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Panasonic VW-BC20 Charger for VW-VBN130 & VW-VBN260 Batteries

B&H # PAVWBC20 Mfr # VW-BC20
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Product Highlights
  • For HS900, TM900 & SD900/800 Camcorders
  • Frees Your Camcorder While You Charge

The Panasonic VW-BC20 Charger for VW-VBN130/VW-VBN260 Batteries plugs into a wall and charges either the VBN130 or VBN260 batteries, which power the HDC-HS900, TM900, SD900, SD800, HCX800, HCX900 and HCX900M camcorders from Panasonic. With the VW-BC20 charger plugged into the wall, you're free to use your camcorder while you charge an additional battery.

Dimensions (HxWxD) 1.0 x 2.3 x 3.7" (25 x 60 x 93 mm)
Weight 0.15 lb (70 g)

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PanasonicVW-BC20 Charger for VW-VBN130 & VW-VBN260 Batteries
 
4.4

(based on 34 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (29)
  • Lightweight (22)
  • Compact (8)
  • Fast charge (6)
  • Highly compatible (6)

Cons

  • Long charge time (5)

Best Uses

  • Travel (20)
  • At home (12)
  • Camcorder bag (7)
  • HD shooting (5)
  • Home movies (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Tech savvy (19), Aspiring film maker (10), Parent (5), Film professional (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (32)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Satisfactory

The VW-BC20 Charger operates ok with no problems. It charges the two sizes of the Panasonic proprietary batteries VW-VBN130 & VW-VBN260 in a few hours. There is a dim green LED that...Read complete review

The VW-BC20 Charger operates ok with no problems. It charges the two sizes of the Panasonic proprietary batteries VW-VBN130 & VW-VBN260 in a few hours. There is a dim green LED that is on when charging and turns off when it's done. It should have had a red or yellow LED for charging and a green for complete.

It's not heavy or overly built, the A/C cable is stiff and fights you when packing it away. The charging box feels very light and slides off slick tables easily. Pulled around by it's firm cable.

I purchased this charger because the Panasonic HDC-TM900k Camcorder will not work with generic batteries. Without a large supply of cheap batteries I would need more charging than just the camera itself. I read that Panasonic wanted to make up profit in the accessories and developed a simple system to defeat battery clones. So they win... I'm fighting back by getting more Panasonic accessories.

B&H always ships a well prepared box, product was in stock and a swift delivery.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Just an OK charger

Hurrah! Now I can charge my spare batteries while I am using my camera. The supplied charger that comes with the HDC-SD800 will only allow you to charge the battery while it is mounted...Read complete review

Hurrah! Now I can charge my spare batteries while I am using my camera. The supplied charger that comes with the HDC-SD800 will only allow you to charge the battery while it is mounted on the camera, rendering the camera useless while the battery is charging. Pretty dumb Panasonic. This accessory charger does the job and is worth the cost as you are free to use your camera while a spare is charging in the background. The negative is a very slow charge time. For the standard battery that gives one hour of use when recording 1080p, it takes about 2 hours to recharge the battery. A quick charge battery would be nice. Also, why is a long 120v power cord needed. Suggest this is eliminated by including integrated outlet prongs on the back of the charger. Overall, not impressed with Panasonic's understanding of customer needs with their new line of camcorders that has eliminated the stand alone charger.

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5.0

VW-BC20 Charger I would buy this product

By Sajori

from Puerto Rico

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Quality Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Upgrade

    Comments about Panasonic VW-BC20 Charger for VW-VBN130 & VW-VBN260 Batteries:

    excellent original product

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    • No

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    5.0

    Perfect so far

    By Tim

    from Manheim PA

    About Me Parent, Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Quality Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Upgrade

      Comments about Panasonic VW-BC20 Charger for VW-VBN130 & VW-VBN260 Batteries:

      Does what it is meant to do.

