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How USB-C Batteries Could Help the Earth

But pros may still prefer dedicated chargers

  • NiteCore’s new Sony camera battery has a built-in charger and a USB-C port.
  • “Self-charging” batteries have a lot of downsides, but they’re certainly useful.
  • Professionals may prefer dedicated chargers due to speed and reliability.

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NiteCore’s new Sony camera batteries charge automatically; all you need is a USB-C cable and, of course, a USB-C charger.

One of the biggest advantages of USB-C is its ubiquity. Since more and more devices are switching to what is now the standard connector, you don’t need to think about how to charge them. Just grab the nearest cable and everything will take care of itself. NiteCore now adds a USB-C port to the battery so you can charge the battery from your smartphone, laptop or other power brick. You still need a charger, but you don’t need a separate dedicated charger. Maybe all batteries should work this way.

“Property chargers are a thing of the past and having a unique and individual charger for every device we own is not only impractical but also bad for the environment, so this move by NiteCore is welcome. Larger rechargeable batteries like this one could potentially Including a USB-C port should have,” Wisetek Milica Vojnic, recycling marketing specialist and manufacturing expert, told Lifewire via email. “If that means the battery itself can last a long time, then actually adding extra circuitry to the battery isn’t a problem. By reducing the amount of e-waste we generate, we help the environment.”

peaks and valleys

The advantages of rechargeable batteries that don’t require their own charger are obvious. You can charge it with any charger, and if you want to charge multiple batteries at once, borrow some phone chargers or plug them into a free port on your laptop.

Sony NiteCore USB rechargeable battery.

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But there are more disadvantages. One that NiteCore avoids is capacity reduction. With the additional charger circuit, there is less space for the battery, which means shorter battery life. As far as the Sony NiteCore battery goes, it has a capacity of 2,250 mAh, while the nearly identical Sony NP-FZ100 has a capacity of 2,280 mAh.

Another disadvantage is charging time, which may be related to a third: heat.

“The new NiteCore USB-C camera battery is specified as a 7.2V 2250mAh battery and seems to take 4 hours (240 minutes) to charge. The original battery it replaces is a 7.2V 2280mAh battery that seems to be good for 150 minutes (2.5 hours) with the original charger charge inside,” professional photographer Can Burak Bizer told Lifewire via email. “So you don’t lose power, but you lose charging time. Integrated charging via USB-C requires 60% more charging. So if you’re constantly changing and charging batteries during training, you may need to buy twice as many batteries .”

NiteCore may want to keep things slow to reduce heat in the battery, while Sony’s external charger can dissipate heat more easily.

Finally there is the issue of reliability. More circuitry means more hassle, although it may eventually wash out. You may need to replace the faulty battery, but if the Sony charger fails, you’ll have to pay $99 for a new one. On the other hand, there are good third-party chargers available for much lower prices. For example, I like the Patona brand of Fujifilm battery chargers.

Charge the camera with a USB power bank.

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Almost everything we use today has batteries, and it would be great if we could make the charging process more seamless. Adding more circuitry to a camera battery may have little environmental impact compared to the benefits of generic USB-C charging. We can keep and use the same charger for years, and device manufacturers don’t have to put an extra charger in every box.

But there are other ways to charge the battery using USB-C. Some cameras, like the Fujifilm X-Pro3, have built-in chargers that allow you to charge the battery without removing it. Yes, the X-Pro3 is done via a USB-C cable.

So for avid enthusiasts, USB-C could be a godsend. But for professionals, the old way works just fine and can only be trusted.

“Batteries are expensive, and many professional camera models use backwards-compatible batteries,” Burak said. “With the built-in USB-C charger, upgrade options are limited. You simply can’t buy and use a new fast charger. If the technology makes its way into a new battery, you will need to upgrade the entire battery pack, not just replace the charger. So, I don’t see a good reason to abandon existing batteries that don’t have built-in chargers.”

