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The battery charger that I got with my Olympus Tough TG-5 (left) looks pretty different from any typical USB charger that you see here in Europe (right).

USB chargers

But in spite of its somewhat unusual and bulky appearance, it seems to work just like any other 5V 1.5A USB charger. I can use it to charge a mobile phone, and more importantly, I seem to be able to use any modern USB charger to charge the battery of the camera.

So is there anything special about the Olympus charger? Is it really just a normal USB charger?

The user manual is unhelpful; as usual, it instructs against using any third-party charger, but this is what you find in the manual of any mobile phone, too.

  • Most USB chargers are not UL listed. That's a potentially important difference in terms of the likelihood it causes a fire. Sure anecdotally, most cheap USB chargers don't start a fire, but the potential downside risk includes death. – user50888 Jul 27 '17 at 19:36
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According to this YouTube video, Olympus TG-4: Does It Charge with USB? | FAQ Video (queued to 29 seconds), yes, it does charge with USB.

  • Thank you for queueing the video to the right spot, so we don't have to wait through a bunch of stuff to get to the information. – scottbb Aug 27 '17 at 14:51
  • @scottbb TG-5 has got a standard micro-USB connector. – Jukka Suomela Aug 27 '17 at 18:35
  • @JukkaSuomela Indeed, you're absolutely correct. My mistake – scottbb Aug 27 '17 at 23:09

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