2 Alternative LP-E6 Batteries Worth Buying To Save You Money

DSLR cameras are great for traveling or covering concerts, parties, or other miscellaneous events. In these types of circumstances, you'll want to be sure to pack extra memory cards and plenty of spare batteries so you don't miss out on the action.

As some of you may know already, I own both a Canon 5D Mark III as well Canon's 70D DSLR model which is ultra convenient as they both share the same LP-E6 battery model. In order to be prepared for continuous on the go use, I decided to purchase several batteries although I refused to pay the full $60 for the Canon branded version. Due to this, I sought out quality 3rd party alternatives to get more bang for my buck without any significant decrease in performance.

Since then, I've purchased two different brands of LP-E6 batteries of which I'll get into more detail below. Both have performed flawlessly throughout my 3 months of testing and I would recommend either to any prospective buyers as you're able to buy several of these 3rd party batteries for the same price as a single Canon branded LP-E6 battery.

Just to make it clear, these battery recommendations are only compatible with the following DSLRs:

Canon EOS:

  • 5D Mark II
  • 5D Mark III
  • 5D Mark IV
  • 60D
  • 60Da
  • 80D
  • 70D
  • 6D Mark II
  • 6D
  • 7D
  • 7DSV
  • 7D Mark II

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Wasabi Power Pack & Charger

Amazon sells a pack of two 3rd-party LP-E6 batteries coupled with an additional LP-E6 charger for the impressively low price of $29.99. The two batteries are nearly identical to Canon's $60 offering although they are rated for 2600mAh versus Canon's 1800mAh. This means you'll get around 45% more battery life per charge. If you use a battery grip (an accessory that uses two batteries at once) then chances are you'll be wanting to buy your spare batteries in groups of two to make your life easier.

So far, my experience with the Wasabi batteries have been stellar. They charge and perform just like the Canon batteries and I have a significant increase in battery life while utilizing these 2600mAh batteries. Some people are saying these batteries will not work for their Canon 6D although I've had no problem utilizing them on both my 5D Mark III and 70D with both indicating the battery levels correctly on my camera's LCD.

The included charger works to charge any LP-E6 battery and I can also charge these Wasabi batteries with the traditional Canon-branded charger that shipped with my DSLR. The Wasabi charger includes both car and european plug adapters, but I have yet to test out either of these options. Given they work as I'd expect, these accessories could become very useful for a frequent traveler.

You may notice Amazon only sells these batteries through a 3rd party seller called “Blue Nook”. Don't let that discourage you as they are reputable sellers and will work with you if there is a problem with your order. Additionally, these batteries also come with a 3 year warranty so they are well worth the $29.99 price tag.

Price per battery (estimate): $14.99
Savings compared to Canon's LP-E6: $45.01 (75% cheaper)
Product link: Click To View The Product Page For Wasabi's Power Pack & Charger

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Watson LP-E6 Battery Pack

The LP-E6 battery pack produced by Watson is the most popular 3rd-party LP-E6 battery pack found on B&H Photo. As you'd expect, the Watson appears to look nearly identical to the Canon LP-E6 battery although it is priced at $34.95 which is almost a 50% discount when compared to Canon.

Internally, the Watson harnesses a 1750mAh battery which is a slight disadvantage when compared to Canon's 1800mAh and Wasabi's 2600mAh. However, the 50mAh difference between the Canon and Watson is negligible so it shouldn't turn you away from this product. It is important to note that the Watson comes only with a single battery and does not include a charger like the Wasabi.

I have used the Watson LP-E6 for a few weeks now and have found its performance to be comparable with Canon's in virtually every aspect. It has been recognized by both DSLR's LCD battery level indicator without any hiccups.

Personally, I'd choose to buy the Wasabi over the Watson merely due to the difference in price and the larger battery capacity although I surely wouldn't discourage any prospective buyers from purchasing a Watson. It still performs as expected while still offering a significant savings when compared to spending $60 for the Canon version.

Price per battery: $34.95
Savings compared to Canon's LP-E6: $25.05 (42% cheaper)
Product link: Click To View The Product Page For Watson's LP-E6 Battery Pack

Feel free to leave your experiences with the batteries mentioned above or any other competing LP-E6 battery packs in the comments below.

