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Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by turbodieselvw, May 17, 2012.
Does anyone know if it is safe to use third party batteries like the ones sold on eBay go the GF2?
I use 3rd party batteries on all 3 of my m43 cameras, the GH1&2, and GF3. Some are better, and some are worse.
Fantastic. I'm going to have to try some out. Thanks!
I use plenty of 3rd party batteries as well. As has been said, some are good and some are not. It's a gamble. On whole more are good than bad.
The ones made by a company called Hahnel are a bit more expensive than some of the cheaper ones on ebay (but still less than half the price of the Panasonic one) but they seem to be one of the better ones.
Hahnel HL-PE9 Li-ion Camera Battery Replacement for: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics
Hahnel Innovative Accessories - Innovative accessories since 1958
Not sure if they are sold in the US/Canada though?
I looked into buying another battery for my GF2 this afternoon as i had forgotten mine in the charger at home. Once they said "$65", i said put it back. Panasonic is high thinking they can get $65 for a battery. That is ridiculous! Complete rip off. I'll be buying 3rd party batteries off of E-Bay for sure.
I bought 2 extra batteries for my GH2, stuck with Pana branded ones as they seem to be 1200 mAh instead of 800 mAh for the 3rd party ones (at least all 3rd party ones that I could find). Thats 50% more juice which is considerable IMHO... Don't know if thats the same for the GF batteries though.
I was under the impression that 3rd party batteries if they are not partially decoded won't work in the Panasonic charger. Even if they are partially decoded they wont show a battery life indicator which will cause your video file to get lost if the camera dies when recording. Is all that a myth? Is anyone running 3rd party batteries that are fully functional, and what brand do you have?
I have all 3 types - undecoded, partial, and fully. The undecoded ones only work on my GH1 with the hack. My GF3 batteries are fully decoded, but my GH2 are only partially decoded - they work in the recharger, but do not meter in-camera. some of my batteries are by a company called Upstart.