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  1. Does anyone have any experience/avise/condemnations for non-OEM batteries for the Canon HFxxx camcorders? I'm looking for a BP-819 equivalent that works. I have a wedding to shoot in 2 weeks and my BP-809 only buys me about 70-90min.

    I'm looking at, likely Chineese batteries, like:
    http://www.amazon.com/BP-819-Rechargeable-Intelligent-Battery-Camcorders/dp/B003IQNTW4...1608733&sr=1-2

    or maybe

    http://www.amazon.com/Wasabi-Power-Battery-Charger-BP-819/dp/B004THA2OE/ref=sr_1_6?s=e...1610189&sr=1-6

    The Wasabi battery looks too good to be true...............

    Prices, vendors, and reviews vary wildly. Some actual user experience would help me a ton.
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    While I don't have that specific battery, I just went thru this a few weeks ago. I found the replacement battery industry rife with fraud. I decided to spend $5 more than the knockoff and buy the actual OEM battery because only the OEM actually reads out the battery's remaining time on my cam's lcd. The knock-offs usually just flash on the lcd when it's within 5 minutes of expiring which is useless to me but may be fine with you. Something as important as a wedding would, to me at least, require top-notch equipment. Just think of the consequences of buying a cheap knock-off that goes bad on you in the middle of a gig. Also, if shipped from China, the 2 weeks delivery usually ends up closer to 2 months. I bought my OEM on eBay but only after asking the seller if it was really an original OEM.
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  3. Thanks zoobie, that's sound advise. However the battery in question is $70 for the OEM and $15 for the after market. Seems like quite a gap to me. I know there are some bad after market batteries but some are OK. I just can't sort out the mess.

    I may just get an OEM considering I need it in 2 weeks or less. I don't have time to deal with a cut rate vendor.

    Any suggestions, otherwise on a non-OEM or a good fast vendor?
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    My battery experience has been: Purchased a Panasonic camera which came with a small Panasonic battery. Purchased a larger Panasonic battery as backup. After a few hours use (over a few months time) the original failed and was replaced by a Duracell.

    The second Panasonic battery failed after several more hours use (over a few years time) and the Duracell (with the same use) is still good.

    Looked at the fine print on the Panasonic: Matsushita - made in Japan and the Duracell: Duracell a division of Gillette - made in China.

    Just spent some time looking for a replacement for the second Panasonic - it seems that allmost all are made in China (even a supposed OEM Panasonic in a package that says Panasonic) by a variety of different companies there. Prices vary from about $15 to $80.

    Will probably order another Duracell from the same company as the first one for $4 and hope that it's as good as the first one.

    http://www.ebatts.com/panasonic_pv-gs400_camcorder_batteries_part_dr9609.aspx
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    That vendor ebatts, do they ship fast (CONUS)? Also does your battery have a chip that is compatible with your camcorder, as in registers with the camcorder.
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  6. FWIW, every once in a blue moon I decide to not be a cheap ba***rd. I went ahead and got an official Canon battery from B&H. Although those duracell batts look very interesting. I may try them out when I'm not in a pinch.
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    I own a Canon VIXIA HF S21. I recently purchased (2) Duracell 6hr batteries at a reasonable cost and have had no problems with them Go to ebatts.com, they have been supplying me batteries for all my camcorders for several years now.
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    i've used the generic chinese made batteries with "premium cells from japan" in a canon hv30 like the wasabis without a problem for several years. i'd buy them again as they sell for 1/4 an oem bat and are as good if not better.
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    Now that I've found the definition of CONUS (for the probably few that don't know = Continental US), yes they do. They have the usual shipping options, 2 day (expensive) through 5 day (sometimes free).
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