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Panasonic FZ3 Additional Battery

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  1. Chris23

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    I am looking at a spare battery for my new FZ3 and would appreciate clarification.

    The FZ3, FZ15 & Fz20 all use the CGA-S002A battery but all ebay & 7dayshop replacements are the CGA-S002 which is, I think, the battery that was used with the older models.

    These replacements seem to come in differing capacities from 500mah to the 680mah of the original.

    Can someone please confirm that the old type CGA-S002 battery will work in the later models and that the charger supplied is happy charging it.
     
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    I bought a spare from 7 day shop
    600mAh instead of 680
    charges fine and works without problems-
     
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    The last letter signifies the country acc to Panasonic.

    Mike.
     
  4. Chris23

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    Thank you.

    Flimber - Interesting about the last letter. I can understand the charger being country specific but not the battery.
     
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    Does the FZ10 use the same battery as the FZ20?

    I have just bought a 680mah one for £27 from Jessops.
     
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    £3.95 on ebay, £4.95 delivery.

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  7. Chris23

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    Thanks for the help. Purchased one on e bay for £11 delivered from a UK supplier which I feel happier about. I also wanted it quickly. I think on e bay all the profit is in the delivery charge for some small items. :thumbsup:

    All FZ's use the same battery I think.
     
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    Did the guy on ebay have more than 1? I haven't been able to find any in the UK in Ebay.

    A lot on Ebay are only 500mAh
     
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    Thanks, I have just bought another 2 batteries from them. Seems a good deal. :D
     
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    I recently got a battery from ebay and the guy sent me the wrong one, he is going to send another but I am trying to work out which camera the one I have is for. It is the same to look at as the FZ3 battery but very very slightly bigger it fits in the camera (but not the charger) but does not click into place. On it it says for Panasonic BM7 7.4v 850 amh. Can anyone help me identify it.

    Regards Greame
     
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    Sounds very strange because the BM7 should be the same battery as the FZ3 (according to the web). Have never seen a 850 amh one though.
     
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    7.4 volts to, agreed strange.
     
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    My batterys have arrives today. They also have BM7 on them. I hope they fit.

    Surely they have sold loads of these on Ebay before?
     
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    My spare is marked BM7 as well. It fits the camera perfectly, and charges in exactly the same time as the original Panasonic did in the charger. It is clearly marked as 680mah.

    No complaints for a bargain.
     
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    hi all i bought the battery from 7 day shop for fz3 seems to fit charger and camera ok, have not compared to see how long replacement compares to original battery as regards how many pics etc before a recharge is needed.

    i also purchased the jenoptik jenreader 4in 1 slim from 7 day shop (7day states that jenreader is not suitable with win 98) although jenotik supplies drivers for win 98 i have not had any luck installing card reader however.

    i have at last installed card reader, i copied the contents of win98 folder from supplied jenoptic cd rom to floppy "windows 98 did not seem to reconize cd rom usb driver" and ran driver install from a drive all ok now
     
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    Well I am at home now and have tried the 2 new batteries. 1 fits in the charger ok but the other one seems to be too small. It just doesn't sit right. It still seems to have charged so I will see if it fits ok in the camera.
     
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    OOP's it does fit but it is a tighter fit than the original I was just being to carefull with my new camera, it works in the camera ok to just snugger. I was a bit concerned about the 7.4v and 850 amh but I imagine it will just last longer in the camera. I now have three batterys I think that may be to many now.
    Thanks all
    Greame
     
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    Can anyone tell me how theses batteries compare to the original in terms of holding charge?
     
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    I bought one of these BM7 batteries from ebay also, I couldn't resist the bargain. I think the size is not exactly the same as the panasonic battery. It's maybe 0.3mm longer as it just fits (without any undue force) allowing the retaining clip to engagae over the end of the battery. Powers up the camera fine....so no complaints so far :)

    Pete.
     
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    The company oy Ebay have asked me to return the battery. Its funny how its only one of the batteries that is causing a problem. Some people may live with it but I don't fancy having to push the battery hard so the clip can engage.
     
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    Hi Tigermad,

    I think you are correct about the force used to get the battery clip to engage. I have changed my mind about the amount of force I was using and I think it is excessive for such a small clip. I think over time the clip would not withstand the strain and would eventually break. I have thrown away the battery box and instructions so I don't feel that I can send it back to the e-bay shop. However, all is not lost.....I have discovered that if you do not attempt to allow the clip to engae and simply close the camera battery door instead the battery has a little more room. In fact it sits in the housing perfectly, no pressure or forces are exerted anywhere and the camera powers up just fine. Of course there is a risk that the battery may fall out of the base of the camers if the battery door is accidently opened. But I think this is a very, very small risk and the battery was v cheap anyway. So for what it's worth that is my solution.. :rolleyes: I am happy enough now and reassured that I still have 2 batteries if I take the camera out for the day. :thumbsup:
     
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    I think these replacement batteries are a very slightly different size to the original but mine fits, & clicks, with no more force than the Panasonic one provided that I push it in from the end nearest the centre of the camera ie as far from the clip as possible. If I push from the centre or the other end of the battery it does not want to push in & click half as easily. Try it & see if it works for you.
     

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