Chipped Batteries Explained
What are chipped battery packs -
With the sales of digicams and in particular popular DSLR’s on the rise, the demand for generic versions of the original battery packs has increased. Generic batteries offer reduced costs for users and are easily obtainable. Unfortunately this has triggered movement from several makers to introduce ‘chipped’ battery packs. This is the inclusion of a silicon chip into the design. The makers claim the reason behind this is to improve the communication between the battery and camera whilst offering enhanced details of performance such as a guide to remaining power.
Cynics, including ourselves, believe this is simply a means of ensuring that only batteries produced by the camera maker can be used – thus the camera refusing to work with an un-chipped battery – and meaning the camera maker can continue to charge extortionate prices for replacement batteries. This leaves the camera user in the distressing scenario of having no option but to pay over the odds for what is essentially a ‘replacement’ battery. Another disturbing knock on effect from the introduction of the chipped battery is it leaves the maker with the ability to control supply. Once they have decided not to produce the them anymore, the camera effectively becomes redundant once the current batteries reach the end of their useful life.
We have managed to keep a record of all the generic batteries we are currently experiencing chipping issues with and the camera models they affect. Please see details below -
Batteries currently affected -
SLT-A35, SLT-A55, SLT-A33, DSLR-A560, DSLR-A580, NEX-3, NEX-5
D5100, D3100, D3200, P7000, P7100
Legria HF R205
We are always in contact with our suppliers for the expected arrival of updated versions of these batteries. We will tweet, facebook and blog to keep our customers up to date.
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