[time-nuts] OT Gel Cell question
csteinmetz at yandex.com
Mon Jul 28 16:38:47 EDT 2014
>Stay away from hamfest/flea market batteries. They are almost always
>bad and nothing really revives them. Pay the money and make sure you
>get a recent build date.
Also, know that there is a huge range of quality represented by the
batteries available on the market. Unfortunately, almost all
batteries these days come out of just a few factories in
China. These manufacturers are capable of designing and constructing
first-quality products, but the batteries that are commonly available
in the US are made for brands that ask for the cheapest batteries
possible. So you need to find a brand that aims higher and actually
does its own quality control.
And do not be misled by what has become an almost universal
bait-and-switch technique: You find a link that says "GENUINE
[brand] battery!!" and when you follow the link the page says
"[BRAND] battery" prominently at the top but when you scroll down you
find in tiny print that the battery for sale is "compatible with
GENUINE [BRAND] battery" or is a "GENUINE [BRAND] replacement
battery" and is actually the cheapest, most awful POS battery made.
Panasonic SLAs are by far the best I've used (even the ones made in
China), but I haven't found any for sale in the US for a few years
now. If anybody knows of a source, please share.
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