Using non-OEM batteries...

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Would you use non-OEM batteries in your camera?

I'm after a spare battery for my camera and can pick up a generic copy for less than a 10er, compared with silly prices for an original.

Is it likely to be a problem? I'd assume not as long as it's the same voltage and maH rating as the original?

I can also only charge a battery whilst it is in the camera and on the dock...

There are loads of people registered in Hong Kong ( :( ) on ebay selling changers and batteries together cheaply... about £15 including postage. Performance of the battery isn't really much of an issue to me, I'm just a point and shoot/holiday photo type of person, so it not lasting quite as long as an original or not charing the camera flash as quick or something wouldn't bother me....

example auction: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Charger-Batte...614520808QQcategoryZ50518QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

This guy has over 15,000 feedback, 99.8% of which are positive....
 
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I know lots of people use them without problems, but I wouldnt touch them with a barge pole. The potential to screw up my equipment for a saving of £30 ish is not worth it in my opinion.

I'm sure most people have no problems with them at all. But you lose your warrenty and piece of mind.
 

olv

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My 10D came with the original and 2 other no name batteries, both of which are fine. Actually i've never used oned one of them as i've never needed more than 2 fully charged batteries at once, but i've never had any problems.
 
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Me too, orderd a couple from a uk seller over a year ago for about £10 each and last longer than canons own that came with camera. We have a 300D and a 20D and used them for 20 weddings, 15 or so portraits and 2 school proms last year so can't fault them at all.
 
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I got my camera second hand. I got two official batteries with it. Unfortunately, I only get a few hours use out of each of them. So I bought two unofficial batteries from a web shop @ £15 for the two and they both work like a dream.

I have had no problems with them whatsoever and I don't think I should really, they have the same voltage as the standard official batteries (7.4v) and the same 1500mAh, so unless there is a serious flaw, I don't think anyone should get any problems.
 

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I use a no name in my 350d as well as an official Canon battery, no problems what-so-ever from either.
 

DRZ

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I use two unofficial ones and a Canon one, all are fine though the unofficial ones last longer.

As for batteries invalidating your warranty, how the hell are they going to know, even if it *did* break the camera (which it cant really?
 
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