Understanding SD & Micro SD Memory Cards

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Understanding SD & Micro SD Memory Cards

Secure Digital (SD) is the most popular memory card format around. SD cards are generally used for cameras, handheld video cameras, all the way up to professional DSLRs that capture images and video. The mobile versions of SD cards are microSD cards designed for use in smartphones and tablets. They adhere to the same technical specifications as the bigger SD card most commonly seen in cameras, but as image capture devices have transformed over the years, becoming smaller and more portable, the microSD card has been adopted for use in new technologies like HD sports camcorders and aerial cameras.DRMK128PE

Capacity: Shown in gigabytes (GB) on the front of the card. The higher the capacity, the more photos and videos you can store on the card. So if you primarily shoot still images, you might not need a memory card with a huge capacity, but if shoot a lot of video, you should choose a card with a larger capacity. These are also indicated by SD (up to 2GB storage), SDHC (from 2GB up to 32GB) and SDXC (from 32GB to 2TB).

Performance: A card’s performance is defined as the speed at which your card is able to store and download images, expressed as “write” and “read” speeds.
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Write speed: Write speed is how fast images are written to a memory card inside the camera.

Read speed: Read speed is how fast images are transferred off of a memory card to a computer.

Speed Class and UHS Speed Class: SD cards have two types of speed indicators generally shown on the card. These are Speed Class (number inside a C) which designates minimum write performance. These range from Class 2 (2MB/s) to Class 10 (10MB/s) and UHS Speed Class (a number inside a U) which indicates how quickly video/images can be transferred onto the memory card. UHS-I enables maximum transfer speeds of 104MB/s while UHS-II enables maximum transfer speeds of 312MB/s. Within the UHS Speed Class there are two designations, U1 and U3, which represent minimum write speeds of 10MB/s and 30MB/s respectively. Confusingly, U1 (UHS Speed Class 1) and Class 10 refer to the same 10MB/s speed standard, so sometimes you’ll see cards that are labelled both as Class 10 and U1. UHS speeds are not seen on cards below Class 10.

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Video Speed Class: This is the latest standard in class speeds which ensures a guaranteed minimum performance speed for recording video with a range from 6MB/s to 90MB/s. The fastest options – V60 (60MB/s) and V90 (90MB/s), will support 8K resolution (7680 x 4320), while V6 (6MB/s), V10 (10MB/s) and V30 (30MB/s) capture high-definition and 4K. All speed classes guarantee minimum video recording speeds to ensure smooth video playback, so actual recording performance may be even faster.

What Should I Choose?

What type of photographs/video do you plan to take?

Taking still images doesn’t necessarily require fast write speeds, whereas capturing action, sports, or video requires fast write speeds to help eliminate missed shots or dropping frames from video. If considering a UHS-II card ensure that your camera is UHS-II compliant otherwise you will be limited to the speeds of UHS-I. Next to consider is read speeds which will enable you to download your images to your computer quicker. If you opt for a card with a faster read speed ensure you invest in a good memory card reader. If your computer has a USB 3.0 port, buy a USB 3.0 reader to take advantage of the fast read speeds. This will cut down the time of transferring your files to your computer. Lastly to consider is capacity. Are you shooting video or JPG images, RAW images, or both? Video and RAW images take up more room on your card than JPG files. Therefore, you will need a larger capacity card if shooting video, RAW images, or RAW and JPG images at the same time. Remember, it’s always better to have too much storage than not enough! Buy memory cards.

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Which should I use, Alkaline or Rechargeable?

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facts-bunny-ultra-rechargableWhich should I use, Alkaline or Rechargeable?

The answer is both.

Single use alkaline batteries and rechargeable batteries can be interchanged in most* devices however both types have their own distinct benefits.

Alkaline batteries are relatively inexpensive to buy (particularly in our bundle packs) and are available in Plus Power and Ultra Power versions. Don’t miss our special Spring promotional bundles available to buy online now.

However, after the initial investment of buying rechargeable batteries, you will soon start to save money as you can reuse them hundreds of times. They also have the added benefit of being kinder to the environment.

Which ones to use when?

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Duracell Alkaline batteries are perfect for low drain devices such as TV remotes, smoke alarms, wall clocks and thermostats. Alkaline are also best for any devices that are not used frequently as rechargeable batteries may lose their charge over long periods of time.

Duracell rechargeable batteries are ideal for high drain devices such as remote controlled toys, games, flashlights or tools, where there is a sustained power requirement and alkaline batteries could be depleted very quickly. Using Duracell’s range of rechargeable batteries and battery chargers you can recharge your batteries in as little as 15 minutes and be back in business in no time!

Duracell’s Stay-charged technology has the added benefit of holding their charge for longer than standard rechargeable batteries. This means they shouldn’t need recharging as often. Most rechargeable batteries will need charging before their first use, but with Duracell Pre-Charged batteries, they can be used straight from the pack.

For very high drain devices such as some cameras or toys, we recommend our Recharge Ultra Series. These have a higher capacity of up to 2500mAh meaning they will run for longer between charges. They also include a 5 Year Guarantee to ensure you will be saving money for years to come!

