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Battery Grip - Battery Life

 
Buchinger
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Apr 08, 2012 10:28 |  #1

I have a Canon 60D.

I'm looking into buying a battery grip for the extra battery life. I also recently purchased a set of 16 PowerEx 2700 mAh batteries. I'm curious, will the battery grip with 4 of these 2700 mAh batteries last longer than my standard camera battery? I notice when shooting with the 70-200is the battery drains pretty quickly. Is two canon batteries a better option? I still think it would be nice to have in my bag in a pinch to have the option to run my camera on AA's...

Let me know your thoughts.

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Apr 08, 2012 10:43 |  #2

Using AA's in the grip is really only for emergencies. You're better off using the Canon batteries, or a 3rd party battery such as Sterlingtek. Personally, I'd buy a grip because I want the extra set of controls for portrait orientation, or for ergonomic reasons, not necessarily for battery life. If all I want is that, just throw an extra battery in your pocket.




  
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Apr 08, 2012 11:28 |  #3

Using two original battery in the battery grip will last you much longer than AA batteries. Original batteries holds a lot more juice too. AA batteries are for back up, and any of them will work.


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Apr 08, 2012 12:36 |  #4

Buchinger wrote in post #14230002 (external link)
I have a Canon 60D. I'm looking into buying a battery grip for the extra battery life. I also recently purchased a set of 16 PowerEx 2700 mAh batteries. I'm curious, will the battery grip with 4 of these 2700 mAh batteries last longer than my standard camera battery? I notice when shooting with the 70-200is the battery drains pretty quickly. Is two canon batteries a better option? I still think it would be nice to have in my bag in a pinch to have the option to run my camera on AA's.

Writing as an owner of a Canon 60D and a user of a battery grip for that camera: the grip has a battery tray that uses six AA batteries. From using this equipment, it's clear that battery life with six NiMH AA's in a 60D is as long, if not longer, than with two of the camera's LP-E6 batteries.

The 60D was used extensively during the basketball season: it was easy to have a set of rechargeable AA's last for several basketball games in the camera.




  
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Apr 08, 2012 22:47 as a reply to  @ DC Fan's post |  #5

Haven't tried the AA's in my 60D battery grip but I must warn you of the additional weight the grip brings - just be sure you'll find the portrait orientation and/or ergonomics useful! Perhaps test drive it at a store first?

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Apr 09, 2012 11:03 |  #6

Love my grip. Bought it specifically for portrait grip and extra batteries. Currently have two Sterlingteks that work great. I recently took a trip to Denver for a week and never had to charge my batteries once. The weight/bulk is a factor you'll need to consider as the grips add substantial weight as well as lots of bags not quite fitting a gripped body in them. My grip is on pretty much all the time however if I know I'll be out and about for long periods of time, I'll leave the grip at home and just bring extra battery packs with me to help lighten the load.


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Apr 09, 2012 11:17 |  #7

Another vote for two Canon batteries. Both of my DSLRs are gripped with two Canon batteries. I have never had an issue with them draining. It does add some bulk, but for me, it is not a problem.


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Apr 09, 2012 11:18 |  #8

Buy the grip for the ergonomics, not for any increased battery life.




  
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May 21, 2012 11:43 |  #9

DC Fan wrote in post #14230543 (external link)
Writing as an owner of a Canon 60D and a user of a battery grip for that camera: the grip has a battery tray that uses six AA batteries. From using this equipment, it's clear that battery life with six NiMH AA's in a 60D is as long, if not longer, than with two of the camera's LP-E6 batteries.

The 60D was used extensively during the basketball season: it was easy to have a set of rechargeable AA's last for several basketball games in the camera.

Also as an owner of a 60D with grips, and having other EOS bodies, also gripped, using 6 AA batteries will not last *nearly* as long as two LP-E6 batteries. Indeed, if that's what you're seeing, it would seem that either your grip or more likely the batteries are defective (or at least v cheap 3rd party batteries).

Rechargeable AAs are usually around 2500mAh @ 1.2V (so 6x these are 2500mAh @ 7.2V). The canon batteries are 1800mAh @ 7.4V *each*. So it's evident that two of these are going to last longer, as extensive real world testing should (and does) show.

Hope that helps!




  
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