Using 3rd Party batteries with the Canon HF100/HF10 Camcorder

3775 The Canon HF100 is a great HD camcorder, and I’d really recommend it, especially for the price. You probably want a spare battery to go with it, but be careful which battery you choose. In their “wisdom” Canon has put a stranglehold on the 3rd party battery market by making the camcorder *very* picky about the voltage tolerances when charging a battery that’s attached to the camcorder.

The one I tried from this company would power the camcorder, but just refused to be charged. The camcorder LED blinked quickly, indicating there was a problem with the battery.

Watch out for sites like B2C Shopping; in their terms and conditions they’ve got clause which says they won’t pay your return postage costs… even if the reason for your return isn’t your fault! Their product description categorically says the battery is 100% compatible with the HF10/HF100.. but it isn’t! They eventually refunded the item cost, but none of the postage costs I incurred sending the incompatible product back!

I’ve seen on eBay that any non-Canon batteries for the HF10/HF100 come with their own charger.. getting around the problem of the camcorder refusing to charge these 3rd party batteries. Even when you do buy one of these, the batteries aren’t “intelligent” like the official Canon batteries.. which means each time you switch it on, the camcorder will tell you it can’t communicate with the battery & is that okay. Very annoying.

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