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#1 Washington

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Posted 04 April 2011 - 23:20

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It charged up just like a Leica battery…. and didn’t even explode.
That’s a plus!
It’s powering the camera now…. and still no explosion.
How many pictures will it take (before exploding)?
How long will it last?
Stay tuned…. only time will tell.
On the other hand, if you never hear from me again: something really awful
happened.
Thaaaaatttts all, folks.
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Posted 05 April 2011 - 00:07

HAHA

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 00:16

Can't wait to see, one area in accessories where I've been burned badly is where I definitely over payed; bought a Sandisk 16GB Extreme ultra edition for like $90 and the damn thing is plagued with corruptions and slowdown on the M9. Where as my cheapo Transend $30 class 10 16GB not only never corrupts, is faster, but actually has a slightly higher capacity. The batteries thing worries me and I have a no name cheapo on the side, but I've been avoiding using it unless necessary. Will be watching this thread closely.

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 00:53

Well, hang in there…. time will tell. But, one thing folk’s have to understand
not ALL batteries come from the same manufacturer. So, here is the strange
thing…. on the battery box there is NO brand name or manufacturer mentioned!
(I forgot to check the battery itself: but I will) So, as I said, we will see.
I too have a San Disc (nothing special) card in my own M-9 and it works great.
Have fun, kiddo!!! Cheers!

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 08:06

So, here is the strange
thing…. on the battery box there is NO brand name or manufacturer mentioned!


That space is left blank to write 'Leica' in when they make a batch with the extra circuitry inside.

When you start to get contradictory readings after recharging with what your cameras battery meter shows the answers are already in FAQ :)

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 10:44

Green smoke coming from your camera is OK. It is just the circuits burning in and settling down - however if the smoke turns magenta leave the building immediately and take cover wearing a Hazmat suit. :D

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 17:20

You fellows may be right…. no smoke yet, but the menu is now in Mandarin.

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 18:07

Good luck. I tried a third party (China) battery for my D3 several years ago. It worked fine for about six months and then went really, really crazy.

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 18:28

I have also had second party batteries go south for my Canons. I have a couple of
Leica brand batteries and I’m just curious about this thing. I’m not claiming it to
be anything… and it could very well fail. But, it would be interesting if it continued to work
well. If not I’m not going to be the least bit upset. I’d then take it apart to see what’s in
the case. It’s all just for fun.
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Posted 05 April 2011 - 21:41

I’d then take it apart to see what’s in
the case. It’s all just for fun.


Which would only make sense if you take a Leica battery apart as well????

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 22:16

Hi and keep us informed please!
I'm quite worried that something gets wrong when using noname batteries...
There are stories about spoilt cameras and such, though not from the Leica-range.

Pressing fingers from Hamburg!

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 23:30

There has been a lot of shared experience in this matter on this forum, one way or the other. Just remember one thing: YMMV.
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Posted 05 April 2011 - 23:40

Steve, good idea…. when one fails I will. Actually, all batteries deteriorate slowly,
so, one day, no matter what it is, it will no longer work well. I realize the quality of
the battery has plenty to do with it… but, it’s just a question of time with the best
of them. I was reading about battery research in China and they are working on some
pretty advanced ideas….. which, of course, has nothing to do with the guessing game
of which*‘’consumer'’ batteries are well made. Cheers.

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 23:48

Ok, I checked out ‘’YMMV’’ with Acronym Finder ….. run by a friend of mine right
here in Estes Park ( http://www.acronymfinder.com/)….. of the choices available
I still am not sure of your meaning of: ‘’YMMV’’.

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Posted 06 April 2011 - 00:50

"Your Mileage May Vary"
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Posted 06 April 2011 - 01:04

Right! ''Your Milage May Vary’’ was one on the list. Yup, I sure agree with that!!!!

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Posted 07 April 2011 - 04:01

Update:
Two days shooting and the battery is showing a 90% charge level.

Edited by Washington, 07 April 2011 - 04:02.
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Posted 10 April 2011 - 07:40

At this point I am not keeping track of the thing with a stop-watch…. but it sure seems it’s
lasting longer in the M-9 on one charge than the Leica batteries!

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Posted 10 April 2011 - 09:11

I got 4 no name batteries for a fraction of the cost of one leica one. They all work fine. Occasionally they show incorrect charge levels- they show empty straight after charging-but that is OK- just keep shooting. They last around the same amount of time as the OEM version- and I have been using them for over a year with no failures.

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Posted 10 April 2011 - 09:38

Don't forget that Leica batteries are also made in China, quite possibly by someone with an equally "funny" name.
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