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Friday, January 29, 2010

Beware of Counterfeit Battery Packs!

As more and more cameras are using rechargeable batteries the market for knock-off batteries has exploded.

It has come to my attention that counterfeiting of battery packs has become a serious problem for both manufacturers and consumers. A knock-off battery pack may save you money but, at the very least, may not carry a charge or last as long as an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) pack.  Worse yet, it could catch fire!

Here is a guide from the Camera Imaging and Products Association that will help you identify counterfeit battery packs.

Use the links below for information from specific camera manufacturers:

Casio
Canon
Fuji
Nikon
Panasonic
Pentax
Ricoh
Olympus
Sanyo
Sony

1 comment:

Charles Pergiel said...

I bought a off brand battery pack for my Canon Elph. It cost a fraction of what the brand name pack cost, and it holds it's charge a zillion times longer. Bought it through Amazon. Of course, it could still explode and kill me and all my neighbors, but hey, big rocks fall out the sky every day. You pays your money and you takes your chances.