Everyone should have a replacement battery for their DSLR, but as a beginner this can be something you forget. So we will explain what you need to know and suggestions for what to get for your beginner Canon DSLR.
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Do I need a spare camera battery?
We’ve all been there where we think we’ve got a fully charged battery in the camera, only to realise that you forgot to charge the battery.
This is a situation you DO NOT want to be in. Especially if you’ve travelled quite some way to a shoot.
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You need a replacement battery. If you have a spare in your bag it can save you in so many situations and to be honest DSLR batteries are so cheap for how long they last and the use you get out of them. There’s really no excuses.
So what do you need to know about camera batteries?
Types of Camera Batteries
In the DSLR world, you mainly need to concern yourself with rechargeable lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. These are great because they are so lightweight and compact but provide an amazing power source to draw from.
They have benefits compared to other rechargeable batteries like Nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries.
Benefits include being more efficient, more lightweight and having faster recharge speeds.
Now does that mean you can buy ANY lithium-ion battery?
There’s so many Li-ion batteries out there of different sizes and power that you need to make sure you match the right type of battery to your camera.
If you don’t you could risk damaging your camera.
Luckily for you each camera tends to come with its own OEM battery.
OEM stands for “original equipment manufacturer”. So, an OEM battery is one made to the camera manufacturers own design. For example, a Canon camera may have an OEM battery which has been made specifically to the Canon’s design.
With these batteries you will know that the battery was specifically designed to work with your camera. They will be the most reliable in terms of power and the least risky option in terms of faults. They will however be the most expensive option.
The other option is to use a third party battery.
Third party batteries
A third party battery is not made or designed by the original manufacturer. Instead it is basically a reverse engineered version of the original. Lots of manufacturers do this. Some are good… some not so good.
Why would you go for third party batteries?
Third party batteries will tend to be a lot cheaper than OEM batteries. This can be because of 2 reasons.
The first reason is that these manufacturers are happy to make a smaller profit margin on the product than the OEM.
The second reason is that the batteries themselves are cheaper to produce because they have either skipped some parts of the process or used lower quality materials and processes.
Ideally you want it to be the first reason because that means you are closer to the battery specifically designed for the camera.
Sometimes third party batteries can be as low as ¼ of the cost of an OEM battery. So you can see why people may want to opt for this as the savings can be large.
Why would you NOT want a third party battery?
As mentioned above, having a lower cost could be because of a reduction in quality. Sometimes this could be negligible, but other times it could be quite drastic.
BEWARE OF THE COUNTERFEIT.
Since batteries are so essential you can expect that there will be some shady vendors out there that will try to make cheap knockoffs for a profit. It can be an easy sell especially when branded OEM batteries (Canon, Nikon, Sony etc.) can be quite expensive.
People have experienced various problems with third party options such as faster discharge rates, lower performance in varying temperatures (if it gets too cold or too hot), or even swelling of the battery.
In general the cheaper you go the higher risk you are taking on.
If you do want to go third party then we would recommend going for one that has plenty of reviews.
Summary: OEM VS Third Party Batteries
- This is the least risky option.
- Best performance.
- Most reliable in terms of power.
- Your warranty would not be void by any battery malfunction.
- You will pay more and if you need quite a few batteries it can set you back quite a bit.
Third Party :
- Decent performance if you pick the right brands.
- Riskier as warranty for the camera can be void by battery malfunction.
- A lot more affordable.
*NOTE : There are plenty of people who have bought cheap third party batteries, had good reviews and not had a problem. It’s just up to you in terms of what level of risk you would like to take.
So how many spare batteries should you get?
In addition to the one that already comes with the camera you NEED at least 1 spare. 2 is good. But if you are on a budget then just having one spare can do the job.
If you are going to be on the road for a long time with no chance to charge then pack a few more.
Which battery is right for my beginner Canon DSLR?
Since most brands have a set of batteries for different models, I’ve made your life easier by creating this table below so you can match your camera model to batteries you could buy.
I have chosen to cater this towards beginners so you won’t be finding any expensive full frame cameras on this list.
Canon Camera / Battery Table :
|Camera Model||OEM Battery|
|Canon EOS Rebel T100 / 4000D||LP-E10|
|Canon EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D||LP-E10|
|Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D :||LP-E10|
|Canon EOS Rebel T7 / 2000D||LP-E10|
|Canon EOS Rebel SL1 / 100D :||LP-E12|
|Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / 200D :||LP-E17|
|Canon EOS Rebel SL3 / 250D :||LP-E17|
|Canon EOS Rebel T6i / 750D :||LP-E17|
|Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D :||LP-E17|
|Canon EOS Rebel T8i:||LP-E17|
|Canon EOS 77D :||LP-E17N|
How to protect your battery?
Your battery is the life of your camera so it should be protected accordingly. If you have a camera bag to put your kit in you may have a compartment that protects your batteries well enough.
If you don’t…
…A small battery holder is a good option. They stop your batteries from rocking around loose in your camera bag and give them an extra layer of protection.
This Neewer Battery Holder works for most common batteries that you’d use in a camera.
We hope you found this helpful! As always we appreciate your time for reading this.
– Photography Pursuits Team