Leica X1 Battery
Leica X1 Battery
Apr 6, 2011
I'm somewhat of a power engineering guy and the thought of paying $84 minimum for an X1 battery just rubbed me the wrong way. At the same time, I didn't want some junk battery to damage my camera. I was browsing Amazon and found what's called a "Wasabi Power" battery for the X1 from an outfit called Blue Nook. I ordered one (about $16 as I recall) and I am very pleased. I tested it for no-load potential and charging rate and it's fine. In use I get about 20% more life from it (so far on 3 charge cycles). It has Japanese-sourced cells and appears to be well made.
Anyway, thought I would pass on a tip for those who might not want to spend a ton of money on a Leica OEM battery. No, I am not affiliated with Blue Nook or Wasabi Power. I would put an honest plug in for Blue Nook. Their customer service is excellent and they are very nice folks to deal with.
It's good that you did the tests to make sure. Now be sure to monitor the progress of that battery to check for variations, leakage, overheating, or short life, and post anything you find here. I'm not surprised that a third-party battery would test OK, but what really bugs me is how genuine batteries from certain major names are poor quality and don't last.
You're exactly right. In my business we work with exotic batteries that are often very expensive (think $70 for a D-Cell size lithium-chemistry battery) and we use hundreds of them at a time. The variation in exhaustion time, measured temperature and even build quality is very surprising. As you know, there is nothing at all unique about these batteries. LiON cell voltage is fixed, and the chemistry is well understood, so the idea of paying $85 for a small battery is irksome to me.
Anyway, will post a follow ups.
Given that I paid $120 U.S. for mine, I feel much worse. But then, I've been stung badly by Sony, HP, Motorola, and others, so in the long run, for a person like me who hasn't got the time to hassle with these things and waste time driving to the shipper to return them (to say nothing of the time wasted getting RMA's etc.), I stick with known brands regardless of cost. If it were $1000 instead of $100, I would possibly reconsider.
I have 2 wasabi batteries as backups and have had no issues. They work with the Leica charger. There are also inexpensive portable chargers which also work well.
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Don't know if I would risk damaging a $ 2000 camera by saving $ 60 or $ 70 dollars on a battery. If camera is under warranty and gets damaged by this battery, it may not be covered.
Hi, I do understand your view, but as said in this Post, a cheapo battery in a high end piece of equipment - mmmm? When I got my first 111F I used to buy the east european film, at a Kodak day (Kew Gardens) I used Kodak, oh boy what a difference.. I appreciate that a battery is not film. With my Nikon's & Leica's I always use the manufacturers batteries.. It's a piece of mind thing..For Me 😉
Ima' nice kinda guy!
To each his/her own. I've had no issues.