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Old July 5th, 2005, 10:01 PM   #1
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Got some batteries from Power101.com

After reading here that some people were using these batteries, I decided to try them out. For only $50 I got 2 of the largest ones (6 hour) for my FX1.

The camera doesn't have any trouble using them (no shutdowns) but the batteries never show more than 50% charged in the camera.

Anyone else use batteries from there?
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Old July 5th, 2005, 10:29 PM   #2
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I bought some OEM batteries from another dealer in the past and endup not trusting these kind of batteries. With one of them, the camera will only work if I switch it on and off twice. The other battery will show no more than 50 % even at full charge. So I decided to use it only for my camera light. I think one of them even ruined one of my lights. I would not use it in my camera for fear it will somehow ruin the camera itself. I maybe wrong on this one, but I decided to stick with the Sony batteries purchased from an authorized dealer. I also bought a genuine Sony battery at eBay, factory sealed at 1/2 the price that B and H sells. It came from Hong Kong but after charging, it only gave me 1/2 the full charge. I returned it and got an exchange for another true Sony battery, same thing, it would not give me a full charge.

So I would recommend to stick with the true Sony batteries purchased from an authorized dealer.

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After reading here that some people were using these batteries, I decided to try them out. For only $50 I got 2 of the largest ones (6 hour) for my FX1.

The camera doesn't have any trouble using them (no shutdowns) but the batteries never show more than 50% charged in the camera.

Anyone else use batteries from there?
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Old July 6th, 2005, 04:28 PM   #3
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Well, I've left the batteries on and the time ran down as indicated. In just about 2 and a half hours I got a low battery warning.

And I've had that warning now for about 45 minutes.

So my thought is that maybe the batteries do have a full charge, they so read weird on the time. Which doesn't do me a great deal of good. Besides having an annoying battery symbol flashing on the screen, it's not helpful to not know how much life is left.

But, for $18 a battery, what the heck.
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Old July 6th, 2005, 07:18 PM   #4
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For those that care...

The battery lasted another 2.5 hours, about 5 hours in total. So the capacity seems to be there, just a screwed up timer.
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Old July 7th, 2005, 10:08 AM   #5
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Continued update....maybe someone will happen upon this someday and the info will be worth something. I don't know.

I discharged both batteries in the camera and they both lasted 4+ hours. Close to 5, really.

I then recharged one overnight and when I plugged it into the camera this morning, the camera saw it as fully charged and everything looked correct!

Charging the second now and hope it will also behave the same.
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Old August 11th, 2006, 09:21 PM   #6
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Another 2 power101 success batteries.

I just received 2 D54-type batteries (for the HVX200) this afternoon. I grabbed 2 more after buying a single a couple weeks ago, just to try it out. You know... I noticed that one battery had been dropping power more quickly than the other I had. I usually like simply leaving it on, throughout my shooting.

So finally, in the field, I dropped a fresh battery in, and noticed the power drop quicker again. So I yanked it to see... it was the Panasonic battery!

The one I had gotten was a 5400mAh battery; the two that I received at work from power101 this evening are labeled as 5500mAh units. They charge more for shipping, but when you see $20 ship added to a $13 HVX battery, it works for the company. The 2 cost $48... power101 charges less for each added purchase, so get 3 or 4.

The 5400mAh power101 battery I used yesterday, covering the tightened airport security maintained juice throughout most of my shoot. Got there around 12:30, left 3 hours later. There were a couple times I shut down for a moment, but I've been leaving it on alot. And one bar dropped from full power.

No, I haven't tried these 2 new batteries. I just charged one, and it went to full charge after it seemed, about 2-to 2-1/2 hours. Maybe I read the time wrong, but I would say 2-1/2 hrs is right around the time. The Panasonic battery seems to take an awful long time to reach full charge IMO.

Yes I endorse them. No, I don't even know the first name of any of them; and I work for a newspaper (shooting movie files for web and grabbing frames for the paper), not affiliated with power101.
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Old August 16th, 2006, 04:47 AM   #7
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In my experience with using third party (aftermarket) batteries they work just as well, or better, than the oem batteries for a while. I have always managed to get slightly larger capacity than OEM's though. They do seem to lose their capacity earlier though--usually OEM's last a year or more before losing their capacity and the aftermarkets may go 6 months to a year depending on usage. I have a charger/reconditioned from Maha Energy that allows a complete drain and charge which helps the batt maintain capacity. But it also haas a mode that charges the battery and then drains it--then displays the total mAH of the battery, which will help determine when the battery is failing. We have had 1000mAH batteries go down to 250mAH capacity. I stll buy aftermarkets because of the price difference.

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Old August 16th, 2006, 09:01 AM   #8
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When I 1st started out, a little over a year ago, I bought ebay batteries.

Since then I've had two die and for 8hr batteries they only last 4 hrs. When shooting a wedding and using ebay batteries I would change the battery after 2 hrs of use because I new the time indicator on the camera was funky.

Now, that I made some money I bought Sony 8 hr batteries. It is like night and day. The last a complete 8 hr day with time to spare. It is a lot better.

My advice is it is risky to use ebay batteries. I was lucky because I never had a battery fail during a critical moment, but it could have happened more easily with ebay batteries than with the real deal sony. I'm glad I got through it.

Funny thing is my ebay batteries say SON with a sticker over where the Y for Sony should be. The real Sony batteries have no such thing.
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Old August 18th, 2006, 10:35 PM   #9
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Bought battery from power101.com Shipping was fast only 2 days not fully charged is showing to 625 min already in comparison basic battery was about 120 -125 min
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Old August 19th, 2006, 09:42 AM   #10
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They definently arent as legit as the real sony ones, but they work.
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Old August 19th, 2006, 10:43 AM   #11
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I personally like to use the el cheapo batteries in my camera lights. Cheap power, and I don't need a timer.
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Old August 19th, 2006, 11:03 AM   #12
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I've had good luck with my 4-hour battery for my XL1s...got it through ebatts.com
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