.
- USB LED torch, surprising how often this little fella comes in handy when used with one of my various USB powerbanks.
- Micro USB charging cables, I always carry lots of these 🙂
- Multi-port USB/SD/Micro SD card reader/Hub and USB power cable.
- OTG 128 GB Sandisk micro USB/USB drive, 64 GB Flash drive and backup SD card reader. I sometimes swap these for a 1TB portable USB hard disk but I like the option to have multiple storage backup solutions.
This case works well and stops all my gear rattling around in transit. I never carry my rechargeable camera batteries and powerbanks in hold baggage as they’re not allowed. They travel in my hand luggage in a multi- compartment, flame-retardant LIPO-safe bag which makes it much easier to explain at airport security scans.
BATTERY SAFETY TIPS.
Nearly all my rechargeable batteries including my small USB powerbanks are of the Lithium Iron type, only my phone has a Lithium Polymer type battery. I feel it makes perfect sense to transport them as safely and securely as possible paying particular attention to preventing shorting of battery terminals. Which is why I always carry my spare camera batteries in small waterproof latching plastic boxes when out and about and not loose in my pocket rattling around un-protected with a bunch of keys or other metallic objects.
If anyone wants to view a very sobering demonstration of what happens when one short circuits a lithium battery then watch this video https://youtu.be/HCGtRgBUHX8 and water does not extinguish these battery fires, Co2 type extinguishers do. I guess the take home message is “stay safe and look after your batteries and they’ll look after you”. I never leave battery charging un-attended and that’s another reason why I like being able to use USB charging of multiple batteries at the same time as it minimises one’s turn around time. I’d rather be out and about taking pictures than waiting for batteries to charge up when one’s time is limited. 🙂
Noticed and corrected an amusing typo: I put “carb” reader, must be my conscience kicking in 🙂
PS. Anker USB charger hooked up for simultaneously charging mobile phone, Holux GPS data logger, Olympus camera battery, rechargeable AA batteries and Anker Astro 6700 mAh powerbank. I’ve got to work on my cable management. 🙂