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Not what I expected, but decent value for the money
on April 4, 2013
I ordered this product based on the positive reviews from many others. It is a good value, but there are some things which are not quite what they appear. Here are some pros and cons
Pros: 2 batteries, dual voltage charger, car adapter, compact size, charge time shows on camera display
The batteries are both rated at 4,000 mAh. This compares to 1,700 mAh for the battery that came with my Panasonic JCV-500M. The OEM battery lasts about 2.5 hours, so I was expecting that the Wasabi batteries would last at least twice that much based on their mAh rating- but not so. Both batteries when fully charged show approximately 3 hours on the camera display and this was barely half an hour more than the OEM battery. The batteries are also about twice the size of the OEM battery so they stick out about half an inch from the back of the camera.
I also had to order a replacement since the first unit I received came with a defective battery. Amazon does not sell this product directly, but they provided me with a prepaid shipping label and credited my account. What they could not do was simply replace the product as I requested. I had to order a new one, pay for it, and subsequently request a credit from Amazon for my first purchase.
I am not sure if I will be happy with the product in the long run, but I decided to keep it since the pros outweigh the cons - but not by much.