 

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So GO GREEN and shop for rechargeable batteries TODAY

Shop for Alkaline batteries

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*Some devices such as smoke alarms are not suitable for use with rechargeable batteries. Please check the manufacturer’s instructions before use. 

 


Free Football Duracell Bunny Competition!

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Support your ‪#‎football‬ team with a singing, scissor-kicking, goal scoring Football Duracell Bunny on your desk from DuracellDirect!Win a Duracell Football Bunny!

We’re giving away a bunch of these fun animatronic Football Bunnies as well as Duracell goodies like Torches, Lanterns and Power Banks each week until the ‪#‎Euro2016‬ final on the 10th July. With extra ‪#‎competition‬ ‪#‎prizes‬ awarded on merit by our team of judges each week.

For your chance to ‪#‎win‬, all you have to do is take a photo and share it and a link and your entry code on your website, blog or your favourite social media platform like Facebook or Google Plus. Visit your local DuracellDirect site to get your ‪#‎free‬ entry code:


Charge Your Batteries Before Flying to the US

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DR6001A Duracell USB Travel ChargerYou may want to re-charge “your” batteries with a well earned holiday in the United States of America but you will have to make sure that your smartphone, tablet  and laptop batteries are fully charged before boarding the plane. New enhanced security measures implemented by the Department for Homeland Security means that security officers may ask you to turn on some devices. Powerless devices may not be permitted to board the aircraft.

Now that’s one more thing for you to remember to do before leaving for the airport, making sure the batteries are fully charged.

If you are travelling with a lot of gadgets then it might be cumbersome to carry all the different chargers. A tangled mass of cables and adapters at the bottom of your bag. You should really consider a Duracell USB Travel Charger. It has dual USB ports that can charger a multitude of devices including smartphones, tablets, cameras and mp3 players. It is also supplied with plug adapters for UK, Europe, US and Australia. So, now there is no excuse for not having your devices fully charged during your travels.


Travel Essentials from DuracellDirect

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Duracell Travel Looking forward to your summer holidays? Going travelling, jet-setting around the world or is it going to be a stay-cation?Duracell Travel Kit

Got all the essentials? like Sun screen, Hat, Shades, Flip-flops and Sandals. What about a beach towel?

 

Well, you will get a Duracell Beach Towel FREE with the Duracell Travel Kit exclusively from DuracellDirect.

 

You can trust Duracell this summer. This great value TRAVEL KIT includes everything you need to stay connected all summer long on holiday and at the beach.

 

This special kit includes a 3hr Emergency back up charger to keep your smartphone charged. An 8 pack of AA and AAA Ultra Power batteries with Powercheck and a worldwide dual USB travel charger for your iPad or Tablet PC allowing you to surf the web, read a book, and capture those special moments the whole day long and be ready to recharge that night for the next day! All for just £44.99 with a massive 30% saving versus the separate selling prices.

 

This exclusive kit also comes with a FREE Duracell beach towel to dry you off after that dip in the pool or sea!

  • 3 Hour emergency charger comes with Mini & Micro USB cable and will charge iPhone and other smartphones*
  • Dual USB Tablet PC Charger with UK, EU, USA and AU power sockets.**
  • UltraPower AAA batteries provide upto 40% more power Vs Duracell Plus & include a Powercheck tester
  • UltraPower AA batteries provide upto 40% more power Vs Duracell Plus & include a Powercheck tester

* Compatible with iPod, iPhone, BlackBerry, E-reader, Amazon Kindle, and most MP3 players , mobile phones and Smartphones using their dedicated Charging cables.(Not Supplied)   Duracell Beach Towel

** Suitable for iPhone 3, 4 , 5, iPad 2, 3, 4 & iPad mini iPod touch, Android devices from HTC, Samsung, LG, Motorola, Kindle, Kindle Fire & BlackBerry using the device specific USB cable (not Supplied)


Summer Festival Essentials from DuracellDirect

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Duracell Festival KitPlanning to go to a few festivals this summer? Well, don’t forget to pack the Duracell Festival Kit exclusively from DuracellDirect.Duracell Festival Kit

This great value FESTIVAL KIT includes everything you need to stay safe and connected all summer long at whatever Music festival or Summer event you attend.

 

This special kit includes a 5hr Emergency back up charger to keep your smartphone charged. An 8 pack of AA Ultra Power batteries with Powercheck, a 9 LED super bright pocket torch and an 8gb Micro SD card and SD adapter so you never miss a chance to capture that special moment on your phone or camera. All for just £49.99 with a massive 25% saving versus the separate selling prices.

