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Review: Nitecore UCN1 Dual-Slot USB Travel Charger for Canon LP-E6/E6N LP-E8

Overview : Introducing the Nitecore UCN1 Dual-Slot USB Travel Charger designed to recharge Canon EOS LP-E6, LP-E6N, and LP-E8 batteries. This lightweight and compact battery charger features a built-in USB charging input that stows away in a designated secure trough to save space and prevent damage. The UCN1 has a dual port design to simultaneously charge LP-E6 or LP-E6N batteries on one side and LP-E8 on the reverse.

A brightly lit LCD display reports key battery information including battery type, capacity, voltage, charging status and health. The UCN1 offers smart charging management to automatically apply the correct charging current, prevent overcharging and protect against improperly inserted batteries. Compatible with many solar panels and power banks, the UCN1 is a versatile charger for at home and on the go.

Features :
  • Two bay battery charger
  • Compatible with Canon LP-E6, LP-E6N, & LP-E8 batteries
  • Real-time information on battery voltage, charging current, battery temperature, battery level and other parameters
  • Monitors battery status and displays battery health
  • Reverse polarity protection and anti-short circuit protection
  • Automatic adoption for the optimal charging modes between CC and CV
  • Automatic termination upon charging completion
  • Activates over-discharged batteries with protective circuits
  • Compatible with power banks and solar panels
  • Made from durable and fire retardant PC and ABS (V0) materials
  • Optimal heat dissipation design

Contest: $10 OFF Coupon Code Giveaway at Peak Design

Did you receive money from your birthday or from the holidays and you've been eyeing that Everyday Backpack, the Everyday Sling 5L or 10L, how about the updated Slide Sling Strap or the new Capture Clip v3, but looking for that right time to buy? Now can get what you wanted and save yourself some money.

'Tis the season to be giving! We are hosting a giveaway that will give ONE (1) lucky winner a $10 OFF coupon code to use at Peak Design ( Coupon code can ONLY be used on Peak Design's website.

Contest starts December 20, 2017 at 12:00pm PST and ends January 20, 2018 at 11:59pm PST. Contest is available worldwide. Winner will be emailed coupon code.

As a reminder, by using our link, you're eligible for a FREE gift with any purchase of $65 or more.

Disclaimer: Contest end date may change at anytime and end without a winner. 1KIND Photography may receive a small share of the sale when someone makes a purchase at an affiliate site after clicking on our link.

Deal: Custom SLR Air Strap and Hand Strap for $10

Until December 24th, Custom SLR is offering their Air Strap (review) and Hand Strap (review) for only $10 each! That's HALF OFF the regular price of the Air Strap!

Plus, when you spend over $50, you get a FREE C-Loop HD AND M-Plate Mini. Treat a friend to a Christmas gift…or keep 'em all to yourself. ;)

In the U.S., order by December 18th to get items delivered in time for Christmas!

*Note: You don't have to do anything to receive these extra gifts. Just add enough products to your cart to see it equal more than $50 before taxes and shipping, and we'll take care of the rest!

Kickstarter: KUVRD Universal Lens Cap for DSLR Camera Lens

We love Kickstarter and IndieGogo because we get to see what new, innovative products are available for photographers. Typically, the products launched on these crowdfunding sites aren't from your typical photography manufacturers but from small startup companies. KUVRD is one of them and they just launched one of the coolest universal lens cap solution. The lens cap will fit every lens with a diameter between 60mm and 150mm. It will cover most non-super telephoto lenses, as well as pretty much every lens mount.

The lens cap not only protects the front element but the rear element too. It's a one size fits all. Unlike the plastic lens caps, since it is made of rubber, it protects your lenses from drops as the rubber provides some added protection. Not only does it offer drop protection, it also protects your lens from dust, dirt and water.

The KUVRD Universal Lens Cap starts off at $30 for one, $45 for two and $60 for three. If you back the project and share to social media, they'll throw in an extra ULC for free.

Press Release: Think Tank Releases Pro-Sized Tripod Rolling Case

Our friends at Think Tank Photo have just released the Video Tripod Manager 44. This well-cushioned, highly rigid rolling case holds cinema-sized tripods, stands, sliders, and/or modifiers up to 40” in height. The rolling case features robust handles on four sides, so it’s easy to load into a vehicle. It is an ideal travel solution as its rectangular shape stacks easily, saving space. This roller’s crush-resistant ABS twinwall reinforcement provides impact protection. Shock-absorbing wheels roll smoothly and hold up under the toughest conditions.

And, don’t forget, whenever you use this special URL when ordering anything from Think Tank over $50 in value, you can add free gear to your order.

Continue reading for full press release.

Review: Maha Powerex MH-C808M Ultimate Charger for Eight AA/AAA/C/D Batteries

Overview : The Maha PowerEx MH-C808M is designed for today's ultra high capacity C & D batteries with rapid charging current. Charging time for a 11,000 mAh D battery is around 5 hours, while other products may take up to 40 hours to complete. Unlike other universal chargers, the Maha PowerEx MH-C808M uses rugged fixed contacts rather than spring-loaded ones, enhancing product reliability.

It also features a rugged DIN power connector found only in professional products. It provides user with the option to choose between a soft charge and a fast charge mode. The Soft mode delivers the highest battery life and allows 100% compatibility with older, lower capacity batteries.

