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DekHog
2nd May 2012, 06:57 PM
Here (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DSTE-7-6V-1450mAh-BLN-1-BLN1-Battery-Pack-Olympus-OM-D-E-M5-EM5-Camera-new-/170834826084?pt=Batteries_Chargers&hash=item27c68c9364#ht_4818wt_1185) - fill your boots. A nice reassuring 99%+ feedback as well.

Two of them winging their way to me now.... :D

peak4
2nd May 2012, 07:55 PM
Two for me from different suppliers, so hopefully one at least will turn up.:rolleyes:

Ozont
2nd May 2012, 10:03 PM
Ordered 2 myself. No camera yet but whenever it arrives I'll have power for it.

Frank N Furter
2nd May 2012, 10:39 PM
and all 128 of them have gone :(


edit:-

Oooh, it's been relisted and already another 50 sold.... two ordered :)

StephenL
3rd May 2012, 08:10 AM
Thanks for this Derek. I've ordered two to go with my spare genuine one which is on its way from SRS today.

bredman
3rd May 2012, 08:28 AM
Thanks for the heads up. A pair for me. I notice the same seller selling them in 3's for a slight discount.

peak4
3rd May 2012, 09:23 AM
Thanks for the heads up. A pair for me. I notice the same seller selling them in 3's for a slight discount.

Currently out of stock again, but remember to check the cutoff point in cost after which you might incur import duties/VAT. several smaller orders might end up cheaper in the long run.

bredman
3rd May 2012, 10:07 AM
Currently out of stock again, but remember to check the cutoff point in cost after which you might incur import duties/VAT. several smaller orders might end up cheaper in the long run.

More awkward than anything. I thought the cutoff for VAT was 40, it seems that that is for gifts only, the actual cutoff is 18. Import duty cutoff is quite high so not an issue. I'm sure that if charges are less than 9 then they are waived, but things may have changed.

anroo
3rd May 2012, 02:47 PM
Saw the ebay site last night but hestitated and by the time I went back today all gone. Nevermind, SRS just called to say they have my original in so all's well that ends well.

StephenL
3rd May 2012, 02:54 PM
I ordered two, but have just had an email from them stating that they have discovered they cannot be recharged in the Olympus charger, only their own, which they can sell me at a discount. Their charger comes out at about 3, but only comes with a European shaver-type plug. I'm undecided what to do.

Tradetalk
3rd May 2012, 02:59 PM
I ordered two, but have just had an email from them stating that they have discovered they cannot be recharged in the Olympus charger, only their own, which they can sell me at a discount. Their charger comes out at about 3, but only comes with a European shaver-type plug. I'm undecided what to do.

I ordered the three pack and had the same email as Stephen but they offered the charger for free so I have gone ahead with it (for just over 20 it's got to be worth a gamble):)

Dave

George Dorn
3rd May 2012, 03:05 PM
Exactly what Dave said, also.

anroo
3rd May 2012, 04:06 PM
Sounds a bit dodgy to me. Glad SRS came up with the genuine goods - even if the original is a bit expensive.

Frank N Furter
3rd May 2012, 04:25 PM
for info, the threshold for import vat and duty was recently lowered from 18 to only 15. I got stung importing a CD from the states, the CD cost 15.30 and I ended up paying 11.06 in excess vat and royal mail 'processing fees' (3.06 vat and 8 fee).

I've also been offered the free charger. I've got my free 'Focus' battery coming at some point, but it will still be handy to have spares.

Frank N Furter
3rd May 2012, 05:21 PM
odd...the message from the ebay supplier was...

Very sorry sir,before we sent the battery to you,our colleagues in the

inspection department find that this battery can't charged by your original

charger,but can put the battery into your camera charged by AC adapter,or use

our Band charger.The battery work well in camera,can show battery level.
In order to solve the problem, we can give you a $8.99 charger for free

I didn't think the battery would charge in the camera as they suggest?

