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« on: October 11, 2014, 20:54 »
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I've owned a Canon T3i for more than three years now. I shoot everyday, often filling more than two 8gig cards with images and clips and I'm still using the same battery that came with the camera. I'm wondering if that's unusual or status quo....I've always been in the habit of re-charging the battery as soon as I get home from a shoot and I wonder if that contributes to its long life.


« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2014, 01:33 »
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Li-ion batts are not supposed to go dry so I guess that contribute. My 2010 ish may be 2009 LP-E6 still works fine. But I don't shoot as much as you.

« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2014, 05:46 »
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I have two LP-E4 batteries dating from Feb 2008 which I rotate in use on the camera. Both still work fine (although lately seem to require more frequent 'calibration' charges) and have clocked up about 300K shutter operations between them. The battery currently on the camera has 1484 'shutter counts' since being charged and still has 58% remaining.

« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2014, 09:02 »
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I have several back ups I carry with me. It's a bit pricy to do that at $60 a battery but I have had great Li-ion batteries die instantly in the field. Put it in the charger later and it is almost instantly charged, which means it's not taking a charge.  But mostly it's like Gostwyck said, mine last quite a long time shooting both video & stills in the same camera and for years. I generally make sure my batts are charged all the time but that never pans out. Some can go a year without a charge, then I charge them and they do fantastic. So I don't think these newer Li-Ion batteries need "conditioning" like the older ones did.

« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2014, 11:09 »
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Li-ion batteries definitely are different than the older NiCad or other technologies. I have a few that are still going strong after 3 years, but some non-oem ones (Wasabi) are not working so good (although they were fine for years) - they appear to have a full charge but then just a few pics later they go dead - and it only takes them a few minutes to show they are charged. I don't know if they can be reconditioned or if they are toast.

« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2014, 17:47 »
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I have several back ups I carry with me. It's a bit pricy to do that at $60 a battery but I have had great Li-ion batteries die instantly in the field. Put it in the charger later and it is almost instantly charged, which means it's not taking a charge.  But mostly it's like Gostwyck said, mine last quite a long time shooting both video & stills in the same camera and for years. I generally make sure my batts are charged all the time but that never pans out. Some can go a year without a charge, then I charge them and they do fantastic. So I don't think these newer Li-Ion batteries need "conditioning" like the older ones did.

would those be nikon EL3's by any chance? I had a spate of issues with my previous camera (D200) when almost new, tracked that exact same issue down to the contacts on the battery / camera body being dirty. the camera seems to mark the battery as empty (even through it's still full/near full) and you can't use it until you place it on the charger for a few seconds. I think the D700 has different firmware in it, I just cycled the power/popped battery in and out the _very_ few times i've seen the issue with the D700


« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2014, 18:57 »
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I have several back ups I carry with me. It's a bit pricy to do that at $60 a battery but I have had great Li-ion batteries die instantly in the field. Put it in the charger later and it is almost instantly charged, which means it's not taking a charge.  But mostly it's like Gostwyck said, mine last quite a long time shooting both video & stills in the same camera and for years. I generally make sure my batts are charged all the time but that never pans out. Some can go a year without a charge, then I charge them and they do fantastic. So I don't think these newer Li-Ion batteries need "conditioning" like the older ones did.

would those be nikon EL3's by any chance? I had a spate of issues with my previous camera (D200) when almost new, tracked that exact same issue down to the contacts on the battery / camera body being dirty. the camera seems to mark the battery as empty (even through it's still full/near full) and you can't use it until you place it on the charger for a few seconds. I think the D700 has different firmware in it, I just cycled the power/popped battery in and out the _very_ few times i've seen the issue with the D700

Yes they were as a matter of fact. My upgraded D7100 uses different batteries, but it was my D200 that took the hit back then.

« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2014, 23:14 »
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I typically wear the body out long before the battery.  :P

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« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2016, 23:07 »
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My experience is a bit unusual - replacement batteries seem to last longer in my 7DII than the original Canon

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