EOS R5 External Charging

Grimbald

EOS M50
Sep 30, 2017
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Hi

Has anyone tested the external charging of the EOS R5 yet? I'm particularly interested in using the camera for longer timelapses where I have to come up with a solution for extended power supply. I tested the USB power adapter with a powerbank already, but it didin't seem to work... Maybe because the voltage of the USB outlet is too low?
I also tried my dummie LP-6N batterie which was connected to a DC output that I use for my Mark IV and 6d, but the R5 only gave me an error message (Batterie Power too low, please change batterie)....

Has anyone made tests or came up with solutions so far?
 

koenkooi

EOS R
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I've seen reports of people using a USB-PD capable powerbank to power the R5 over the USB-C port during longer (video)shoots and the result seems to be that the R5 will get most of its power from the powerbank. It will still drain the internal battery, but much slower than without the powerbank attached.

The R5 will only charge the internal batteries when it's powered off.
 
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Mt Spokane Photography

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The manual covers powering the camera from USB. Apparently, its only for a limited time, it says use a fully charged battery. See the last bullet below.

I've found my R to show low voltage when I used my old dummy battery and power supply, but it works just the same.

r5 charging usb.JPG
 

H. Jones

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I've used a 2019 MacBook Pro USB-C charger to charge my EOS R5 inbetween shoots if the battery isn't low enough to warrant swapping a whole battery out, works great and charges pretty fast. Doesn't show any issues when powering it as well, which will be great for long studio shoots.

I also have one of these which works: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071WNWRNC

The Power Delivery(PD) Anker charges the R5 great and pretty fast over the USB-C to USB-C connection. You need a battery pack that is labeled "Power Delivery" in order to have enough strength to power the R5. One thing I've found is helpful is looking at what's advertised to power a Nintendo Switch, which also uses Power Delivery USB-C charging. Normally the companies will put "PD" in the product name to indicate power delivery.
 
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I have a dummy battery which also needs a usb power via pd (only one of my mains chargers worked). Haven’t tried any rechargeable larger batteries to but in due course I will.

I could only get ismart in HK, but they make 3rd party batteries for canon cameras so I was fairly happy. Got one for the lp e17 for the M6 also. Both powered up (r5 and m6 ii) but that’s as far as I got...
 

Mt Spokane Photography

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Can you illuminate me on this dummy's construction?

Jack
Its one that came with my Case Relay. They are available on Amazon for most common battery types. As someone noted, the power connector on them can be incompatible. Canon uses a dummy battery that requires a Canon power supply in order to get a reliable connection, because the id of the connector socket is larger. Using a Canon coupler with a standard power supply might result in a poor connection if the plug is not the right one.
 
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Rendil

Canon EOS RP
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Considering getting r5, did you ever figure out if it can charge externally with PD power bank while recording simultaneously?

My rp can charge externally but only while the camera is off.
 

koenkooi

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Considering getting r5, did you ever figure out if it can charge externally with PD power bank while recording simultaneously?
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It won't charge the battery, but my R5 does seem to draw power from USB-PD will on, so the battery drains slower.
 
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I've been using it for a camera in Zoom meetings. The USB-C connection just isn't supplying enough power (have it plugged in to an iMac Pro, which can supply 15W I believe), so I've bit the bullet and ordered the dummy battery and AC adapter.