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How USB-C Batteries Could Help the Earth

But professionals may still prefer dedicated chargers

NiteCore’s new Sony camera battery has a built-in charger and USB-C port. 
There are plenty of downsides to “self-charging” batteries, but they sure are convenient. 
Pros will probably prefer to use dedicated chargers for speed and reliability.
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NiteCore’s new Sony camera battery is self-charging—all you need is a USB-C cable and—yes—a USB-C charger.

One of USB-C’s greatest benefits is its ubiquity. As more and more gadgets switch to the now-standard connector, you never really have to think about how you charge them. You just grab the nearest cable, and it all sorts itself out. NiteCore has now added a USB-C port to the battery itself, so you can juice a battery from your smartphone, laptop, or other power brick. You still need a charger, but you don’t need a special, separate charger. Maybe all batteries should work like this.

“Proprietary chargers are a thing of the past, having unique, individual chargers for every device we own is simply impractical and terrible for the environment, so this move from NiteCore is a welcome one. Larger rechargeable batteries like this should indeed come with a USB-C port,” Milica Vojnic, a marketing specialist for reuse and manufacturing specialist Wisetek, told Lifewire via email. “Realistically speaking, adding the extra circuitry into the battery isn’t an issue if it means the battery itself can be used over a great period of time. By cutting out on the amount of e-waste created, we’ll be helping the environment.”

Ups and Downs

The upside of a rechargeable battery that doesn’t need its own charger is clear. You can charge it from any charger, and if you want to charge several batteries at a time, you just have to borrow a few phone chargers or plug them into spare ports on a laptop. 

NiteCore

But the downsides are more numerous. One, which NiteCore avoids, is reduced capacity. With extra circuitry for the charger, there’s less space for the battery, meaning shorter battery life. In the case of NiteCore’s Sony battery, it manages to pack in a capacity of 2250mAh, vs. 2280mAh from the Sony NP-FZ100, which is practically identical. 

Another downside is charging time, which may be related to a third downside—heat. 

“NiteCore’s new USB-C camera battery is specced as 7.2V 2250 mAh battery and seem to take 4 hours (240 mins) to charge. The original battery it replaces is a 7.2V 2280 mAh battery and seems to charge in 150 mins (2.5 hours) with the original charger,” professional photographer Can Burak Bizer told Lifewire via email. “So, you don’t lose power, but you lose charging time. Built-in USB-C charging takes 60% more to charge. So, if you are constantly swapping and charging batteries during your shoot, you may need to buy double the batteries.”

It could be that NiteCore likes to keep it slow to keep heat levels down inside the battery, whereas Sony’s external charger can dissipate heat more easily. 

And finally, there’s the question of reliability. More circuitry means more room for problems, although, in the end, it could be a wash. You might need to replace a malfunctioning battery, but if Sony’s charger goes wrong, you’ll have to pay $99 for a new one. On the other hand, good third-party chargers are available for much less. I like the Patona brand for my Fujifilm battery charger, for instance. 

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Batteries

Pretty much everything we use these days has a battery, and if we can make charging them a more uniform procedure, that’s great. The environmental impact of adding more circuitry to a camera battery is probably small when compared to the advantages of universal USB-C charging. We can keep and use the same chargers for years, and gadget makers don’t need to put redundant chargers in every box. 

But there are other ways to USB-C charge a battery. Some cameras, like Fujifilm’s X-Pro3, have a charger built into the camera, which lets you charge the battery without removing it. And yes, the X-Pro3 does this via a USB-C cable. 

For enthusiastic amateurs, then, maybe USB-C is a boon. But for professionals, the old ways work just fine and can be relied upon to just work. 

“Batteries cost a substantial amount, and many pro camera models use backward compatible batteries,” says Burak. “With a built-in USB-C charger, upgrade options are limited. You simply can’t buy and use a new fast(er) charger. And, if such technology comes to new batteries, you’d have to upgrade your whole battery set instead of just changing your charger. So, I can’t see a solid reason to scrap my existing batteries without a built-in charger.”

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