Sony A6000 battery suggestion

Discussion in 'Mirrorless Digital Cameras' started by steve_t.|1, May 15, 2016.

  1. Hi folks,

    I'd like to get a second battery and an external charger
    for my Sony A6000.

    What are the drawbacks or problems with using 3rd
    party batteries?

    It seems crazy the price being asked for Sony labeled
    batteries, with no real reason I can think of why an OEM
    battery should be required.

    Thanks,
    Steve.
     
  2. You can get lucky with third party batteries, but too often they don't hold a charge as well or fail early.
    Watson makes a double charger for NP-FW50 batteries, with an LCD status screen. It only takes an hour. The battery plates are interchangeable, and I have a Watson charger for other Canon and Sony batteries. The charger runs from line current (built-in converter) and comes with a 12 VDC cable for use in an automobile. I keep a small double charger in my bag. It came with my A7Rii, but there are others on the market.
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/837349-REG/watson_d_4228_duo_lcd_charger_with.html
    I have five spare batteries, and I've used four of them once or twice before I had time to recharge them. The A7 may be harder on batteries than the A6000, but it's still good to have at least two spares. I keep mine in a Thinktank battery wallet.
     
  3. You can get lucky with third party batteries, but too often they don't hold a charge as well or fail early.
    Watson makes a double charger for NP-FW50 batteries, with an LCD status screen. It only takes an hour. The battery plates are interchangeable, and I have a Watson charger for other Canon and Sony batteries. The charger runs from line current (built-in converter) and comes with a 12 VDC cable for use in an automobile. I keep a small double charger in my bag. It came with my A7Rii, but there are others on the market.
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/837349-REG/watson_d_4228_duo_lcd_charger_with.html
    I have five spare batteries, and I've used four of them once or twice before I had time to recharge them. The A7 may be harder on batteries than the A6000, but it's still good to have at least two spares. I keep mine in a Thinktank battery wallet.
     
  4. I've bought 3 extra Duracell batteries for my Nex 6 and 7; they have been perfectly adequate so far, 2 years now,and are a lot cheaper.
     
  5. I bought this:
    http://www.amazon.it/Novit%C3%A0-Caricabatteria-Batteria-NP-FW50-SLT-A55V/dp/B00AKFW10C?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00
    It's Amazon Italy, but you can clearly see the model number. I've been using since almost two years, both with the a6000 and the NEX-6. It works well, the battery keeps the charge and the charger is nice as it also sports an USB output and an USB input, in addition to the plug for the wall power cable.
     
  6. I bought a couple of Vivitar higher capacity batteries for mine, and they seem to hold a charge longer than the original Sony battery. I've had no issues at all.
     
  7. "You get what you pay for"...
    There's a reason they have less capacity and charge quicker; you should also be concerned about safety !
    Look at these clever "fake" batteries ! <<<click>>> Fake everything - Shenzhen, China
    Seems like a labor intensive proposition to produce these fakes, but with super low wages it's obviously profitable...
     
  8. I've used Watson without issues, and Wasabi (both Fuji and Sony) but one of two Wasabi batteries for Sony that I got was not recognized by the camera, A7R.
     

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