Comparing Batteries for X-T2 - Fujifilm vs Wasabi

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LH Regular Member • Posts: 234
Comparing Batteries for X-T2 - Fujifilm vs Wasabi
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I have the Fujifilm NP-W126S which came with the X-T2 and also purchase The Wasabi Power BTR-NPW126-JWP from Amazon. At times it seems like I've been getting better battery life from the Wasabi so I decided to run a simple controlled test.

Setup:

Fujifilm X-T2 with XF 18-55mm @55mm; Auto Aperture; OIS Off mounted on tripod

Shutter Auto; Exposure Comp +1.0; Auto ISO; Focus set to S; Shutter set to Electronic; JPEG only set to Fine.

Interval Shooting set to a shot every 30 seconds for an infinite length.

Ran operation till the camera shut itself down.

The results:

Fujifilm NP-W126S: 548 shots

Wasabi Power BTR-NPW126-JWP: 569 shots

Who knows if the Wasabi will hold up in the long run, but seems like a pretty good value.

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Hot Tuna Regular Member • Posts: 447
Re: Comparing Batteries for X-T2 - Fujifilm vs Wasabi

LH wrote:

I have the Fujifilm NP-W126S which came with the X-T2 and also purchase The Wasabi Power BTR-NPW126-JWP from Amazon. At times it seems like I've been getting better battery life from the Wasabi so I decided to run a simple controlled test.

Setup:

Fujifilm X-T2 with XF 18-55mm @55mm; Auto Aperture; OIS Off mounted on tripod

Shutter Auto; Exposure Comp +1.0; Auto ISO; Focus set to S; Shutter set to Electronic; JPEG only set to Fine.

Interval Shooting set to a shot every 30 seconds for an infinite length.

Ran operation till the camera shut itself down.

The results:

Fujifilm NP-W126S: 548 shots

Wasabi Power BTR-NPW126-JWP: 569 shots

Who knows if the Wasabi will hold up in the long run, but seems like a pretty good value.

I use Watson which allows you to use the Fuji charger. FWIW, they are $19.99 at B & H.

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Re: Comparing Batteries for X-T2 - Fujifilm vs Wasabi

LH wrote:

I have the Fujifilm NP-W126S which came with the X-T2 and also purchase The Wasabi Power BTR-NPW126-JWP from Amazon. At times it seems like I've been getting better battery life from the Wasabi so I decided to run a simple controlled test.

Setup:

Fujifilm X-T2 with XF 18-55mm @55mm; Auto Aperture; OIS Off mounted on tripod

Shutter Auto; Exposure Comp +1.0; Auto ISO; Focus set to S; Shutter set to Electronic; JPEG only set to Fine.

Interval Shooting set to a shot every 30 seconds for an infinite length.

Ran operation till the camera shut itself down.

The results:

Fujifilm NP-W126S: 548 shots

Wasabi Power BTR-NPW126-JWP: 569 shots

Who knows if the Wasabi will hold up in the long run, but seems like a pretty good value.

Some mentioned to me that the wasabi ones might possibly not last as long as the original fuji ones.  At least that's what I understood and I really don't know how true that might be.

It would be interesting to see what you or others have found that bout that.  I'm shooting with the XT1 not XT2 though.

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Jerry-astro
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Re: Comparing Batteries for X-T2 - Fujifilm vs Wasabi

Batdude wrote:

LH wrote:

I have the Fujifilm NP-W126S which came with the X-T2 and also purchase The Wasabi Power BTR-NPW126-JWP from Amazon. At times it seems like I've been getting better battery life from the Wasabi so I decided to run a simple controlled test.

Setup:

Fujifilm X-T2 with XF 18-55mm @55mm; Auto Aperture; OIS Off mounted on tripod

Shutter Auto; Exposure Comp +1.0; Auto ISO; Focus set to S; Shutter set to Electronic; JPEG only set to Fine.

Interval Shooting set to a shot every 30 seconds for an infinite length.

Ran operation till the camera shut itself down.

The results:

Fujifilm NP-W126S: 548 shots

Wasabi Power BTR-NPW126-JWP: 569 shots

Who knows if the Wasabi will hold up in the long run, but seems like a pretty good value.

Some mentioned to me that the wasabi ones might possibly not last as long as the original fuji ones. At least that's what I understood and I really don't know how true that might be.

It would be interesting to see what you or others have found that bout that. I'm shooting with the XT1 not XT2 though.

I've found both the Wasabi and Watson batteries to be pretty well indistinguishable from the OEM ones in terms of battery life, heat generation, etc. for both single shot and rapid fire shooting (but haven't tested with video).  The 2 Wasabis and 1 Watson I had with my X-T1 were still going strong after over 2 years of moderate usage and recharges.

