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Aug 17, 2012 04:38 |  #91

I got my battery for my canon camer 500d from ebay (reputable seller). For 2 years now still going strong. I charge it with the canon original charger and never had a problem. Maybe I am lucky, I do not know!


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Oct 15, 2012 13:54 as a reply to  @ santorini-photographer's post |  #92

Thanks for the info!




  
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Dec 04, 2012 22:00 as a reply to  @ gainesvillehousing's post |  #93

I have the Calumet Lp-E6 replacement batteries. They have been nothing but a good set of batteries to me. Same specs as canon version and they use the same chip so battery is recognized by camera. I buy Canon when I can but its not the only brand I will use. For example I have Canon, Sigma, and Tokina lenses.




  
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Dec 26, 2012 22:34 |  #94

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to test capacity i discharged the battery completely then recharged it twice. i got 110-120 shots, roughly half an OEM battery... not too shabby considering it was one-fifth the cost.

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Jan 23, 2013 20:40 |  #95

I have a SterlingTEK battery (2nd battery) for my S95 and it works fine (and fits fine, also). I just ordered a SterlingTEK battery and charger for my 5D Mark II, to have as backups. Should arrive Friday. SterlingTEK seems to be a reputable brand.


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Jan 23, 2013 20:56 |  #96

Sterlingtek batteries aren't counterfeit. Counterfeit would be if the battery had a Canon label but wasn't really made by Canon.


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Jan 23, 2013 21:46 |  #97

Jon wrote in post #15526342 (external link)
Sterlingtek batteries aren't counterfeit. Counterfeit would be if the battery had a Canon label but wasn't really made by Canon.

I didn't mean to imply that they were. Several people had mentioned them as alternatives to Canon, and I just wanted to add my 2 cents about them. Should have made that clearer (the thread kind of wandered off-topic to third-party batteries, even though the original topic was about counterfeit Canon batteries).


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Apr 06, 2013 15:37 as a reply to  @ ozziepuppy's post |  #98

Have any of you come across these LP-E6 chargers than may be fake? The charger that came with the 5D charges the Pearstone battery from B&H. The charger picked up from that auction site gives a constant flashing light.

Weight of both chargers is 126 grams on my scale. The auction site charger did charge the LP-E6 battery but it barely was drained so it wasn't an accurate test. Canon customer service said that some aftermarket batteries will not work due to the difference in milli-amps the charger is looking for.

Any insights or comments?




  
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Apr 06, 2013 17:59 |  #99

ra40 wrote in post #15797800 (external link)
Have any of you come across these LP-E6 chargers than may be fake? The charger that came with the 5D charges the Pearstone battery from B&H. The charger picked up from that auction site gives a constant flashing light.

Weight of both chargers is 126 grams on my scale. The auction site charger did charge the LP-E6 battery but it barely was drained so it wasn't an accurate test. Canon customer service said that some aftermarket batteries will not work due to the difference in milli-amps the charger is looking for.

Any insights or comments?

Are you talking about fake chargers, or simply aftermarket ones? Some thrird party batteries don't work in Canons charger, that is true. In general, this is mentioned when the batteries are offered for sale, and a suitable charger, made for that battery is either included in the deal, or is an option. Such third party batteries and chargers though are (usually) perfectly sound buys, although you should buy a reputable brand to be on the safe side.

Such third party offerings though are not fakes, they are just made by someone else. To avoid a fake (and I would highly recommend it, as they can be dangerous) only buy Canon branded gear from a reputable supplier (i.e. not ebay etc.).




  
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Apr 06, 2013 20:31 as a reply to  @ sandpiper's post |  #100

In this instance the charger is labeled as a "Canon". I wasn't sure if there was as big a market for a counterfeit chargers. Both my LP-E6 batteries are at 100% so I cannot check them in this new charger. The one Pearstone battery I had on hand that was below 50%.

At times I wonder about buying certain products off that auction site. :confused: Batteries I get locally from the photo store or one of the big NY places.




  
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Mar 21, 2014 04:24 as a reply to  @ ra40's post |  #101

I live in India. Recently I bought a used 5D Mark II that came with a Canon battery. It has "Made in China" written behind it.

