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Old Dec 8, 2005, 10:12 PM   #11
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like i mentioned, i've been using a couple of ebay $15"no-name" batteries for almost a year now, and haven't had a lick of trouble. they charge up just like the OEM cells, andsince they're 750mAh, rather than 680, theylast a bit longer. they actually say 3.6v on the label, but the seller assured me they were 7.2, so i ordered one and it worked so well i bought another a month later. there's one being advertised now that claims to be 900mAh, which may or may not be the case, but the seller offers a full 1-year warranty, which is better than most... i'm actually contemplating getting one of these.

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Old Dec 9, 2005, 12:40 PM   #12
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Hello Ray,

As far as I have been able to determine, there are only a few battery manufacturers - in the world. They make batteries and label them according to who they are selling them to.

There are a wide variety of QC standards, and I believe the premium batteries are held to tighter standards.

For example:

If you take the wrapper off of an Energizer 2500 NiMh cell and a Sanyo 2500 mAh NiMh cell, they look the same. Disassemble them and they still look exactly the same.

In actual performance, the Sanyo cells are more consistent than the Energizers, but both do quite well.

Does that mean that they are made at the same factory? I don't know, but it sure looks that way.

The other thing to keep in mind is the warranty. If you have problems with a Panasonic camera that is ruining on a Panasonic battery, Panasonic will address the issues without hesitation. On the other hand, if you are running XYZ batteries in it, it may raise a red flag.

Another thing is the warranty. If you purchase an $8 battery with a 1 year warranty, that means that if the battery fails in 12 months, it will be replaced. If it happens to take the camera with it, you will end up with a new battery, but that is about it.

I have tested a wide variety of "no name" batteries, and have been mostly pleased with the results. The biggest problem has been consistency from cell to cell, but they seem to do exactly the same thing as the more expensive cells do.

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