Digi camera batteries - manuf. brand or generic?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by John Fryatt, Jan 28, 2006.

  1. John Fryatt

    John Fryatt Guest


    I am planning to buy a Canon EOS 5D soon, and have been pricing up
    various add-on bits.
    One thing I'll want is a spare battery. A Canon BP511A costs £55 (in the
    UK), which seems a lot for a battery. A discount supplier here sells
    unbranded versions of the same thing (so they say) for £8.

    Looking up the subject up, through Google, it seems that most people
    think the generic batteries are just as good as the manufacturers own,
    and that would seem to make sense. I can't imagine Canon make their own
    batteries - I'd expect that they buy them in, possibly from the same
    place that make the 'generic' batteries.

    Anyway, does anyone have any comments on this? Any new information on
    the subject. Do you use extensive Canon/Nikon/... batteries or generics?

    Regards, John
    John Fryatt, Jan 28, 2006
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  2. John Fryatt

    SMS Guest

    Just be careful as to the generics you buy. Don't buy on eBay unless
    it's from a seller that is a real business doing high volume.

    I've disassembled an afermarket BP511, and it has all the control and
    protection circuitry, but that doesn't mean they all do.

    In the U.S., Sterlingtek is a very popular seller of after-market
    batteries, but in the UK, I don't know.

    See "http://batterydata.com"
    SMS, Jan 28, 2006
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  3. Although I didn't see your 5D listed, there are dozens of Canon batteries
    here, so maybe one of them is identical to yours -

    I found this firm to be absolutely first class when buying a battery for my
    Panasonic LZ20.

    Dennis Pogson, Jan 28, 2006
  4. John Fryatt

    John Fryatt Guest

    Excellent, thanks Dennis. They have the one I want for £18, which is a
    third of the price Canon charge. And it's Energizer, which is a known
    brand and makes me feel happier than buying no-name things.

    Thanks, John
    John Fryatt, Jan 28, 2006
  5. John Fryatt

    SMS Guest

    You might also look at "http://www.sterlingtek.com/twocabp18bap1.html"

    They do ship to the UK. Two for $23, and they are 1800 mAH, not 1500
    mAH. These are what I use.
    SMS, Jan 28, 2006
  6. John Fryatt

    Stan Birch Guest

    The general longtime consensus in this NG, is that the very best
    aftermarket supplier is:

    Stan Birch, Jan 28, 2006
  7. John Fryatt

    John Fryatt Guest

    I pretty much agree with your sentiments. That's why I am more likely to
    buy an Energizer (don't know if you have that brand where you are)
    battery rather than an unbranded item.
    I haven't decided what to do yet, hence my query. In general I would buy
    'official' Canon things, but it just seemed that for batteries there
    might be better options.
    John Fryatt, Jan 28, 2006
  8. John Fryatt

    Don Guest


    I have used INCA for my 20D and found it to be on a par with the Canon
    battery todate. Don't know about longevity as I have only had the 20D for
    around 18 months.


    Don from Down Under
    Don, Jan 29, 2006
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