Old 07-01-2010, 11:52 PM   #1
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Looking for anyone with experiance with generics in their Canon Battery Grips.... Looking at a much cheaper battery than Canon brand. Anyone have any luck, good or bad??
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Hi J.D.,

No experience here with Canons or battery grips, but I do have experience with 3rd party knock-off camera batteries. Very honestly, I haven't found them to be that good. I find that they don't hold up for as many charge/depletion cycles as Nikon batteries. I have Nikon batteries that are older than some knock-offs and they perform better.

Again, only my experience. There may be some knock-offs out there that are more competitive.
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I think Kevin is correct in that they don't hold up for as many cycles, but I like them anyway. I can get a knock off for something like 85% less than a name brand battery, so it balances out to be a great deal. Plus, you have to go through a lot of recharges to start seeing them fade, so I save money even if I have to replace them sooner. However, those are just batteries; I don't use a grip.
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Thanks for the help............ I think I will give one a try but will always have my Canon brand near............
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About a year ago I got a couple of knock-off batteries by "Power 2000" for my Canon 40D from Adorama.

They have worked as well as the Canon's for me.

I had a couple of no-name one's from Amazon and those lasted fine for a few months and now they are my last ditch desperation batteries.

I never have to use them.
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I was looking at the ones from Sams Club online. $18 and a great warranty....... I gonna give em a shot...

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I would keep an eye on them on the charger as they may get cooked, Some don't have safety devise that pop if there overheating in the charger.
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Looking for anyone with experiance with generics in their Canon Battery Grips.... Looking at a much cheaper battery than Canon brand. Anyone have any luck, good or bad??
I use one Canon and one generic brand battery (suggested to me by the clerk at the camera store) in my grip and it works just fine.

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I would keep an eye on them on the charger as they may get cooked, Some don't have safety devise that pop if there overheating in the charger.
I lost my Canon charger, so when I bought the generic battery, I also bought a generic charger. Both batteries I have charge just fine on them. I don't think I've ever heard of a battery overheating on a charger...and I've left mine on for many hours after they've green-lighted.

This is my charger:



...and I have a Delkin Power rechargeable lithium-ion battery that "replaces Canon BP-511A" as printed on the battery itself.
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I can't find the link, but I do recall reading about this on a different board. their is a company overseas that was selling a good quality battery (a bunch of the posters had bought them and liked them) from overseas. They were also around 2200 mah also.

I will do some searching and see if I can find it again.
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I don't think I've ever heard of a battery overheating on a charger...and I've left mine on for many hours after they've green-lighted.
At one time one brand was cheaply made and it was all over the net not to buy them. But that was over 5 years ago and I don't remember the brand.
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http://sterlingtek.com/?gclid=CL_3s6...FVRM5Qodq0GPkw

I found this buried in my favorites. I have never ordered from here, I still use the original battery that came with my camera, but a few others did and like their products.
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I found this buried in my favorites. I have never ordered from here, I still use the original battery that came with my camera, but a few others did and like their products.
I have a couple Sterlingtek, I'm not a power user but they work just fine.
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Careful. I had a Sterlingtek battery fry a 50D charger.
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I have heard some of the generic batteries start off as good as the Canon brand if not better but crash months later not being able to hold a charge very well. Chargers are a big part of battery life. Check amazon for great reviews of batteries and chargers and you will quickly get a feel of which ones are good and which ones aren't.
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