Likewise, I tried to save money on my 10 yr old Canon Powershot camera
battery. The cheapo batteries were crap. like you say. I paid for a
Canon OEM battery at 4 times the cheapo cost, but got a good battery.
You get what you pay for.
I also went through B&H photo.
That's why I'm happy that I've never bought a camera that takes
anything other than AAs. [well- not since that Ricoh in 83 that
took 4 wafer batteries that were near impossible to find]
I've got a couple dozen NiMH AAs that recycle through the chargers as
necessary. Every couple years I buy 4 batteries. No time/money
wasted trying to find some exotic battery that will be useless when,
the week after I buy it, the gadget bites the dust.
Or, as a friend of mine did, took his Nikon to Mazatlan, and discovered he'd
left his charger at home. Batteries were $50, and chargers the same. I had
my reliable AA nimh batteries and charger.
But HIS was a Nikon, and a lot better than mine, although we did not ever
get to compare picture quality.
Froogle will help find sellers.
Beyond that, not much I can add. The batteries look a bit like the
ones my Motorola V-120 cell phone took. they last about 4 or 5 years
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