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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II The second Micro Four Thirds camera that offers phase detect focusing so you can use Four Thirds DSLR lenses normally as well a Micro Four Thirds lenses.

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BLH-1 Aftermarket battery funnies.

I have in the past used Ex-Pro aftermarket batteries in a E-M5 Mk ii with no problems so I thought I’d get one for my new E-M1 Mk ii.

Reason…Cost, BLH-1….Ex-Pro £15, OEM £66.60, saving £50’ish.

I put the battery in the Oly charger and the green solid light came on indicating a full-charge......there’s funny I thought,.
The Oly battery, when new, had a minimal charge.

A little sceptical I put the Ex-Pro battery into the camera, this is where it gets funny.

The camera battery charge indicater showed three stripes (3/4 full) and not the % value that I have got used to with the Oly battery fitted.

Also a warning message came up to the effect that ‘Olympus batteries preferred’

What seems really odd is that the Ex-Pro battery caused the camera to show a different battery indicator.

The charger nor camera appear to have suffered in any way.
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Re: BLH-1 Aftermarket battery funnies.

On the Amazon website it is stated clearly for the ExPro BLH-1 :

"This high-performance battery from Ex-Pro® is comparable quality to the original but DOES NOT DISPLAY Battery Power Level due to chipping protection to ensure you purchase OEM Batteries from Olympus - our units are at significantly lower than original manufacture prices but will operate the same albeit without the power level indication - the battery must be charged on Ex-Pro or other 3rd party charger - NOT OLYMPUS BRANDED CHARGER."
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Re: BLH-1 Aftermarket battery funnies.

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On the Amazon website it is stated clearly for the ExPro BLH-1 :

"This high-performance battery from Ex-Pro® is comparable quality to the original but DOES NOT DISPLAY Battery Power Level due to chipping protection to ensure you purchase OEM Batteries from Olympus - our units are at significantly lower than original manufacture prices but will operate the same albeit without the power level indication - the battery must be charged on Ex-Pro or other 3rd party charger - NOT OLYMPUS BRANDED CHARGER."
Dahhh..! If all else fails read the instructions.

Ex-Pro charger ordered.
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Re: BLH-1 Aftermarket battery funnies.

So are the ex pro batteries the ones to go for despite needing their own charger, and does the ex pro charger charge olympus batteries?
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Re: BLH-1 Aftermarket battery funnies.

See here: http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=47730


The EXpro charger will probably charge Olympus batteries (but not the other way around) but as you will surely have an Oly charger if you have an E-M1 MkII I would not recommend it.
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Re: BLH-1 Aftermarket battery funnies.

I was hoping that ExPro would have a full replacement by now. Their batteries for the original E-M1 were a like-for-like replacement and thus fully functional. I assume that Olympus have put more robust security on the MkII battery that has thus far thwarted ExPro's (and others) attempts to overcome.

I agree that the ExPro charger may work with Olympus batteries but, being unable to read info back from them, may not be too accurate when assessing the level of charge. There's a danger, therefore of undercharging or, more seriously, overcharging.
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Re: BLH-1 Aftermarket battery funnies.

Just for interest sake, I use DSTE batteries (BLH-1) and they have, so far, been very good.

Like the ExPro's, they have to be charged in the DSTE charger and they only have a bar on the camera rather than the % number to show the charge remaining. I charge my OEM battery in the DSTE charger with no ill effects at all.
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Re: BLH-1 Aftermarket battery funnies.

I see that you can also get Hahnel batteries now, has anyone tried these?

They also make a ProCube 2 battery charger that will charge 2 batteries at a time, and take the BNL and BHL Olympus batteries. Anyone tried these??

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Re: BLH-1 Aftermarket battery funnies.

Have to say I bought an EX-pro battery for the EM1 ii about a year ago. Capacity was never very good, thus have not used it for many months.

Tried to charge it recently on the Ex-pro charger, it would not charge, tried it on the Oly charger, but just went to green almost immediately.

About to chuck it out...………….
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Re: BLH-1 Aftermarket battery funnies.

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I was hoping that ExPro would have a full replacement by now. Their batteries for the original E-M1 were a like-for-like replacement and thus fully functional. I assume that Olympus have put more robust security on the MkII battery that has thus far thwarted ExPro's (and others) attempts to overcome.

I agree that the ExPro charger may work with Olympus batteries but, being unable to read info back from them, may not be too accurate when assessing the level of charge. There's a danger, therefore of undercharging or, more seriously, overcharging.
The original EXPro batteries may have been fully decoded but were dire compared to Olympus originals. The current ones are not fully decoded as yet, I believe not a security thing on Oly's part just better design to more fully interact with the battery from the camera's point of view.

It follows that the Olympus charger may not be able to handle non-decoded batteries like EXPro and DSTE too well and may just reject them.
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Re: BLH-1 Aftermarket battery funnies.

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Just for interest sake, I use DSTE batteries (BLH-1) and they have, so far, been very good.

Like the ExPro's, they have to be charged in the DSTE charger and they only have a bar on the camera rather than the % number to show the charge remaining. I charge my OEM battery in the DSTE charger with no ill effects at all.
You're welcome to them. The sample I bought performs very strangely and I don't trust it. For very similar money the EXPro is a far better bet. YMMV.
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Re: BLH-1 Aftermarket battery funnies.

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Have to say I bought an EX-pro battery for the EM1 ii about a year ago. Capacity was never very good, thus have not used it for many months.

Tried to charge it recently on the Ex-pro charger, it would not charge, tried it on the Oly charger, but just went to green almost immediately.

About to chuck it out...………….
I think there's a two year warranty on ExPro batteries. I had one go bad and they changed it without any quibbling.
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The original EXPro batteries may have been fully decoded but were dire compared to Olympus originals.
My experience is quite different. I found the ExPro batteries for my Mk I E-M1 have perhaps slightly lower capacity (10%? - not actually measured, but my feeling is that they are about that) but actually perform as well as OEM in general.
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Re: BLH-1 Aftermarket battery funnies.

I just bought another original BLH-1 from a Perth (WA) supplier that was clearing out old stock for $69 (normally $99). That brings me up to three now & all I should need, but I won't penny pinch on batteries for the camera that cost me $2500.
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