Using the Omnicharge 20 – First Impressions and Review

The Omnicharge 20 is a new portable charger, offering many features that makes it stand out compared to your average smartphone charger. But how well does it do the job? To answer this question, Harold took the Omnicharge home with him and tried it out for himself. Here’s what he thought:

“Having tried many battery and portable inverter options over the years, I decided to give the Omnicharge a try.  In terms of options to charge a variety of items, the Omnicharge does not disappoint… 

When I first saw the Omnicharge 20, I thought I was simply looking at a larger version of a standard smartphone or tablet battery pack / charger.  But looks can be deceiving, and the more I checked it out, the more features I discovered.

First, the capacity is significant… 20,400 mAh.  Without delving into the numbers, that’s more than 5x the capacity of a standard portable charger, and is listed as being enough battery capacity to pretty much charge a laptop once, up to 9 full smartphone charges, or up to 8 full tablet charges.

Output ports include a 3-prong AC/HVDC (high-voltage DC) 3-prong socket, 2 x USB ports, a co-ax (i.e. “barrel”) DC port, and even a Qi wireless charging pad for compatible smartphones.  A status screen (OLED) shows basically everything you need to know about it… battery capacity, charge time remaining, battery temperature, which ports are active, DC port setting, AC port setting, wireless device charging, etc.  A menu can also be displayed to allow configuring the Omnicharge; that can be controlled with the power button, the USB power button, and the AC power button.  As I went through the options I could see that every aspect of the device (except the USB ports) has multiple functions.  I found the Quick Start Guide to be rather sparse, but found useful information on the manufacturer’s website: http://omnicharge.co.

To charge the Omnicharge 20, you can use the included AC adapter, or you can use the supplied USB-to-DC cable to charge it using USB-compatible AC/DC adapters you may already have for your smartphone / tablet / camera, or you can even charge it with a solar charger; the Omnicharge can accept DC from 4.5volts to 36volts.  This means it can be charged at home, in a car, or even outside where no pluggable power source is available.

Unlike other portable electronics, the charging port can even be used to charge the Omnicharge or it can be used to charge devices from the Omnicharge.  There is a menu option to tell the charger how to use the DC port, and even what output voltage to use.  NOTE: Before setting up the DC output port, it’s important to know the voltage rating for whatever devices will be plugged in.  This info is usually either on the device or on the power adapters that come with the devices.  If not sure, best to contact the device manufacturers.

After making sure the Omnicharge 20 was fully charged (approximately 2-3 hours to charge from zero), I started “plugging” away…

I opted to test the Omnicharge 20 Pro kit, as it comes with a set of cables / connectors to charge a variety of laptops from Dell, HP, Lenovo, Microsoft and Apple through the DC output port.  After turning on the unit, I set the DC port to provide 20volts output, plugged the supplied MagSafe2 (Apple) adapter into the Omnicharge and the laptop, and watched it go.  IMPORTANT: Before configuring DC output power, make sure you identify the voltage needed for your device… either from your device’s AC adapter (look for DC output voltage), or from the manufacturer; if unsure, always check with the manufacturer.  The MagSafe2 plug displayed its orange light to show it was charging the laptop.  While using the computer, the battery percentage indicator showed the charging progress.  After about 40 minutes, the laptop battery went from about 25% charged to 98%. Nice.

I turned the unit off and made sure the DC port was ready for input.  After re-charging the Omnicharge, I decided to give it more of a challenge.  I took an older Apple computer (one without the MagSafe2), and went to charge it using its AC adapter.  While the Omnicharge uses a sine-wave inverter (tech talk for saying you can plug an AC-powered item into a DC power source) to provide the 120volts AC to charge your device, it can also be configured to output 150volts DC via the same port… not something that would ever occur to many of us.  ****IMPORTANT**** This should only be set if you know for sure that your AC adapter uses a switching power supply that can take the higher input voltage!!  For camera chargers and other basic electronics, or if simply not sure, stay with the standard 120volt AC setting!!  Using the wrong setting can damage your devices.  For the older Apple laptop, both options worked, so I used the higher voltage DC setting.  The display indicates whether it is set for AC or HVDC (high-voltage DC), so you can see at a glance if you have it set right.

