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Thoughts on batteries...

Discussion in 'Photography, Art & Design' started by cpemma, 12 Jun 2008.

  1. cpemma

    cpemma Ecky thump

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    I've just upgraded the P&S to a Panasonic Lumix FZ8 (£150 @Comet :rock:), and am now after the bits and pieces that don't come in the box. It takes a 7.2V 710mAh Li-ion battery (Panasonic CGR-S006E), I'd like a spare. Prices range from under a fiver on eBay for generics to £50 and more for the genuine Panasonic one.

    Any horror stories from the cheap end?

    I'm after any leads to a decent UK supplier, and I certainly don't want to spend 1/3 the cost of the camera on a spare battery. ;)
     
  2. Vers

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    SterlingTek and or DiamondBack, if you've got em' over there. Beware, there are a lot of knock-offs on e-bay (Even SterlingTek knock-offs) so make sure they are legit.
     
  3. lcdguy

    lcdguy Minimodder

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    I would lean towards the more genuine packs or packs from a reputable supplier considering the fairly volatile nature of lithium based bateries.
     
  4. cosmic

    cosmic What's a Dremel?

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    I have been getting my spare Li-ion battery Canon camera batteries from www.7dayshop.com very good prices especially the multipacks and larger capacity than the one shipped with the camera. Over the years I have been doing this have never had any problems BUT its always good practice to remove batteries from a camera when storing for a long time
     
  5. smashie

    smashie Cupid Stunt

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    I've been using StirlingTek Batteries for ages, I was recommended these on the Canon forums, lots of people over there use them. I bought direct from the US and they arrived in 7 days. :rock:
     
  6. cpemma

    cpemma Ecky thump

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    They have the one I'm after and at a very low price - along with the SDHC memory and carry-case on my list... very tempting... :baby:
     
  7. Krikkit

    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

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    Do it! You can save on shipping too!
     
  8. Gomar

    Gomar What's a Dremel?

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    NP-20 for my Casio P&S cost $20 at stores, I got 7 generic made in China from ebay for 0.99c + $3.99 s/h each.
    1 was real bad, 1 is so so, rest are ok.
     
  9. cosmic

    cosmic What's a Dremel?

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    They have a fixed charge for shipping so if you can bundle several things into one purchase then becomes even more worthwhile. Worth checking their clearance list for soft cases - can sometimes be lucky
     
  10. Gomar

    Gomar What's a Dremel?

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    ye, spending 1/3 the price of the camera on a battery does sound silly, but consider this:
    DVD players could be bought for $69. Now if I buy DVDs for $10, 100 DVDs will cost me $1000!

    I bought a few batteries off eBay sellers; 1 was bad, 1 was so-so, rest are ok.
    At the store they go for $19.99, it cost me $5.95 with S/H each on eBay.
     

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