3rd party batteries

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Jacobe Hazzard, Nov 12, 2004.

  1. Has anyone tried any 3rd party replacements for lithium ion camera
    batteries?
    I would like couple spares for my nikon en-el1 pack, and I see various
    taiwanese made replacements available on the internet for a fraction of
    the price. These invariably advertise a higher capacity than my nikon
    original battery (680mAh).

    Can the replacements be trusted? If they last for as many shots as the
    original and can be charged even half as many times, it's a deal.
    Jacobe Hazzard, Nov 12, 2004
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    Cooter Guest

    Don't know about 3rd party batteries in general, but have used two from
    Sterling Tek (sterlingtek.com) in my CP 5700 with success. I have two Nikons
    and two Sterlings and rotate through them. In use, I can't tell which one is
    in the camera and would guess I get similar results with both.
    Cooter, Nov 12, 2004
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    ellis veech Guest

    I've bought batteries from Thomas Distributing for a long time and never had
    any problems.

    --
    Canon 300D
    Photoshop 7

    Ellis Veech


    "Jacobe Hazzard" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Has anyone tried any 3rd party replacements for lithium ion camera
    > batteries?
    > I would like couple spares for my nikon en-el1 pack, and I see various
    > taiwanese made replacements available on the internet for a fraction of
    > the price. These invariably advertise a higher capacity than my nikon
    > original battery (680mAh).
    >
    > Can the replacements be trusted? If they last for as many shots as the
    > original and can be charged even half as many times, it's a deal.
    >
    >
    ellis veech, Nov 12, 2004
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  4. Jacobe Hazzard

    Alan Meyer Guest

    "Jacobe Hazzard" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Has anyone tried any 3rd party replacements for lithium ion camera
    > batteries?
    > I would like couple spares for my nikon en-el1 pack, and I see various
    > taiwanese made replacements available on the internet for a fraction of
    > the price. These invariably advertise a higher capacity than my nikon
    > original battery (680mAh).
    >
    > Can the replacements be trusted? If they last for as many shots as the
    > original and can be charged even half as many times, it's a deal.


    I replaced a NiMH laptop battery with a third party, no-name, low-price
    battery. The replacement claimed higher amp-hours than the original
    and my testing showed that, indeed, it powered the computer longer
    than the original. It lasted more years too.

    Alan
    Alan Meyer, Nov 12, 2004
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  5. Jacobe Hazzard wrote:
    > Has anyone tried any 3rd party replacements for lithium ion camera
    > batteries?
    > I would like couple spares for my nikon en-el1 pack, and I see various
    > taiwanese made replacements available on the internet for a fraction
    > of the price. These invariably advertise a higher capacity than my
    > nikon original battery (680mAh).
    >
    > Can the replacements be trusted? If they last for as many shots as the
    > original and can be charged even half as many times, it's a deal.


    I would trust Hahnel batteries - they are about half the price of
    Manufacturers' own-brand. I have their EN-EL1 equivalent and have had no
    problem.

    I would not, in general, trust something at a tenth of the price.

    David
    David J Taylor, Nov 12, 2004
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  6. Jacobe Hazzard

    JohnR Guest

    I used to have a fuji Finepix 6800z. The Fuji battery replacement is
    something like $50-60 (NP-80). I bought a DigiPower brand from B&H, $35. It
    was good, but it was never the capacity of the original Fuji.Perhaps only
    half the capacity. It infact failed to hold a reasonable charge after 1.5
    years while the Fuji was still going strong. After 3 years the Fuji battery
    started not holding a good charge so I went on eBay and bought a generic one
    for $7 plus $6 shipping. This battery seemed better than the Digipower, but
    still shy of the Fuji battery supplied with the camera. It seemed a bit
    weaker with every charge.

    I was on a business trip 900 miles from home. Before I had to catch a plane,
    I took some time and went the zoo that everyone was recommending. My battery
    was charged and ready to go. While at the zoo, nearly 3/4 way through the
    battery started showing the nearly empty sign, but luckily kept going long
    enough to finish shooting. When I got home the battery was exhausted.

    Now annoyed with the camera and battery, I sold it on eBay and Bought a Fuji
    A330 for less than what I sold the 6800 for. I've shot 110 pictures on the
    two AA Ray-o-vacs and they still have not quit or even showed a weak signal.
    I've shot flash and keep the LCD on. I'd never leave the LCD on with the
    6800.

    The 6800z gave excellent image quality for a 3mp camera, it was more the
    NP-80 battery and power consumption. Fuji's battery seemed the best, but I'm
    disappointed it lasted only 3 years for a $60 item. The A330's image quality
    is the same, if not better in some respects, but I go for 6 months on a $5
    12 pack of AAs and no recharging hassels. When I bought it, I was planing on
    using Ni-Mh AAs, but Alkalines are fine.

