- Mar 7, 2014
- Southern California
- Real Name
Hi, how much are the charger plates for Oly batteries?Borrowlenses.com has a pre-USA Thanksgiving 'Black Friday' sale on used equipment going on through December 3rd.
I saw they had a pearstone Duo battery charger for Canon batteries for $12. Pearstone was evidently the B&H brand name for Watson batteries and chargers in the past. Normally the charger sells for $80 new, and usually in the high $50's used. The Duo charger charges two batteries with independent charging for each battery at once, using separate charging plates for each battery type. I like it because it tells me what the charge level of the battery is as it is charging it.
Since Watson batteries are my favorite 3rd party battery, I figured for $12, I'll now be able to charge up to 4 batteries at a time. This is useful when I do things like renaissance faires, where I can go through several batteries in a days shooting on several cameras, and I have to charge the batteries overnight on Saturday for the Sunday show.
Note, I don't charge official Olympus BLN-1 batteries in the Watson, due to the nominal voltage charge differences between the official BLN battery and the third party batteries like the Watson. But I do have some Watson BLN batteries that go well in the charger.
While there, I picked up some Olympus BLN and BLS used batteries ($30 for 2 BLNs and 2 BLSs). Given it is coming off of a rental, they may or may not be worth it. We'll see.
Since Borrowlenses has a Massachusetts office (in Waltham), I'll save shipping charges and pick them up in person.
I'm still debating getting the E-m5 mark III. I suspect I will go for it eventually due to the OLED viewfinder and weather sealing. Maybe this weekend at my brick & mortar store I'll go for it (Hunts in Melrose, MA), maybe not.
edit: nevermind, I guess BL is sold out of the chargers now (although they still have one for rent).
Here's a link to the site, if anyone is interested: https://www.borrowlenses.com/category/gear-for-sale