The Omnicharge can charge multiple devices at the same time, and it keeps tabs on the charger / battery temperature.  If it gets too stressed or too hot, it shuts down.  The output and temperature are constantly shown on the display, and it enables a fan to help dissipate any heat.  While I was charging the older laptop, I plugged in my smartphone to charge it at the same time.  The Omnicharge balanced the output accordingly.  The specs say it can be plugged in / charged while charging other devices… so I plugged it in, and it continued to perform.  The temperature gauge showed it getting up to about 113 degrees, but it never got too warm to touch.

Independent of the other testing, I have also repeatedly plugged camera chargers into the AC port (configured for 120volt AC), and found it so much more convenient to have the Omnicharge nearby than to find an available wall socket to accommodate the camera charger.

The Omnicharge 20 packs a lot of features into a small package, and yet is a much simpler / flexible portable power solution than I have used before.”

Meet the New Nikon D850!

Meet the D850 in person Wednesday, August 30
from 2:30pm – 4:30pm

The Nikon D850, coming soon.

Call our store to pre-order yours today.

201-664-4113

Today Nikon proudly introduces D850, an FX-format (full frame) DSLR unlike any before it. Combining extreme resolution with fast shooting speeds, outstanding dynamic range and one of the most exciting feature sets of any camera, D850 opens thrilling new possibilities for creators of all levels

Key Features

  • Higher Resolution
    • New Nikon-designed 45.7MP back-side illuminated (BSI) full frame image sensor with no optical low-pass filter
  • Faster Speed
    • Up to 9 FPS continuous shooting with full AF performance
      *Using the MB-D18 Multi Power Battery Pack and EN-EL18a/b
  • Flagship Autofocus
    • 153-point AF system with 99 cross-type sensors works down to -4 EV
  • Multimedia Powerhouse
    • 4K UHD full-frame video, 8K time-lapse, 120p slow-motion, touch focus

Focus Session: Macro Photography and First Look Bonus 24-70 with Tamron

Join Bergen County Camera and Tamron tech Armando Flores for our Saturday morning Focus Session on August 26th, all about Macro Photography. Armando will explore the world of the miniature as he addresses macro photography through correct exposure, white balance, lighting, composition, lens selection, and many more topics. This seminar, beginning at 9:30am, will show you how to use and select the right tools to master macro photography.

A little more about Armando Flores:

Armando studied photojournalism in college and has worked in the photo industry for over 30 years. He worked for Nikon, Sony and now Tamron. He photographed professional sports for more than 17 years and has also worked as a professional photographer for Reuters, AP, AMPAS, HFPA and IGLA. His interests are in sports, portraits, landscape and macro photography, but enjoys teaching just as much.                

Tamron will also be here to give everyone a first look of the new SP 24-70 VC G2 lens, including a bonus rebate for guests at the focus session. If purchased on the day of the event, there will be a bonus rebate of $50.00 on the new 24-70. Canon shooters can get in on this deal by preording and prepaying for the Canon mount SP 24-70 VC G2 lens. Read more about the new 24-70 2.8 Tamron lens here.

Tamron is also offering a one day bonus rebate of $25.00 on the new 18-400 VC lens, if purchased on 8/26/17.  Read more about the new 18-400 ultra-telephoto all-in-one zoom lens here.

Tamron Introduces new 24-70 f2.8 Di VC G2 USD

Nikon mount in stock give us a call for more details – 201-664-4113

The wait is over! Meet the next generation high-speed SP 24-70mm F/2.8 G2 zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras. Model A032 is a high performance fast zoom that achieves top-level image quality. Equipped with a new Dual MPU (Micro Processing Units), the lens provides excellent focusing speed with the highest vibration compensation performance of any lens in its class at 5 stops (CIPA-rated). Other new features include e-Band coating for maximum suppression of ghosting and flare, fluorine coating, and new lens hood release lock. And it’s compatible with the TAP-In Console. This new high-speed zoom is perfect for all types of photography, including landscapes, portraits, news, travel and much more. On sale now (Nikon Mount Only) Canon Mount coming 9/2!  Stop by and give it a test drive! 

