BLS-5 battery ability to hold a charge (travel)

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I'll be taking my new E-PL5 on a two-week family trip overseas (UK). Instead of buying a UK battery charger, I'd prefer to just bring 3 or 4 pre-charged batteries.

However, I'm not confident how long the things will hold a charge sitting wrapped up in the camera bag. I know that most NiMH batteries bleed charge pretty quickly, but I don't know much about these Lithium-Ion things. Will a fully-charged battery keep at least most of its charge for 9 or 10 days? Obviously if I got desperate I could probably find a charger in London somewhere, but I'd rather not have to semi-plan on that.

This seems like a common question but some time searching hasn't found anything. Apologies if it's in an obvious FAQ I'm too blind to notice.
 

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I've not seen any significant discharge over 1-2 months. They're FAR better than NiMH batteries (at least other than eneloop NiMH cells, which are also designed to hold a charge long term).
 

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Why not just bring an adapter? Surely you'll need it for charging other electronics, and they only cost a few dollars. Plus you'll have peace of mind knowing you can recharge the batteries if you end up shooting more than you expect. 2 weeks is an awfully long time for 3-4 batteries — when traveling I normally drop a spare one in my day bag as it's not unusual for me to use up a whole battery in one day (~250-300 shots).
 

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The batteries should hold their charge for that long of a period. I have found my camera batteries do discharge to a certain extent but usually over a matter of weeks.

Why not just bring an adapter? Surely you'll need it for charging other electronics, and they only cost a few dollars. Plus you'll have peace of mind knowing you can recharge the batteries if you end up shooting more than you expect. 2 weeks is an awfully long time for 3-4 batteries — when traveling I normally drop a spare one in my day bag as it's not unusual for me to use up a whole battery in one day (~250-300 shots).
:thiagree: - See above. I see no reason not to just pick up an adapter or two for your trip. As long as the battery charger is rated for both voltages all you need is a simple (cheap!) plug adapter. You don't need to buy a separate charger. Heck if it wouldn't cost me more to mail it to you than it's worth, I'm sure I have an extra one floating around from when I lived in London for a semester.

I'm not an E-PL5 owner but I looked it up on Olympus' site for you. If this is the charger unit you have:

http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/accessories/camera/batteries-chargers/lithium-ion-battery-charger-bcs-5.html

Then all you need is a plug adapter or compatible cable. It even says right in the overview "The BCS-5 is the dedicated lithium-ion battery charger for the BLS-5. The BCS-5 is compatible with the international power supply of 100-240V AC." so you're good to go!

:smile:
 

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If you have not purchased the batteries yet, you could pick up 2 wasabi batteries and charger for $26. Add an adapter for the British plug and you are good to go. The wasabi charger has fold out plug. It makes a better travel charger than the Olympus.

What are your reasons for leaving your existing charger at home?
 

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Yes, I agree - get an adapter. I use the BLS-5 in my EPL2 and just going to the Oregon coast for 4 days I found that I had recharged both batteries at least once.
 

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The following options should all work

1. The Olympus batteries should be OK for two weeks (tend to be better than clones).
2. Buy a US to UK plug adaptor for your unit the charger itself is the same. Should not be expensive.
3. If you are anywhere near Manchester I will provide you with a UK lead you can use for nothing.:)

The figure of 8 style plugs used on the charger are pretty common over here so someone in the family may have one you could borrow.
 

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Definitely take an adapter. Won't you need one for other things like tablet, phone??? Also agree should only need only 1 fig 8 cord I only take one on all OS trips as I found it fitted both the the camera charger and video Cam charger. Also a double adapter is useful. Cords & adapters are light and take up almost no room at all.
 

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I'm glad you see the ease and importance. You would hate yourself to discover you were out of juice for the last several days of your trip. My travel always include 4 batteries and 2 chargers. May sure to bring extra memory card(s) too. Enjoy your trip.
 

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Yes, adapters ordered. I'm so glad I posted this (totally dumb) question, because the realization that I don't actually need special electronics is huge. I've been to Europe before of course but I guess this is the first trip in the modern era of "everything's a computer".

Hoping to find the experience of picking up some SIM cards for a family full of smart phones to be non-taxing :) Thanks again everybody!
 

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Yes, adapters ordered. I'm so glad I posted this (totally dumb) question, because the realization that I don't actually need special electronics is huge. I've been to Europe before of course but I guess this is the first trip in the modern era of "everything's a computer".

Hoping to find the experience of picking up some SIM cards for a family full of smart phones to be non-taxing :) Thanks again everybody!
Just verify that the phones are gsm phones. Having a local Sim is great. You should also see what the cost is to access the internet via the phones.
 

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Oh yes they're all GSM phones. Two are already unlocked but I need to buy out the contracts on the other three. Travelling with 3 16 year-olds (triplets) all with their own phone needs is pretty insane. Also I'm quite sure that mobile internet is far cheaper on a (good) pay-as-you-go SIM than it would be via the US carrier.
 

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Oh yes they're all GSM phones. Two are already unlocked but I need to buy out the contracts on the other three. Travelling with 3 16 year-olds (triplets) all with their own phone needs is pretty insane. Also I'm quite sure that mobile internet is far cheaper on a (good) pay-as-you-go SIM than it would be via the US carrier.
You are probably correct - we did the same on our trip to the USA ( from the UK) with two teenage kids and bought prepay sims. It also means no nasty shocks when you get home.
 

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I've found that more often than not, it's extremely useful to takes small, compact power strip with you when travelling that matches the number of devices you have with you. I travel with two cameras with incompatible batteries (E30+Pen), Android phone and tablet, as well as a proper notebook, and taking a small power strip let's me run everything in parallel with just one adapter, rather than running serially charging one device after another and/or having multiple adapters to buy. Plus you can use it at home for the exact same purpose. :)
 

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We have one of the Anker USB chargers and it has charged everything we have thrown at it. Apple, Sony, Kindle, HTC, Motorola etc etc. doesn't even get warm - Recommended.

Instead of a power strip we have a "snake" we made from four figure of eight leads into a single plug. This allows us to charge two Olympus and two Panasonic batteries at the same time or others. Takes much less space than a strip.
 

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Thanks all - this trip it's just my one camera, and then a big pile of USB devices :) One of my sons is determined to bring his laptop despite my advice against it, so that'll work for charging a couple of USB devices. I might get a USB multi-charger but I think we'll be OK shuffling between the three UK adapters I picked up (thanks to this thread).
 
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