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      • No

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      3.0

      Not a travel charger

      By Larry

      from Amherst NY

      About Me Advanced 50 Yr Video Guy, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Quality Construction

      Cons

      • Bulky
      • Relatively Slow

      Best Uses

      • Charge While Camera Busy

      Comments about Panasonic VW-BC20 Charger for VW-VBN130 & VW-VBN260 Batteries:

      Expected a smaller travel charger with folding plug. Instead this has a long cord and takes up a lot of space in my bag. Charger itself is otherwise fine but not especially fast, particularly when used with the larger optional batteries.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Original Equipment!!!

      By Nick shooting on the road

      from Las Vegas

      About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Charges Quickly
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • At Home
        • Camcorder Bag
        • Quick Charge
        • Travel

        Comments about Panasonic VW-BC20 Charger for VW-VBN130 & VW-VBN260 Batteries:

        When I got the camera - and battery - from a disreputable company, and the battery charger they supplied failed... I turned to reputable B&H to fix the situation, and fix it right!

        Now, I have a great camera, great battery, and great original manufacturer equipment! battery charger! Thank You B&H!

        I feel so much better now - and once again B&H saved the day - with the right product!, that works! I will not stray from B&H again!

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        • No

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        5.0

        Nice Extra

        By Mr. C

        from Yukon, OK

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • At Home

          Comments about Panasonic VW-BC20 Charger for VW-VBN130 & VW-VBN260 Batteries:

          I like charging batteries removed from the camera.
          I've read that it is better to do this. Not sure...I like not having my expensive camera settting out on a desk or counter top while charging. Also very convinent - I leave the charger plugged in all the time...no need to get cables out of the camera case.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Does what it does

          By jtdooney

          from Philadelphia, PA

          About Me Aspiring Film Maker

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Charges Quickly
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • At Home
            • Camcorder Bag
            • Quick Charge
            • Travel

            Comments about Panasonic VW-BC20 Charger for VW-VBN130 & VW-VBN260 Batteries:

            Get one!!!!!!!!!!!!

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            • No

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            1.0

            Show Pig meat, shell dog meat

            By Anthony

            from Hayward

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Panasonic VW-BC20 Charger for VW-VBN130 & VW-VBN260 Batteries:

                  I bought 2 VBN and 2 VBG battery from B&H with this charger. The battery label show Made in Japan, but the battery inside is Made from China.

                  Not all China products are bad, but most China product are bad. You understand what I meant. The charger has nothing to do with the batterỵ.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Good charger

                  By Gembira2

                  from Arizona

                  About Me Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Long Charge Time

                  Best Uses

                  • At Home
                  • Camcorder Bag
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Panasonic VW-BC20 Charger for VW-VBN130 & VW-VBN260 Batteries:

                  Good quality with long cord. Charge time could be faster, but slower charging usually means longer battery life.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  very useful

                  By okonsar

                  from Turkey

                  About Me Film Professional

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Charges Quickly
                  • Compact
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Camcorder Bag
                    • Quick Charge
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Panasonic VW-BC20 Charger for VW-VBN130 & VW-VBN260 Batteries:

                    absolutely needed, it would have been nice to specify that it also works on 220V outlets

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                    4.0

                    Good quality and good price

                    By Costa Rica videoboater chick

                    from Turrialba, Costa Rica

                    About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Charges Quickly
                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Surge Protected

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • At Home
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Panasonic VW-BC20 Charger for VW-VBN130 & VW-VBN260 Batteries:

                      This product arrived quickly, didn't have too much packaging (yay!), and works well! There are no flimsy cords or cables, just one thick power cord that attaches to the main charger. Both fit easily into my pelican case with my video camera. It has a built in change of charge so that you don't need to worry about voltages if you travel, which I do.

                      Especially after my regular cord quit on me, this was an essential item, and I am definitely satisfied!

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                      4.0

                      Charge the xtra batteries off-camera

                      By RedSnapper

                      from Illinois

                      About Me None of the above

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Long Charge Time

                      Best Uses

                      • At Home
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Panasonic VW-BC20 Charger for VW-VBN130 & VW-VBN260 Batteries:

                      This unit works well and is useful for charging extra batteries while the camera is in use. Since I'm not an electrical engineer, I won't speculate on why, but it doesn't charge quickly.

