Because you can never have enough spare batteries in your camera kit.
When it comes to DSLR cameras, you can never have enough backup batteries. I always have a spare — and a backup for the spare — and then even one more for good measure — because you never know what a photo/video shoot can bring or how many power resources you will use up. And no one wants to get caught needing to recharge your batteries on the spot. So, I started collecting spare batteries for my Canon 5D Mark IV. I have two Canon LP-E6 batteries for that camera, but stocking up on the Canon brand batteries can be cost-prohibitive. So, I looked to a brand I trust for powering my gear — RAVPower — and tried some of their replacement batteries for my camera.
The RAVPower Rechargeable Battery Set for Canon (LP-E6) are part of RAVPower’s Savior Series of products. The batteries come as a 2-pack and have a capacity of 2000 mAh. They are 100% compatible with the original Canon batteries (and any devices they power), but they are a fraction of the cost. The specs of the product state that it will only take 4.5 hours to simultaneously recharge both batteries using a Micro USB 5V/2.1A power input. If you are willing to invest in different chargers, you can recharge these batteries on a wall outlet, in a car, or through a power bank, but all three chargers are sold separately. The batteries offer four layers of protection — overcharging, short circuit, high temperature, and surge protection. They also feature fire-resistant construction.
Compatible with the following Canon cameras:
- EOS 5D Mark IV
- 5D Mark III
- 5DS R
- 5D Mark II
- 7D Mark II
The RAVPower replacement batteries come packaged along with their desktop charger in a RAVPower branded box. The RAVPower logo is front and center on the face of the box and when you turn to one side of the box, you will find the name of the product inside. There are no details on the product nor are their images. You only have the name on the side and a barcode on the back. I like RAVPower’s minimalist approach to packaging but would like to see a bit more detail.
When you open the box, you will find the two batteries, a charger, and a Micro USB cord. The first thing I did when I unboxed the batteries was to charge them. Sometimes batteries come with a charge — sometimes they don’t. With my camera, I didn’t want to take the chance so I went ahead and plugged them up. These batteries do not have an LED indicator on them to show how much charge they are holding. When they are in the camera, the camera will show how much power is on them. The charger does have LEDs on it for status, but they will just show red for charging or green for charged.
RAVPower did a nice job of making the form factor identical to the Canon battery. They fit perfectly in my 5D Mark IV and our 70D. I used them several times while I was shooting both indoor tabletop shots and outdoor landscapes. They work well. I didn’t experience any power fluctuations or over-heating of the batteries while I was using them. The one thing I did notice was that they seem to discharge faster than the Canon batteries do. I would say on average the RAVPower batteries will only work half as long as the Canon batteries will. I’m not sure why that is because the specs for the Canon batteries state that they are 1865 mAh in size and output 7.2V, which is more than the RAVPower. There is no indication of what the output voltage of the RAVPower batteries.
I’ve been very happy with the RAVPower Rechargeable Batteries for Canon even though they don’t seem to last as long as the OEM batteries from Canon. In this day and age, you have to be cautious about third party batteries as they can easily cause damage to your device if they aren’t produced correctly. Fortunately, RAVPower is a company that I’ve had great success with and I had no worries when I tried out their Canon replacement batteries in my beloved 5D Mark IV. They are a very nice option for additional batteries as the pair only costs around $30. I don’t know that they will ever replace my original Canon batteries, but I’m glad I had the extra batteries available.