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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 9:22 am 
I've just got a FZ18, and looking to get some backup batteries.

Has anyone had much experience with these 3rd party batteries, or do you recommend sticking with originals?

I've seen these ones on quite a few sites, so I'm guessing someone might have used them before: ... ts_id/2143

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 10:51 am 
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Hi bamzero,

May I wish you a warm welcome to the CameraLabs forums.

This is personal prejudice but I would definitely go for the manufacturer's original parts, particularly with some of the recent issues with Li-ion batteries. Unlikely, I know, but if the battery suffers a catastrophic failure I think you are much more likely to get proper redress if you have a Panasonic battery in a Panasonic camera.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2008 9:14 pm 
Hi Bamzero,

Also a warm welcome to CameraLabs!!!

I know as a newbie that it can be difficult at times to find good advice, but I have to say I have found a lot here.

If you would like my thoughts, I have had the FZ18 since November and I also purchased a 3rd party battery as a backup. I have to say that I have no problems with it but I noticed that it doesnt last as long as the OEM batteries. But like I said I bought it as a backup to have in a pinch and it has served me beautifully as a backup. I cant complain (plus it is a lot cheaper then a OEM battery). To be honest, I would say that the OEM battery was only about 20% better.

The question you have to ask yourself is: what do you want, a simple backup battery that works in a pinch or the same quality and equal replacement which costs more?

If my OEM battery was going bad and wouldnt hold a full charge anymore, then I think I would buy a new OEM battery, but until that happens, I will keep using my 3rd party batteries as a great backup.

I hope that helps.

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