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Old Aug 25, 2010, 2:58 AM   #1
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Default Battery life is great!

I have to admit that initially the battery did not last long, had to charge it within a day or so. But, after about 3 times of charging and using cycles, one charge seems last forever!

Bought an extra battery on ebay for few dollars, lets see how this one goes.

BTW, I use an Vivitar Series 1 universal charger bought from OfficeMax. It charges faster, about 1 hour vs. 3.5. It charges all other type batteries too, such as my cell phone's and even AA and AAA and 9V.
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Old Aug 25, 2010, 8:44 AM   #2
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The electronic viewfinder VF-2 must draw pretty good on the E-PL1 battery as the battery seems to not last quite as long as it does when used in the E620. I have not yet been in a position of having to shoot large numbers of images at a time but will tonight at a baseball game, so should get a better idea. Part of it I know has probably been me playing with the darn thing to as I have been figuring out the settings and using the finder for reviewing everything. Thankfully I already had the E620 and one spare battery, so I now have three I can start the day out with when I take it out of town with me on a trip.
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Old Aug 25, 2010, 8:51 AM   #3
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the ones from ebay actually last longer the the oly one, higher capacity and you get 2 for about 15 dollars. I have gotten about 250 shots in one day with the oly one and over 350 with the aftermarket ones. With the vf2 on all the shots.
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The one that came with my e-pl1 is 1050 or 1080 mAh; the one from ebay is 1000mAh, pretty much the same. There may be higher ones but this seller is in USA and price is good enough so I did not search further.

I was wondering why this camera is so new but the battery is so old, because only those been in storage long need some cycles to reach their full capacity. Now I know this battery is from an older camera model.

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mine came with 1050 and the ebay one I got at 1900
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mine came with 1050 and the ebay on I got at 1900
That about 81% more capacity but you're only getting 40% more images. Something does not compute.
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That about 81% more capacity but you're only getting 40% more images. Something does not compute.
Never trust those insanely high mAh numbers; fake, obvious. This is actually a rule of mine when buying battery on ebay: buy the one with a reasonable mAh mark and make sure the seller is in USA (not HK or China).

Another thing is memory cards, many of them are fake too. For example, a 1GB one is marked as 2GB. When you insert such a card into a computer or camera, it does show as 2GB. But, when you hit the the 1GB boundary, it is a nightmare.
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That about 81% more capacity but you're only getting 40% more images. Something does not compute.
I do not leave it on allot, and shoot hd more with it.
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the ones I got are from a US seller, ship to me in 3 days. 2 for 15 bucks.

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Never trust those insanely high mAh numbers; fake, obvious. This is actually a rule of mine when buying battery on ebay: buy the one with a reasonable mAh mark and make sure the seller is in USA (not HK or China).

Another thing is memory cards, many of them are fake too. For example, a 1GB one is marked as 2GB. When you insert such a card into a computer or camera, it does show as 2GB. But, when you hit the the 1GB boundary, it is a nightmare.
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Yes, IMO memory cards are not worth buying on eBay. Even batteries, they may perform OK out of the box but how well it will hold up the charge after 6 months is the real question. I rather buy Lenmar or CTA from Amazon.
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