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cherryfizwiz
08-29-2004, 09:12 PM
hi, i have a canon powershoot sd10 which came with an NB-3L rechargable battery. its made by canon but i want to buy a spare and i have the choice of buying either one like the one i have now or a generic NB-3L. The generic one costs much less of course, so I was wondering if there is any difference between a generic one and a brand name one? Is the battery life shorter? Or would I just be paying extra 20 dollars for the name? Thanks.

Ben Miller
08-30-2004, 09:58 PM
You're mostly paying for the name. Supposedly there are some disreputable manufacturers/dealers out there that are making shoddy batteries, but in general I think you can be pretty comfortable buying a third-party replacement. Especially if you go through a well-known dealer, such as the Thomas Distributing (http://www.nimhbattery.com/) outfit which advertises on DCResource.

D70FAN
08-30-2004, 11:02 PM
You're mostly paying for the name. Supposedly there are some disreputable manufacturers/dealers out there that are making shoddy batteries, but in general I think you can be pretty comfortable buying a third-party replacement. Especially if you go through a well-known dealer, such as the Thomas Distributing (http://www.nimhbattery.com/) outfit which advertises on DCResource.

While you are there, get the MAHA C204F charger as well. It is the only charger I have used that actually charges batteries to 100%, safely. I have 2 and they have traveled all over the place for the past 5 years without a hitch.