K3Spare Battery


fatboy123cycling

Link Posted 26/10/2014 - 14:43
Spare battery for the K3 - genuine Pentax or other - anyone have any experience?

johnriley

Link Posted 26/10/2014 - 14:48
This question endlessly recycles, pretty much like the recharging cycle of batteries!

There are those who use the Pentax batteries to ensure the correct spec is delivered and warranties are not compromised. They take the view that there's no point spending all that money on good kit to compromise performance with an unknown.

There are those who dismiss it all with a "they are all the same inside" philosophy, so why spend all that money when you can get the same cheaper?

There are those in between who are choosy about what third party batteries they will trust.

You pays your money and takes your choice. Perhaps look back at some of the other threads on the subject and see what the various arguments are.
Best regards, John

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hogboy

Link Posted 26/10/2014 - 14:51
I have a few of these, 9.99 on Amazon, and i can't tell the difference between these and the pentax one, only the cost -)

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Last Edited by hogboy on 26/10/2014 - 14:52

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sbrads

Link Posted 27/10/2014 - 19:01
There's cheap batteries and then there's cheap batteries, they're not all the same. Bearing in mind my experience is with a K-30 and several cheap Li-Ion batteries, plus Samsung, Olympus cameras over the years. I measure the capacity compared to OEM as a matter of course. The only cheap ones that have been as good as Pentax for me were DSTE, all the other UK ebay/Amazon ones were way short on capacity although they all run the camera OK but obviously didn't last as long on a charge. A lot of cheap batteries swell up after a couple of years making them difficult to remove in some cameras (and phones).

A good guide to capacity if you don't have the necessary equipment to measure it, is charge time. A flat genuine K-30 battery takes about 3hrs to charge but the worst cheap one I bought only took 1hr; proper measurements showed it only had 1/3 of the OEM capacity mAh, so the charge time reflected that figure closely.
Last Edited by sbrads on 27/10/2014 - 19:01

Smeggypants

Link Posted 27/10/2014 - 20:20
sbrads wrote:
There's cheap batteries and then there's cheap batteries, they're not all the same. Bearing in mind my experience is with a K-30 and several cheap Li-Ion batteries, plus Samsung, Olympus cameras over the years. I measure the capacity compared to OEM as a matter of course. The only cheap ones that have been as good as Pentax for me were DSTE, all the other UK ebay/Amazon ones were way short on capacity although they all run the camera OK but obviously didn't last as long on a charge. A lot of cheap batteries swell up after a couple of years making them difficult to remove in some cameras (and phones).

A lot? I've had loads of "cheap" 3rd party batteries and kept them in use for years. I've never had one swell up, and never heard of anyone else complaining about batteries swelling up and being difficult ot remove on any photography forum or otherwise.

Where did you get your info from?
[i]Bodies: 1x K-5IIs, 2x K-5, Sony TX-5, Nokia 808
Lenses: Pentax DA 10-17mm ED(IF) Fish Eye, Pentax DA 14mm f/2.8, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8, Pentax-A 28mm f/2.8, Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.2, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-FA 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.7, Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8, Sigma 135-400mm APO DG, and more ..
Flash: AF-540FGZ, Vivitar 283

Smeggypants

Link Posted 27/10/2014 - 20:35
fatboy123cycling wrote:
Spare battery for the K3 - genuine Pentax or other - anyone have any experience?

I've bought several 3rd party batteries for all the Pentax cameras I've owned. That's K-10D, K-20D, 3 x K-5s and one K-5IIs. Cost about 6 each


A new battery with a Pentax sticker on it costs 60 now. So even if the 3rd party battery worked a 1/10th as well as the Pentax battery it would be equal value.

The 3rd party batteries I have bought have all worked fine.

Third party batteries aren't an unknown, there's no more chance of one going wrong than one with a Pentax sticker on it.

Fake batteries are a different matter of course and they can be just as likely to have a Pentax sticker on them as a 3rd party sticker.

