Make your own ACK-DC30 Adapter Kit for Canon Camera with a NB-5L Battery

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?

Sometimes you need a power adapter for your camera. Long shooting sessions, time-lapse photography, etc.
I needed one for making timelapses with CHDK.

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!!!).

As others did before (see “DIY Canon EOS 300D AC adapter”, “DIY Canon AC-Adapter”… ), I decided to make my own.

Overpriced ACK-DC30

Overpriced ACK-DC30

Here is how.

Ingredients

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.
  • Pliers.
  • A miniature drill.
  • A voltmeter.

So everything should cost less than $25.

Cheap NB-5L

Cheap NB-5L copy

Step by Step Recipe

Open the NB-5L with a sharp knife.

Open the NB-5L with a sharp knife. Be careful!

Once the NB-5L is opened, you should see the battery inside the plastic case.

Once the NB-5L is opened, you should see the battery inside the plastic case.

Gently remove the battery from the plastic case.

Gently remove the battery from the plastic case.


With the NB-5L inside the camera, draw a circle with a permanent marker through the camera hole.

With the NB-5L inside the camera, draw a circle with a permanent marker through the camera hole.

Remove the battery from the camera, then drill a hole. And make it clean.

Remove the battery from the camera, then drill a hole. And make it clean.

Check if the 1.3mm jack fits.

Check if the 1.3mm jack fits.


Cut a piece of paper and glue it to close the middle contact hole.

Cut a piece of paper and glue it to close the middle contact hole.

Check if it is correctly glued.

Check if it is correctly glued.

Grab 2 nails and a pair of wooden chopsticks (you'll need only one).

Grab 2 nails and a pair of wooden chopsticks (you’ll need only one).


Cut the chopstick so that it fits inside the battery case.

Cut the chopstick so that it fits inside the battery case.

Check if the chopstick its inside the battery case.

Check if the chopstick its inside the battery case.

With a marker, draw two marks corresponding to the contact holes.

With a marker, draw two marks corresponding to the contact holes.


Drill two holes.

Drill two holes.

You may have to shave it so that if fits perfectly.

You may have to shave it so that if fits perfectly.

Solder the wires to the nail AFTER having inserted them in the chopstick.

Solder the wires to the nail after having inserted them in the chopstick.


Glue the nails and the chopstick together (if necessary).

Glue the nails and the chopstick together (if necessary).

Solder the wire to the 1.3mm power plug, glue everything (chopstick, wire, plug) to the battery case.

Solder the wire to the 1.3mm power plug, glue everything (chopstick, wire, plug) to the battery case.

Now it should look like this.

Now it should look like this.


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.

Glue the top of the battery case to the case.

Glue the top of the battery case to the case.

Plug it to the power adapter, check the voltage and verify that there is no short circuit.

Plug it to the power adapter, check the voltage and verify that there is no short circuit.

Please Recyle the old NB-5L battery!

Please Recyle the old NB-5L battery!


This is what your home-made “ACK-DC30” will look like after the glue has dried.

This is what your home-made “ACK-DC30” will look like after the glue has dried.

This is what your home-made “ACK-DC30” will look like after the glue has dried.

This is what your home-made “ACK-DC30” will look like after the glue has dried.

Change CHDK max voltage value if necessary, at your own risk. Check “Show Battery Voltage”.

Change CHDK max voltage value if necessary, at your own risk. Check “Show Battery Voltage”.



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.

Et voilà!

Check the voltage on the camera using CHDK (here it reads 4.581V).

Check the voltage on the camera using CHDK (here it reads 4.581V).

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