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Third Party Batteries

Alec1 10 4 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2012 3:56PM
Is it necessary to buy the branded battery to match your camera or are the none branded ones ok. Any help or recomendations would be appreciated.

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MrGoatsmilk 9 1.5k England
2 Dec 2012 4:06PM
I've been using the 7dayshop ones for years, first in my 300D then 40D and now 5D MKII.

Been absolutely fine.


lawbert 11 1.8k 15 England
2 Dec 2012 4:10PM
I use Duracell Branded ones for my 7d from Duracell Direct and they work fine.
Briwooly 12 452 5 England
2 Dec 2012 4:19PM

Quote:I've been using the 7dayshop ones for years, first in my 300D then 40D and now 5D MKII.

I'll second that used them for batteries for my 350D then my 50D and now my 5D mkll.

User_Removed 14 17.9k 8 Norway
2 Dec 2012 4:21PM
Thirded... although I recently switched to Sanyo Eneloop's on recommendation from Vince...
Alec1 10 4 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2012 4:24PM
Thanks guys for your help
thewilliam 9 6.1k
2 Dec 2012 4:59PM
You need to remember that the big names don't make batteries themselves: they buy them in from specialist makers. This is commercial wisdom.

Provided the third-party batteries come from a good source, like 7 day shop, they should be every bit as good as the originals. The danger comes with buying batteries from an unknown trader on eBay who may or may not be kosher.
SueEley 12 279 96 Wales
2 Dec 2012 5:22PM
One thing that baffles me is that the Olympus EP3 has a different charger than the EP1, but when you look for batteries, the suppliers seem to think the batteries are the same. Different charger is a bit cosmetic maybe Smile
User_Removed 14 17.9k 8 Norway
2 Dec 2012 5:31PM
The charger for my E-PM2 is different from that for my E-P1 Sue - but there is a difference in the battery. It's small but significant. One additional contact. Wink
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
2 Dec 2012 5:38PM
I use third party batteries all the time now.

At first I was a bit sceptical buying 2 third party batteries that came with its own charger for my OMD, but they have proved just fine and cheap.
2 Dec 2012 9:38PM
I use halford batteries Grin I do fly through them but they are cheapish and you get about 80 in a pack Tongue

p.s: these are AA batteries fyi
Juditha 7 16 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2012 11:02PM
Backing up what others have said - I have 7 day shop batteries for my 50D and they are absolutely fine.
LenShepherd 10 3.6k United Kingdom
3 Dec 2012 7:50AM
Buying from a reputable UK supplier is wise. Then if there is a problem you should easily get your money back.
As an example I am considering an NEC 2560x1600 resolution monitor which needs a DV1-D dual link cable to drive it. NEC and Apple report problems with some lower price cables Far East Cables (Apple charge 70!) that are not correctly made.
There have been threads on this forum about some Duracell cards not working with some cameras.
If buying direct from the Far East to save a bit more money, getting your money back quickly at little cost to you is not always easy if there is a problem.
cuffit Plus
11 318 5 England
3 Dec 2012 11:34AM
Can I ask those that have bought third party batteries for a 7D whether you have lost the 'battery status' indicator on the LCD top display. I bought a reputable third party battery from the company I bought my 7D from and while it was sold as fully compatible, the display did not work which I lived with; however, what made me really worried was that at one point I couldn't get the battery out and it took a fair bit of fiddling and nervousness to do so.

The 7D was newly out then and I would be interested in whether the third party batteries have overcome the early issues. Interestingly, the tenor of the forums on the 7D was then that 'why would you pay good money and then put an inferior battery in it?'. I agree but I wrote to canon saying that while I thought the 7D was brilliant, how could they justify the battery being nearly one tenth of the of the entire cost of the camera (prices were 75 plus then); was it more to do with locking customers into buying Canon - just like printer cartridges. I didn't receive a reply.I do use third party batteries for 30D.

philhomer 8 77 32 England
3 Dec 2012 11:50AM
seems that the thread is already answered but for what it's worth... i use Canon 1 series and given the cost os buying a number of genuine Canonbatteries i tried some from ebay - one set were ok initially but didn't last (physically) but then i have found another supplier and their's are at least as good as the os.

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