Issues with after market battery

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icon1 Contributing Member • Posts: 648
Issues with after market battery

The battery concerned is a Power 2000  brand. I first notiiced a couple of days ag that it was getting to be a tighter fit in the battery compartment. It is one of five others (Sony OEM and Wasabi) that I cycle through regularly. Today when I went to extract it from the A6500, the fit was so tight that I had to use tweezers to get a grip to pull it out. It has clearly expanded from its original size and is destined for appropriate disposal.

Has anyone had similar issues with this brand or others? I have had no problems with Wasabi or Sony using the Wasabi charger.

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SpacemanUA
SpacemanUA Senior Member • Posts: 1,265
Re: Issues with after market battery

Happens. You shouldn't use it, it's dying. Throw it out to recycling.

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maccam
maccam Senior Member • Posts: 1,102
Re: Issues with after market battery

I have 2 Wasabi batteries for my RX100m6 and they are slightly smaller than the original Sony batteries that came with the camera. I mentioned this on the RX forum and someone said it is that way to account for expansion. Kind of strange. I use a Sony battery charger for them. On my NEX5n, NEX6 and A6500 I only use Sony batteries and have never had a problem with expansion. I use the battery charger that came with my NEX5n.

JAW

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OP icon1 Contributing Member • Posts: 648
Re: Issues with after market battery

SpacemanUA wrote:

Happens. You shouldn't use it, it's dying. Throw it out to recycling.

Turns out that lithium recycling is not a viable economic option. See

https://waste-management-world.com/a/1-the-lithium-battery-recycling-challenge

I think that "hazardous waste" disposal is the best option.

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SpacemanUA
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Re: Issues with after market battery

Whatever Just get rid of it and don't use in your camera

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phototeacher Contributing Member • Posts: 964
Re: Issues with after market battery

Expansion is a potential problem, more so with non-OEM batteries.   Can depend on many factors, manufacturer, operating temperature, charging rate, charging temperature, the number of charge/discharge cycles.   Bottom line for the safety of the equipment  is to opt for the OEM batteries.

Lucky you caught it before it became too enlarged to easily get out of the battery compartment!

CameraCarl Veteran Member • Posts: 6,613
Re: Issues with after market battery
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icon1 wrote:

SpacemanUA wrote:

Happens. You shouldn't use it, it's dying. Throw it out to recycling.

Turns out that lithium recycling is not a viable economic option. See

https://waste-management-world.com/a/1-the-lithium-battery-recycling-challenge

I think that "hazardous waste" disposal is the best option.

Whichever... just get rid of that defective battery before something bad happens. It is swelling because the internal safeguards are no longer working, gases are building up and it could catch fire.

Banderras Regular Member • Posts: 273
Re: Issues with after market battery

CameraCarl wrote:

icon1 wrote:

SpacemanUA wrote:

Happens. You shouldn't use it, it's dying. Throw it out to recycling.

Turns out that lithium recycling is not a viable economic option. See

https://waste-management-world.com/a/1-the-lithium-battery-recycling-challenge

I think that "hazardous waste" disposal is the best option.

Whichever... just get rid of that defective battery before something bad happens. It is swelling because the internal safeguards are no longer working, gases are building up and it could catch fire.

I second this. Before you can dispose of it, put in fireproof bag if you have one, otherwise store it somewhere non flammable, like concrete, metal safe, bathroom (but don’t get it wet). Chances are nothing bad will happen, but if it does metal fire is not fun.

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REDunnLev
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Re: Issues with after market battery

I  recommend taking the battery to your local electronics store for recycling or disposal.  I do not know what your experience with flammables is but my home is not adequately equipped for disposal.  Also, your local refuse company may have rules against including the batteries no matter how it is packaged.

BTW, I have two of those batteries.  I have never used them.  I am too scared to use the Power 2000 batteries.

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OP icon1 Contributing Member • Posts: 648
Re: Issues with after market battery

Thanks for the tips from all of the above. Battery is gone and I will stay away from this brand in the future.

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BubbaBob Regular Member • Posts: 398
Re: Issues with after market battery

Slightly off topic here but I've discovered that you can determine who makes better batteries by weighing them. The various 3rd party batteries for these cameras show a huge range of variation, as much as 100%. The heaviest ones are invariably the best ones. Good way to find fake Sony marked batteries, as well.

SpacemanUA
SpacemanUA Senior Member • Posts: 1,265
Re: Issues with after market battery

Just FYI. I have 1 Sony battery that came with a camera and 2xDSTE batteries. Sony weights 42 grams, DSTE - 43 grams each. No real complains on them so far but I rarely use those.

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Sympa Senior Member • Posts: 1,826
Re: Issues with after market battery

Weight doesn't tell you everything. Look at this heavyweight Lithium-Iron technology:

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BubbaBob Regular Member • Posts: 398
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I've got some as light as 30 grams that aren't of much use. One of them is marked Sony but clearly isn't.

seuadr Contributing Member • Posts: 614
Re: Issues with after market battery

icon1 wrote:

The battery concerned is a Power 2000 brand. I first notiiced a couple of days ag that it was getting to be a tighter fit in the battery compartment. It is one of five others (Sony OEM and Wasabi) that I cycle through regularly. Today when I went to extract it from the A6500, the fit was so tight that I had to use tweezers to get a grip to pull it out. It has clearly expanded from its original size and is destined for appropriate disposal.

Has anyone had similar issues with this brand or others? I have had no problems with Wasabi or Sony using the Wasabi charger.

for what it's worth, i've used wasabi, newmowa and kastar batteries with no expansion problems - some of them are 5 or more years old.

i'm not familiar with that particular brand of battery though.

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