This year my wife and I are planning to go to a camp site in France for two weeks. This will be the first year that we go somewhere where we have limited or no access to electricity AND have a DSLR with us.
I know from last year that I could use the camera for two or three days without recharging, but after that I start to worry that the camera turns off while shooting. But know that I have a lens that has IS, I think this time is somewhat reduced, but I don't know how much.
Fortunately for us, at the same time as we go, some relatives are going to the same place, but they are staying in a hotel, so I think I can charge the battery there. But to be honest, I don't really want to rely on that solution, especially not when we are going to camp more often in the future.
I was thinking of getting an extra battery, but I found them relatively expensive. (74 Euro or so for a battery for a Nikon D40) but even when going for two weeks are two batteries not enough.
So I am trying to find out how I can charge the battery in other ways. I found a charger from Hama that is able to be used in the car via the cigarette lighter. But I am a bit reluctant in trying a third party product for charging my battery. I also found out that Hama produces batteries as well, but I'm also reluctant in trying third party batteries in my camera. Third party lenses and flashes is no problem, but the battery....
What is your opinion about all this? Are you ever in low electricity situation and how are you dealing with that?
And what is your opinion of using third party batteries and charges?
Most comments are welcome