I’ve been in a few situations where I either forgot my camera charger at home or where I had no access to electricity. I remember one specific time where I was on my way to a client and I forgot to charge my camera’s battery and I left the charger at home.
The first thing that popped up in my head is whether or not I can charge my camera’s battery without a charger.
As it turns out, all is not lost when you don’t have your camera’s charger with you or when
Can I Charge A Camera Battery Without A Charger? Yes, you can charge your camera’s battery without a charger by plugging your camera into an external power source using a USB cable. While most modern cameras support this feature, it is worth noting that not all cameras support USB charging, so it is best to do your research on your camera model before attempting to charge it via a USB cable.
How Do I Charge A Camera Battery Without A Charger?
It is fairly easy charging your camera’s battery with a USB cable. There are only a few things you need to keep in mind, and a few steps that you should follow.
First, make sure that your camera supports USB charging. Having a USB port on the camera itself does not necessarily mean that it supports USB charging.
Now, you need to find a USB cable. Most camera’s come with a USB cable included, and it is best to use this specific cable to charge the battery. If your camera did not come with a USB cable included then you need to make sure that you source a USB cable that will fit your camera’s USB port.
A Canon camera, for instance, makes use of a Micro-B USB plug for connecting a USB cable to the camera and certain Nikon cameras use a UC-E21 USB cable. So, as you can see, you need to make sure that you have the correct USB cable for your camera. It is best to check your Camera’s instruction manual to make sure which USB cable it supports.
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After you’ve established that your camera can be charged via USB, and after sourcing the correct USB cable, you can attach the USB cable to your camera’s USB port and plug the other end of the USB cable into an external power source.
Important: You need to make sure that your camera’s battery is in the camera, otherwise, USB charging won’t work.
Plugging the USB cable into a wall charger is recommended for quick charging, however, you can use another power source such as a power bank or even a laptop. If your car has a USB port, then you can try that as well.
How Long Does It Take To Charge A Camera Battery?
Now, you might be wondering how long it will take to charge your camera, specifically, how long it will take to charge it without a charger.
Well, the short answer is, it depends on the external power source that you are using.
It takes approximately 2 hours to charge a fully-drained camera battery at room temperature when you are using its charger or when you have it plugged into a wall charger via a USB cable.
I’ve found that plugging it into a wall charger with a USB cable charges the battery quicker than having it plugged into your laptop’s USB port. The same can be noted when charging your phone via a USB cable plugged into your laptop.
While using your laptop’s USB port to charge your camera’s battery does take longer, it is certainly a handy way to charge your camera’s battery when you don’t have access to electricity. I’ve done this numerous times while on the road.
If your car has a USB port, then you can use this as well to charge your camera’s battery. I often use my car’s USB port to charge my phone, and it works very well. In most cases though, your car needs to be running in order for the USB port to charge your camera’s battery.
There you have it. You can charge your camera’s battery without a charger. This can be done by plugging it into an external power source by using a USB cable.
Most modern cameras support this feature, but certain camera models might not have the option to be charged via a USB cable. It is, therefore, best to check with your camera manufacturer if your camera’s battery can be charged via a USB cable.
It can take 2 hours to charge your camera’s battery via a USB cable, provided that you have it plugged into a wall charger. Using another external power source may not yield the same result though.