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  • In the long run you will notice the performance drop of 3rd party LP-E6 batteries. I have one OEM Canon LP-E6 from 2008/2009 when I got a 5D Mark II. That battery outlasts the aftermarket batteries that I purchased around 2013. Often when shooting video, the aftermarket LP-E6 does not give accurate battery reading and will suddenly show that it’s near dead.

  • Any follow up on this after 3 years? Jeff -below- seems to think the aftermarket batteries will have more of a performance drop than Canons?

    I’ve had my Wasabi for a year and they are great. The chargers are super slow -I lost my canon charger. My Canon LP-E6 from 2009 doesn’t come close to outlasting my Wasabi as Jeff is experiencing. My in-camera battery tests even say my Canon only ever charges to 80% or so with the Wasabi at 100%.

  • I followed this recommendation and bought 4 pack of Wasabi 2600 mAh battery for my Canon 5 DSr on Amazon. Let’s share my experience which is just somehow different from the author’s findings:

    Out of the 4 battery packs 2 of them failed totally. Zero output. The two others had a very unsatisfying capacity, only lasting for some minutes. Finally I decided for disassembling all of the packs and drill down to the root cause for this disappointing result. Every pack consists of 2 Li-Ion cells18490. I took all of them for a capacity test. As expected two of them turned out to be faulty. This was the root cause for the total failures. All the 6 other cells came with a capacity in between 1100 mAh and 1180 mAh. As all are the same level, I guessed this is the rated capacity for those cells. Checking on Alibaba I found exactly the same battery cells, same make, some print, origin China rated 1100 mAh. It’s the cheapest cell offered by Alibaba. Hmm – Wasabi is claiming that they only use high quality cells from Japan on 2600 mAh rating?

    I’ll not write any comment on this and leave it to you for drawing your conclusion. I made my opinion – and it’s not nice for the Wasabi Company.

    Georg

    • Sorry to hear this Georg, I have probably owned 100+ wasabis for different models over the years ranging from GoPro’s all the way up to FS7s and have had a very high success rate even over years of use. Most of the Facebook groups geared towards photography/video will also vouch for them. You can get a dud or defect in any product and I’m sure due to the cost and place of origin, the quality assurance isn’t as high of a standard, but neither is the price. I’d request a refund and buy OEM if I were you, but in my experience Wasabi’s more often than not are worth the risk in exchange for the savings potential. Best of luck and thanks for sharing your experience even if it differs from mine!

  • I had the Lp E6n straight from Canon, after 3 months it started to die slowly,called canon they wanted to me to send it back at my expense and if found good,charge me for them troubleshooting it. What a rip!!! $$$$$ Camera,crappy batteries and customer service!!

    • Sorry to hear about the bad experience, Jim. The Wasabis are a great, cheap alternative and while they may some inconsistencies over a large scale, I’ve had more OEM batteries die on me over time than Wasabis. I always go this route over OEM to save money and be able to double up on more batteries for the price.

  • Summary: The Wasabi batteries are a great choice. At 1/4 the price, they have more capacity and will last years. They behave exactly as a Canon battery, never an issue. They will fail quicker than Canon brand. I’m seeing 3-4 years life vs. about 5 for Canon brand. At the price difference, buy new ones when they don’t last as long.

    I’ve been using the Wasabi side by side with the Canon and I have a single Watson. I do events where I’m taking pictures all day long for days on end including editing/deleting on camera.

    While I readily admit any battery could be bad, I have 8 Wasabi and 3 Canon branded plus the Watson. I have not had a single battery arrive bad or completely fail. I have used them in the 7D mark II and mostly the 5D Mark 3 and 4. I have years with these. Yes, across 3 cameras I use that many at a time with 2 sets of 2 batteries in battery grips for each camera. Starting at 8AM I have found the Canon and Watson are dangerously low around 1PM and the Wasabi around 4-5PM. With an evening event 2 sets of Wasabi for a day, and the Canon/Watson 3 sets.

    My first batch of Wasabi I got in 2013, just checked my order. They lasted into 2017 when I replaced them. 4 years service. They did not fail, just that they didn’t hold a charge as well or last as long. I am now ordering 10 new Wasabi batteries and cycling out all the old ones. I’ll keep the Canon in case I upgrade/sell as people freak out at after market.

    The Wasabi clearly last longer than the Canon or Watson in use. For more normal use they should go days on vacation.

    Conclusion: 1/4 the price, a much higher capacity, maybe 2/3 the life cycle. Buy them, when they start losing capacity replace them. Don’t look back.

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