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What batteries to get?

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Aug 31, 2012 05:10 |  #16

How about the information the battery is providing the camera? e.g The charge level and such.

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Aug 31, 2012 17:24 |  #17

Speedster159 wrote in post #14929974 (external link)
How about the information the battery is providing the camera? e.g The charge level and such.

When I was looking for a battery (LPE6) for my 7D I did a lot of research on Amazon, reading the reviews. Initially, I wanted to buy Sterlingtek but I noticed a lot of "My Sterlingtek battery failed prematurely. I contacted Sterlingtek and they sent a replacement right away." So, that ruled out Sterlingtek for me.

I found that Wasabi had the best ratings with the fewest complaints, so I bought one. That was 9 months ago and, so far, it works fine. I just recharged it in the Canon battery charger yesterday and right now it is showing "100% Remaining Capacity" and 3 green bars for "Recharge Performance" Never a problem charging the Wasabi in the Canon charger and never a problem communicating with the camera.

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Aug 31, 2012 17:38 as a reply to  @ Yogi Bear's post |  #18

I use a Wasabi battery in my 1d Mark IV. Works great and the fit is right and tight.


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Aug 31, 2012 18:42 |  #19

kbar7285 wrote in post #14932489 (external link)
I use a Wasabi battery in my 1d Mark IV. Works great and the fit is right and tight.


How long have you been using Wasabi and how 'good' of a charge do they hold?

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Aug 31, 2012 18:50 as a reply to  @ kbar7285's post |  #20

I would stick with Canon
Why .............for guarranteed compatibility.
OK a volt is a volt but look at the recent 40mm Pancake AF issue, read Canons Firmware update notes on the 1.2 firmware update; about 'making sure you have not recently checked the battery level' if you have the update will fail!
We currently have a potential Ver 2. 7D Firmware 'Freezing issue' on the 7D [thats one of your cameras] it's linked to Auto Power Off; or so Canon NZ think.

My point being voltage or charge or the communication between the battery and the camera, can/could become an issue; one just doesn't need the hassle of the unknown factor, when there are enough issues out there.

I buy Canon from Amazon direct [So I know they are genuine] and track Amazon for when a good deal comes along.

Add up the total value of your kit, calculate the saving on a spare clone battery and work out the % saving. Not worth it IMO. But each unto their own.

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Aug 31, 2012 22:03 |  #21

NASS Photo wrote in post #14926864 (external link)
IMO, nothing works as good as the Canon batteries.

I spent tons of $ buying 3rd party stuff...
they suck. would die, or no longer take a charge after a couple of uses...not to mention they also have a horrible shutter count 'capacity' imho. the canon's easily last 2-3x what the other ones my experience anyways..

Save yourself the time and $, and get the genuine LP-E6!!! I have 6 of them now. and still have 1 or 2 3rd party ones..

not sure which brand they are..
but will definitely only buy genuine Canon brand from now on...
just my 2 cents :)

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Sep 01, 2012 10:48 as a reply to  @ HyperCams's post |  #22

I use Wasabi in my 60D from Amazon no problems yet.The camera recognizes them and shows counts and serial numbers.They charge with no issues in the canon charger.

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Sep 01, 2012 11:37 |  #23

Regarding bp511, I've tried Sterling, Maximal, Duracell, and of course Canon. Canon had the longest overall lifespan, and Duracell is second. Sterlingtek wouldn't hold a charge after one year, the Maximal is still ticking after 3 years but has degraded noticeably. I have 2 Pearstone LPE6, they register perfectly in my 7d, but they are too new to offer any information on overall lefespan.

One thing to keep in mind, particularly regarding the venerable bp511, is that lion batteries loose capacity the longer they sit on a shelf (new unpackaged or used). Battery age can be questionable when purchasing off eBay or lesser known retailers. This can be a factor in lifespan of batteries.

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Dec 29, 2012 13:07 |  #24

BrickR wrote in post #14927414 (external link)
I use Wasabi (sp?) and have had zero issues. I use 3rd party batteries for my 60d and 550d with no complaints. (been using for them for 2yrs)

Same here. The Wasabi are great, hold a charge as long as the Canon OEM and cost one-fourth the price. The chargers are smaller, work on the Canon batteries as well. Only my 6D complains about the lack of communication with the Wasabi battery; my 5D3, 60Da and 7D don't seem to mind.

Interestingly enough, the Canon battery that came with my 6D lost its charge in less than a week, with the camera turned off. Have never had that happen with any of my Wasabi batteries, and I have ten of them now.

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Dec 29, 2012 14:08 |  #25

WaltA wrote in post #14927008 (external link)
I just got a grip for my 5dc - and of course I need 2 batteries now. So I've been reading threads that address this question.

I've been looking around on the web and I see some no-name replacement BP-511A's for anywhere from $19 to $50. The battery shop up the street from where I work has them for $32. Won't tell me what brand but says they're from China.

A two-pack with a charger from Sterlingtek is 34.99. They seem to get good reports from everyone that uses them. Sounds like a no-brainer to me.

I have 7 year old SterlingTek batteries that perform just as well as Canon's. I have bought them for three different bodies. I have received two that were DOA (out of 14) but SterlingTek replaced them-no problem with that.


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Dec 29, 2012 14:18 |  #26

Get Canon. I haven't heard to many bag things about the sterlingtek ones, but I'd stay away from any other aftermarket batteries.

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Dec 29, 2012 14:26 |  #27

I've always gone with ebay batteries with warranties, get the ones with the most mAH and you're usually set, i've had no issues with mine

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Dec 29, 2012 21:05 |  #28


I have four of them and they're every bit the equal of the Canon branded ones, are much cheaper, and just as good capacity wise. They also have the chips in them so they work with the grips and will register with the camera.

Been using them for over a year, no problems, still show as 100%. And I shoot with them a LOT. I have both a 60D and a 7D.

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Dec 30, 2012 12:58 as a reply to  @ tickerguy's post |  #29

I have a LP-E10 battery by Jupio and it works as great (or even lasts a little longer) than the Canon. But i only have it for 3 and half months.

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Dec 30, 2012 13:26 |  #30

Got 2 more ebay batteries today, 1500 mAH, came fully charged and work great!

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