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PRESS RELEASE: Delkin's New Dual Universal Battery Charger Wins Prestigious DIMA Award for Outstanding Design & Innovation
Poway, CA. January 30, 2008 - Today Delkin's new Dual Universal Battery Charger was honored with the 2008 DIMA award for outstanding design and innovation. This unique charger for digital camera batteries combines universal compatibility among battery models with the ability to charge two batteries simultaneously. The need for a charger that can recharge two batteries of different models, voltages and even chemical composition at the same time has sprung up from the growth and development in the digi-cam market.
"It is now common for households, or even individuals, to own multiple digital cameras," said Anna Lopez, Delkin's Battery Product Manager. "Many photographers own point and shoot cameras for day-to-day shooting, and a digital SLR for more serious photography. Different camera models seldom use the same battery, forcing photographers to carry an array of chargers."
Delkin's Dual Universal Battery Charger is a single, two sided charger that uses individual charging plates specific to each camera battery, so it can charge almost any digital camera battery model. Since Delkin's charger and charging plates are purchased separately, each buyer can customize the charger to his or her own needs. Anyone who subsequently upgrades his or her camera equipment and needs to charge a new battery model can simply purchase the additional charging plate for a fraction of the cost of a new charger.
Many manufacturers try to reduce the overall number of charging plates with complicated multi-plates that charge ten or twenty different battery models. While this helps reduce manufacturing costs, these multi-unit charging plates are confusing to use, so the rate of error can be high. Worse, it presents a safety concern for anyone who accidentally connects their battery to the charger incorrectly. Delkin's single model charging plates are simple to connect and use, eliminating any safety concerns and reducing user error.
Another useful feature of Delkin's dual charger is the charge status indicator built into each side of the charger. Each indicator includes four LEDs that accurately report the charge status of each battery being charged. This feature is beneficial as it helps the photographer estimate the time it takes to charge each battery.
"The battery market can be a tough business to compete in." admits CEO Martin Wood. "Our Power product line is focused on innovation and uniqueness, which is the key to our success. When we create a new Power product, we look at our customer's needs and find out what benefits are missing from current products available. We then create a product that exceeds their expectations."
Delkin's Dual Universal Battery Charger is available with a removable 110/220v US, EU, or UK power plug and a vehicle adapter, and with model specific charging plates. Charging plates for most digital camera batteries may be purchased separately, and are found at digital camera stores worldwide and on Delkin's website at www.delkin.com. MSRP for the charger (with vehicle adapter) is set at $54.99, and two-packs of charging plates can be purchased for $4.99 each. An advanced "smart" AA/AAA charging plate is available for $9.99 that can be used along with the full array of Delkin charging plates. The Dual Universal Battery Charter is UL, CE, FCC and RoHS certified and listed, and protected by a two year warranty.
All of Delkin's new products introduced at PMA can be found in their booth A231 or online at www.delkin.com.
Delkin Devices, Inc. is based in Poway, California, and its European branch office is located in Birmingham, England. Delkin has been "Making Photography Better" since 1986. From SensorScope cleaning products and Archival Gold Media to Pop-Up Shades and Power batteries, Delkin products deliver premium quality, innovative designs and an ongoing dedication to superior customer service. Delkin Devices and its products have become worldwide industry leaders in both OEM and consumer markets. Delkin branded memory cards continue to be a leading choice among professional photographers and others passionate about digital photography.
(First posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 11:54 EST)