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Sony battery

by munda10 / October 10, 2013 2:12 AM PDT

Are NP-F970 compatible batteries any good - they all seem to be coming under different names but from the same manufacturer!

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As you can guess.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 10, 2013 5:00 AM PDT
In reply to: Sony battery

That's not any assurance the one you buy is good. If you can't get or afford the Sony brand, why not buy from a place that accepts exchanges or returns?
Bob

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Sony compatible batteries
by munda10 / October 10, 2013 6:55 AM PDT
In reply to: As you can guess.

Thanks Bob!

I have returned "100% compatible with NP-F97" batteries from two different sellers because of the following problems:

Tried to charge using my Sony HXR-NX5E charger - don't know whether the small LED in the middle of the battery is supposed to come on at any stage - 6 hours in the charger, the charger light remained on (meaning that the battery has not charged in 6 hours) - battery not even getting warm - tried on my NX5E - shows only 120 minutes much less than my Sony original NP-F570 (which works perfectly well).

I'm beginning to feel that these cheap clones for pricey item like Sony NP-F970 have design/ manufacturing fault and public is wrongly tempted to buy these.

Wondering about others experience regarding this issue!

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My experience (no other comment here)
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 10, 2013 10:55 PM PDT

At the office we get these a lot and about 1 in 10 don't work.
Bob

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Sony battery clone
by munda10 / October 11, 2013 12:25 AM PDT

Wonder if the charging/ no charging issues are because of the 'memory loss' which these cheap clones have!

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Usually it's just a bad clone job.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 11, 2013 12:32 AM PDT
In reply to: Sony battery clone

-> To understand more about the issues with batteries, look back a few years at "laptop battery fires" and for a time it was a real problem. The makers (such as the one under discussion discovered that batteries from other than them could be problematic so they designed in more safeguards as well as not charging batteries that could not be identified.

Some will call that a "nanny mentality" where folk don't take responsibility for their actions. That is, if a non-sony battery went up in flames on a Sony charger, some folk would blame Sony rather than their own action.

The result is that some batteries will fail the ID check and won't charge.
Bob

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