Brand name camcorder battery or no?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Ken, Jun 28, 2005.

  1. Ken

    Ken Guest

    Hi. I'm looking for a long life battery for my Panasonic PV-GS250.
    Panasonic makes the CGA-DU21 for $83. Some companies called Vidpro and
    CTA make comparable versions for about $68. Are these battery
    manufacturers okay? Or should I just spring the extra 15 bucks for the
    Panasonic?

    Thanks!

    Ken
     
    Ken, Jun 28, 2005
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    JT Guest

    I know nothing about batteries, but almost always go for no-name
    aftermarket batteries when the originals start getting tired. I
    wouldn't spend the money for Vidpro or CTA; whoever they are, they
    sound expensive. Aftermarket batteries that seem to be 100% as good as
    Sony or Canon originals (my experience) should cost no more than half,
    perhaps more like 1/3 the name-brand cost. I've been happy with
    www.eagleimports.com and others.
     
    JT, Jun 28, 2005
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    yeltz Guest

    Check out eBay. I just did a search for "CGA-DU21" and found a bunch of
    sellers.
    http://search.ebay.com/CGA-DU21_W0QQfkrZ1QQfromZR8QQsatitleZCGA-DU21
    I live in Australia and my local Sony store charges full retail on most
    of their items, it's digusting. So I purchase my lenses, batteries,
    microphones from eBay dealers. I saved 80% (that was after including
    postage from Hong Kong) on a sealed Sony battery for my HC-30 video
    camera when I purchased it from a seller on eBay. Check their feedback
    and find a reputable seller and you'll save big $$.
     
    yeltz, Jun 28, 2005
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  4. Ken

    Poet Fury Guest

    If you waqn to buy no-names, I'd suggest buying *one* first and seeing how
    long it lasts between charges (and if it likes to be recharged). I heard
    complaints from some folks aboutbatteries being crappy. (I've had no
    trouble, personally, though)

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    Poet Fury, Jun 28, 2005
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    rqo Guest

    GenJerDan...is that you from the DVX forums? SafetyO here. I own two
    "non-brand" batteries for my DVX and they both work fine.

    rqo
     
    rqo, Jun 28, 2005
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  6. Ken

    Poet Fury Guest

    Yep, that's me. Er...I'm me...er...Hi.

    Yes, but we buy Jarred's batteries, so they *have* to work...we know where
    he lives. ;-)

    Dan

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    http://www.genjerdan.com/bfp/lmp/index.html
    Anyway, that's what life is, just one learning
    experience after another, and when you're through
    with all the learning experiences you graduate and
    what you get for a diploma is, you die.
     
    Poet Fury, Jun 28, 2005
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    PTRAVEL Guest

    I don't know your camera, but a couple of thoughts:

    I have a Sony VX2000 for which I paid $2200. I only use Sony batteries for
    it, though I did buy some used on eBay. I won't use 3rd party batteries
    because saving $20 or $30 doesn't justify risking an investment of a couple
    of thousand. Bear in mind, too, that using third party batteries may void
    your warranty.
     
    PTRAVEL, Jun 28, 2005
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    rqo Guest

    How true! I just ordered a "two pack" of the 5600's. Never hurts to have
    (too many) plenty of available battery power around on a shoot.

    BobO.
     
    rqo, Jun 28, 2005
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  9. Hi,
    I got a DU21 made by PowerMart, it works like the thing should, i.e.
    charging and discharge time proportional to the DU14 that came with my GS400

    Be aware that the DU21 is quite thick, it works ok with the GS400 but the
    smaller models can have trouble with the viewfinder being too short.

    Regards,

    Martin
     
    Martin van derPoel, Jun 29, 2005
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