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How to Extend Digital Camera Battery's Life for 10+ Hours?

Discussion in 'Power Electronics' started by ChuckyNorris, Aug 31, 2011.

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  1. ChuckyNorris

    ChuckyNorris

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    I recently purchased a Mini DV VD80 Pocket Digital Video Camera:

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    I would like to have it record 6 hours of continuous video footage. It has a
    Built-in Li rechargeable battery which lasts about 2 hours.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks!

    Edit: 8 GB microSD is the max storage capacity. 40 minutes per GB recording time = about 6 hours of footage.

    Also, the MINI-DV doesn't allow recoding while the battery pack is connected. Using an AC adapter converter to USB also doesn't allow recording since it must be the actual adapter with a mini plug.
     
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2011
  2. davenn

    davenn Moderator

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    well unfortunately thats a really bad design. There's not much you could do without hacking into the camera and bringing the battery connections to the outside so that you could connect a higher capacity battery.
    Either that or get a camera that will support an external supply

    Dave
     
  3. donkey

    donkey

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    this seems too small to add anything. a new case would be needed and then a bigger battery. thats the only way i can see it
     
  4. ChuckyNorris

    ChuckyNorris

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    Is it possible to connect the Li battery (connected to the camera) to another Li battery, and have it charge and power the camera at the same time?

    Also, the battery is: 120 mAh 3.7V

    Would I be able to use a bigger battery (i.e. 2Ah 3.7V) to extend the time is stays charged?
     
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2011
  5. davenn

    davenn Moderator

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    no, you have already said.....
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    the only real choice is as I said in my first post :)

    Dave
     
  6. ChuckyNorris

    ChuckyNorris

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    I was thinking of trying something like this:

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    How would I connect the battery to the circuit on the camera and still be able to charge it with the charger?

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