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Sakar Debuts 15-Min. Battery Charger, Card Reader/Writer

2/09/2004 02:00:00 AM Eastern

EDISON, N.J.— Digital-camera accessories maker Sakar International is introducing a 15-minute charger that will be marketed within the company's Digital Concepts line of digital camera and camcorder accessories.

The charger, model CH-6900, comes complete with, and recharges, four high-capacity 2200mAh AA nickel metal-hydride (NiMH) batteries, and is pointed toward digital-camera users who want to extend photo opportunities by limiting cell replacement frequency.

Whereas other battery chargers can take as long as four hours to recharge both 1800mAh and 2000mAh NiMH batteries, the CH-6900 cuts the time to a quarter hour, while offering higher capacity 2200mAH cells, said Sakar.

The 15-minute unit can recharge one, two, three or four batteries at once, and has a suggested retail of $59. The charger will be available in the third quarter.

Also new from Sakar is its 9-in-1 Card Reader/Writer for downloading digital photos to a PC or Mac. Sold within the company's Digital Concepts line of digital camera and camcorder accessories, the Card Reader/ Writer packs a number of common connectivity capabilities into one multi-duty device.

Five slots make the Reader/Writer, model CR-70, compatible with every memory format being used in digital photography today, Sakar said. The unit enables high-speed transfers of files from digital cameras, handheld PCs, PDAs and other flash-driven devices to a user's desktop or notebook PC, said Sakar, with transfer rates up to 40 times faster than a standard serial port.

This USB 2.0 connection delivers true plug-and-play compatibility said the company, and the device comes with its own removable cable that enables fast install and removal from device to device. The Reader/Writer requires no additional AC power, so users can conserve battery power for taking pictures, not transferring files.

Among the media formats compatible with the Digital Concepts 9-in-1 Card Reader/Writer are Compact Flash, Smart Media, Multi-Media, XD, Sony Memory Stick with Magic Gate, Secure Digital, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro and IBM Microdrive media formats.

Suggested retail is $49 and the Reader/Writer will be available in the second quarter.

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