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Old 01-23-2017   #11
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Been using DSTE batteries in my Nikon D810 grip without issue.
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Well now, I have used aftermarket batteries in my old D-1, my D2x, my D70. my D70s, my D200, my Fuji S3, S5, my Nikon D700, D800. D750 and none exploded, none caught fire, none performed any worse than Nikon ones. I now have the D750. D800, and D2x and the only Nikon batteries they have seen are the ones that came with the camera. Oh, I also use aftermarket batteries in my Panasonic G5, my Olympus EPL-1 and they have not been damaged in any way. I guess the answer for me has been that they are as good or almost as good as Nikon at one heck of a lower price.
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As a general rule, camera manufacturers usually don't manufacture their own batteries; they are just rebranded batteries, perhaps with minor modifications, made by someone else. A third-party may be just as good if the the third-party is reputable. In some cases, you might have no choice, especially if you are shopping for replacement batteries for discontinued equipment.
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Revived an 11 year old thread. Whoa, we are getting old. Anyway, way back then I had no issues and for the most part it remained. I did have 2 Wasabi batteries that swelled, one so much so that it wouldn't come out of the camera once it was in. It actually swelled upon recharging and when I put it in the body it was tight, but it wouldn't come out because the little "prong: that helps hold it in kept catching on the millimeter indent on the one side of the battery where the label is. I had to get a tiny screwdriver and move the prong out of the way to get the battery out. Then it went in the bin along with another that was as tight.

I believe they can "swell" if you don't readily take them off the Wasabi charger as the "after market" chargers have 2 or 3 contacts and the OEM ones have one for all the battery gold fingers, one of which is the "smart connector" that makes the charger quit charging. Or so I believe....
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Apparently the Wasabi version wasn't quite compatible with with the OEM version or the equipment that the batteries were intended to power. I am havng a difficult time understanding which. Was that an incompatibility of the Wasabi chargers with standard batteries or incompatibility of the batteries with the chargers?
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I charge my Wasabis in the OEM Canon charger and never had a problem of any kind.
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I use Hähnel batteries in my olympus alongside with olympus-branded ones. Haven't had an issue in three years and see no difference in performance.

That said, I did my homework before buying them, I am very careful with all things lithium. Hähnel seems a well-regarded brand.
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I've used plenty of the aftermarket batteries form Amazon. EOM batteries are usually around $54 and you can find the aftermarket ones for $19. Now I use both, and always will use my OEM battery first. However the el cheapo batteries make great spares for the longer shooting days.
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All batteries are after market batteries, Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji, Ford, Chevy, Dodge, BMW, Boeing, Cessna etc. None of them make batteries. Sure the batteries the camera makers use are made to their specifications but then accessories are the real money maker in the camera world. Frankly their specifications and the specifications for the non OEM branded are not that different if they are different at all.

If you buy into the Makers warnings that using non oem batteries will void you warranty then you will end up paying $54 dollars for that $20 battery. Not a bad profit margin for a few words on a piece of paper.
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I was told this was a big no no. Buy brand batteries to avoid lower power that might cause problems.


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