tpjct Webster Groves, US Nikonian since 14th Dec 2007
Mon 20-Aug-12 08:10 PM
"Charging D90 battery while in the U.K. on a tour..."
Will be on a several week tour of Scotland, Wales, Ireland & England , coming from the U.S. Will obviously need to repeatedly charge the battery on my U.S. model D90 while there. If I have an adapter designed to plug into the outlets in those countries, will I also need to use the converter that came with the adapter to lower the voltage for the Nikon charger or is that feature built into the charger itself ? The guy at the local camera store here said he thought the converter feature was already built into the Nikon chargers. Can someone that knows for sure verify that ?
gkaiseril Chicago, US Nikonian since 28th Oct 2005
Mon 20-Aug-12 08:25 PM
#1. "RE: Charging D90 battery while in the U.K. on a tour..." In response to Reply # 0 Mon 20-Aug-12 08:32 PM by gkaiseril
Check the label on the charger. Like many modern electronic power supplies, it can handle multiple AC voltages and frequency cycles. It should be able to handle 100-240 Volts AC and a frequency cycles between 50 and 60 cycles per second or Hertz. You will only need a new cord or if you watch the cord for overheating a plug adapter.
"Yes, Nikon Digital SLR cameras have an auto switching (from 100v to 240V 50hz/60hz) battery charger that will work in most countries around the world. A/C adapters have similar characteristics. Always check the specification plate on your other battery chargers or A/C adapters as third party products may not support dual voltage systems. We do not suggest the use of third party battery chargers and A/C adapters with Nikon equipment.
"Note that the cord included with the Nikon charger or A/C adapter is designed for 110 volt use only. A power cord suitable for the local power system should be obtained on arrival, most airport shops and computer suppliers will carry these items which are typically used for laptop conmputer power supply connections. Be sure that the new cord you buy fits the Nikon adapter you wish to use it with and that it is rated for the voltage in your new location. While not recommended, a simple plug adapter may be used, but caution should be taken as the cord Nikon supplies is not rated for the higher voltage and may heat or fail."
ShrimpBoy Brighton and Hove, UK Nikonian since 08th Jan 2006
Tue 21-Aug-12 03:55 AM
#2. "RE: Charging D90 battery while in the U.K. on a tour..." In response to Reply # 0 Tue 21-Aug-12 03:57 AM by ShrimpBoy
What George has posted makes sense. I knew that the power brick itself can handle both voltages but I hadn't really thought about the cord overheating.
Several years ago I bought the 1600W version of this converter. I have it set to act as a transformer, in other words to convert the UK's 240V to the 110V that US appliances like. It works like a charm and I have no worries about my gear burning up.
Floridian Tallahassee, Florida, US Nikonian since 11th Feb 2007
Tue 21-Aug-12 06:25 PM
#4. "RE: Charging D90 battery while in the U.K. on a tour..." In response to Reply # 0
I'll confirm what José told you. I've used the Nikon battery charger I bought in the US with the cord that came with it, and just an adapter plug, all over the world with no problems. You don't need a voltage converter, and the US cord works fine and does not overheat.
limeyzen Waynesville, US Nikonian since 27th Aug 2011
Wed 22-Aug-12 11:47 AM
#7. "RE: Charging D90 battery while in the U.K. on a tour..." In response to Reply # 4
Let me add my voice to the chorus! I recently returned from the UK and while there used my US charger without a problem. Did get a UK cord for it and used it so cannot comment on efficacy of US cord. I also got a spare battery just in case and would suggest you do same. have a great visit.