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  • #16
    Re: Third party batteries for the EM1ii (and EM1X)

    Looking at Amazon today I notice the Patona Platinum is no longer listed but the Premium is.
    David

    EM1ii, EM10ii

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    • #17
      Re: Third party batteries for the EM1ii (and EM1X)

      Originally posted by Melaka View Post
      Looking at Amazon today I notice the Patona Platinum is no longer listed but the Premium is.
      Ah... I was just about to report that I couldn't find the Platinum version.

      ** UPDATE ** They have the platinum version on Amazon.de, but they're running out fast. £58.35 for two, including shipping to UK.
      Steve

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      • #18
        Re: Third party batteries for the EM1ii (and EM1X)

        I've used my two batteries once each which isn't enough to tell how long they last once they are 'run in'. My subjective impression is that they're not lasting as long at this stage as I would like.
        David

        EM1ii, EM10ii

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        • #19
          Re: Third party batteries for the EM1ii (and EM1X)

          I've used ExPro for my earlier cameras and they always seemed to be slightly lower capacity than the Olympus, but I'm reasonably happy with them. One started to expand, but the others have been fine.

          I'd have bought ExPro BLH-1s but they don't have the chip to play nicely with the charger and camera, so I've gone for these. I guess I'll find out how they compare in time.
          Steve

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          • #20
            Re: Third party batteries for the EM1ii (and EM1X)

            Iíd say it was hard to compare different brandsí life unless youíre doing exactly the same things each time, for the same length of time. Mkii original batteries last me 2.5 - 3h to get below 20% with the camera switched on taking just occasional pictures with the 40-150 or 300; this time falls steadily as you shoot more intensively, and itís a slightly faster rate of fall with the 300 presumably because of the dual IS drawing more power.

            Iíve been doing twice-daily 3 - 7h game drives for the past 9 days in Kenya and this usage is very consistent and predictable, but you do have to factor in both overall duration Ďoní and number of frames shot. I used both Oly and ExPro Ďwhitesí with my mki and never convinced myself one was better, but my usage was much more variable (and lower) back then and I thought it was too easy to get fooled by variations in shooting and oneís expectations. Maybe you feel differently about it, and YMMD.

            Iíve stuck with Oly originals with the mkii since Iíd heard the battery swelling story early on, and I wasnít prepared to risk my £1800 camera for the sake of around £40 a pop. That was despite my good prior experience with ExPro.

            I always swap when they reach 20% on game drives since you can never predict when some amazing and prolonged opportunity may present itself. You donít want to risk the Red Battery of Death just as the crocodile lunges for the zebra...
            Regards,
            Mark

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            Too much Oly gear.
            Panasonic GM5, 12-32, 12-35, 15. Laowa 7.5.
            Assorted legacy lenses, plus a Fuji X70 & a Sony A7S.

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            • #21
              Re: Third party batteries for the EM1ii (and EM1X)

              Originally posted by raichea View Post
              Ah... I was just about to report that I couldn't find the Platinum version.

              ** UPDATE ** They have the platinum version on Amazon.de, but they're running out fast. £58.35 for two, including shipping to UK.
              Mine came from Germany and took a long time over it!
              David

              EM1ii, EM10ii

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              • #22
                Re: Third party batteries for the EM1ii (and EM1X)

                Originally posted by drmarkf View Post
                Iíve been doing twice-daily 3 - 7h game drives for the past 9 days in Kenya .
                I'm envious of the game drives and look forward to seeing the photos! I always use a battery grip in those circumstances which virtually eliminates the risk of losing power at a key moment. Some third party batteries, including the Patona Platinum, have a nominal capacity which can be up to 50% more than the original.
                David

                EM1ii, EM10ii

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                • #23
                  Re: Third party batteries for the EM1ii (and EM1X)

                  Originally posted by drmarkf View Post
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                  I always swap when they reach 20% on game drives since you can never predict when some amazing and prolonged opportunity may present itself. You donít want to risk the Red Battery of Death just as the crocodile lunges for the zebra...
                  If you can cope with the extra bulk and weight, a very good reason to use the grip, with battery priority set to it. If the grip battery goes flat at a crucial moment, the camera will revert to running on its own internal one.
                  Best Regards
                  Bill

                  The nearest I have to a home page.
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                  • #24
                    Re: Third party batteries for the EM1ii (and EM1X)

                    There seem to be so many variables that significantly affect the battery discharge rate
                    (e.g. operating temperature, chimping, use of the settings menu and/or SCP, IS mode, variation of current draw for the focus motor in differing lens types, EVF vs Liveview, etc. to name but a few.)
                    that making meaningful comparisons from use is very difficult.
                    No doubt shooting RAW + JPEG also differs from RAW only.

                    Iíve been keeping a small database of the shot-count/discharge cycle for each of my 2 Olympus batteries.
                    My average is 317 and by some odd coincidence the average for each battery is nearly identical at present.
                    The maximum images/charge is ~ 680 and I typically let the batteries discharge to ~5%. I get the highest shot count when using sequential shooting.
                    Chris

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                    • #25
                      Re: Third party batteries for the EM1ii (and EM1X)

                      I've now also got a Green Cell battery. This is rated at 1900mAh. It charges in the Olympus charger and gives the right reading in the camera but I have yet to find how long it lasts. Interestingly the instructions are the same, word for word, as those for the Patona Platinum.
                      David

                      EM1ii, EM10ii

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                      • #26
                        Re: Third party batteries for the EM1ii (and EM1X)

                        I would be very interested to hear how you get on with this.

                        A couple of my early Oly batteries are not lasting as long as they did when new so I need to think about replacing them. At £68 a pop on Amazon for originals, you could buy 3 of the Green Cells.

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                        • #27
                          Re: Third party batteries for the EM1ii (and EM1X)

                          Reliable testing of longevity is difficult as earlier posts have pointed out. The inference from the (identical) instructions for the Green Cell and the Patona Platinum batteries is that you need to do at least three full charging cycles before getting full functionality. I am some way off that.
                          David

                          EM1ii, EM10ii

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                          • #28
                            Re: Third party batteries for the EM1ii (and EM1X)

                            I wasn't thinking of doing anything about it for a couple of months, but any feedback any time would be welcome.

                            Graham

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                            • #29
                              Re: Third party batteries for the EM1ii (and EM1X)

                              Just a quick question -

                              Are all these batteries mentioned being bought from Amazon?

                              If not it would be nice to know where they are being found and bought from so that others can look and make their choice.

                              Thanks

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                              • #30
                                Re: Third party batteries for the EM1ii (and EM1X)

                                The two Patona Platinum BLH-1s I ordered from Amazon.de turned up yesterday and have charged up OK in the Olympus charger and display correctly in camera.
                                Steve

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