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Batteries

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After getting my digital camera I had to do the two steps which all camera buyers must do. Buy an adequately sized memory chip (they’ve become nice and cheap!). And get a spare battery. I checked both normal retail channels and eBay for spare batteries. And the price difference was stunning. Essentially the deals you get on eBay claim to give you the correct battery for a Euro or two. After adding the abominably high shipping costs, the price will be around five Euro. Compare that to the twenty or twenty-five Euro which you’re supposed to pay for the ‘original’ battery and the choice is easily made.

Of course I wonder whether differences between those batteries exist and how significant they are. The ‘original’ battery claims to come with a capacity that’s around 2-1/2 that of the 1Ah offered by the cheap alternative. So that doesn’t look to bad. And in my first test run, each of them made around 100 photos. It remains to be seen how quickly each of them ages…

Photo of the cheap battery and its packaging

May 17, 2006, 1:16

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Comment by Michal: User icon

I bought 4 of those noname nb4l batteries on eBay last year. I thrown 3 of them in bin after 2-4 recharges, but I kept the last one which works well. I still have two original Canon batteries - they are over 4 years old now, and still working…

May 18, 2006, 1:02

Comment by ssp: User icon

Let’s hope I got one of the fourth type then :)

May 18, 2006, 10:42

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