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Old Sep 9, 2011, 9:38 AM   #11
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The generic battery I bought for the K7 didn't last very long, after a year it wouldn't charge any more, and it never held a charge as long as the OEM battery. It was also physically a hair smaller than the Pentax battery. I don't have anything to measure the current so have no clue what it was - I was just disappointed. I also didn't think it was all that much cheaper than the genuine Pentax I replaced it with, certainly not worth the short life span it had. Now I don't notice a difference between any of my batteries (all Pentax).
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Old Sep 9, 2011, 11:27 AM   #12
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I've wondered if after spending $1000+ on a fine piece of electronic equipment if it is worth skimping a few bucks and using an off brand battery. Given the sensitivity of electronics to voltage and amperage fluctuations, it is not a risk that I take. Therefore, even though it costs more, I stick with the OE brand.

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Old Sep 9, 2011, 12:45 PM   #13
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I've wondered if after spending $1000+ on a fine piece of electronic equipment if it is worth skimping a few bucks and using an off brand battery. Given the sensitivity of electronics to voltage and amperage fluctuations, it is not a risk that I take. Therefore, even though it costs more, I stick with the OE brand.

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I totally agree with you, but this was included with my K5 as part of a small bundle. My guess is using it isn't going to hurt anything, but will probably affect how long it will power the camera.
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Old Sep 9, 2011, 3:00 PM   #14
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I totally agree with you, but this was included with my K5 as part of a small bundle. My guess is using it isn't going to hurt anything, but will probably affect how long it will power the camera.
Tony, be careful though. If you have a failure condition and it is traced back to a non-Pentax accessory, you could potentially lose warranty coverage. e.g. the battery leaks and causes a short circuit that fries your K7. As I said, I sleep better at night with the OE accessory, especially for items like a battery. FYI, I use non OE accessories such as Sigma Flashes, etc, but I think they are relatively safe since they are external devices. Good luck
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Tony, be careful though. If you have a failure condition and it is traced back to a non-Pentax accessory, you could potentially lose warranty coverage. e.g. the battery leaks and causes a short circuit that fries your K7. As I said, I sleep better at night with the OE accessory, especially for items like a battery. FYI, I use non OE accessories such as Sigma Flashes, etc, but I think they are relatively safe since they are external devices. Good luck
Yes, I would never leave the battery in the camera. I have two other Pentax batteries, so this would just be used for emergencies. B/H Photo closed today 2:00 so my returned K5 probably won't be delivered till Monday. That means I won't see my replacement till probably a week after that. B/H said it takes them 3 days to process the camera. This is what I hate about mail order. Pentax needs brick, and mortor stores!

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