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power my D5100 with a 12 volt car battery

fletch5100

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fletch5100 Registered since 15th Mar 2013
Fri 15-Mar-13 08:02 PM

I'm going to be doing time lapse photog in remote areas for 12 hour (or longer)shoots.
I want to power my D5100 camera with a small 12 V deepcycle battery - (around 10 to 30 amp hour capacity)
I know the AC adapter from Nikon puts out 9 volts and is used with the EP-5A power connector.
I also know that 12 V DC to 9Volt DC adapters are available to step down the battery voltage for the camera. The camera will work with NIKON EN-EL14 batteries that have a charge of from 7.5 to 9 volts.
The only problem I see is the wiring from the 12v to 9v adapter to the EP-5A power connector.
I cant find a product out there to power My camera directly from a 12V auto battery so I will have to rig it myself.
Does anyone out there know anything about doing this kind of thing for time lapse outdoors?

MEMcD

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#1. "RE: power my D5100 with a 12 volt car battery" | In response to Reply # 0

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Fri 15-Mar-13 07:39 PM

Hi Brian,

Welcome to Nikonians!
Have you considered getting a 12 volt to 120 volt AC converter?
Then just plug the EP-5A into the converter just like you would plug it into the wall at home.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

coolmom42

McEwen, US
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#2. "RE: power my D5100 with a 12 volt car battery" | In response to Reply # 1

coolmom42 Moderator Awarded for her enthusiastic support of the community and exemplifying the Nikonian mission “Share, Learn and Inspire” Nikonian since 30th Nov 2011
Sat 16-Mar-13 11:38 PM | edited Sat 16-Mar-13 11:38 PM by coolmom42

>Hi Brian,
>
>Welcome to Nikonians!
>Have you considered getting a 12 volt to 120 volt AC
>converter?
>Then just plug the EP-5A into the converter just like you
>would plug it into the wall at home.
>Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!


This is good advice. Look for a 12V power pack, designed for camping or outdoor use. Then get a small inverter. You can get a 200W 12 V DC to 120 V AC inverter, with 2 AC outlets, at Walmart for less than $25. Then plug in normally to the inverter.

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arc2456

Pickering, CA
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#3. "RE: power my D5100 with a 12 volt car battery" | In response to Reply # 2

arc2456 Registered since 24th Jan 2013
Sun 17-Mar-13 07:13 PM | edited Sun 17-Mar-13 07:15 PM by arc2456

You could also try Radio Shack or The Source or equivalent places.
I got one that I can plug into the cigarette lighter in my car.
Useful for powering other things too like laptops and cell phones.

Tony

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