I have 600 hundred USB-C chargers everywhere; in my car, next to my bed, in my bathroom, in the garage, in my camera bag. You know what I never forget to pack? The battery charger for my camera. Yes, you can charge the battery with the camera itself for most of Sony’s Alpha cameras, but no self-respecting photographer has time for that – you’re too busy shooting! Nitecore comes to the rescue, with its ridiculously smart battery with a built-in USB-C connector. Use a USB-C power brick or battery pack to charge your camera batteries on the go.
The batteries themselves are standard 7.2 volt, 2,250 mAh lithium-ion batteries, roughly comparable to Sony’s own NP-FZ100 batteries. Sure, those things sell for $80 or so, and Nitecore’s other accessory battery packs sell for about half that. The company has not disclosed the price tag and has not suggested what the premium will be for its USB-C rechargeable batteries. As a photographer who is both forgetful and often not planning ahead, I’d be happy to pay the same price Sony charges for its InfoLithium batteries, just for the convenience of charging them where I find myself running low.
It’s one of those innovations where you go “well…damn, why aren’t all batteries like this!?” Battery manufacturers, if you’re reading this, you’ve got your marching orders. Put some charging circuits in your batteries and let me charge on the go.
This post A camera battery with a built-in USB-C charger wins ‘I didn’t know I needed this’ – TechCrunch was original published at “https://techcrunch.com/2022/04/19/nitecore-battery-usb-c/”