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BLM-5 clones - any good?

Hi Guys

Have you any experience of BLM-5 clones? I'm reluctant to fork out 60+ for the real thing...which of the 3rd party clones work well with the E5?
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Re: BLM-5 clones - any good?

This is a very useful question.
I just got my E-5 today. I have bought a 2nd Oly battery as I use them in pairs with the HLD-4. I would like to get a couple of other pairs.
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Re: BLM-5 clones - any good?

I don't know about BLM-5 clones but my E3 and E5 seem to work well with cloned BLM-1 batteries.

I get mine from 7 Day Shop - http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/prod...ducts_id=99224

Just remember that your BLM-5 charger cannot charge BLM-1 batteries.
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Re: BLM-5 clones - any good?

Hi,

I got one in February from ExpressPro, sold through Amazon. It cost 19.97 and has a two year warranty. It's been great with no problems at all.
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Re: BLM-5 clones - any good?

http://t5r.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/e1/c...sts.htm#psblm1
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Re: BLM-5 clones - any good?

I have two Power2000 batteries "for Olympus BLM-5". One works, the other doesn't... From B&H, from which I've never got anything defective before.

I'm buying only originals now...
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Re: BLM-5 clones - any good?

There is nothing intrinsically wrong with clones, some are equal to or better than the Olympus originals, however unlike manufacturers OEM products where you can generally rely on the quality (though nothing is 100% perfect) the range of quality of clones is huge ranging from the downright dangerous and 'ought not to be allowed for sale' to the very good and brilliant value for money.

You pay your money and take your choice, if you are sensible you stick to a maker who has a track record in batteries such as Energizer, Hahnel or UNiROSS or if not, at least a brand that uses named known cells such as Panasonic or Sanyo.

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Re: BLM-5 clones - any good?

I've never had problems with 3rd party batteries, but as Jim wisely says, for peace of mind I would get a known 3rd party like he has named.
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Re: BLM-5 clones - any good?

I am thinking about buying another BLM-5 as I only have one for the E-5 but I thought I would wear out the E-1 BLM-1's first ! However, the 5 is a much better energy source and last much longer.
Thanks everyone for the info here !
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Re: BLM-5 clones - any good?

I first had a Oly BLM-1 with my E30 and it failed within six months, all the clones I have bought since are still working well. Now my Oly BLM-5 supplied with my E5, purchased last December, doesn't last as long using the 300mm f2.8 as the aforementioned BLM-1 clones. I leave you to draw your own conclusions!

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