 

Michael Massaia – New Book – Scenes from a Childhood

The book that had its beginnings with Michael Massaia’s spring 2015 exhibition at Gallery 270, Scenes From A Childhood  is finally ready to be appreciated as a beautiful, unique book in two editions! Brilliant Press in Exton, PA was chosen as our publishing partner for their unsurpassed print quality, attention to detail and old world craftsmanship evident in every aspect of the book. The 96 page book with 73 photographic plates printed in rich duotone and glorious color is $65. They include photographs from four of Michael Massaia’s portfolios: Afterlife /QuietNow/Saudade/Transmogrify and the Passing of Things 
Order your pre release copy now

 

The Deluxe Limited Edition is offered as a signed and numbered edition of 100 with 30 artist proof (AP) and 15 Hors Commerce (HC) copies. Housed in a clamshell box with book well and elegant ribbon pull, it is accompanied by an inner folio with two signed and numbered 11×14 original photographs made by the artist. The first is a toned silver gelatin print of “Point Pleasant Funhouse” from the series Afterlife; the second is a pigment print of “Sponge-Bob” from the series Transmogrify. This Deluxe Limited Edition will be in stock sometime in May/June 2017 and begins at $1000.

You can secure $300 savings now with the pre-publication price of $700 by concluding your purchase before its expected delivery date in May/June 2017.

 

New Arrivals from Fuji

Cameras:

GFX 50S -The FUJIFILM GFX 50S medium format mirrorless digital camera adopts a 43.8x32.9mm medium format (FUJIFILM G Format) sensor with 51.4 MP. Featuring premium design and excellent operability stemming from the highly reputable digital camera X Series system and the accumulation of image design technology from over 80 years of experience, the GFX 50S achieves the highest ever image quality from Fujifilm. 

Also arriving soon – 63mm f2.8  —  32-64mm f4.0  — 120mm f4.0 Macro

Accessories: VG-GFX Grip  —  EVG-TL1  — EVF Tilt Adaptor

XT-20 body/ XT-20 body with 16-50mm – The new FUJIFILM X-T20 interchangeable lens camera joins the award-winning X Series digital camera lineup. The X-T20 is the successor to the FUJIFILM X-T10 and builds on its outstanding image quality, intuitive design, and versatility with a new APS-C sized 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor and X-Processor Pro image processing engine.

 


X100F – Featuring the latest 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III APS-C image sensor, high-speed image processing engine and a high-performance FUJINON 23mm F2 lens, the X100F delivers outstanding color reproduction and gradation of tones in both stills and videos, while providing photographers with increased mobility and an unsurpassed user experience.

Lenses:


50mm f2.0 – FUJIFILM is adding the FUJINON XF50mmF2 R WR, a compact, mid-telephoto lens to the X Series lineup of interchangeable lenses known for their outstanding image quality. The lens features a focal length equivalent to 76mm (in the 35mm film format) and a maximum aperture of F2.0 for beautiful bokeh. The compact and stylish optic also offers high speed AF and weighs just 200g.

 

Introducing the Memory Mash-Up

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You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. And you’ll want to hit play again and again.

With technology changing the format in which we store our memories, Memory Mash-Up provides a modern solution for all of your favorite moments. Easily blend pictures, videos and a variety of media right off of your phone or computer to make a product you’ll enjoy for years to come. Have old photos or videos from years ago? Not a problem – bring them in to be digitized before the Mash is created.

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What is a Memory Mash-Up?

It’s a collection – a virtual mix tape with various photos, video clips and digital files mashed into one amazing mini-movie.

Because the Memory Mash-Up has such an emotional experience – it makes a great gift or celebratory keepsake. Here are just a few of the ways people are using it:

-Year in review
-Graduation
-Wedding
-Retirement
-Instagram Feed
-Anniversary
-Reunions
-Memorial
-Family Heritage
-Company History

To create your own Memory Mash-Up bring your photos and videos into Bergen County Camera and one of our imaging experts will help you get started.  If you have any questions about this exciting new service feel free to call 201-664-4113 or email. What are  your thoughts on the Memory Mash-Up?  Let us know in the comments section below.