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Sutto Contributing Member • Posts: 504
Re: Comparing Batteries for X-T2 - Fujifilm vs Wasabi

I use a mix of Wasabi and original batteries in my T1 and t2.  There is no discernible difference between either.  The Wasabi are great value.  The Fuji ones in Australia are over $100 - which is ridiculous.  I'll never have to pay that price again now that I've discovered a cheaper alternative.

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Shockwave Senior Member • Posts: 1,316
Re: Comparing Batteries for X-T2 - Fujifilm vs Wasabi

I've been using some aftermarket batteries from a local supplier in Australia. Not sure what brand they are, I'll check when I get home, but similar results. The Fuji seem to be well overpriced and the copies seem to work just as well. At less than half the price, they'd have to last half as long to make it financial unviable and only time will tell, but so far they seem pretty good.

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OP LH Regular Member • Posts: 234
Re: Comparing Batteries for X-T2 - Fujifilm vs Wasabi

Just want to add that at least for use in the USA, I like the Wasabi charger better than the Fujifilm. The integrated swing to store AC mains plug is nice. I haven't tried it, but I think you can use either charger for either battery (not 100% on this point).

Hot Tuna Regular Member • Posts: 447
Re: Comparing Batteries for X-T2 - Fujifilm vs Wasabi
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Batdude wrote:

LH wrote:

I have the Fujifilm NP-W126S which came with the X-T2 and also purchase The Wasabi Power BTR-NPW126-JWP from Amazon. At times it seems like I've been getting better battery life from the Wasabi so I decided to run a simple controlled test.

Setup:

Fujifilm X-T2 with XF 18-55mm @55mm; Auto Aperture; OIS Off mounted on tripod

Shutter Auto; Exposure Comp +1.0; Auto ISO; Focus set to S; Shutter set to Electronic; JPEG only set to Fine.

Interval Shooting set to a shot every 30 seconds for an infinite length.

Ran operation till the camera shut itself down.

The results:

Fujifilm NP-W126S: 548 shots

Wasabi Power BTR-NPW126-JWP: 569 shots

Who knows if the Wasabi will hold up in the long run, but seems like a pretty good value.

Some mentioned to me that the wasabi ones might possibly not last as long as the original fuji ones. At least that's what I understood and I really don't know how true that might be.

It would be interesting to see what you or others have found that bout that. I'm shooting with the XT1 not XT2 though.

If you looked at cost of Wasabi and cost of Fuji and factor in warranty, you probably could calculate which would be a better deal.

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Chris Joy Contributing Member • Posts: 615
Re: Comparing Batteries for X-T2 - Fujifilm vs Wasabi

LH wrote:

I have the Fujifilm NP-W126S which came with the X-T2 and also purchase The Wasabi Power BTR-NPW126-JWP from Amazon. At times it seems like I've been getting better battery life from the Wasabi so I decided to run a simple controlled test.

Setup:

Fujifilm X-T2 with XF 18-55mm @55mm; Auto Aperture; OIS Off mounted on tripod

Shutter Auto; Exposure Comp +1.0; Auto ISO; Focus set to S; Shutter set to Electronic; JPEG only set to Fine.

Interval Shooting set to a shot every 30 seconds for an infinite length.

Ran operation till the camera shut itself down.

The results:

Fujifilm NP-W126S: 548 shots

Wasabi Power BTR-NPW126-JWP: 569 shots

Who knows if the Wasabi will hold up in the long run, but seems like a pretty good value.

Any chance you can do a run test with video on the Wasabi? That seems to be where more heat is generated and batteries drain faster. I already know what the 126s can do in that regard. Thanks.

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Re: Comparing Batteries for X-T2 - Fujifilm vs Wasabi

LH wrote:

Just want to add that at least for use in the USA, I like the Wasabi charger better than the Fujifilm. The integrated swing to store AC mains plug is nice. I haven't tried it, but I think you can use either charger for either battery (not 100% on this point).

I use the Wasabi charger on my Fuji, Watson & Wasabi batteries. No problems at all.

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VisualFX Senior Member • Posts: 1,164
Re: Comparing Batteries for X-T2 - Fujifilm vs Wasabi

I really wish third-party batteries would be seriously regulated. The voltage, and capacity can be all over the place. Wish some agency would step in and have all manufacturers list the exact capacity you are getting. Some third-party vendors overstate capacity.

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Re: Comparing Batteries for X-T2 - Fujifilm vs Wasabi

Just a general observation but I've noticed quite a few complaints in the forum about Wasabis swelling and generally not lasting too well, more so than other brands that get mentioned.  I can't buy them in uk anyway so take that for what it is, an observation.

