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Better than OEM, Just 1/4 the Cost
on March 16, 2012
Batteries in electronics have largely been rip-offs for many years. A couple of extra batteries for some digital cameras and camcorders may come eerily close to the cost of the complete, brand new unit. Panasonic has been one of the worst offenders, suggesting that their Chinese batteries are somehow better or "safer" than aftermarket.
To "protect" the consumer, they sometimes ensure that aftermarket batteries are not recognized in their units, so they can sell you a three dollar battery . . . for $85 or so. I regularly use three Panasonic camcorders: TM55, TM80, and a HDC-SD90. They all use the same batteries. I did buy a "factory Panasonic" VW-VBK360 extra life battery at a nosebleed price. It is made in China, rated at 3580 mAh. This battery is rated at 3800 MaH and does last about ten percent longer than the overpriced Panasonic. Battery life remaining shows properly in all three camcorders, just like the OEM battery. A fabulous value and highly recommended.