DekHog
3rd May 2012, 09:15 PM
Been really busy at work and just noticed this email five minutes ago - bit of a pain having two different types of chargers, especially if you happen to be going on holiday or something like that...... will sleep on it tonight and decide in the morning.....

Edit: If their charger can charge the Olympus original battery, that's a different story; then I'd definitely take them.....

steverh
3rd May 2012, 10:06 PM
I cancelled my order after receiving the email. I have way too many chargers already.

Ross the fiddler
4th May 2012, 01:17 AM
I'm inclined to wait & see what else will be available as this looked too good to be true & maybe it is. I have used cheap BLM-1 batteries in my cameras OK with one finally failing recently (wouldn't charge). We have a battery specialist supplier in Sydney & if their batteries fail, I can at least deal with them locally if I need to, so that might be where I will get mine from (& their price is good).

David Morison
4th May 2012, 06:50 AM
odd...the message from the ebay supplier was...

Very sorry sir,before we sent the battery to you,our colleagues in the

inspection department find that this battery can't charged by your original

charger,but can put the battery into your camera charged by AC adapter,or use

our Band charger.The battery work well in camera,can show battery level.
In order to solve the problem, we can give you a $8.99 charger for free

I didn't think the battery would charge in the camera as they suggest?

Got the same reply and decided to cancel. The battery can't be an exact copy or it would work in the Olympus charger so I don't want to take the risk with my new toy!

David

bredman
4th May 2012, 09:11 AM
I think it's worth sticking with. I ordered 2 batteries and got the charger for free. I just received an email to confirm the full refund on the charger and it also states --

had full refund your charger fee,I apology for the inconvenience bring for you. by the way, our charger also work well for your original battery

So 16 for two batteries and a charger - worth a punt (provided Olympus don't issue an official warning!).

StephenL
4th May 2012, 09:44 AM
They've just offered me the charger for free as well, but I've decided to cancel. As David wisely pointed out, how can the batteries be identical to Olympus if they won't charge in the same charger? Plus, the charger only comes with a EU plug. I don't want another adaptor to worry about losing!

swing
4th May 2012, 10:02 AM
how can the batteries be identical to Olympus if they won't charge in the same charger?But I don't think they are the same battery; isn't the Olympus one 1220 mAh, whereas this one is 1450 mAh; that difference might explain why the Olympus charger won't charge it, as it might need a slightly higher current to allow it to charge properly, especially to reach it's full capacity...

bredman
4th May 2012, 10:19 AM
But I don't think they are the same battery; isn't the Olympus one 1220 mAh, whereas this one is 1450 mAh; that difference might explain why the Olympus charger won't charge it, as it might need a slightly higher current to allow it to charge properly, especially to reach it's full capacity...

My thinking too swing. I don't think there is anything to worry about for those going ahead with it -- batteries are this company's thing, they can't be bad.


*says a small prayer*

StephenL
4th May 2012, 10:46 AM
Well anyway, they were as good as their word and refunded immediately. They've also said they will let me know when the battery has been changed to charge in the original charger, and that I can have a discount on future orders.

I know I've never had problems with 3rd party batteries, but as it's a new product someone else can go first ... :D

Ross the fiddler
4th May 2012, 11:04 AM
I know I've never had problems with 3rd party batteries, but as it's a new product someone else can go first ... :D

That's my feeling at the moment too, but I did order a JJC lens hood from one supplier in China & an OM to M4/3 adapter from LinkDelight on ebay (as this is my 1st 4/3's camera).

StephenL
4th May 2012, 11:32 AM
I've got a JJC lens hood on my 45mm mZuiko. It sort-of fits, but it's a b***er to get it to sit square! And the silver paint DOES flake off that!

Ross the fiddler
4th May 2012, 11:50 AM
I've got a JJC lens hood on my 45mm mZuiko. It sort-of fits, but it's a b***er to get it to sit square! And the silver paint DOES flake off that!

