It is crucial that you use genuine accessories with your digital camera. It doesn’t makes sense to save money purchasing duplicate accessories in your high-end machine. Its like using cheap oil in a high performance race car. Doing so will deteriorate the car’s performance as time progresses. It will also cause havoc with the car’s circuitry. Even your DSLR is like a high performance sports car and using a pirated battery pack can affect its performance.
I recommend purchasing a genuine Canon battery pack since;
1) Long Battery Life – They last longer. Without battery, your camera is as good as a paper weight. A longer lasting battery means you can shoot on and never miss any potential shot.
2) Smart Chip – The Original Canon battery packs bundle in a smart chip which communicates seamlessly with your DSLR. This helps in providing you with accurate information about the status of your battery(battery health) and even battery charge.
3) Safe – Since its a genuine battery pack, it will provide stable power supply to your high precision DSLR’s which are sensitive in nature. Non-genuine battery packs have a tendency to fluctuate in supply voltage which can have adverse effect on your camera.
Here is how you can check if the Canon battery pack you are going to purchase is genuine.
# Cost – The cost of original Canon battery packs are twice or thrice than the third party/pirated counterparts. So if you feel its expensive, its probably the genuine thing. However, its foolish to simply go by the price. Some unethical vendors may fleece you by over-pricing non-genuine battery packs.
# Canon Hologram – Check if your Canon’s battery packaging has a small hologram in the corner. The hologram changes when you view it from different angles. This is a mark of an genuine canon product.
# Font – The font on the battery is another indicator which will tell if its genuine. On a genuine Canon battery pack, the font used is slim and the size is small. On a pirated battery pack, it is large in size and somewhat bold.
In addition, the original canon battery pack comes with a packing which cannot be resealed. You will also find instruction manual bundled smartly inside which can be accessed once you tear along the dotted lines on the rear.