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Jim Ford
2nd November 2008, 12:31 PM
Someone on the FTU site asked about BLM-1 clones, and I posted a link to very informative tests on some of those available. I consider it worth repeating here, and as the question occasionally arises, maybe it's even worth making this thread 'sticky'.

Here's the 'definitive' guide to the BLM-1 and clones:

http://t5r.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/e1/clonetests.htm

Jim

Ian
2nd November 2008, 01:08 PM
Interesting link - thanks for posting.

Ian

Barr1e
2nd November 2008, 04:07 PM
Hi Jim -

My thanks too.

Regards. Barr1e

Howi
2nd November 2008, 04:51 PM
While it is a good article in it's own right, you have to bear in mind it is an OLD article.
There are many more clone batteries out there these days and at much cheaper prices.
Batteries can be had for 8-00 inc postage on internet and come with a guarantee. What would you do! pay 8-00 or 50-00 the choice is yours.
I have two clones and an original, can't tell the difference at all.
If you are paranoid, stump up the cash for the original, but you have to ask yourself is the original WORTH the money or are they ripping me off!!!

StephenL
2nd November 2008, 06:10 PM
If you're at all worried about the (slight) possibility of a faulty battery causing damage, why not stick to one of the "name" clones, such as Uniross?
Must admit I've never had trouble with even the cheapest of clones when I had a Canon. And I only use clones on my Olys, apart from the originals of course.

yorky
2nd November 2008, 11:43 PM
I have both clones and originals, so far, over 12 months I have noticed no differance with either.

jima
2nd November 2008, 11:53 PM
While it is a good article in it's own right, you have to bear in mind it is an OLD article.
There are many more clone batteries out there these days and at much cheaper prices.
Batteries can be had for 8-00 inc postage on internet and come with a guarantee. What would you do! pay 8-00 or 50-00 the choice is yours.
I have two clones and an original, can't tell the difference at all.
If you are paranoid, stump up the cash for the original, but you have to ask yourself is the original WORTH the money or are they ripping me off!!!
It's not that old and clones haven't changed much in that time. The point of the article was that you don't have to buy at the bottom of the food chain to avoid paying over the odds for Olympus packs. You can pay reasonable money and avoid the risk of the really poor quality packs if you want to.

If you always want to buy as cheaply as possible then that's fine too - but then why didn't you spend the least amount possible on the cheapest DSLR going - why did you spend good money buying a good quality camera only to power it with a dubious energy source?

Jim

OlyPaul
3rd November 2008, 08:42 AM
Cheapest is not always best as far as clones are concerned. I brought a cheap Evo6 brand at £7 for the E-420 and was lucky if it lasted for 80 shots I then brought a Hamna for £18 and it lasts just as long as the orig Oly battery.

Howi
3rd November 2008, 07:03 PM
It's not that old and clones haven't changed much in that time. The point of the article was that you don't have to buy at the bottom of the food chain to avoid paying over the odds for Olympus packs. You can pay reasonable money and avoid the risk of the really poor quality packs if you want to.

If you always want to buy as cheaply as possible then that's fine too - but then why didn't you spend the least amount possible on the cheapest DSLR going - why did you spend good money buying a good quality camera only to power it with a dubious energy source?

Jim

Soory! It IS old and clones HAVE changed a lot, as has battery technology. Short of breaking the battery packs apart, you have no idea on how they are constructed.
I believe in getting value for money rather than being ripped off. How do you know what a dubious energy source is anyway?
My last battery (8-00) had a very comprehensive warranty - look at the replys from others who use, primarily clones, apart from the supplied original. I am not alone in this. No one can force you to buy a clone, that decision is yours alone. if you don't trust them that's fine, I DO understand where you are coming from in that respect. I feel manufacturers do sometimes play on that fear at our expense.
Finaly - modern digital cameras only use a relatively small amount of power (the newer the model the more pictures taken per charge) compared to the early ones. I can remember my C***n Ixus getting distinctly warm, nay hot, after being used for 30 minutes or so, but according to the instructions this was normal.
I think there is enough anecdotal evidence on this forum and others, that on the whole, clones (in general) seem to be ok, if anyone has up to date factual evidence that this is NOT the case, then let us in on it. *yes