    So, I'm not very excited about 3rd party Li-ions, or Li-ion batteries in
    general. They seem to last 3 years in laptops as well before dying and it
    costs $150 or more to replace. OTOH, if I judge Li-ion batteries by my
    digital Rebel, I'd be impressed (as long as it doesn't stop holding a decent
    charge in 3 years).
    John


    "Jacobe Hazzard" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Has anyone tried any 3rd party replacements for lithium ion camera
    > batteries?
    > I would like couple spares for my nikon en-el1 pack, and I see various
    > taiwanese made replacements available on the internet for a fraction of
    > the price. These invariably advertise a higher capacity than my nikon
    > original battery (680mAh).
    >
    > Can the replacements be trusted? If they last for as many shots as the
    > original and can be charged even half as many times, it's a deal.
    >
    >
    JohnR, Nov 13, 2004
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  7. Jacobe Hazzard wrote:
    > Has anyone tried any 3rd party replacements for lithium ion camera
    > batteries?
    > I would like couple spares for my nikon en-el1 pack, and I see various
    > taiwanese made replacements available on the internet for a fraction of
    > the price. These invariably advertise a higher capacity than my nikon
    > original battery (680mAh).
    >
    > Can the replacements be trusted? If they last for as many shots as the
    > original and can be charged even half as many times, it's a deal.
    >
    >

    Yep. Bought two EnEl1 replacements from Blue Nook on eBay. Merkury,
    listed as 1000 mAh, and a 1 year warranty. I have only used one, just
    charged the second, but the first has been charged about 3 times and
    seems ok. Can't tell if there is any real difference in capacity
    between the Merkury and the original battery. I usually pull the
    battery when the little half empty battery appears on the screen of
    my 4300. Just kept using it the last time as a test and it appears
    that there is still a lot of power left when the symbol appears but I
    didn't run it until the red warning and the camera shuts down. When
    I pulled the battery it still read 7.45 volts so there must have been
    considerable capacity still there. So far I haven't given the Merkury
    a real test but it seems to keep up with the original. Based on what
    I have found so far, I think the increased capacity might be
    noticeable past the half-empty ikon appearance.

    Cost was $13 and with shipping the two batteries cost about the same
    as a Nikon original, i.e., the cost was about 1/2 of the original;
    maybe 1/3 or 1/4 of the cost off the shelf at a reputable camera
    store. So far, I'm pleased.
    George E. Cawthon, Nov 13, 2004
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  8. JohnR wrote:
    > The 6800z gave excellent image quality for a 3mp camera, it was more
    > the NP-80 battery and power consumption. Fuji's battery seemed the
    > best, but I'm disappointed it lasted only 3 years for a $60 item. The
    > A330's image quality is the same, if not better in some respects, but
    > I go for 6 months on a $5 12 pack of AAs and no recharging hassels.
    > When I bought it, I was planing on using Ni-Mh AAs, but Alkalines are
    > fine.
    >

    You are disposing of those alkalines properly, right?
    I would definitely suggest that you switch to NiMH AA's, I use them for
    several things (sadly not my camera) and they are fantastic. Often the
    life is longer than alkalines (although this seems to depend on the
    device), and I've had no-name cheapie brand ones last for two years of
    being charged every day. It's much nicer not to be throwing out batteries
    all the time.
    Jacobe Hazzard, Nov 13, 2004
    #8
  9. Thanks for the feedback guys, I've placed an order for my new battery.

    One of the merchants I was checking out earlier came through with a
    discount when I didn't complete the transaction, and with the canadian
    dollar where it is, it was a hard price to resist..
    Jacobe Hazzard, Nov 13, 2004
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  10. JohnR wrote:
    []
    > So, I'm not very excited about 3rd party Li-ions, or Li-ion batteries
    > in general. They seem to last 3 years in laptops as well before dying
    > and it costs $150 or more to replace. OTOH, if I judge Li-ion
    > batteries by my digital Rebel, I'd be impressed (as long as it
    > doesn't stop holding a decent charge in 3 years).
    > John


    The batteries last 3 years whether they are used or not, I understand.

    David
    David J Taylor, Nov 13, 2004
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  11. Jacobe Hazzard

    MarkH Guest

    "Jacobe Hazzard" <> wrote in
    news::

    > Has anyone tried any 3rd party replacements for lithium ion camera
    > batteries?
    > I would like couple spares for my nikon en-el1 pack, and I see various
    > taiwanese made replacements available on the internet for a fraction of
    > the price. These invariably advertise a higher capacity than my nikon
    > original battery (680mAh).
    >
    > Can the replacements be trusted? If they last for as many shots as the
    > original and can be charged even half as many times, it's a deal.


    I wouldn't think that all brands are as good as each other.

    I have used 2 Power 2000 batteries for over a year with my Canon 10D and
    they are still working great. More capacity than my Canon batteries at
    half the price!


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    "There are 10 types of people, those that
    understand binary and those that don't"
    MarkH, Nov 13, 2004
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