Are you in search for the best camera battery money can buy? Have you ever searched the web for a professional camera battery and found yourself drowning in the cluster of cheap untrustworthy no-name brands and crazy expensive brand-name products? Yes, we have too. Has this experience twisted your perception of what quality and value is? Has this held back your ability to make an educated purchasing decision? Maybe yes, maybe no. For those of you who said YES, we have the answers and we want to help!
Here are four things to look for when buying the best camera battery for your buck:
The product warranty will tell you how confident a manufacturer is in their product. Manufactures that offer 2 or 3 year warranty policies have confidence in their products because they know the products will last. Avoid products that have less than 12 months of warranty. These products are designed to fail early – whether it is intentional or not, we don’t know, but either way, this is a red flag!
A battery pack’s reliability starts with the cells that are used. Panasonic/Sanyo, Sony, Samsung(recently), and LG(recently) all have good reputations and are generally considered top-tier quality cells. If a battery manufacturer doesn’t share info on their cell maker, they could be taking precautionary measures but most reputable brands will PROMOTE who they are using. So if there is something to hide, red flag!
3. “Cell Balance”
Building a battery pack with balanced cells is key to longevity and reliability. If the battery manufacturer is using imbalanced, off the shelf cells, the battery pack will have a short life. Reputable brands will always purchase cells direct from the cell maker to minimize the negative effects of imbalanced cells. Be sure to buy battery packs from manufacturers that promote the fact that they have balanced cells in their packs.
It’s inevitable that a product will fail to a certain degree; whether it’s defective, damaged, or simply exhausted from age, something will go wrong – and of course, failures always occur at the worst times but I digress. Having the option to speak with the manufacturer’s representatives or a network of authorized dealers from virtually anywhere in the world to trouble shoot your issues is a major benefit that very few manufactures offer. Manufacturers or authorized dealers thereof that can offer loaners while your gear is being repaired is a huge bonus! After-all, you can’t complete your job without functioning tools!