Generic batteries for Canon DSLR?
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wilsocn
Registered: Dec 31, 2009
Total Posts: 147
Country: United States

Does anyone have any experience with non Canon brand batteries for the camera? A friend and I are taking a road trip to various national parks in the southwest at the end of the month and I would like to take along a couple of extra batteries but I have spent a small fortune this month already so I am looking into the generic batteries.

I am not too concerned with them holding a charge as long as the Canon battery that I have but I am just curious if there is any way a cheap battery could be bad for the camera. I read some of the reviews and some say that the voltages are different so would that affect the camera in ways other than just possibly giving an incorrect battery measure?

I am basically looking for some extra power until I can get back to a hotel and charge my original.

Thanks everyone

These are the batteries that I was looking at on Amazon. They will go into a T3i.
http://www.amazon.com/LP-E8-Equivalent-Battery-Canon-Rebel/dp/B003CVLTCW/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1323442675&sr=1-2



qwyjibo
Registered: May 12, 2009
Total Posts: 944
Country: United States

Not sure about generics for a rebel, but I've used the lenmar version for a 5D and haven't had any problems. A search of the forum will probably give you some good info as well.
Have a great trip,
Dave



sjms
Registered: Mar 21, 2003
Total Posts: 19381
Country: United States

sterlingtek
www.sterlingtek.com



EB-1
Registered: Jan 09, 2003
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Country: United States

I've not very good experiences with the generics. They are not necessarily bad for the cameras but I would not rely on them exclusively.

EBH



erikburd
Registered: Feb 03, 2010
Total Posts: 578
Country: United States

I use generics with my 450D. They work very well, just as good as the Canon branded battery that came with the camera.



sjms
Registered: Mar 21, 2003
Total Posts: 19381
Country: United States

EB-1 wrote:
I've not very good experiences with the generics. They are not necessarily bad for the cameras but I would not rely on them exclusively.

EBH


i concur



jefferies1
Registered: Jul 03, 2008
Total Posts: 2632
Country: United States

I have used generic as extras without any problems in 20D -30D up to 5D. In the new model battery for the 5DII and 60D that had the charge shown as part of the menu you need to make sure the battery works with it. They will advertise it is compatable with standard charger. At $15.00 each I like having a few around.

I have seen both made by the same manufacturer. The non-matching advertised it came with it's own charger as they will NOT work with the Canon. That is the one to stay away from...any providing a charger battery combo.



delthedog
Registered: Dec 24, 2005
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Country: United States

sjms wrote:
sterlingtek
www.sterlingtek.com



+1



rick_reno
Registered: Apr 20, 2011
Total Posts: 276
Country: United States

I've never used an off brand battery, seen too many horror stories. I stick with Canon.



cwebster
Registered: Oct 03, 2005
Total Posts: 3426
Country: United States

I've used nothing but Stirlingtek batteries in my 300D, 30D, and 50D for almost 10 years with excellent success.

<Chas>



Gunzorro
Registered: Aug 28, 2010
Total Posts: 6765
Country: United States

I have generic batteries in addition to Canon brand for 1D2/1Ds2, 5D/G6, and 60D. A combination for US purchased and HK/China-made. All work great and are a terrific savings. We I bought aftermarket Chinese grip for 60D, I ordered the two extra battery option, and picked up one more, so I have two sets of two - great for any assignment of two days. And cheap!



sifpandor
Registered: Mar 10, 2005
Total Posts: 1204
Country: United States

delthedog wrote:
sjms wrote:
sterlingtek
www.sterlingtek.com



+1

Another +1 for Sterlingtek

-- Mark



rdcny
Registered: Mar 09, 2004
Total Posts: 1064
Country: United States

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=370564508268

I've used these for the past four months without a problem...they are the higher capacity batteries.



DLP
Registered: Apr 17, 2007
Total Posts: 2505
Country: United States

I've been using Sterlingtek four years now in several different bodies and no issues at all.

Dave



M635_Guy
Registered: Dec 22, 2010
Total Posts: 2383
Country: United States

I've worked in the PC Industry for about 20 years, most of that in the area of peripherals, which includes batteries, so I have some parallel experience here.

There is a bit of risk with the non-OEM batteries, but in the unlikely event that you have an issue that will cause damage it is almost always during charging, so the risk to your camera is fairly small (which isn't true for PC's - knockoffs can be a big issue there...).

More likely, you won't get the performance or longevity of the OEM battteries, but as backups you aren't worrying about that much.



freakboy
Registered: Jun 26, 2006
Total Posts: 52
Country: Canada

delthedog wrote:
sjms wrote:
sterlingtek
www.sterlingtek.com



+1


+2

i've used them for years.



Wayne Crumm
Registered: May 04, 2003
Total Posts: 500
Country: Canada

Sterlingtek here also. Great service.



matt4626
Registered: Feb 16, 2004
Total Posts: 1022
Country: United States

Sterlingtek



runamuck
Registered: Oct 29, 2006
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Country: United States

I hate to pile on here, but I've been using Sterlingtek batteries for years.