Charging your Canon camera without a charger might sound tricky, especially since we’re so used to getting a charger with our new gear. But hey, life happens! Maybe you forgot your charger at home or just couldn’t squeeze it into your packed backpack.

Don’t worry, though; there’s another way to power up your batteries without the traditional charger.

In this article, you’ll how to charge your Canon camera without charger + I’ll give you some tips to help you extend your battery life.

 

3 Simple Ways To Charge Canon Camera Battery Without Charger


Here’s how you can keep your camera powered up without charger:

Wall Charger

Most modern Canon DSLR cameras come with a USB-C port, usually located near the HDMI output

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This method is super convenient, especially when you’re on the go and don’t have access to a power outlet. Just make sure your power bank supports USB PD (Power Delivery) for optimal charging efficiency.

First off, if your camera didn’t come with a power cord, or if you’ve misplaced it, make sure to get one that’s compatible with your Canon camera. Many Canon cameras come with either a compact power adapter or a USB charging cable.

If you need a replacement, a fast-charging (3.1A) cable should do the trick. You’ll likely need a USB 3.0 to USB-C or USB 2.0 Type A to Mini B cable.

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With the handy USB Power Adapter PD-E1 (which you’ll need to pick up separately), you can easily charge up your Battery Pack LP-E6NH or LP-E6N right inside the camera – no need to take it out! Plus, you can even power the camera directly with this adapter. Just a heads up, though: the Battery Pack LP-E6 doesn’t support charging in this manner.

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Here’s how to charge your Canon camera battery without the charger, using a wall charger:

  1. Pop the battery into your camera.
  2. Make sure to turn your camera off. This step is crucial because the battery won’t charge if the camera is on.
  3. Find the USB cable port on your camera, usually hidden under a rubber cover that protects your camera’s connections and ports.
  4. Connect the USB cable to your camera and then to your USB wall adapter.
  5. Plug it into the wall, and you’re all set. The light on your camera will turn off once the battery is fully charged.

It takes about 3 hours to charge fully, but remember not to leave it charging for more than 24 hours.

Note that, overcharging can shorten your battery’s lifespan.

Power Bank

This method is super convenient, especially when you’re out and about, far from any wall outlets. 

For a successful charge, especially with DSLR cameras, you’ll need a power bank that supports USB-C Power Delivery.

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While many photographers pack an extra power bank for their phones, not all power banks are suitable for charging digital cameras. Here are three key factors to consider when selecting a power bank for your photography gear:

Capacity

To ensure your power bank can fully charge your camera, remove the camera’s battery and check its specifications for the milliampere-hours (mAh) requirement. This figure will help you determine the necessary capacity for your power bank.

Compatibility

It’s crucial that the power bank has the right output to connect to your camera batteries. Most digital camera batteries are charged via D-tap or USB-C ports. Make sure your power bank has a compatible output and that you have the correct cable for the connection.

Voltage and Current

Pay attention to the voltage range and maximum current output of the power bank’s ports. Match these specifications with those supported by your camera to avoid damaging your equipment with too high a voltage or experiencing slow charging due to too low a voltage.

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Here’s how to charge up:

  1. Make sure your camera battery is installed.
  2. Turn off your camera to ensure the battery charges properly.
  3. Locate the USB cable port on your camera, usually under a rubber cover. Connect the power cord that came with your camera to this port.
  4. Plug the other end of the USB cable into your power bank.
  5. Keep an eye on the LCD window or the battery icon on your camera; it’ll give you a heads-up on the charging progress.
  6. Also, check for a light on the back of the camera. A blinking red light means the battery is low, while a solid green light indicates charging is underway.

Charging should take a few hours. Once fully charged, the green light will switch off, and the battery icon will show a full charge.

If you run into any issues, double-check your power bank’s specs and your camera settings. While Canon might not officially endorse this method, many users have found success with it.

Just be sure to familiarize yourself with your camera’s specifications and understand any potential risks before giving it a try.

Laptop/Computer

DSLRs and mirrorless cameras might need more power than your computer can offer.

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If you’re using a Canon point-and-shoot, you’re in luck, as this method could be just right for you. A quick peek at your camera’s manual will tell you if you’re good to go.

Here’s how to charge up using your computer:

  1. Make sure the battery is snug in your camera.
  2. Check that a memory card is in place, as some cameras need one to charge.
  3. Turn off your camera to ensure it charges instead of trying to transfer data.
  4. Find the USB cable port on your camera, usually under a rubber flap. Connect the cable that came with your camera.
  5. Plug the other end of the cable into your computer’s USB port.
  6. Keep an eye out for a charging light near the connection point. It might take around three hours to fully charge.

Once the battery is charged, the light will switch off, signaling you’re ready to roll.

Canon’s stance on this charging method is a bit mixed. Some of their guidelines suggest avoiding it, while others say it’s okay. So, it’s wise to double-check your camera’s specifications and understand any potential risks before diving in.

 

Tips to Extend Your Battery Life


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Here are some tips to help you take good care of your camera battery and charger:

  • Make sure the battery terminals and the charging slot on your camera are always clean and dry.
  • Remember to turn off your camera before you plug in or swap out the battery.
  • Avoid putting them near flames, extreme heat, or in very cold environments.
  • Keep your battery and charger away from strong magnets, intense light, and lasers to avoid damage.
  • Try to use the charger, cables, and adapters that come from the same brand as your camera’s battery for the best compatibility and safety.
  • Once your battery is fully charged, disconnect it from the charger to avoid overcharging—no need to leave it charging all night.
  • If you’re not using the battery, take it out of the camera or charger and put the terminal cover back on.
  • When you’re packing your camera battery for travel, either in luggage or for shipping, use the original box or a suitable case to keep it safe.

 

 

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I hope this guide helped you learn about how to charge Canon camera battery without charger🙂

 

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