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Old May 8, 2005, 3:39 PM   #1
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I'm thinking about getting a spare battery for my camera just so I have a backup but I was wondering what I should be looking for in a 3rd party battery? I don't want an official one as I'm not willing to pay so much for a "spare" battery when 3rd party ones range in price from £5-£25.

I don't think I would trust a £5 one but I've found one on the net for £15.99. But I'm confused about the mAh rating. It doesn't actually state that it will work with the FZ5, but I thought all the FZ range used the same type?

The one I've found on the net that interests me for £15.99 also states it has a 30 day satisfaction guarantee. Now there are others out there for less, for example some cost the same but include a charger. But the specs on the one I've found are interesting me:

OEM Product Number: CGR-S002, CGA-S002, DMW-BM7, CGRS002, CGAS002, DMWBM7
Chemistry: Li-ion
Voltage: 7.4V
Capacity: 850mAh
Dimensions: 44.63 x 36.11 x 12.8mm (approx)
Colour: Black
Weight: 45g (approx)

Now my original one is 7.2V 680mAh, so but it's OEM is CGA-S002E, which more or less matches one of the OEM's this one is compatible with. But does the fact it's 850mAh mean it's in theory a higher capacity battery than the original? Or does that not mean as much with 3rd party batteries? Would a 7.4V 850mAh even work in an FZ5? It could be a miss print but the weight is also consistant with a higher capacity battery, the 680mAh one is only 22g...
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Old May 8, 2005, 4:28 PM   #2
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I got the following:

http://www.accessorygenie.com/Batter...urer=PANASONIC

Works better then the original.




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Old May 9, 2005, 1:07 AM   #3
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Lots of them on Ebay, $7 plus $5 shipping.
Mine lasts as long as the original.
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Old May 9, 2005, 8:48 AM   #4
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Thanks for the links but being from the UK it's not really practical (or cheap) to ship from the US. This is the one I've found:

http://www.digitalmediastore.co.uk/p...roducts_id=748

All I really want to know is will using a 7.4v 850mAh battery in a camera that currently uses a 7.2v 680mAh battery cause any issue? Does it mean that it will last longer than the supplied battery if the mAh value is higher?
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Old May 9, 2005, 9:53 AM   #5
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apnomis wrote:
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All I really want to know is will using a 7.4v 850mAh battery in a camera that currently uses a 7.2v 680mAh battery cause any issue? Does it mean that it will last longer than the supplied battery if the mAh value is higher?

apnomis - Yes, it should last longer, and it is guarrented to be compatible, and it does have the right sort of shape and connector, so go for it! I have a aftermarket battery along with the factory one and they both give about the same # of shots.:-)Tom
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Old May 9, 2005, 10:27 AM   #6
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Hi :-)

Have a look here, just under £11 inc. shipping.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...8&tc=photo

They are a UK seller, I've bought a few batteriesfrom themincluding one for my FZ1/2 (same as the one you want)no problems at all :-)

The one I bought is certainly as good as the original, I've never managed to flatten it during a days shooting, the max no. of pics I've taken during one day is 159 and the battery level still showed full charge

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