Aftermarket battery.

3 Reasons Not to Buy Cheap Batteries!

Ian Jukes Articles, Equipment, Photography Leave a Comment

Like most people, having spent a considerable amount on new camera gear, it’s obvious that one camera battery is insufficient, so I bought two cheap equivalents from Amazon and figured that I had gotten myself a pretty good deal. All the reviews were positive what could go wrong?

Two years later and here is a list of what went wrong:

  1. They no longer hold their charge.
  2. They have swollen. They still fit but have to be “persuaded” out of the camera.
  3. This third point is the worst! They can wreck your shoot.
swollen batteries

You can clearly see how much these batteries have swollen.

swollen batteries.

Another shot showing the swelling.


Aftermarket battery.

Aftermarket, spurious battery.

During a recent trip to the coast, I discovered a large tanker that had run aground. My original battery had all but expired so I switched to one of the cheapies. I wanted to shoot a bracketed set so I mounted my camera on the tripod, framed the shot and click! But, something was wrong, the camera started to behave very strangely. It was doing something but it was not capturing a bracketed set. I switched back to single shot and still no joy. The shutter was not activating. I thought my beloved X-Pro2 was broken. It was a hot day so maybe it had overheated. Then it dawned on me the battery switch. After a bit of fiddling, I removed the cheapie and put the original back. “Click!” Followed by a sigh of relief. The cheapie battery was the cause of the malfunction.

I should have learned my lesson as I can remember something similar happening several years ago with my old Nikon D300. From now on, cheap batteries will have no home in my camera bag. Equipment failure at a crucial time might cost you a lot more in the long run.

Here is a link to buy an original Fuji Battery and to support my site.

Here is a link to a very informative site that discusses Fuji batteries in depth.

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