Care and Feeding of Olympus Lithium Ion Battery?

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by Mike, Feb 19, 2006.

  1. Mike

    Mike Guest

    Hi, I just got my first digital camera, an Olympus C-7000 w/ a lithium ion
    battery model, Li-12B,
    I believe. Should I wait until the battery is drained or should I rechage t
    after use? Where can I
    buy a spare battery at a fair price from a reliable online vendor?


    Mike, Feb 19, 2006
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    Dootje Guest


    Most probably you are worried that your battery performance may decline
    because of the so-called memory effect. With lithium ion batteries, though,
    this is not supposed to happen. Apart from their higher energy content
    (Ampère-hours per volume) compared to conventional nickel-cadmium types,
    this is an important reason why Li-ion are favoured in applications like
    laptop computers and PDA's. So don't worry about recharging too often. Then
    again, eventually all batteries die for some reason...

    As for spare batteries, my personal experience is that there is a market
    online, but you have to make sure you're not dealing with a fake copy.
    Quality comes at a price, especially with parts like these. I would opt for
    the authorized dealer around the corner in this case.

    Dootje, Feb 19, 2006
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    Adam Grinter Guest

    Where can I

    You don't say what country you live in, which is fairly important

    If you are in Australia, try I
    used them once and it seemed OK.
    Adam Grinter, Feb 19, 2006
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    ASAAR Guest

    If the difference is only $10 then getting original Canon
    batteries would be justified. But with my old Powershot S10/S20, I
    found the difference to be about $25 or $30. It's probably greater
    with Olympus batteries since they sell in smaller numbers. The
    BLM-1 is $59.99 if bought from Olympus, but non-OEM replacements
    can be bought from B&H, J&R and Adorama for about $40 less.
    ASAAR, Feb 19, 2006
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    Mike Guest

    Hi Dootje, yes I'm worried about the battery memory effect.
    I only paid $239.00 for camerA, $79.99 FOR a GB hi speed xD card.
    Repalcement batteries are about $40.00. Online, I've seen deals for less
    than half that price. My brother has the same camera I'd like to find
    a good two for one deal then send the extra battery to my brother.
    My concern with online vendors is reliability and a replacment battery
    that will not damage my camera.

    Mike, Feb 19, 2006
  6. Mike

    Mike Guest

    sorry, USA

    Mike, Feb 19, 2006
  7. Mike

    Mike Guest

    Hi Marcel, the manual states the battery is good for 300 recharges.
    At this point, I don't know how long the battery will last during
    Yesterday, I shot three short videos many many pictures some w/
    flash. Last night I noticed the in camera battery meter still showed trhge
    as fully charged.

    Mike, Feb 19, 2006
  8. Mike

    Mike Guest

    Yes, that's what I saw when I Googled replacement batteries.

    Mike, Feb 19, 2006
  9. Mike

    Mike Guest

    I was hoping to get a recommendation for a proven non Olympus mfg
    replacement battery.

    Mike, Feb 19, 2006
  10. In UK, Battery finder at-

    Their batteries are well-known branded-name batteries, service is superb,
    lots of e-mails, tracking numbers etc., and mine came with a wrapped
    chocolate biscuit as a bonus!

    Ate the biscuit (no ill effects) and charged the battery. So far it performs
    better than the one supplied with the camera!

    Dennis Pogson, Feb 19, 2006
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    Mike Perkins Guest

    Mike Perkins, Feb 19, 2006
  12. Mike

    Mike Guest

    Yep, I gotta get a spare battery.


    Thanks Mike!
    I didn't see that.
    Then what the rep. told me makes eminent sense. Better to have 300 full
    charges than 300 ¾ charges ;-)
    Mike, Feb 19, 2006
  13. Mike

    Mike Guest

    I reviews that website yesterday. I'm going to call them Monday.

    Mike, Feb 19, 2006
  14. Mike

    Mike Guest

    Sure would like one of these tasty biscuits, but since I'm in the US
    guess I should probably stick with a state side vendor. However.
    for my son's Christmas present I order golf related paraphernalia
    from the St Andrew's golf course trust and was treated well very including
    the package from Saint Andrews arrived four days after online ordering
    while the Pebble Beach Golf Club order took ten days from date of online

    Mike, Feb 19, 2006
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    Mike Guest

    LI-12B for Olympus C-7000 Zoom.

    Mike, Feb 19, 2006
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    SMS Guest


    I've only bought Canon batteries from them, so I can't vouch for their
    Olympus batteries.
    SMS, Feb 19, 2006
  17. Mike

    Mike Guest

    How do the batteries from SterlingTek compare to Canon batteries?
    Do you notice any performance differences?

    Mike, Feb 20, 2006
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    QX Guest

    FWIW, I have been using an Olympus LI-10B and a Digital Concepts
    LI-10B for a couple of years now. I take about 200 photos on each
    battery over 2 weekend outings then switch to the other, and recharge
    the first. I see no performance differences between the two batteries.
    As an observation, a couple of times I took the battery I charged 2
    weeks earlier and put it in the charger before loading it into the
    camera. It only took 2 or 3 minutes before the green <charged> light
    came on. I shot the usual number of photos on it without problems.
    As a result, I don't bother making sure the battery is 'freshly'
    charged before using it.
    QX, Feb 20, 2006
  19. Mike

    Mike Guest

    Palm Tungsten E and some other PDAs have lithium batteries and they are
    connected to the charger several times a week
    even when the battery isn't discharged so I'm not sure we need or even
    should wait 'til the battery is almost discharged before recharging.
    Thanks Mike!
    I didn't see that.
    Then what the rep. told me makes eminent sense. Better to have 300 full
    charges than 300 ¾ charges ;-)
    Mike, Feb 25, 2006
  20. Mike

    Mike Guest

    After reading your post I ordered a Digital Concepts LI-12B lithium battery
    and high speed xD card reader from Mark at
    Blue Nook ( the battery
    was $13.99 and the high speed card reader was $25.99. Don't know if I got
    armed or not on the card reader because they had another xD reader for
    $17.99 but he said it wasn't built w/ high speed xD cards, Overall, a very
    pleasant purchasing experience.

    Mike, Feb 25, 2006
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