I've ordered the black one that is supposed to fit the 9-18 & now the 12-50 as well. I guess I'm going to find out if it just going to be a pain or not.

David Morison
4th May 2012, 12:09 PM
I've ordered the black one that is supposed to fit the 9-18 & now the 12-50 as well. I guess I'm going to find out if it just going to be a pain or not.

Got a black one for my 75-300, a bit stiff to put on but at least it won't fall off!

David

Ross the fiddler
4th May 2012, 10:40 PM
Got a black one for my 75-300, a bit stiff to put on but at least it won't fall off!

David

Use pencil lead (graphite) on the contacting areas & it should help.

snaarman
11th May 2012, 03:02 PM
As to the genuine article, email from SRS just received relating to my order for an Olympus E-M5 batter.

"Thank you for your patience, I have chased Olympus and they are expecting to be able to supply us stock during the last week of this month (May)."


Hmm. Not good news, I was hoping to use this camera on holiday, and one battery is a scarey prospect.

S'pose I could charge it every night. Shame it doesn't use the same one as the Pen...

StephenL
11th May 2012, 03:10 PM
I wuz lucky to get one, then.

Ross the fiddler
12th May 2012, 01:18 AM
S'pose I could charge it every night. Shame it doesn't use the same one as the Pen...

Shame it doesn't use the same one as the E5. :rolleyes:

David Morison
12th May 2012, 06:41 PM
I notice there are now several suppliers of an after market BLN-1 on Ebay and all say they cannot be charged in the original charger. Could this be an aspect of the design intended to discourage the use of alternatives. Or aren't Olympus that sneaky. Getting desperate now, on a recent session the battery red warning came up after only 107 actuations plus some reviews.

David

bredman
12th May 2012, 08:06 PM
I notice there are now several suppliers of an after market BLN-1 on Ebay and all say they cannot be charged in the original charger. Could this be an aspect of the design intended to discourage the use of alternatives. Or aren't Olympus that sneaky. Getting desperate now, on a recent session the battery red warning came up after only 107 actuations plus some reviews.

David

Olympus have been giving generalised warnings about using 3rd party batteries, more cheeky than sneaky. :) I doubt any company's batteries and chargers are any better made than the 3rd party battery companies, most likely identical technology and manufacturing, or worse.

The issue will be the overheat resistors on the additional 2 connectors, most likely due to Japanese design/safety regs. These will only come into effect during charging, not during camera use (you'll notice 3 connector pins inside the camera battery slot). I bet the Olympus charger won't work unless these resistors are engaged. Makes no difference to how the battery works in camera.

I read somewhere that some 3rd party batteries aren't read correctly by the cameras (Nikons?) so don't show the current charge on the camera display. We'll soon see.

Gwyver
13th May 2012, 11:04 AM
The number of images / battery charge seems highly variable when using the Olympus BLN-1. A couple of weeks ago I took 150 shots approx. (with an m12-50 lens) and the battery remained OK. Yesterday after walking in the hills above the Settle-Carlisle railway the camera reported "Battery Empty" after only 89 shots (This time using a Panasonic m14-140). This was disappointing as I'd made sure the battery was fully charged before setting out.
Not sure if this variance in capacity is down to differences in power required by the AF motor for differing lens or due to ambient temperature (it was fairly chilly on the hills yesterday).

Now I'm hoping that my order for a spare BLN-1 will be fulfilled very soon - and the free HLD-6 grip arrived from Olympus yesterday while I was out, so the new battery already has a home.

jamsa
16th May 2012, 06:52 PM
I already posted this on another thread but i saw another ask if the BLS-1 in Pen cameras is the same as the BLN-1...has anyone answered that?
I have a wedding or two to attend soon enough and really need a spare battery or two..if i can't get hold of or afford the expensive Olympus ones then it will have to be the "alternatives". If Olympus were charging half the current price i would order them instead!