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DekHog 18th April 2018 10:46 PM

BLN-1 Replacement
 
Have been looking around at these, and although I'll probably end up with a genuine one (ouch!) I just wondered if anyone had tried the Duracell version of the BLN-1 battery?

drmarkf 19th April 2018 09:05 AM

Re: BLN-1 Replacement
 
Originals are listed on camerapricebuster, which might be a help.

I used white ExPro compatibles for years and was never convinced they lasted any shorter than originals, and you can use the Oly charger.

DekHog 19th April 2018 09:32 AM

Re: BLN-1 Replacement
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by drmarkf (Post 445417)
Originals are listed on camerapricebuster, which might be a help.

I used white ExPro compatibles for years and was never convinced they lasted any shorter than originals, and you can use the Oly charger.

Thanks. Yup, I looked at the white Ex-Pro's, but they seemed to get very mixed reviews......

fitheach 19th April 2018 11:09 AM

Re: BLN-1 Replacement
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by DekHog (Post 445424)
but they seemed to get very mixed reviews......

On the other hand, drmarkf has given them the thumbs up! :)

Disclaimer: my camera came with two Olympus original batteries and I have no experience of other makes.

The Olympus batteries are an outrageous price and I get a feeling that Duracell might be trying to cash-in on their excellent brand awareness by charging* more than everyone else but less than Olympus. What's the chances that the Duracell batteries are made in the same Chinese factory as all the other batteries?

A quick check online suggests you can get five Ex-Pro batteries for the same price as one Olympus battery (and they are "chip" compatible). If it was me I'd go for a few Ex-Pro batteries.

Keith-369 19th April 2018 12:06 PM

Re: BLN-1 Replacement
 
I hope the Duracell batteries are better than their SD cards.

Many holiday pictures lost when one failed in my wife's camera. It could not be recognized in the camera, PC, or anything else so no recovery was possible. >:(

Wreckdiver 19th April 2018 02:51 PM

Re: BLN-1 Replacement
 
I've been using these for years and they are superb: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rechargeabl...keywords=bln-1

Edit: .... and they work fine in Olympus' chargers. I have 4 of them.

Steve

Dave in Wales 20th April 2018 05:57 AM

Re: BLN-1 Replacement
 
I have used ExPro with no problems.

rsh1960 20th April 2018 07:16 AM

Re: BLN-1 Replacement
 
ExPro the white battery works well, better charge with their own charger, Cheaper if you buy from their web site.

RobEW 20th April 2018 08:02 AM

Re: BLN-1 Replacement
 
I was wondering the same. Is it worth paying extra for Oly originals?

Also do they wear down over time? Some of my older ones (provided with used camera) seem to flatten quite quickly.

DekHog 20th April 2018 08:19 AM

Re: BLN-1 Replacement
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by RobEW (Post 445488)
I was wondering the same. Is it worth paying extra for Oly originals?

Also do they wear down over time? Some of my older ones (provided with used camera) seem to flatten quite quickly.

That seems to be the problem with non-OEM batteries, longevity...... OK when you first buy them, but their ability to hold a charge quickly deteriorates. I guess you get what you pay for...... I think they're fine as a backup. Certainly better than having no battery at all.....

Ross the fiddler 20th April 2018 12:22 PM

Re: BLN-1 Replacement
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by DekHog (Post 445492)
That seems to be the problem with non-OEM batteries, longevity...... OK when you first buy them, but their ability to hold a charge quickly deteriorates. I guess you get what you pay for...... I think they're fine as a backup. Certainly better than having no battery at all.....

I prefer the Olympus original & had one of the cheaper batteries for the E-M5 (same battery) swell on me, so that got chucked pretty quick.

Harold Gough 24th April 2018 11:30 AM

Re: BLN-1 Replacement
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by rsh1960 (Post 445485)
ExPro the white battery works well, better charge with their own charger, Cheaper if you buy from their web site.

I'm using entirely them now. Their grey ones swell and get very tight and eventually will not go into a camera or grip.

Harold

doggel 24th April 2018 04:10 PM

Re: BLN-1 Replacement
 
I have two genuine BLN1 batteries for my Pen-F, but in anticipation of wintering abroad this year, (January + February in Southern Spain), I bought two of the white X-Pro equivalents for back-up.
They all got some use, and I really could scarcely distinguish between the X pro whites and the genuine BLN1s in use (and they were all charged in my original Oly charger).
(Now I'm back home, I have much more capacity than I need for my occasional photography :o so I am going to stick 'em up here 'for sale' :D)


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