I’ve tried out a number of different generic decoded batteries on the market and the majority of those batteries worked fine in the Canon 7d and 5d mark II. Unfortunately this hasn’t been the case with the Canon 6d and 5d mark III. Canon has crippled their new cameras with all kinds of battery detection, so much so that they sometimes have trouble recognizing the batteries that came with the camera. This doesn’t make the batteries useless but it does give you an annoying warning every time you use the batteries and it sometimes cause problems if you have an HDMI monitor attached.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that the latest version of Wasabi’s LP-E6 decoded batteries work without issue on the 5d mark III. While the Wasabi LP-E6 batteries are a little more expensive then some of the other generic batteries on the market (about $14 a peace), they are far less expensive than the $60 Canon charges for official batteries.

Gen batteries16 Wasabi LP-E6 batteries¬†which would also include 8 battery chargers. While most people don’t need 16 LP-E6 Batteries laying around, it’s not uncommon to have at least 8 batteries if you are shooting with multiple cameras or have a field monitor that uses LP-E6 batteries.

When I started looking into generic batteries, Wasabi was just another brand. However, after using them for a number of years and having good luck with their performance, I generally lean towards Wasabi for my generica battery needs. They might be $4 or $5 more expensive then other generic battery providers but it seems like they’re worth the price.

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