Digital Camera Batteries – OEM vs. 3rd Party

I just wanted to pass along a brief word of advice regarding digital camera batteries: stick with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM)! I have a Canon D-SLR, and I purchased along with it an extra Impact-branded 7.4 volt rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Fast forward to 1.5 years later – when I’m in the middle of an assignment – and I load up my fully-charged spare Impact battery only to discover that it has failed: dead! It held no charge and the camera was non-responsive. The Canon-branded battery – bought at the same time and used roughly the same – is still perfectly fine.

As you can see over at B&H’s reviews of this battery, I’m just one of many to experience early failure with this battery. Pay the extra $20-22 (at B&H) and get the Canon brand.

Paying less can actually cost you more in the long run 😉

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2 thoughts on “Digital Camera Batteries – OEM vs. 3rd Party

  1. I actually have 2 digipower BP-LPE8 for my T2i Canon and they work just fine. Had them for 2 some years now and never really had a problem with them. Maybe it just depends on the brand, you’ll have to know which brand is better than others and what not, but to save $22, yes of course I will go with 3rd party batteries. I know digipower worked for me, maybe it can work for you as well.

  2. I’ve bought a number of third party batteries over the past ten years for several cameras and never had a problem. The Wasabi brand seems to work well and has many positive reviews. I wouldn’t write off non-OEM batteries because of one bad experience. Look for well-reviewed ones.

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