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                      4.0

                      It's bigger than it looks

                      By HHP

                      from NYC

                      About Me Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Charges Quickly
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                      • Bulky

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Panasonic VW-BC20 Charger for VW-VBN130 & VW-VBN260 Batteries:

                        All the images I've seen of this charger is just like it is here, just the little brick. I had assumed it would have the pop out prongs like some of the other Panasonic chargers and would be convenient to travel with. The huge box that this charger came with negated that notion. What isn't shown is the very long cord that is the other half of this charger system. Well, at least it works.

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                        5.0

                        Must have Battery Charger

                        By Keith

                        from Brisbane, Australia

                        About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Parent, Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • At Home
                          • Camcorder Bag
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Panasonic VW-BC20 Charger for VW-VBN130 & VW-VBN260 Batteries:

                          I have a Panasonic HDC-TM900 High Definition Camcorder. Normally the battery can only be charged through the camera. The charger allowes me to charge a spare battery while the camera is in use or charge two batterys at once. It takes approx 2 hours to charge the VW-VBN130 and approx 4 hours to charge the VW-VBN260. This is a bit slow but it enhances life span of the expensive lithium-ion batteries.

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                          5.0

                          Good for the active videographer

                          By Bob

                          from Bay City, Michigan

                          About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Charges Quickly
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • At Home
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Panasonic VW-BC20 Charger for VW-VBN130 & VW-VBN260 Batteries:

                            Although the Panasonic camera does do in camera charging, I wanted to have a second source so I could be sure I had several batteries charged up every day. It does the trick and is as fast as the in camera charging. You can easily tuck it into a corner of your suitcase or carry on bag and not lose any space for that extra pair of sox. It has a nice long cord too.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Very useful.

                            By Hugolin

                            from Buenos Aires Argentina

                            About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • None

                            Best Uses

                            • Travel

                            Comments about Panasonic VW-BC20 Charger for VW-VBN130 & VW-VBN260 Batteries:

                            It allows you to use the camera while another battery is charging. Useful when you must charge two batteries at the same time using the in-camera charger and this one.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            A Must Have

                            By Rob

                            from Moorpark, CA

                            About Me Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Travel

                              Comments about Panasonic VW-BC20 Charger for VW-VBN130 & VW-VBN260 Batteries:

                              Charge the spare battery & the camera battery at the same time.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Hey, it's a battery charger!

                              By Tommy DD&B

                              from Ashburn, VA

                              About Me Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Travel

                                Comments about Panasonic VW-BC20 Charger for VW-VBN130 & VW-VBN260 Batteries:

                                Does what it's supposed to do.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Finally available

                                By PeggyS

                                from Santa Cruz, CA

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use

                                Cons

                                • Expensive
                                • Should come with camera

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Panasonic VW-BC20 Charger for VW-VBN130 & VW-VBN260 Batteries:

                                  I've needed this for awhile now, and am happy to finally have it. Thanks B&H.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Handy

                                  By Threeboy

                                  from Vancouver BC, Canada

                                  About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Highly Compatible

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Panasonic VW-BC20 Charger for VW-VBN130 & VW-VBN260 Batteries:

                                      We were looking to get a double-capacity battery but instead opted for a regular battery and this charging cradle. This lets us charge a battery while we shoot.

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                                      5.0

                                      fast.build quality

                                      By buky

                                      from israel

                                      About Me Technically Challenged

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Durable
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Highly Compatible
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Produces High Quality Film

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Documentaries
                                        • HD Shooting
                                        • Home Movies
                                        • Shooting Indoors
                                        • Shooting Outdoors
                                        • Travel

                                        Comments about Panasonic VW-BC20 Charger for VW-VBN130 & VW-VBN260 Batteries:

                                        fast.build quality

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