Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Battery Charger, Universal (CH3450FUJ) for Fuji by Sakar International, INC.

Note:  This review was originally posted to my Epinions account.

I work at a camera store and one of the popular items we sell is battery chargers just like this one. For a year and a half, we’d sell these and wonder how people could lose their chargers. Many people come down to Miami on vacation and leave the chargers at home. (Or come back from vacation and realize that they’ve left the charger somewhere in California.) Others buy the just camera from a pawn shop or receive it as a hand-me-down and need to get accessories.

Either way, I found myself constantly “misplacing” the wires for my Fuji F10. This includes the wire to transfer the pictures to the computer and the wire to hook the camera up to an outlet so that the camera could charge. That’s why I got memory card readers built into my computer. It’s also why I eventually broke down and bought this charger.

To start, it normally retails for $30. It’s not bad considering that it’s a generic charger and charges several other Fuji batteries. This works out well if you have several other Fuji cameras that use the proprietary batteries. (We’ve had at least one customer that was able to take advantage of this with the Canon charger.)

Here comes the confusing part. There are several plates that fit into the body of the charger. You have to figure out which one goes with your battery, and then fit that one on to the base, which goes into the wall or hooks up to the car charger adapter. Your battery then comes out of the camera and fits into the plate.

Many customers don’t seem to get this. I don’t think it has to do with the customer. It’s just hard to explain while the unit is still inside the packaging. That’s why we will often set up the charger for the customer. We’ve had many people come back saying that it doesn’t work, only to finally get it when we set it up.

The charger works well, at least in the house. (Since I don’t have a car, I don’t really have an opportunity to use the car charger.) The only drawback is that, like I said, you have to take the battery out of the camera. This means that the camera will lose power and you’ll have to reset a lot of things.

This wasn’t a big deal for me. It meant resetting only the time and date. However, they make these for batteries that are used in dSLR cameras, which do have a lot of settings. (I’m not sure if that applies to this particular model, as we don’t carry a lot of the Fuji SLR cameras.)

It’s definitely handy to have. It’s too bad that there’s no one else in the house with a Fuji proprietary battery, as I’m willing to share. However, this is going to be useful when I go on a trip. This is much harder to lose than a cord.

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