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Generic BP-511 batteries

Peter Popp , Sep 05, 2007; 12:55 p.m.

Has anyone had a good experience with generic BP-511 batteries. Right now at Adorama, the Canon original is $50 and there is a generic for $20. I'm wondering if it's worth saving the money, or will the battery quickly lose power and not hold a charge.


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Sitthivet Santikarn , Sep 05, 2007; 01:00 p.m.

I have a Canon and a generic BP-511 and they are no difference in performance that I can tell.

Charles Webster , Sep 05, 2007; 01:10 p.m.

Go to stirlingtek.com and buy your generic BP-511s there. They work well and are ~1/4 canon's price. I have 4 and two of their chargers. All work well, all are quality goods.

<Chas> no connection, just a satisfied customer YMMV

Bob Atkins , Sep 05, 2007; 01:13 p.m.

I have several generic BP-511 batteries which, so far, have worked just fine.

Peter Mounier , Sep 05, 2007; 01:14 p.m.

I agree, the generics are just as good. I get mine at SterlingTek also. Right now they are $12.00 there.



Nadine Ohara - SF Bay Area/CA , Sep 05, 2007; 01:27 p.m.

Apparently not just any old generic, however. I had several Power 2000 generics that weren't as good. They lost their zip pretty quick.

Jason Hall , Sep 05, 2007; 01:29 p.m.

I have had three of them, all worked as well as the canon batteries as far as I could tell. Did not put them head to head so to speak. The one I am surrently use in a 30D is by Digipower, who ever that is. Got it at Best Buy. Works great!

What you have to look out for are the fake Canon branded batts going around. Saw one in Pop Photography Mag that cought on fire during chargeing. If it has the Canon name onit expect to pay the Canon price.


Arie Vandervelden , Sep 05, 2007; 02:49 p.m.

My Sterlingtek batteries outperform the Canon battery that came with my camera.

Tom Schrempp , Sep 05, 2007; 03:06 p.m.

I use BP-511 batteries from Delkin for my 20d. They charge in the Canon charger and last longer than the canon battery so far.

Colin Southern , Sep 05, 2007; 04:09 p.m.

I've had some bad experiences with some generics, but the stirlingtek ones have performed well - better than the Canon ones.

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