Experience with non-OEM Batteries? Vivitar? Wasabi?
Old 01-07-2018   #1
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Experience with non-OEM Batteries? Vivitar? Wasabi?

What experience with non-Sony batteries?

Vivitar and Wasabi have NP-FW50 for $15 to $20.

Adorama has used (!) Sony batteries for $9.

Any experience with these? vs. the genuine Sony new batteries?

(I know the caveats. These are a risk. Sony doesn't recommend. Looking for actual experience.)
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Vivitar NP-FW50 Batteries are sold on Amaz.... where we can find customer reviews.

Of 40 reviews, 4 say they received batteries that did not work. Additional half dozen said they wouldn't charge fully. Of course, an unknown number of happy customers left no review.

Any experiences out there?
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Old 01-08-2018   #3
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I have Vivitar batteries for my Nikon. I have zero problem with them. I looked carefully at the specs of the 3rd-party battery suppliers and the Vivitars were better than the Nikon batteries and other 3rd party suppliers. They seem to last as long as the Nikon batteries -- close enough not to notice a difference. As always YMMV.
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Have had good luck with brands like Wasabi for simple 3-terminal batteries (most camera batteries)

But Sony's "Infolithium" batteries are trickier and my understanding is that the reverse-engineering isn't perfect, so there's no promise they will work in newer models which the 3rd party battery maker couldn't anticipate.
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I've been buying Wasabi batteries for all my digital cameras for a few years now. Never a problem. Amazon sells them in a two-pack with wall-mount charger for around $20.
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Hi Rick

For Sony I would not mess with thirds party. The A7 battery seems more complex.
Wasabi was fine for the simple Fuji Batteries but still not as good as the Fuji ones in the end.
At first they worked as well but within a year of use and recharging, all of them swelled up.
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What experience with non-Sony batteries?

Vivitar and Wasabi have NP-FW50 for $15 to $20.

Adorama has used (!) Sony batteries for $9.

Any experience with these? vs. the genuine Sony new batteries?

(I know the caveats. These are a risk. Sony doesn't recommend. Looking for actual experience.)
On My DSLRs, I've had excellent success with OEM Nikon batteries.
On my X100T, I have both OEM and Wasabi, both perform excellent.

Many moons ago, I used two third party batteries on a sony camcorder, they didn't hold a charge much at all compared to the overpriced OEM versions.
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Thanks, everyone.

Two Vivitar batteries included as freebie with a new body, so I'll soon have my own experience to report.
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I've had good luck with off-brand batteries. For the last couple of years, I've shot mainly with Fuji cameras and I mix Fuji batteries with Wasabi, Patona and Watson batteries. I can't tell the difference in normal use, they all perform about the same. I don't expect the off-brands to last as long as the Fuji brand but it's a fair trade off considering the price difference.
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What experience with non-Sony batteries?
Cheap, and they often have higher (actual, not just printed) capacity.
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The A7 battery seems more complex.
Most of the A7 line uses the same battery as used already on the old NEX cameras. The A9 and (at least) A7RIII have a newer battery. I have not checked whether that battery has any extra measures to protect the business.
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