However, I have another 7D that was bought new from a proper reseller with a battery that has this written behind: "cell made in Japan. Pack assembled in China". In fact my other replacement battery bought earlier for the 7D also has the same thing written on it.

My question is: is this "Made in China" battery fake? The point is if someone was indeed faking it, why would he not write whatever is written on the other batteries? It looks and weighs exactly the same as my other batteries. And when I check its health, using the menu, it shows two green boxes, which is the case with my other battery also.

My question is, should I be worried about the genuineness of this "Made in China" battery?


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Mar 21, 2014 05:14 |  #102

If the battery works, does it really matter where it was manufactured?


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Apr 21, 2014 18:00 as a reply to  @ post 16774941 |  #103

I'm in the market for another battery for my 5d mkii... Looking on ebay and Amazon.co.uk i can see that prices are ranging from silly like £6.99 upwards.. I've tried to look for "official" batteries and cant find them anywhere..Some of the reviews on amazon about the batteries are saying they are "fakes", so it's a complete minefield when trying to get one. Would anyone know where to get "official" ones from, or third party one's that are ok to use..


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Jun 26, 2014 03:34 |  #104

LITTLEL wrote in post #16851222 (external link)
I'm in the market for another battery for my 5d mkii... Looking on ebay and Amazon.co.uk i can see that prices are ranging from silly like £6.99 upwards.. I've tried to look for "official" batteries and cant find them anywhere..Some of the reviews on amazon about the batteries are saying they are "fakes", so it's a complete minefield when trying to get one. Would anyone know where to get "official" ones from, or third party one's that are ok to use..

A little slow responding perhaps but here goes anyway, in the hope that it's not too late.

For years I used no-brand BP511 batteries from 7DayShop. Without fail they proved totally superior to the Canon originals and some are still going strong 7-9 years later (I gave several away so don't know about all of them). I see that they are now offering the LP-E6 (Link) (external link) which I haven't yet tried. For under 7 quid, perhaps worth you looking at? Slightly lower capacity than Canon, but at 11.7% of the best priced Canon I could find they're definitely worth investigating. Heck if they only lasted a year, you'd still be quids in. And so will I! The 7DayShop 7.4v 1600mAh equates to 7.2v 1644.44mAh for comparison with the Canon, so the 7DayShop offering has nominally about 8.7% less capacity - I doubt we'll notice, IF either claimed capacity is anything like accurate of course. Given that these markings are both 'claimed' and 'average' I think we'd be hard pushed to find any difference in performance and I'm certainly prepared to risk £6.99 to potentially save over £50.

Re: Amazon.co.uk offerings / listings of 'genuine' Canon LP-E6 batteries. Yes there have been problems. There are a LOT of fake 'Canon' LP-E6s about and quite a few of the vendors on Amazon.co.uk were selling these (intentionally or unknowingly, who can tell) - usually in the £45 region. So many of these were returned that at one stage Amazon.co.uk withdrew ALL listings of that particular battery. They are now available again, this time there is a SOLD BY AMAZON category instead of the previous FULFILLED BY AMAZON - hence if there is any problem, Amazon themselves are liable instead of a perhaps-nebulous third party. At this current moment, CURRYS have proper genuine direct-from-Canon-in-Reigate at £59.88. If you still have a Jessops store remaining near you, they will still price match with this (they did this for me just yesterday - Peter Jones needs my money more than Hoo Flung Dung in the backstreets of Kowloon :rolleyes:).

Note to American POTNers: Yes, batteries ARE expensive in England. So is everything else. Just thank your lucky stars you don't have to pay these prices! I looked at shipping in some Wasabi LP-E6s from New York (not available in UK, even Amazon.co.uk ship from NY). Whereas you'd pay US$14.99, by the time I got them they'd cost me US$33.96 PLUS international shipping PLUS 20% VAT on cost /shipping cost - and that's assuming that lithium batteries even made it through Customs at all! (No valid reason why they shouldn't get through, but then whenever did there have to be a reason?)


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