Advice on proprietary battries


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Zicheos

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The one and only camera I've been using consumes AA batteries. Now I'm on the road to a new camera that uses proprietary battries. I need some advice on a few things

1. Is there a battery tester for these battries? I've seen 1.5V and 9V battery testers but not 7V

2. If I were to get a spare battery, would it be advisable to get oem or 3rd party?

3. If I were to get a spare battery, would it be advisable to get an extra charger as well?
 

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Normally for camera with "proprietary" batteries, a charger is supplied. You don't need to purchase a separate charger. For 2nd battery, I'd prefer original ones, although it'd cost more than compatible batteries. Some compatible batteries over label their battery capacity, and not as lasting as original batteries.
 

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Speaking about Canon 400D batteries.. The difference is about 4 to 5 times OEM:Original. I bought an OEM spare, and use the original charger to charge mine.
 

jfoo

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The one and only camera I've been using consumes AA batteries. Now I'm on the road to a new camera that uses proprietary battries. I need some advice on a few things

1. Is there a battery tester for these battries? I've seen 1.5V and 9V battery testers but not 7V
You could just pop it into your cam for a look see.

2. If I were to get a spare battery, would it be advisable to get oem or 3rd party?
Get original if possible. If anything happens with the battery while it's in the battery chamber, easier for you to claim warranty.

3. If I were to get a spare battery, would it be advisable to get an extra charger as well?
If you do get a 3rd party battery, check and make sure the rating is not higher than your original. if it is, the original charger may not be good enough to charge the 3rd party battery sufficiently.

This is the reason why those who opt for 3rd party battery face problem with them as the battery are not charged to full capacity.
my answers in blue.
 

Zicheos

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my answers in blue.
thanks for the answers. For the first I am aware of of popping it into the camera and check of course. I'm still stuck with a entry level P&S and the battery bar is just 2. Although it shows 'red' in the camera, I used a battery tester to find it's still useable for a few hours at least.

'Red' = low no?

How low is low?

Also my concern is when if I charged a spare battery and not using it (coming back to use it days or weeks later) how much energy had it lost? I insert it into my camera and it shows 'green bar' but how green is green? :p

I'm moving on to a prosumer soon and my first time dealing with proprietary battries and I have no idea how much 'bars' there are going to be on the camera itself (which I assume it isn't a lot)
 

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From your own usage pattern, you'd be able to gauge how frequently you need to recharge your spare battery/batteries.

Rechargable batteries have some form of self-discharge properties, even tho' you don't use them. I have 2 batteries for my DSLR. The newer battery can give me about 1k shots, while the older, weaker one can only give about 600 shots. I use the newer battery as main, and weaker one as spare. Based on my usage, I'd only recharge my spare battery when the main one has about 2 bars left. Once I need to use the spare battery, I'd charge the main one on the same day I get home.

Of course, if you need to cover important events, like weddings etc, you've have to bring along both fully charged batteries.
 

jfoo

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From your own usage pattern, you'd be able to gauge how frequently you need to recharge your spare battery/batteries.

Rechargable batteries have some form of self-discharge properties, even tho' you don't use them. I have 2 batteries for my DSLR. The newer battery can give me about 1k shots, while the older, weaker one can only give about 600 shots. I use the newer battery as main, and weaker one as spare. Based on my usage, I'd only recharge my spare battery when the main one has about 2 bars left. Once I need to use the spare battery, I'd charge the main one on the same day I get home.

Of course, if you need to cover important events, like weddings etc, you've have to bring along both fully charged batteries.
for myself i would use the older battery first instead of using the new battery as main.

if not, after one year, i will be left with two batteries with reduced power.
 

jfoo

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thanks for the answers. For the first I am aware of of popping it into the camera and check of course. I'm still stuck with a entry level P&S and the battery bar is just 2. Although it shows 'red' in the camera, I used a battery tester to find it's still useable for a few hours at least.

'Red' = low no?

How low is low?

Also my concern is when if I charged a spare battery and not using it (coming back to use it days or weeks later) how much energy had it lost? I insert it into my camera and it shows 'green bar' but how green is green? :p

I'm moving on to a prosumer soon and my first time dealing with proprietary battries and I have no idea how much 'bars' there are going to be on the camera itself (which I assume it isn't a lot)
zai one. you will gain a sense of how many shots your battery can take once you use it for a while.

if not confident than just top up your batteries before going out to shoot. if one tour, just keep topping up your battery every night. :thumbsup:
 

Zicheos

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zai one. you will gain a sense of how many shots your battery can take once you use it for a while.

if not confident than just top up your batteries before going out to shoot. if one tour, just keep topping up your battery every night. :thumbsup:
Thanks man. My previous experience with my P&S is not how many shots I took but how long it last! LOL (I tend to leave the LCD on for a long time looking for the 'right angle'.
 

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