Sony NPFH70 H Series Actiforce Hybrid InfoLithium Battery for most Sony Camcorders
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Description for Sony NPFH70 H Series Actiforce Hybrid InfoLithium Battery for most Sony Camcorders
Be sure your camcorder is always ready to capture just about anything with an extra Sony batteries. The compact NP-FH70 rechargeable battery pack features InfoLithium(R) & ActiForce technologies which
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I gave it 5 stars because it lasted a good 5 years of faithful service. I'm not sure how long they are supposed to last, but 5yrs is pretty darn good. I paid $50 back in 2009 and thought that was expensive. It's $75 in Jan.2016 and seems like way too much. I won't be buying another one, opting for a cheaper Neewer or other off-brand model that cost less than $20. But if you're into the Sony stuff and want it to last, this would be a good battery for you.
The question is, how do you tell if the battery your purchased is real, or a cheap knockoff? To be sure, the packaging looks authentic enough, if not quite as professionally printed as the real thing. You have to look closely to see the details that show it's a fake. First of all, the battery itself should have a white circle with blue in the middle that has the words "Recycle" and the number 1-800-822-8837. The fake lacks this logo and number (see photo). Also, the wording of the back of the package itself contains misspellings. See the photo of the back of the package showing the word "accuracy" misspelled as "accurccy". Further, the printing on the back label is a bit fuzzy, not clear like on the package of a genuine Sony battery.
I have not yet opened the package, in the past I've noticed that fake batteries also have a very poor fit and finish (in addition to being a fire hazard...see Nikon's website for example of fake Nikon batteries that have exploded and caused fires). Once I open it, I will update this review to add any further details about the fake battery.
These are more than just fake batteries; they are cheap, dangerous imitations that will not perform properly, may damage your equipment, and could even cause personal injury or worse.
The FH-70 lasts up to about 150 minutes. It doesn't stick out the back of the camcorder (at least for my SR11), looks exactly like the stock FH-60 battery. The FH-70 usually lasts a whole day for me, and I use it to record basketball games, swimming, skateboarding, and everything in between. With both the FH-70 and stock FH-60, they should be able to last for a whole day of recording.
Out of the box the packaging looked flimsier than it should. The battery dies not have the "R" in the circle as does my authentic Sony ones but figured I should give it a try. It charged fine. The camera read the battery fine. The first day of use, the 5+ hours of charge was gone after less than 10 minutes of recording and maybe 10 minutes of playback. The second day it appeared to work fine after a full charge. On the third day, it went from almost 4 hours of recoding time to zero after about 5 minutes of recording. Not only did it die but it caused an internal error in the camera which resulted in the loss of the day's recordings. Fortunately, the camera appears to be working okay at this point. Obviously, it will be going back to Amazon. Guess it's true that the fakes have made it to Amazon as well. Too bad.