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Re: Comparing Batteries for X-T2 - Fujifilm vs Wasabi

Threaded wrote:

Just a general observation but I've noticed quite a few complaints in the forum about Wasabis swelling and generally not lasting too well, more so than other brands that get mentioned. I can't buy them in uk anyway so take that for what it is, an observation.

Heard/read it here at times, but never seen it in the 3+ years I've been using them in Fuji cameras.  Would be interesting to see if there's a common thread in terms of usage (heavy video for example) that might explain some of these cases.  Or, perhaps there are QA issues in their manufacture.  The ones I've owned have consistently performed equal to or better than the Fuji OEM batteries for me, but as with any such 3rd party product, caveat emptor applies.

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Peter Jonas Veteran Member • Posts: 3,284
Re: Comparing Batteries for X-T2 - Fujifilm vs Wasabi

LH wrote:

I have the Fujifilm NP-W126S which came with the X-T2 and also purchase The Wasabi Power BTR-NPW126-JWP from Amazon. At times it seems like I've been getting better battery life from the Wasabi so I decided to run a simple controlled test.

Setup:

Fujifilm X-T2 with XF 18-55mm @55mm; Auto Aperture; OIS Off mounted on tripod

Shutter Auto; Exposure Comp +1.0; Auto ISO; Focus set to S; Shutter set to Electronic; JPEG only set to Fine.

Interval Shooting set to a shot every 30 seconds for an infinite length.

Ran operation till the camera shut itself down.

The results:

Fujifilm NP-W126S: 548 shots

Wasabi Power BTR-NPW126-JWP: 569 shots

Who knows if the Wasabi will hold up in the long run, but seems like a pretty good value.

Both those batteries claim to have the same capacity. As a consequence performance under conditions as you set them should be within +/- 5%.

Fuji's NP-W126S is claimed to offer improved performance when shooting 4k video.

It would be interesting to how they compare doing that.

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machoman Regular Member • Posts: 251
Re: Comparing Batteries for X-T2 - Fujifilm vs Wasabi

SOme of my 3rd party batteries get stuck in the X-E1 and i have to think of a way to get them out. I'm still experimenting - have taped a string on the end of the battery - it makes the fit even tighter as the tape runs to the side of the battery but at least i know i can pull it out when i have to ......unless the string breaks....then i'm in serious trouble.

Rod McD Veteran Member • Posts: 5,586
Re: Comparing Batteries for X-T2 - Fujifilm vs Wasabi

Sutto wrote:

I use a mix of Wasabi and original batteries in my T1 and t2. There is no discernible difference between either. The Wasabi are great value. The Fuji ones in Australia are over $100 - which is ridiculous. I'll never have to pay that price again now that I've discovered a cheaper alternative.

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Agreed.  I bought a pair of Wasabis off e-Bay and they seem indistinguishable from the Fuji's after a year of  enthusiast usage.  They charge in either the Fuji charger or the Wasabi one that came with them, though it came with a US plug on it and needs a small pin adapter for Australia.  A really useful additional benefit is that the Wasabi ones come with a 12v cord to a car cigarette lighter, which can be incredibly useful when traveling or camping.  I needed extra batteries, but chose Wasabi over others for that reason alone.  They've been very good.

Cheers, Rod

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Re: Comparing Batteries for X-T2 - Fujifilm vs Wasabi

I read but cannot confirm that the Wasabi batteries use Japanese cells rather than cells manufactured in China.  I have used them in conjunction with the original Fuji battery on both my XT-1 and XT-2 without problem.  The Wasabi units are still going strong after 2+ years of moderate use and I will have no hesitation in purchasing Wasabi again.

I might replicate the test you ran but use full manual settings instead in order to remove possible variables from the equation.  If I do I will report back but I suspect that putting up a two year old Wasabi against an almost new Fuji (S-version) will hardly be a fair contest (but it might be worth assessing against the older version of the Fuji of similar age).

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shotguns Contributing Member • Posts: 807
Re: Comparing Batteries for X-T2 - Fujifilm vs Wasabi

Can you post a photo if the car charger... I have one but don't know if it's the one that goes with my wasabis...

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Rod McD Veteran Member • Posts: 5,586
Re: Comparing Batteries for X-T2 - Fujifilm vs Wasabi

Hi,

There is no separate car charger.  It's the same 110/240v mains power charger unit with Wasabi written on it.  It has  a removable spiral-coiled 12v cable with a car cigarette lighter plug on one end and a small 12v plug that goes into the body of the charger on the other.

Mine's 18mths old.  Here's a link to an e-Bay seller showing what I presume is the current model.  I'm not saying this is the best deal.  I didn't even look at the price.  But they have a photo of the unit.

Cheers, Rod

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User2050700448 New Member • Posts: 1
Re: Comparing Batteries for X-T2 - Fujifilm vs Wasabi

Hello,

Can you charge the wasabi batteries with the fuji charger ?

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