Generic Charger Versus OEM? Canon 40D

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  1. danman281

    danman281 TPF Noob!

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    I somehow lost my charger, spare batt, and speedlite for my Canon 40D. I'm really pissed because I don't know how this could have happened.

    Anyways, I need a new charger. Amazon has a generic for CHEAP
    [ame]http://www.amazon.com/Canon-EOS-10D-20D-30D/dp/B00192MT5M/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1224031704&sr=8-2[/ame]

    and one made by canon
    [ame]http://www.amazon.com/Canon-CG580-Battery-Charger-Batteries/dp/B0000C47QH/ref=pd_bbs_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1224031704&sr=8-1[/ame]
    with a huge price difference.

    Is there a difference in charging quality? The actual built must suck because its from china, but would it damage my OEM battery (bp511a) in anyway?
     
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    There's no way Canon makes the battery or the charger; it's just their brand label and price tag. If it were me I'd see what they have at Sterlingtek.com That's where I've been buying my batteries for 1/4th the price Canon batteries cost. I doubt there's any significant difference between the official Canon charger and the one you linked, other than the price.
     
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    thanks for the advice. I'm going to buy the cheaper one now
     
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    This charger looks a little fishy. It says "rapid charger"

    Its made by "Digital Concepts" and its not even UL listed.

    Anyone have any experience with these before I ruin my battery?


    Output for the 40D charger (CG-580) is:
    8.4 V DC ??? amps

    Output for knockoff:

    4.2 V 550 MA
     
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