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HELP!! - In Oman without a battery charger (GF2)

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by wattseee, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. wattseee

    wattseee Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 14, 2011
    Hi all,

    the good news. I'm in Muscat (Oman) for a couple of days and was really looking forward to the trying out my new GF2. The bad news. My battery is flat and I left the charger in Abu Dhabi!!.

    I'm absolutely shattered. not being able to use the camera is killing my enthusiasm for getting out and seeing the sites. The 45degC heat and high humidity might have something to do with it too!.

    So far I've managed to track down the local Panasonic store, and while they had pictures up of a GF1 they don't actually sell it, or any of the G series. Their stock of cameras seems to consist of only P&S. They told me to try a big electronic store on the other side of town (E-Max), so I did, but again only P&S.

    A couple of questions:

    - What chargers (particularly those for panasonic P&S cameras) will charge GF2 battery??

    - Does anyone know of anyone in Muscat who might be able to charge my battery for me.

    any help would be greatly appreciated.


    PS. on a side issue. how worried should I be about condensation on/in a camera going from air-con inside to high heat and humidity outside?
  2. Kade.Sirin

    Kade.Sirin Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 23, 2010
    Las Vegas
    On the side issue, you shouldn't be worried too much about the condensation issue.

    Between travels to Hong Kong and the a/c inside & tropical outside, and the ultra-dry Las Vegas (and humid casino interiors) I haven't had a single issue. I don't think you'll have a problem either.

    Now on the battery side. I don't think the DWM-BLD10 is used by any other camera but the GF2.
  3. wattseee

    wattseee Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 14, 2011
    cheers - I was hoping that maybe a charger for a different camera might work for the GF2 battery.

    Surely panasonic don't have unique chargers for each camera/battery.
  4. starlabs

    starlabs Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 30, 2010
    Los Angeles
    Worst case scenario, buy a high end compact, such as a S95 or Oly XZ-1 and use that for the remainder of your trip or until you can get a spare charger/battery.

    Then sell the compact when you get back from your trip. You should still get pretty decent resell value.
  5. flash

    flash Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 29, 2010
    1 hour from Sydney Australia.
    Look for a universal charger. I found one by Hahnel called a unipal. It charges every camera battery I own.

  6. wattseee

    wattseee Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 14, 2011
    cheers flash. I'll have a look but not liking my chances
  7. DreadPR

    DreadPR New to Mu-43

    Mar 11, 2011
    Ouch. That bites. The GF2 battery is different from even the GF1 battery so finding another Panny charger that will work seems like a long shot. Maybe a universal charger will work though. These are surprisingly affordable if you can find one that works.

    The charger costs about $50 here in the States (B&H). Looks like it would be $65 to Fedex to Muscat (2 days but $90 for overnight). Given the cost of driving around to stores, spending $115 to get a charger has to be a viable option. It may be cheaper to get it from another country. In your situation I would probably recruit my brother to help.

    Is it lost in Abu Dhabi or is it forgotten and someone can overnight it to you from there? If it is lost in Abu dhabi then you need to get a replacement charger anyway and not just "borrow a charge".

    If time is an issue then your best option may be to just buy a decent point and shoot and sell it later. The store in Muscat may even buy it from you before you leave.

    The real reason I responded though is to talk about humidity. Yes this can be an issue. I just returned from Jamaica where it was very hot and humid. We kept the room freezing cold with AC. Every time I left the room there would be a thin film of condensation on the lens. It was 30 mins or so before I could take usable pics again. wish I had researched this before going.

    From photo.net:

    Put the camera in a sealed plastic bag before you go outside and let it warm up to ambient temperature before taking it out of the bag.

    Humidity & camera gear ? - Photo.net Canon EOS Forum
  8. wattseee

    wattseee Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 14, 2011
    cheers for the reply.

    I remember reading about the plastic bag trick years ago. I'll have to give it a go sometime

    Well I don't need to worry about not having the charger any more. I had to rush back to Abu Dhabi for work. i got about 50 snaps in Oman from what was left in the battery.

    I was tempted to pick up another cheap camera, and I actually had the taxi driver offer to lend me one, but I was really keen on testing out the GF2 for the first time so decided I'd just taken mental pictures and head back another time. i did actually see a solar power universal charger at the airport duty free on the way home!. probably would have taken days to charge anyway.
  9. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    I have a universal charger for cellphone batteries, which charges any 3.6-3.7 V lithium ion battery. I don't use it, but I have it. ;)  I would expect there to be such a thing for camera batteries in the ~7.5 V range.
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