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Old 17-03-2013, 12:05   #1 (permalink)
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Seeking a LP-E4 battery

I have decided to sort my kit and have PXed my two trusty 1Ds11 for a 1Ds 111.
I am now in need of a spare battery, a Canon LP-E4 but they seem quite rare,(the people I usually deal with have no stock and can't say when they will be getting them).
I have located one at Microglobe, anyone have any experience of them?
Anyone know of another dealer I could go to?
Thanks in anticipation, Charles.
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Old 17-03-2013, 12:41   #2 (permalink)
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Have a look at Amazon - obviously most are compatibles but..........
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Old 17-03-2013, 13:00   #3 (permalink)

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Re: Seeking a LP-E4 battery

ALSO MAYBE 7DAYSHOP.COM
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Re: Seeking a LP-E4 battery

Since the Post Office declared that you couldn't send Li-ion batteries through the post, many suppliers have stopped stocking them - and 7Dayshop was amongst them (though they stated that they may restart and send them courier). Needless to say, you can get them off eBay, no problem!
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Re: Seeking a LP-E4 battery

MARK, I AM SORRY, I DID NOT KNOW THAT, OTHERWISE I WOULD NOT HAVE SUGGESTED THEM.
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Re: Seeking a LP-E4 battery

Well, I haven't checked whether they stock them again (my excuse is that I'm on my mobile)
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Re: Seeking a LP-E4 battery

Thanks for the response chaps, I will go to Microglobe as they have the genuine article and use a despatch company. Dont know why the Post office has stopped delivering them, havent heard of any posties going up in smoke.
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Thanks for the response chaps, I will go to Microglobe as they have the genuine article and use a despatch company. Dont know why the Post office has stopped delivering them, havent heard of any posties going up in smoke.
It was following the States' decision to ban posting them. There have been numerous cases of problems associated with Li-ion and fires - usually, but not always, when the batteries have been damaged in some way

I've always been amazed it hasn't been done sooner (but grateful as well, seeing as I've had quite a few posted to me over the years! )
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Re: Seeking a LP-E4 battery

JUST WONDERING HOW YOU WILL BE ABLE TO ORDER A NEW CAMERA, WHICH COMES WITH A BATTERY, HOW WILL A SUPPLIER BE ABLE TO SEND IT TO YOU, ALSO IF YOU ORDER A BATTERY GRIP, WITH A SECOND BATTERY AT THE SAME TIME, ARE THEY GOING TO SAY " SORRY WE CANNOT SELL THAT TO YOU, AS WE ARE UNABLE TO SHIP IT TO YOU "

I CAN SEE THIS CAUSING A LOT OF PROBLEMS. IF YOU DON'T LIVE NEAR A SUPPLIER, HOW WILL YOU EVER BE ABLE TO GET A NEW BATTERY.
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Re: Seeking a LP-E4 battery

IIRC, suppliers can post the included battery and up to one spare with any Li-ion powered device. But don't forget that this is via post - otherwise you can still get it via courier
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Re: Seeking a LP-E4 battery

I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY YOU CAN'T POST THEM, YET YOU CAN STILL SEND THEM BY COURIER, SURELY THEY WILL STILL GET THROWN AROUND
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Re: Seeking a LP-E4 battery

Probably because the couriers haven't refused to ship them, just the Post Office!
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Re: Seeking a LP-E4 battery

THANK YOU MARK, I WAS NOT AWARE OF THE POST OFFICE RULING.

I WONDER IF ANYONE HAS HAD A PROBLEM WITH A BATTERY CATCHING LIGHT OR EXPLODING
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Re: Seeking a LP-E4 battery

There have been quite a few incidents of Li-ion battery powered devices catching fire! Dell recalled a batch of laptops for that reason and there've been a number of mobile phone 'incidents' (but they appear to be after the phone had been dropped, potentially damaging the battery)

I recall someone who was charging their 3rd party camera battery - and it melted!

Li-ion batteries are pretty nasty as they can discharge fully if shorted out - hence the catching fire scenarios
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Handheld electronics mostly use LIBs based on lithium cobalt oxide (LiCoO2), which offers high energy density, but have well-known safety concerns, especially when damaged
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Re: Seeking a LP-E4 battery

I did not realise there was a problem with these batteries, it is quite worrying, i am now wondering if it is advisable to keep the batteries in the camera, or take them out until i use my camera.

Are manufacturers looking into making a safer battery ?
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Just shows how used you get to seeing something that when its different it jumps out at you.

NO CAPS WOODY !! lol
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Re: Seeking a LP-E4 battery

IT IS A MYSTERY I HAVE NOT FIGURED OUT YET. I ALWAYS TYPE IN CAPS, BUT SOMETIMES, THERE IS SOMETHING IN THE FORUMS WEBSITE THAT CHANGES IT TO NORMAL (IF THAT'S THE WORD ) IT ONLY HAPPENS OCCASIONALLY, I DON'T KNOW WHY

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Yes Markuluos,I've heard that too, hence my search for a genuine one, dont want my 7 month old 1Ds111 melting!
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I did not realise there was a problem with these batteries, it is quite worrying, i am now wondering if it is advisable to keep the batteries in the camera, or take them out until i use my camera.

Are manufacturers looking into making a safer battery ?
Woody, manufacturers always advise that you remove (any kind of) batteries if you will not be using the equipment for a while.
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THANK YOU CHARLOTTE, I WILL MOST CERTAINLY DO THAT WHEN I AM NOT USING IT FOR A WHILE
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