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Inexpensive Replacement Battery for OM-D E-M5?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by majordude, Jun 9, 2014.

  1. majordude

    majordude Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 28, 2012
    Is there an off brand that will work in my camera? I really don't want to pay for an Oly battery if I don't have to.
     
  2. DoofClenas

    DoofClenas Who needs a Mirror!

    941
    Nov 9, 2012
    Traverse City, MI
    Clint
    Doesn't Wasabi make one?
     
  3. flamingfish

    flamingfish Mu-43 Top Veteran

    771
    Nov 16, 2012
    Emily
    Yes. There's a package of two batteries plus charger. I have a set, and they're working so far. Got them on Amazon. Wasabi batteries on Amazon

    I think I saw a recent thread saying that a few people had trouble with Wasabi batteries swelling. I'll see if I can dig it up.

    OK, not recent, but here's the thread: https://www.mu-43.com/showthread.php?t=50781
     
  4. majordude

    majordude Mu-43 Regular

    108
    Dec 28, 2012
    Thanks. Just picked up a two pack of Wasabis!
     
  5. DoofClenas

    DoofClenas Who needs a Mirror!

    941
    Nov 9, 2012
    Traverse City, MI
    Clint
    I'm using them in my em1. No issues thusfar.
     
  6. SolPix

    SolPix Mu-43 Rookie

    22
    Jun 27, 2013
    New Mexico
    I have a Watson BLN-1. It's going for $25 on B&H. Not too cheap, not too expensive.
     
  7. Fmrvette

    Fmrvette This Space For Rent

    May 26, 2012
    Detroit, Michigan
    Jim
    Another vote for Wasabi here; I've two of them for my E-M5 and have had excellent service out of them. I had an issue with the original Wasabi charger I received and the supplier (Blue Nook) handled the issue with speed, dignity, and aplomb :biggrin:.

    Regards,

    Jim
     
  8. HarryS

    HarryS Mu-43 Top Veteran

    918
    Jun 23, 2012
    Midwest, USA
    I've found batteries with the Progo and Maximal Power labels work fine in my EM5. The latter were from an ebay vendor, and Progos sell both on Amazon and ebay. Both brands will charge on the Olympus BCN1 charger if necessary, but not to full charge, only to about 90-95%. For a full charge, you need a generic charger.
     
  9. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry
    Got 2 Progos with a compact charger on Amazon for E-M1 a couple months ago, working great.

    Barry


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  10. LowriderS10

    LowriderS10 Monkey with a camera.

    May 19, 2013
    Canada
    I have been using my Progos (charging them either in the genuine Oly or the provided Progo charger, whichever one is handy) for about a year. No issues. However, I *THINK* (this isn't a scientific statement) they don't last as long, but I wouldn't call it a significant difference.

    I use my genuine Oly batteries (got them to throw in one for free when I bought the camera, then I picked up a barely used one with an Oly charger for $10 from a guy who was switching to all generic) when I'm on trips and expect a lot of use out of my camera...the Progos are mainly for puttering around in my city/country, and sometimes as backups for the Olys, when I'm feeling particularly OCD on a trip and think that there's a point to taking 5 batteries. :D
     
  11. jnewell

    jnewell Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 23, 2011
    Boston, MA
    As an FYI, I got a pair of those and they've worked fine, but they give me somewhere between 2/3 and 3/4 of the number of shots I get from the genuine Oly batteries.
     
  12. majordude

    majordude Mu-43 Regular

    108
    Dec 28, 2012
    I'm just looking for a backup. I have yet to run out of power but for $20 I'd like to keep shooting if it ever comes to that.

    (I wonder why OM batteries last so much longer?)
     
  13. Fred2726

    Fred2726 Mu-43 Regular

    31
    Dec 13, 2013
    Audubon, New Jersey
    Fred
    Progo for me as well in an Em-5. Working great.
     
  14. jnewell

    jnewell Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 23, 2011
    Boston, MA
    It's probably simply higher capacity cells. I've had no problems with the Wasabi batteries and a couple go back almost two years with no issues.

    I recently got a Watson in a bundle from B&H and it also seems to be safe and reliable but also doesn't seem to equal the original Olys.

    Bottom line, as backup/insurance batteries, these are great choices. They're probably fine, period, but the difference is that I can almost always go a full day on the Olys and I never get a full day on the aftermarket batteries.
     
  15. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry
    With 1 Progo battery in the E-M1, I took 600+ shots (raw + jpeg, no bursts) at a 2 hour concert recently; with the LCD and EVF on (auto-switch); kept the camera powered on the whole time.
    The battery indicator was at 2/3 afterwards.

    I'm not convinced the Oly battery lasts longer.

    Barry
     
  16. jnewell

    jnewell Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 23, 2011
    Boston, MA
    I've got two years of using the Wasabi batteries to convince me that the Oly batteries deliver more shots. There are at least a couple of things that could be factors. First, I've tweaked the battery indicator a good bit and never found it very accurate, and it's definitely non-linear. The only real feedback on battery capacity happens when the battery reaches the end of its charge. Another factor is that these batteries, like a lot of lithium cells, need some cycling before they reach full capacity.
     
  17. HarryS

    HarryS Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 23, 2012
    Midwest, USA
    The Olympus batteries last longer because they are a different cell chemistry and pack an extra .2 volts of charge. If you charge your Progos or any other compatibles in the Olympus charger, the circuitry shuts them off .4 volts before their full charge, so now they have an added handicap..

    I charge the different types now in their own charger which negates any benefit from having extra batteries and a single charger when travelling.
     
  18. beameup

    beameup Mu-43 Regular

    104
    Oct 23, 2013
    I got a pair of Maximal Power batteries off ebay for $17.89 and they work just fine in the Olympus charger. I can't tell the difference between the "genuine" and these as far as performance goes.
     
  19. HarryS

    HarryS Mu-43 Top Veteran

    918
    Jun 23, 2012
    Midwest, USA
    I have those too. They also shut off .4 volts earlier than they would in a generic charger. That's about 10 % less power available. Still, if you carry two spares, it rarely matters,
     
  20. spdavies

    spdavies Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Apr 9, 2013
    Hawaii
    Stephen
    Holy Swelling Wasabi's, Batman!

    I have four Wasabi's and had swelling with two of them.
    The first one I was lucky to get out of the camera - it was really tight.
    The second one I noticed was rubbing going in and immediately tossed it.
    Disappointing.

    Sort of related -
    an instructor in an online class mentioned that
    you should be careful about batteries over-heating and swelling in a flash.
    Said this caused a flash unit to literally explode in his studio -
    sending "shrapnel" flying (no one hurt).

    Gave me a shudder thinking about it while I pried the Wasabi out of my E-M5. :eek: