LP-E6 BATTERY REPLACEMENT

LP-E6 BATTERY REPLACEMENT

15 posts
3 Feb 2015
alexcrawford
Photographer
alexcrawford

what's the latest views on WHICH replacement lp-e6 battery to buy for
a 5d2 ? ive just had a couple refuse to charge after months of
being left uncharged (oops) and would like to replace them with
non-canon batteries.
thanks
alex




Posted 3 Feb 2015
EllessePhotography
Photographer
EllessePhoto..
This is a common problem with the Canon charger. I bought another charger (non-canon, about a tenner) when mine refused to charge, now have no problems.

I haven't tried the "cheapo" batteries, but do have a couple of Hanhel ones that are good. That said, I've actually bought genuine Canon ones from ebay for £24 each (and yes, they are genuine according to my 5D3)

Posted 3 Feb 2015
Rolleiflexer
Photographer
Rolleiflexer
I have now gone over to a full frame Nikon but for both my previous Canon DSLRs I found that these batteries bought on Amazon from this company gave longer shooting time and had a longer overall life than the Canon originals.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rechargerable-Lithium-ion-Battery-7DmarkII-7DmarkIII/dp/B00GN4IRXO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1422979426&sr=8-1&keywords=LP-E6

I can also recommend the Neewer battery grips. If you are thinking of buying a battery grip there are some great deals for a grip and two batteries bought together as a package.

Posted 3 Feb 2015
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
I too have had my Canon LP-E6 batteries go bad, and I too unfortunately didn't use them for months (it's an unfortunate side effect of modern batteries in that they need regular cycling, nothing to do with the charger).
Posted 3 Feb 2015
magpie1
Photographer
magpie1
It's also important to store LiOn batteries, fully charged.

Posted 3 Feb 2015
EllessePhotography
Photographer
EllessePhoto..
RedChecker

I too have had my Canon LP-E6 batteries go bad, and I too unfortunately didn't use them for months (it's an unfortunate side effect of modern batteries in that they need regular cycling, nothing to do with the charger).


Hmm, that may be the case, but when my batteries refused to charge in the canon charger, charging them in an aftermarket one rejuvinated them (I can now charge them in either)
Posted 3 Feb 2015
Rolleiflexer
Photographer
Rolleiflexer
Somewhile ago I was the General Manager for 3 years of the UKs then second largest laptop and camera battery supplier. (We supplied many large companies including Dixons/PC World.) What magpie1 said is absolutely true, Lithium Ion batteries need to be charged first, if they are going to be stored and never allowed to go completely flat. This is the complete opposite of the older technologies, Nickel Cadmium and Nickel Metal Hydride batteries should be stored in a discharged state. The reason for this is that Lithium ion batteries are SMART batteries in that they contain circuitry or a chip which controls their charge and discharge rate which is programmed in when they are manufactured. If a Lithium Ion battery looses so much charge that the battery memory is lost, the battery will not charge. There are machines available which are sophisticated charger/analysers, such as the one the company I worked for had, which will often revive a seemingly dead battery. Different chargers have different charachteristics in terms of how they will react to a battery connected to them. Some will work with a lower level of charge remaining in the battery than others. This explains why EllessePhotography experienced what he did and why the now rejuvanated battery will work with the Canon charger which previously failed to recognise the battery and recharge it. Excuse me being cynical but it may be that Canon would like you to buy more of their nice new batteries so setting their chargers to only recognise a battery that is say one eighth charged and not if it is one twentieth charged, is a good way to get you to write off batteries that could be brought back to life with the right equipment.

Posted 3 Feb 2015
alexcrawford
Photographer
alexcrawford
Yes. If the charger recognises a very low state of charge and/or a high electrical resistance it may decide not to charge. the canon charger soon goes into a rapid yellow blinking light mode which I suspect is an error mode that delivers a very low charge rate in an attempt to recover the battery over time. This is a guess !!! I'm going to leave the inactive battery on charge like this overnight to see if it will take enough charge to subsequently take a proper charge cycle from the canon charger. (holds head in despair). My guess is that 3rd party cheap chargers aren't very smart and simply ignore battery "error" conditions and blast 'em with full power until they submit I won't be taking anything apart to check the theories though as I simply can't be bothered if an overnight exposure to some current doesn't work. batteries are too cheap (but I've identified two that aren't happy)
Posted 3 Feb 2015
alexcrawford
Photographer
alexcrawford
latest update if anyone is awake and not yawning: one battery after 7? attempts to get it to charge started charging as normal, and now appears normal, is accepting a normal charge, and will be cycles through the camera a number of times to get it exercised. the other battery has been put on charge 30? times in the canon charger, which attempts to charge it for a very short period of time only, the charger then "gives up", no lights on it what so ever, and sits there idle for as long as my patience lasts. this battery wiil hit the bin leaving me with only 6 working batteries now as the battery grip takes 'em 2 x 2, and i've only ever got through two sets in a day, i'm going to be tight and not replace the dead battery. the money saved by not replacing it will go to buy me a nice bottle of belgian beer (or eight) for the weekend...
Posted 5 Feb 2015
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
It's a shame that Canon don't have a refresh button on all their chargers (which would discharge and recharge). My EOS 1 charger has this feature and I use it every time I've left the camera for a couple of months.

Posted 5 Feb 2015
alexcrawford
Photographer
alexcrawford

red: good point, but it'd cost canon a few battery sales, so that's why i guess they dont....?

(or is that being too cynical ?)



Posted 10 Feb 2015
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
Another trick is to simply leave the camera on standby if you're not going to use it and it'll slowly drain. As a 6D owner I can also turn on the GPS & Wifi which will help drain a battery in hours.

Of course if you're really lucky or motivated you'd just shoot often and naturally cycle them regularly.

Posted 10 Feb 2015
eosfan
Photographer
eosfan
There was a Canon advisory on LP-E6 charger issue, might be worth reading in case it solves your problem;

http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/support/consumer?pageKeyCode=prdAdvDetail&docId=0901e024809ed436

Dave

Posted 10 Feb 2015
MG
Photographer
MG
I highly recommend Duracell or Energiser batteries for it. Both are a lot cheaper than Canon's own brand. The Duracell are £30 directly. It's a brand name that you can assume to trust or at least replace if needs be. http://www.duracelldirect.co.uk/digital-camera/canon/oem-pno/lp-e6.html

Posted 10 Feb 2015
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