Can you charge Oly battery in Wasabi charger
Will be traveling soon and want to cut down on weight. I have oly batteries for E5 and Wasabi non-propriety batteries for E5.
My question is--does anyone know if it is okay to charge the Oly battery in the Wasabi charger?
Thank you, Dharma.
Yes wasabi will power Oly batteries but Oly chargers will not charge Wasabi
That is not my experience. Brad
I have 2 Wasabii BLM-5 batteries labelled "BTR-BLM5-JWP"
They care completely interchangeable with the Oly BLM-5 and charge exactly the same with the Oly charger. In fact I rarely use the Wasabi charger as it requires a plug adaptor for use in Australia, but it does have the handy 12v input
Also, fyi the Wasabi charger works 100% with the Oly BLM-5
I have 4 genuine and 3 clone BLM-5 batteries and have never needed to match any of them to a particular BLM-5 charger.
I guess because tha light does not come on when I put a Wasabi in the Oly charger, I assumed it was not charging or was it the light will not go off, To know when it is fully charged,I can't remember, flying to Cuba tomorrow with the e-5 and Omd, and Wasabi chargers, but Cuba uses the outlet as the US at least in the hotel that I am staying, and the chargers are those little ones without a cord that plug directly in the outlet
I've just recharged 2 Wasabi BLM-5 clones. They had both been fully charged and then heavily used in my HLD-4 battery grip every day for a full week of shooting and then left unused for 2 weeks.
I just used these 2 Wasabi batteries to compare the Wasabi and Oly chargers head to head.
Oly BCM-5: with no battery = Light OFF,
with discharged Wasabi battery = light ON, Light turned OFF when fully charged
Wasabi charger: with no battery inserted = GREEN light
with discharged Wasabi battery = RED light, and then orange and finally GREEN when charged
Observation: the Wasabi charger seemed to be taking longer to charge its battery, so I quickly took the battery out and tried it in the Oly charger. The Oly charger said it was fully charged !
I put the battery back in the Wasabi charger and it and kept charging for another 10 minutes. So I put this down to a minor difference in the charging circuits and definitely of no concern.
Conclusion: Wasabi charger 100% compatible and same charge time as the Oly BCM-5
Thanks so much for the info. Good to know I only need to take one charger with me while traveling. That will be the Wasabi charger because it's a bit lighter and every gram counts.
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