Third party batteries

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goloby
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Hi,

I'm looking to buy a spare battery for my xe1. Amazon has 2 brands that have good reviews and cost 1/4 of a Fuji battery. Anyone here using Maxsima or ex-pro batteries? Or any other brand that you are pleased with.

Thanks,

Sorin

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In reply to goloby, 3 months ago

I've had good luck with the Wasabi brand; less good with the Power2000.

I also have two Fui batteries for each Fuji body, that being true even though the XP-1 and XT-1 share.

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In reply to goloby, 3 months ago

I also have had good luck with Wasabi batteries.

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dmaclau wrote:

I also have had good luck with Wasabi batteries.

+1 on Wasabi. I have 2 Fuji and 2 Wasabi batteries that I rotate, and I can't tell the difference.

Also, I like their charger...

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Another vote for Wasabi & their 110V/car charger

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Wasabi batteries are not available on amazon uk, they can be found on ebay for £30 which is way over the $10 on amazon us.

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I would highly recommend Wasabi batteries. I used them with my Olypus EM-5 and now with my XT-1. The charger is excellent and the car-kit adds versatility. Blue Nook supplied mine on both occasions and I can recommend their prompt international service...

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In reply to Aotearoaman, 3 months ago

Another vote for Wasabi.  I have also had these for both the Olympus OM-D and the Fuji X-T1 and have been very pleased.  I also like the charger that plugs directly into the wall as I don't care for the chargers with chords that both Olympus and Fuji provide.

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I do not believe in 3rd party batteries because the OEM are inexpensive vs what the camera costs.

I don't get trying to save $20 when you easily spend upwards of $1,000 or more on gear.

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I've been using Wasabi batteries from BlueNook for the past 5-6 years. First with Canon, and now with Fuji X-E1. I can't tell the difference between the OEM's & these aftermarkets.

The Wasabi aftermarket chargers that come with the 2-battery kit for Fuji is much better than the OEM charger, and the 12-volt car charger is a bonus.

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I do not believe in 3rd party batteries because the OEM are inexpensive vs what the camera costs.

I don't get trying to save $20 when you easily spend upwards of $1,000 or more on gear.

Fuji doesn't make batteries. They just slap their logo on someone else's. So what's the point?

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goloby wrote:

Hi,

I'm looking to buy a spare battery for my xe1. Amazon has 2 brands that have good reviews and cost 1/4 of a Fuji battery. Anyone here using Maxsima or ex-pro batteries? Or any other brand that you are pleased with.

Thanks,

Sorin

I've bought 100's of after market batteries for everything from cameras to cell phones and never had a single one damage anything.  They often aren't quite as long lasting and I've had a one or two give up the ghost but generally they've saved me a lot of cash over the years.

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mr moonlight wrote:

I do not believe in 3rd party batteries because the OEM are inexpensive vs what the camera costs.

I don't get trying to save $20 when you easily spend upwards of $1,000 or more on gear.

Fuji doesn't make batteries. They just slap their logo on someone else's. So what's the point?

Your money do what you want.

I want to know that if anything happens to the camera that it ever needs a repair I can eliminate a 3rd party battery issue and voiding of any warrantee issues.

It is such a minor expense when you have at minimum over 2K in just a camera and one lens that $20 is that big a deal.

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In reply to goloby, 3 months ago

I use Wasabi on my XE-1 and X100s. Also used Wasabi on a Sony NEX-F3 I used to have. No problems noted.

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I've been using Lenmar batteries from Thomas Distributing for several years and have found them to be as good or better than the OEM Fuji batteries.

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In reply to ryan2007, 3 months ago

Just because the product is OEM does not always make it better! The Wasabi batteries I use in my Nikon 1 V1 bodies are, IMHO, better than OEM. I know this isn't always the case and sometimes there can be issues but I just bought four Wasabis for Fuji and they seem to work well, too. The OEM equipment can be overpriced and, in the case of batteries, very much so. You do have to be careful at times about going with something you don't know and a little research can go a long way.

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ryan2007 wrote:

mr moonlight wrote:

I do not believe in 3rd party batteries because the OEM are inexpensive vs what the camera costs.

I don't get trying to save $20 when you easily spend upwards of $1,000 or more on gear.

Fuji doesn't make batteries. They just slap their logo on someone else's. So what's the point?

Your money do what you want.

I want to know that if anything happens to the camera that it ever needs a repair I can eliminate a 3rd party battery issue and voiding of any warrantee issues.

It is such a minor expense when you have at minimum over 2K in just a camera and one lens that $20 is that big a deal.

Agree and disagree here.  I always have several batteries on hand so $20 or $30 or $40 is multiplied many times and Wasabi is a reputable brand.  You are correct in pointing out warranty issues.  Canon has found some counterfeit batteries over the years which had internal resistors that failed and could cause overheating and a fire.  That's pretty rare.  I have had third party batteries that are better, as good as and not as good as OEM so research is probably the best tool.

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In reply to goloby, 3 months ago

I always buy the real thing. There's no worry that way. I have a feeling using a third party battery might invalidate the warranty if it went wrong.

Aside from that the battery is such a small part of the overall cost of the system. I've spent about £3k so far so saving £20 on the spare battery seems a bit churlish.

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I would advise against Chinese knock offs. First, you'll get lower capacity. You can measure the number of pictures or just put it on a scale, a counterfeit battery typically weighs less. You can find on youtube the guts of some of those batteries and they are very sloppily made. Which leads to the second problem, they may explode, catch fire, or just overheat, leak and damage the camera. I don't see any logic in buying an expensive camera and then taking risk with some garbage batteries trying to save a few bucks.

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In reply to goloby, 3 months ago

goloby wrote:

Hi,

I'm looking to buy a spare battery for my xe1. Amazon has 2 brands that have good reviews and cost 1/4 of a Fuji battery. Anyone here using Maxsima or ex-pro batteries? Or any other brand that you are pleased with.

Thanks,

Sorin

Hi, I bought 3 ex pro batteries from amazon uk, they work perfectly and I see no difference compared to the fuji branded battery. Cheers, jon

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