 

This exclusive kit also comes with a FREE DURACELL UMBRELLA to keep you dry in that dreaded summer shower or in the shade if the sun gets too hot!Duracell Umbrella

  • The  5 Hour emergency charger comes with Mini & Micro USB cable and will charge iPhone and other smartphones*
  • Tough  Torch has 9 LED’s for super brightness and includes 3 AAA Plus Power Batteries
  • 8gb microSD includes a fullsize SD adapter and is capable of storing 4000 8 Megapixel images
  • UltraPower AA batteries provide upto 40% more power Vs Duracell Plus and include a powercheck tester

 

* Compatible with iPod, iPhone, BlackBerry, E-reader, Amazon Kindle, and most MP3 players , mobile phones and Smartphones using their dedicated Charging cables.(Not Supplied) – Not suitable for Tablets


10% Discount – Ends Tomorrow!

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Football BunnyGet a 10% discount when you spend over £30. Just remember to enter the discount code WCJBF-14 at the checkout.

Going on holidays soon or on a short city break? Don’t forget to get your camera batteries, travel chargers and memory cards.

This offer ends tomorrow, 19th June 2014.

 

Italy:

In qualità di stimato cliente di DuracellDirect, per i prossimi 5 giorni ti offriremo un ulteriore sconto del 10% su qualsiasi acquisto quando la spesa supera €40. L’offerta è valida fino al 19 giugno 2014.

Per ottenere lo sconto del 10% basta inserire il codice sconto WCJBF-14 alla cassa.

 

France:

Pour vous remercier de votre fidélité, DuracellDirect vous offre 10 % de remise supplémentaire pendant les 5 prochains jours pour toute commande de plus de 40 €. Cette offre est valable jusqu’au 19 juin 2014.

Il vous suffit de saisir le code de réduction WCJBF-14 au moment du paiement pour bénéficier de la remise de 10 %.

 

Spain:

Por ser usted un cliente valioso de DuracellDirect, durante los próximos 5 días le ofrecemos un 10% de descuento adicional en todas las compras que realice superiores a 40 €. Esta oferta finaliza el 19 de junio de 2014.

Cuando pague, solo tiene que introducir el código de descuento WCJBF-14 y le descontaremos un 10%.

 

Finland:

Tarjoamme kiitokseksi DuracellDirect-asiakkuudestasi seuraavien kolmen päivän ajan -10 % lisäalen kaikista yli 40 € ostoksista. Tarjous päättyy 19. kesäkuu 2014.

Anna alennuskoodi WCJBF-14 kassalla, niin saat 10 % alennuksen.

 

Denmark:

Som værdsat kunde hos DuracellDirect, vil vi over de næste 5 dage tilbyde dig yderligere 10 % rabat på alle køb, når du køber for over 400 kr. Dette tilbud slutter den 19. juni 2014.

Du skal blot indtaste rabatkoden WCJBF-14 ved kassen for at få din rabat på 10%.

 

Germany:

Als geschätztem DuracellDirect-Kunden gewähren wir Ihnen in den nächsten fünf Tagen zusätzlich 10 % Rabatt auf jeden Einkauf, wenn Ihr Einkaufswert €40 übersteigt. Dieses Angebot endet am 19. Juni 2014.

Geben Sie beim Bezahlen einfach den Rabattcode WCJBF-14 ein, um Ihren 10 %-Rabatt zu erhalten.

 

Sweden:

I egenskap av värdefull kund för DuracellDirect, ger vi dig ytterligare 10 % rabatt på alla inköp när du spenderar mer än 400 SEK. Detta erbjudande gäller fram till den 19 juni 2014.

Fyll bara i rabattkoden WCJBF-14 när du kommer till kassan så får du 10 % rabatt.

 

Netherlands:

Als gewaardeerde klant van DuracellDirect geven we u de komende vijf dagen een extra korting van 10% bij besteding van meer dan €40. Deze aanbieding loopt tot 19 juni 2014.

Voer bij de kassa kortingscode  WCJBF-14 in om uw 10% korting te ontvangen.

 

Ireland:

As a valued customer of DuracellDirect, for the next 5 days we’re offering an additional 10% off on any purchase when you spend over €40. This offer ends 19th June 2014.

Simply enter discount code WCJBF-14 at the checkout to get your 10% discount.

 

 


Overheating Apple 5W European Power Adapters

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Apple 5W EU USB AdapterApple is offerring to exchange 5W European USB power adapters which were supplied with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4A models shipped between October 2009 – September 2012 or purchased as a standalone accessory.Duracell DR6001A USB Travel Charger

According to Apple, the USB power adapter may overheat and pose a safety risk. To find out if you are affected visit the adapter exchange program.

Chekout Duracell’s portable USB chargers including the Dual USB Travel Charger. Ideal for charging smartphone and tablets including iPhones, iPods and iPads. It also comes supplied with UK, EU, US and AU plug adapters, making it a truly global product. More importantly it is not affected by any safety recalls.


Celebrate Fathers Day with Braun and DuracellDirect

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Celebrate Fathers Day with BraunHave you got your Dad a gift yet? Why not celebrate this Fathers Day with Braun and DuracellDirect. Award-winning shaving performance for outstanding dads.

Get a free £10 Sports Direct online gift card when you spend £39.98 or more on Braun and Oral-B products. Just enter the code HZDRV-42 at checkout to claim your voucher.

Order by 3pm Tuesday 10th for delivery before Fathers Day.