Make your own ACK-DC30 Adapter Kit for Canon Camera with a NB-5L Battery
Disclaimer: If you follow this tutorial, keep in mind that you do so at your own risk. We are not responsible for camera damage or any harm you may suffer or any special or consequential damages.
Why would I want to make my own ACK-DC30 Adapter Kit?
The main issue here is that the official Canon ACK-DC30 Adapter Kit is really overpriced: it is available here (Paris, France) for 80€ (that’s more than $100!!!).
Here is how.
You will need:
- One NB-5L, the cheaper the better (we are going to open it and just keep the plastic case). You can find one for 2€ (less than $2.5).
- One Regulated DC Power Adapters, 1500mA minimum, 4.5V. (The official Canon adapter reads 4.3V but when I tested one I have for another Canon camera, it gave 4.6V. Please note that it is regulated so you should get a regulated one too). I bought one for 15€ ($18).
- One 1.3mm DC Power Jack. (0.80€, $1)
- Two nails (so that they fit in the case and that you are able solder them)
- A pair of wooden chopsticks. (No, we are not going to eat sushis!)
- Some good glue.
- A piece a pink paper (I like pink but any color will work).
- A small sharp knife.
- A miniature drill.
- A voltmeter.
So everything should cost less than $25.
Step by Step Recipe
Please note that the (+) is on the right and should be at the center of the jack plug so that your adapter is compatible with official Canon ones.
If you are using CHDK – if you are not, well, you should be – the camera may refuse to switch on because the power adapter provides more voltage than the maximum allowed by CHDK. You can change the maximum value: Open CHDK menu, go to “OSD Parameters”, “Battery”.
We are not responsible for camera damage or any harm you may suffer or any special or consequential damages.
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