Personally I've never noticed any difference in capacity between batteries regardless of what sticker they have on them. some peopel have reported 3rd batteries as nto quite having the capacity of the pentac version they've owned, but I look at it this way. If a battery has,say, 80% of the capacity and only 10% of the price then it'sfar better value for money.

60 for a battery is simply a rip off IMO
[i]Bodies: 1x K-5IIs, 2x K-5, Sony TX-5, Nokia 808
Lenses: Pentax DA 10-17mm ED(IF) Fish Eye, Pentax DA 14mm f/2.8, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8, Pentax-A 28mm f/2.8, Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.2, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-FA 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.7, Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8, Sigma 135-400mm APO DG, and more ..
Flash: AF-540FGZ, Vivitar 283

richandfleur

Link Posted 27/10/2014 - 21:10
Many outlets were providing an additional third party battery in a combo deal when I purchased my K-30. That made me laugh as they weren't even secretive about it, just handed one out. I interchange mine still to this day and haven't noticed much of a difference between them really.

Agree there are goods and bads in the after market world. Luckily others do the investigations for me. Someone recently linked to batteries for another brand, but the concept was sound. They purchased a bunch of third party options and put them to the test.

Basically price wasn't a factor in quality/capacity etc either, which I thought was the interesting take away point. As above from Smeggy, the price for some factory supplied components really warrants some discussion. Much like the car original vs third party components debate, the price for 'real' batteries is close to a joke, and in some cases means it's quite an expensive sticker on the side of that one...

stubyles

Link Posted 27/10/2014 - 21:49
I've got a Maxsima foto battery in my grip and genuine pentax one in the K3 body with the K3 set to use the grip first.
It rarely uses the maxsima up, it'll do about 500 pics (raw + jpg) and cost about 15 from Amazon.
I've had it for about 9 months now and still going strong, Bargain!
Pentax K3 with D-BG5 Battery Grip, A50/1.2, A35/2, A24/2.8, A28/2.8, A100/2.8, FA100/2.8 Macro,
M300/4, M200/4, M85/2, K50/1.2, STak50/1.4, STak105/2.8,
ATak35/2.3, ATak55/1.8, ATak55/2, ATak55/2.2, ATak85/1.8, ATak105/2.8, ATak135/3.5,
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Smeggypants

Link Posted 27/10/2014 - 21:49
It's down to commercial interests at the end of the day. The sort of people who will buy a battery with the main brand sticker on it will buy it whatever it costs because it's not about the money it's about the confidence ( even if that can be shown to be irrational ). So you might as well charge 60 for them and make more profit than say sell them for a little bit above natural pricing, say 15

Fortunately there are plenty of people selling the batteries at the natural market price which is about 6
[i]Bodies: 1x K-5IIs, 2x K-5, Sony TX-5, Nokia 808
Lenses: Pentax DA 10-17mm ED(IF) Fish Eye, Pentax DA 14mm f/2.8, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8, Pentax-A 28mm f/2.8, Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.2, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-FA 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.7, Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8, Sigma 135-400mm APO DG, and more ..
Flash: AF-540FGZ, Vivitar 283

andy_bell

Link Posted 28/10/2014 - 08:23
I tend to use the 3rd party batteries in the Grip with the original item in the camera body, and set to use the grip first, I reckon on getting about 550 frames out of the DSTE battery, almost identical to the Pentax version....

The DSTE batteries are (apart from the sticker) absolutely identical to the Pentax ones, they also have the electronics inside so the work on the Pentax charger the same as the Pentax units
Nearly forgot....they only cost about 5 each.....
A few bits & Bobs
Last Edited by andy_bell on 28/10/2014 - 08:24

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felix

Link Posted 06/11/2014 - 00:00
I have always used 3rd party batteries with my K10D, K20D, K7, K5, K5IIs and K3 and they seem to last as long as the original. In Singapore there is a brand called Ittou and DiviPower which are better than other 3rd party ones.
K1/K3, DA*16-50mm F2.8, FA 31mm F1.8, FA43mm F1.9 Limited, FA77mm F1.8 Limited, SMC Pentax K 85mm F1.8, DA18-135mm F3.5-5.6, FA*28-70mm F1.8, FA*200mm F1.8
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