Sony Cybershot Battery Charger
New Battery Charger for My Digital Camera
I recently found myself in need of a new battery charger for my Sony Cybershot digital camera. Well, more precisely, I found myself in need of a new NP-BG1 battery, and in want of a new charger.
My old oner was a generic replacement for the OEM charger that had not been exactly what I had wanted, so I decided to replace it. There were two specific problems that I was hoping to avoid with a new one, and I'll tell you about those, too. FYI - I have NOT experienced either of those two problems with this new one. Happy day!
I went to Amazon, searched for "Sony Cybershot Battery Charger," and found a bunch. You know what? I got lucky!
Here's the story of which one I chose, why, and how satisfied I am.
Photo: my own
So far, I'm Perfectly Happy - I Got a Sony Cybershot Charger, and More - for Less!
I've only had this product a short while, but at this point, I must say that it is far better than a generic one I had purchased for nearly FOUR times the price about a year ago.
HERE IT IS-
This one worked like a charm right out of the box. It's nice to be done wrestling the battery out of the adapter and continually checking the connection. Charging was quick, too. Although the side of the box indicated a 2 hour charge time, it took just under an hour!
I should also mention that shipping time was quicker than expected - the package arrived within five days of placing the order.
All in all, I'm thinking this was a pretty good deal at 1/4 the price of the charger only that I purchased locally.
Why I Wanted a New Charger
I had left the charger that came with the camera on a ship and was unable to retrieve it.
About a year ago, I bought a generic battery charger from a local electronics store. It has various adapters to slide into the base, depending on the type of battery you need to charge. However, there are two problems with it.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE ABOUT MY OLD ONE:
1) It is very difficult to get the NP-Bg1 battery back out of its adapter after charging.
2) Over time, the charger developed a habit of working loose from the outlet just enough that it would stop charging, so I would have to keep checking it and resecuring the connection.
SPECIAL NOTE: The charger i bought locally cost roughly FOUR TIMES what the new one I just purchased on Amazon cost. AND this was for the charger alone ... no battery or car charger included.
Price, Reviews, and Seller Ratings
Guided My Choice
Since my search for "Sony Cybershot Battery Charger" yielded so may results, I went ahead and checked several things:
1 - price - incuding shipping
2 - What was ihcluded in the price
3 -Seller ratings
4 - Customer Reviews
Based on the above, I chose one with a total price of less than $12.00, including the shipping charge, and good reviews. It comes with a battery charger, attachment for charging in the car, and two batteries.
Here's a photo of what I got for my money. (Except for one of the batteries, which was in use at the time!)
Photo: my own
Other Battery Chargers - On Amazon
I'll admit that not everyone uses a Sony Cybershot digital camera. But most everyone does have a digital camera of one sort or another these days. You'd be hard pressed to find a home that doesn't have SOME type of device that needs frequent recharging. And if you have things that run on batteries, sooner or later, you'll need another charger.
This is the top rated SOLAR powered charger on Amazon
UPDATE: August 2014. Still using that little camera, and the battery charger still works like a charm. It turned out to be a really good little purchase!
UPDATE: June, 2011 - CAR CHARGER
I have now had a chance to use the car charger, and it works just fine and dandy!
If you're in the market for a new battery charger, I hope you found this information helpful!