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i’ve gotten batteries from ebatts.com for my Sony PD170. I got two batteries and they last SO long – about 12 hours each.
Thanks I just ordered 2 more to go with the 2 I have. I will be in Nicaragua shooting a documentary in early June and wanted to get the power situation taken care of.
This is all I have. I’ve had them for going on 3 years now and have never had a problem. I always carry 3 with me, but one will last me for the entire shoot, which are usually about 7 hours.
TEST them before you leave. I will never use off-brand batteries again. My Z1 wasn’t fried, but the camera knew that I was not using a Sony battery and shut down after a minute. Can you imagine the panic when the freshly charged new battery was removed from the camera and replaced with an equally freshly charged off-brand battery, which ran for one minute. Fortunately, I had a fully charged Sony battery in my bag and was able to finish the project.
It’s an arms race. Sony puts some smarts into the battery so that it knows when a genuine Sony battery is installed, and the knock-offs reverse-engineer the new Sony batteries and mimic them. That’s why some people get away with using new knock-off batteries.
I still have the knock-offs, but I only use them in my on-camera lights.
Be aware that there is a chance they may go bad, but there is that chance with any battery.
I ordered 12 of these offbrand batteries. I had 2 go bad. One because I dropped it and messed it up. And the other was messed up when I got it. I sent it back and got a replacement that hasn’t given any trouble. Again, going on 3 years. I always make sure that I carry 3 batteries for each of my 3 cameras.
Good luck in choosing.