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01-29-2010, 11:45 AM #1
ebay battery advice/experience
There's a slew of 'genuine' Nikon and Cannon batteries on ebay shipping from Hong Kong these days.
Anybody have any experience or knowledge of the genuineness of them?
Kinda tempting at $16 a pop versus $40.
For the record, I'm using a D3000, so the ratio of savings to risk is a whole lot different than those of you using $2000+ camera bodies.
01-29-2010, 09:41 PM #2
I bought a couple of cheap batteries (EN-EL9) on ebay and haven't had a problem with them.
01-29-2010, 10:01 PM #3
I bought four generic batteries for my Canon 30D- not sure if they were from Amazon or Ebay, but they cost $11 each. I've never had an issue with any of them dying... I bet they each last 400+ shots easy.
01-30-2010, 12:32 AM #4
I've bought a number of generic batteries from Amazon.com and been satisfied. They are probably identical to the eBay ones but offer much quicker service and better resolution if you've a problemLord King of the Beater-Kooks
02-01-2010, 11:35 PM #5
man i've got two.
first one came fast and worked great.
second one never showed and the seller on ebay sent me a refund and just asked that i pay him if it ever shows up.
so pretty good so far. (also these batteries were like five bucks SHIPPED for canon and panasonic p+s) sick!!!!
Anyway, now I just remembered that I want to give him another chance on the second battery.
but yea, i put these things in my phones to. no problems caused to the hardware so far but if it was a big ticket thing like a nice dslr or laptop i would think twice......I hope you know that this will go down on your permanent record
02-01-2010, 11:43 PM #6
If you buy from a decent seller you'll be okay.
I bought 2 generic batteries for my Canon and Panasonic point and shoots and they both worked perfectly.
02-02-2010, 12:00 PM #7
02-02-2010, 12:09 PM #8
I haven't had any luck with generic camera batteries. I've tried Sterlingtek too.
I've tried them for 3 different Canon point & shoots, and they work great at first, but stop holding a charge after a couple of months.
02-03-2010, 10:09 PM #9
I got a couple of generic ones from Amazon. Two batteries plus charger for less than what Nikon wanted for one. And the charger is smaller than the Nikon one and works in the car without an inverter, so whenever I pull a dumb-ass move and not charge the batteries and realize it part way to wherever I can pop one in the charger and have some juice by the time I get there.
Also got a 3rd party timer remote release for cheep too. Also converts Nikons proprietary plug into a mini headphone jack, so I can use a Ti-83 calculator for advanced timing patterns or extend the cable with a trip to radioshaft.
I haven't gotten a grip yet, because I am still a bit sketched by having something working with the electronics more than just supplying power via an internal connection.
02-04-2010, 01:37 PM #10
Here's the message I got after inquiring with one of the listings on ebay. Their picture shows a battery with the Nikon logo and an OEM looking Nikon box, but the listing says it doesn't ship in original package:
Thanks for your message.
We are really sorry to tell you that it is not a genuine battey made by Nikon.
And because our postage is calculated by the total weight of parcel.
We can help you save the postage without original package.
Thank you so much and happy new year!
I guess it just makes sense to use the cheapo from Amazon if not going with genuine from a dealer. I'm surprised to get that kind of transparency from a seller on ebay out of Hong Kong.
02-09-2010, 09:00 PM #11gunit130 Guest
I ordered Canon LP-E5 "knock-off" batteries from Amazon.com marketplace.
DO NOT BUY CHEAP BATTERIES FROM CHINA.
At $3.57 each, I thought it was too good to be true, and I was right. I bought them because they were cheap and thought, WTF, might as well try 'em out.
From the outside, they look exactly like the Canon version. But, once you put them in your camera, you quickly see that they are just slightly larger. They fit in the battery compartment, but they won't come out without the help of a knife. Lasty, THEY DON'T EVEN FUCKING WORK.
02-09-2010, 09:07 PM #12Registered User
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I use almost primarily Ebay batteries that were a few dollars a pop. In my experience, they perform extraordinarily well, even in very cold weather
02-10-2010, 08:36 AM #13
02-10-2010, 12:10 PM #14Registered User
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