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R MacE
1st December 2007, 12:20 AM
The E-1 grip used a different battery from the camera, a BLL1 rather than a BLM1. This meant if you wanted to fit the Grip you had to remove and store the camera battery before fitting the grip and you needed to have two different chargers. With the E-3 the grip uses standard BLM1 batteries so you could in theory use the cameras own battery and an additional spare or of course you could have two batteries for the grip in addition to the camera battery. You don't need a seperate charger but you can't charge two batteries at once and if you use the supplied BCM2 charge it'll take up to 10 hours to charge the two batteries required for the grip alone.

What would you prefer.

The E-1 style grip set-up or the E-3 grip set-up?

PeterD
1st December 2007, 07:04 AM
I prefer the symplicity of one battery type. I already have 3 BLM1's and will purchase one more to ensure I always have two, fully charged, ready for swapping. Charging times would therefore be academic.

Kind regards

PeterD

beardedwombat
1st December 2007, 07:35 AM
Because I am lucky enough to have an E-3 and E-510, I have two chargers so can charge two batteries at once.:) Five hours is still a ridiculous amount of time so does anyone know whether it is possible to get a cheap equivalent to the BCM-1 fast charger? I note there are some on Ebay with a 600mA output compared to the 400mA output on the BCM-2, is that the same as the output on a genuine BCM-1 and has anyone tried one?
Chris

PeterD
1st December 2007, 10:14 AM
Because I am lucky enough to have an E-3 and E-510, I have two chargers so can charge two batteries at once.:) Five hours is still a ridiculous amount of time so does anyone know whether it is possible to get a cheap equivalent to the BCM-1 fast charger? I note there are some on Ebay with a 600mA output compared to the 400mA output on the BCM-2, is that the same as the output on a genuine BCM-1 and has anyone tried one?
Chris

Chris

I purchased a charger and battery from a company last year called edesign and have been very pleased with them. Charger is rated at 600mA max and the battery is unmarked. The prices are very low compared to the badged products but neither has let me down over the year.

web address http://www.edsign.co.uk/. There seems to be a problem with the site today as it will not open up.

PeterD

Ian
1st December 2007, 11:33 AM
It's worth noting that - as I understand it - you can resort to AAs in an emergency with the HLD-4 grip, which I think is a brilliant provision.

It would have been even better if they could have accommodated the one bigger battery that many of us already have. But let's just recall that there was a lot of criticism that Olympus didn't accommodate two BLM-1s with the E-1 grip, so Olympus has actually been listening.

Ian

shenstone
1st December 2007, 12:19 PM
I would definitely go for the single battery format option. I've got a 500 and a 510 and sharing batteries & chargers is a blessing

RE charge times I agree they are slow, but I've been using chargers and batteries from these guys ever since I got my 500 and they have proven reliable.

http://www.dc-battery.co.uk/product_info.php/cPath/263_285/products_id/2249

With the combination mains/car charger and the excellent price of the batteries I just bought enough BLM (equivalents) to keep me going for a week without needing to recharge!

Also if you need to minimise weight the charger front plates are swappable allowing my to charge the wife's lumix batteries without needing to carry a full set of a second charger

Regards
Andy

beardedwombat
1st December 2007, 02:04 PM
Chris

I purchased a charger and battery from a company last year called edesign and have been very pleased with them. Charger is rated at 600mA max and the battery is unmarked. The prices are very low compared to the badged products but neither has let me down over the year.

web address http://www.edsign.co.uk/. There seems to be a problem with the site today as it will not open up.

PeterD
Thanks Peter, have you noticed any difference in charging time with the 600mA charger compared to the BCM-2? Incidentaly edesign.co.uk make wave machines!
Chris

PeterD
1st December 2007, 04:46 PM
Chris the charge time was 2-3 hours from a fully discharged state. The non badged batteries, I use, hold their charge as well as the badged batteries and this also goes for the discharge cycle when in a camera.

PeterD

beardedwombat
1st December 2007, 04:53 PM
Chris the charge time was 2-3 hours from a fully discharged state. The non badged batteries, I use, hold their charge as well as the badged batteries and this also goes for the discharge cycle when in a camera.

PeterD
That's around half the time of the BCM-2, will have to get myself one of those!
Cheers
Chris