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OMD Aftermarket Batteries

Thought this might be of interest to those of you with an EM5:

http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/four-...ml#post7913211
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Re: OMD Aftermarket Batteries

Interesting. Thanks. The problem still remains that the charger they supply needs a further adaptor for UK use.
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Re: OMD Aftermarket Batteries

If I had a shiny new EM5, I really don't think I'd entrust it with batteries of unknown origin anyway!
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Re: OMD Aftermarket Batteries

Yes, that's one reason why I shelled out 60 for a genuine spare. At least, until known-make batteries come out.
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Re: OMD Aftermarket Batteries

I've been keeping up with discussions on other boards/sites for some time with regard to these DTSE batteries and it seems they are fine in theory, and are fine - so far - in practice. They are weaker than stated, being 84% of the OEM battery, but they do charge to 8.4+ Volts which is correct. Surprising that the OEM batteries in the OEM charger charge to 8.66V, suggesting that Olympus are getting more out of the technology than is considered standard. I'm not certain if/how this affects the charging of the OEM battery in the 3rd party charger, not much i should think.

Another concern has been whether the batteries will communicate with the camera and show the current charge status. Reports suggest so far that they do, eliminating another worry.

I await their arrival.
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Re: OMD Aftermarket Batteries

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Interesting. Thanks. The problem still remains that the charger they supply needs a further adaptor for UK use.
Just one adaptor, a US to UK should do it.
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Re: OMD Aftermarket Batteries

My cheap (21 for three including charger) batteries arrived this morning.
I charged them up and put them in the E-M5 and it recognised them fine including the one in the grip (the display shows PBH under the battery symbol).
Can't comment on the life yet obviously but will post when I know more.
Ironically the genuine BLN1 that I ordered off the Olympus website also arrived this morning from Belgium after 14 days!

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Re: OMD Aftermarket Batteries

I will need a second battery very soon due to a wedding in June...any info is appreciated as there are shortages of the standard battery,I may have to opt for the "alternatives".
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Re: OMD Aftermarket Batteries

http://www.mallbox.co.uk/goods.php?id=2273
UK supplier or it appears that way but perhaps this is the far east too (with different charger and two batteries at 39)
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Mallbox uk shipped within 2 days of receiving the order...however latest info is "stuck in customs" for the last wo weeks...

Two weeks .???

And yes.. Hong kong based warehouse... With a lancashire address ...again ??
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Re: OMD Aftermarket Batteries

I had to go down the after-market batteries as I'm off to the West Coast of Scotland on Friday and will need the spares. They arrived a few days ago and I've been using them since charging. Very disappointed so far as they appear to have a very short life compared with the original, OK I know they will improve with more discharge/charge cycles but no where enough to match the original!

Olympus have really shot themselves in the foot over the availability of originals.

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I had to go down the after-market batteries as I'm off to the West Coast of Scotland on Friday and will need the spares. They arrived a few days ago and I've been using them since charging. Very disappointed so far as they appear to have a very short life compared with the original, OK I know they will improve with more discharge/charge cycles but no where enough to match the original!

Olympus have really shot themselves in the foot over the availability of originals.

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Re: OMD Aftermarket Batteries

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Very disappointed so far as they appear to have a very short life compared with the original,
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David, There seems to be at least three generic types for sale on ebay at the moment.
I know they may all be the same innards, or maybe it's just the cases that are the same, but there are different labels.

Which ones did you end up with?

Grey DSTE Power Claiming to be 1450 mAh

Single white label Claiming to be 1999 mAh

Two white labels Claiming to be 1220 mAh

I'm not sure I believe any of the capacity ratings, but would be interested in comparisons before I commit to any more.

I did find a newsgroup posting (Post 48) where someone had taken one apart and found it to be reasonably well made, but with 1020 mAh cells inside,

possibly as per this advert

Here is the another posting which I spotted and also exposes the insides of the charger.

I suspect that they will all be this latter lower capacity
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If I had a shiny new EM5, I really don't think I'd entrust it with batteries of unknown origin anyway!
If I had a shiney new EM-5 and was going on a holiday of a lifetime, I'd think I have no choice.
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If I had a shiney new EM-5 and was going on a holiday of a lifetime, I'd think I have no choice.
Perhaps, but at least there's a bit more information available now as people have received and tested them...
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