Hot new external battery pack: Digipower's DPS-9000|
(Thursday, August 29, 2002 - 09:00 EDT)
With all the detailed testing involved in my digicam reviews, accessories have generally gotten short shrift around here.
I do occasionally manage to break a little time loose for them, and the latest product that caught my eye was a new external battery pack from Digipower. What makes this unit unusual is its packaging (it screws onto the tripod mount of your camera), and also the *wide* range of cameras it can power. Digipower lists nearly 200 models on the compatibility chart, including no fewer than five different adapter cables to fit them all.
The DPS-9000 is no slouch when it comes to power capacity either. I don't have a formal test for external power packs, but it managed to power a Nikon Coolpix 5700 in its worst-case power drain mode (capture mode with the rear panel LCD lit) for nearly four hours. (!)
All in all, one of the nicest external power packs I've seen, and already available from our affiliate Ritzcamera.com. Check it out!