Features :
  • One to Eight Combination: It's like having eight chargers (AA/AAA/C/D NiMH or NiCD). The 7th generation PowerEx microprocessor features a 0.001V resolution delivering just the right charge
  • Comprehensive LCD Display with White Backlight: Easy to understand English-based LCD displaying charging status for each battery independently
  • Low-Temperature Charging Algorithm: The MH-C808M is the coolest rapid charger in PowerEx's line of professional products. Low charging temperature maximizes battery life and performance
  • Built-in Deep Battery Conditioning System: The MH-C808M is embedded with a high-rate battery conditioner that will charge, deep-discharge and recharge batteries automatically
  • Heavy Duty Worldwide AC Adapter: The unit includes a heavy duty switching AC power supply. The 100-240 V 50/60 Hz universal adapter employs a rugged DIN connector for reliable contact

Quality/Usability : We reviewed the Maha Powerex MH-C800S awhile back and it was a great AA/AAA battery charger but only issue was that it only charged AA and AAA batteries. Around the house, we started to have more items that required C and D batteries. We already have an EBL Universal Battery Charger which does a great job of charging AA, AAA, C, D and even 9V batteries but it only charged four (4) at a time.

I was able to find a used Maha Powerex MH-C808M in excellent condition without box or manual. The C808M does the same thing as the C800S where it allows you to charge one to eight batteries at the same time but now with C and D batteries. It also features the ability to condition your batteries of soft charge them.

The MH-C808M is ginormous compared to the MH-C800S. Included is a power brick. Unfortunately, I sold the MH-C800S and unable to give a size comparison between the two chargers.

On the front, you have your LCD display in the center, Conditioning button on the left of the display and a Fast/Soft button to the right.

From the side view, you can see the slots and metal contacts of each battery compartment. It also tells you which orientation to insert the batteries.

The back of the charger has a DIN power input to plug the power supply into.

*Placement of batteries is for review purposes. For best performance, insert the batteries from left to right.*

The MH-C808M is capable of either charging one battery, in pairs or up to eight batteries at one time. The only types of batteries that can be charged are NiMH or NiCD. I used Eneloop batteriesEBL batteries and a few others and never had a problem with them.

By just placing the batteries into the charger, this is the Rapid Charge Mode. This is default and offers the shortest recharging time.

Rapid charge is suitable for AA/C/D batteries with capacity greater than 2000mAh and AAA with capacity greater than 700mAh. Any batteries rated under 2000mAh and 700mAh, respectively, must use Soft Charging Mode.

Below is how long it will take to charge the specified batteries by just inserting them:
  • AA/AAA: 1 Hour (Rapid)
  • C: 1 to 3 Hour (Rapid)
  • D: 1 to 5 Hour (Rapid)
Unfortunately, you can not charge for example AAA batteries and D batteries at the same time using the same slot. Each battery slot will only support ONE battery at a time. You can charge a mix of two AA batteries, four AAA batteries and two D batteries at the same time, so as long they are using separate slots.


Soft Charging Mode maximizes battery life and performance. Recharging time takes varies depending on battery:
  • AA/AAA: 2 Hour (Soft)
  • C: 2 to 6 Hour (Soft)
  • D: 5 to 10 Hour (Soft)
To soft charge:
  1. Remove all batteries from charger, if any.
  2. Insert one battery in any slot.
  3. Within five seconds, press and hold the "SOFT" button until "Soft Charging" symbol is displayed on the LCD screen.
  4. Insert remaining batteries.
  5. Soft Charging mode will remain activated as long as there are batteries in the charger (even if charging is completed). The charger will reset to Rapid Charge mode (Soft Charging symbols disappears) when all batteries are removed.

Conditioning Mode is a special mode which rejuvenates and cycles batteries. It applies a special initial charge, discharge and recharge cycle which can restore battery performance. It requires up to 7 hours to complete for AA/AAA and up to 30 hours for C/D. Conditioning cycle can be used to rescue degraded batteries and exercise infrequently-used batteries. The manual states that it is recommended once every ten normal charges for NiMH batteries to ensure good performance.

To condition batteries:
  1. Remove all batteries from charger, if any.
  2. Insert one battery in any slot.
  3. Within five seconds, press and hold the "CONDITION" button until "Condition" symbol is displayed on the LCD screen.
  4. Insert the remaining batteries.
  5. The condition cycle will first apply an initial charge, discharge then recharge the batteries.
It is normal for all symbols to disappear from one or more slots toward the end of discharge. This indicates that discharging is nearly completed and recharging will commence soon.

During discharging, batteries that finish before others will show "CHARGE" symbols. However, actual charging will not commence until all batteries have finished discharging.

Conclusion : Overall, the Maha Powerex MH-C808M Ultimate Charger for Eight AA/AAA/C/D Batteries is a must own if you need to charge C and D batteries in addition to the AA and AAA. The only battery it does not charge are 9V. If you don't need to charge C and D batteries, the Maha Powerex MH-C800S would be perfectly fine. I love the fact that I can charge eight batteries at the same time. But being able to charge eight C and D batteries at the same time, means that it will be a huge charger. If I took two EBL Universal Chargers and put them side by side, it's not as big. It's probably because of the location of the LCD screen being on the side rather than being at the bottom.

Manufacturer: Maha Energy
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