Knock off batteries questions

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Hey all has anyone used 3rd party batteries for there drones and if so is it trustworthy or should just stick to the original type of gear


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I personally am new but from what I know from other types of devices I recommend the makers gear mainly so you don't void any warranty etc. but past that no idea on the rep of other batteries.
 
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There is nothing worse then taking a chance on a third party battery and having the aircraft fall from the sky. Don't trust them. No matter what, spend the extra money and get original equipment. It's cheaper then buying a new drone due to battery failure. Best Buy has the original batteries but I would never get anything from amazon or eBay. Stick with authorized dealers for your equipment.


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When it comes to anything propulsion related (motors, props, batteries, etc.), only use OEM DJI products.
 
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The only thing that annoys me about DJI is their battery prices. $150 for a 4S Lipo with balance board? It's ridiculous. I have been able to get them cheaper with coupons and sales. They get close to $100 from time to time....but even that seems high. They are gouging us with the battery pricing. They create the knock-off market with their outrageous pricing. Once I'm out of warranty I will research to find a good a quality, reliable knock-off battery.
 

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You can currently get them here on Amazon for $124 or here from DJI for $119.
Yes I posted a deal around the beginning of the month where they were $104 at Amazon. They can be had for less than retail as I stated, but even at $119 or even $104 they are overpriced. I got lucky with a NewEgg sale and B&H price match + gift card for my 2 extra batteries.
 

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I really cannot comment on what the price of a battery should be -- as I don't really know. However, I can tell you the price difference between an OEM and knock-off battery is far less than the cost of replacing a drone. That's what's really important to keep in mind here.
 
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You can currently get them here on Amazon for $124 or here from DJI for $119.
Mike, I followed your link & bought them for the $119.00 price. Thank-You Mike for that tip. It was the DJI Store & they where running a sale.

I got 4 sets of props & a battery for $159.00 free shipping, but no idea as to when it would get here.

I didn't care at that time because of the backlog of any shipping company.

I was very surprised I received my order on 12/27/2016 and that was only 4 days after my initial order on the DJI site.

Kudos to DJI + Kudos to msinger for his link to the site.

P.S.

msinger

I have returned the improper props to their origination, with a refund from Amazon.com. Thanks for your help again!

Kurt
 
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The only thing that annoys me about DJI is their battery prices. $150 for a 4S Lipo with balance board? It's ridiculous. I have been able to get them cheaper with coupons and sales. They get close to $100 from time to time....but even that seems high. They are gouging us with the battery pricing. They create the knock-off market with their outrageous pricing. Once I'm out of warranty I will research to find a good a quality, reliable knock-off battery.
Battery prices suck on just about everything. I am a photographer and the batteries my Canon camera uses retail for about $100 or so, and they are smaller than a Phantom battery.

But just as for my P3P, I will spend extra for OEM for my cameras, way too much to loose there...


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Battery prices suck on just about everything. I am a photographer and the batteries my Canon camera uses retail for about $100 or so, and they are smaller than a Phantom battery.

But just as for my P3P, I will spend extra for OEM for my cameras, way too much to loose there...


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I have a Canon 80D and I do use knock off batteries there. I researched to find highly rated reliable batteries, and they have been great.
 
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I'll probably be the only one to admit using knock off batteries, I can't really tell the difference, but they do make me a bit nervous.. Mainly because of all the negative stuff I've read online. Honestly, when it comes to a battery I'd probably go with DJI. But for me, I was looking to have a ton of batteries, so the price difference was a big deal.
As far as performance, the only thing I've noticed is the fact that the knockoffs don't auto discharge like the original ones.
Other than that, I get the same flight times and charge times as DJI batteries.


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I have a Canon 80D and I do use knock off batteries there. I researched to find highly rated reliable batteries, and they have been great.
My primary is a 1D Mark IV, and my backup is a 1D Mark III, I can't afford to have something funky go on with my gear. As for Canon aftermarket batteries I hear both good and bad (and same for DJI ones) ... just my preference to stick with OEM.
 
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I wouldn't touch knock off batteries, lithium ion batteries that aren't "kosher" tend to explode (see exploding Hoverboards) while charging or in use
 
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I'll probably be the only one to admit using knock off batteries, I can't really tell the difference, but they do make me a bit nervous.. Mainly because of all the negative stuff I've read online. Honestly, when it comes to a battery I'd probably go with DJI. But for me, I was looking to have a ton of batteries, so the price difference was a big deal.
As far as performance, the only thing I've noticed is the fact that the knockoffs don't auto discharge like the original ones.
Other than that, I get the same flight times and charge times as DJI batteries.


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Around 15 years ago there was a Company that was putting a chip in a battery, so if the equipment didn't see the chip & its serial number, it would not allow it to even turn on.

When I read that info, I was extremely upset! Shortly afterwards, I found out that the federal Trade Commission forced those Companies "To cease & desist" due to it causing a monopoly of their product!

So, what is going on now? Almost sounds like they put the scare into you, to not use a "Knock-Off Battery"

Kurt
 
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