03-09-2017 06:03 AM
I currently have 4 bricked LP-E6n's. 3 of them are new. I have talked to Canon and CPS and nothing I have tried has helped. My assistant thinks using a 3rd party charger is the problem but the one third party charger I have has been in use for years with no problems. Anyway, I'm not using it anymore and would really like to find a way to revive these batteries if anyonwwhas any ideas.
03-09-2017 06:44 AM
A lot of rechargeable batteries can appear to die if they are left too long completely discharged, this is usually because the inbuilt chip requires a little power from the battery to initialise the charging sequence and without this power an intelligent charger acts as though there is no battery fitted.
They can sometimes be re-started by applying the correct voltage briefly across the terminals from an external power source but this can be very dangerous and is not something I would recommend unless you know exactly what you are doing.
You say that 3 of the batteries are new, if so then they should be replaced free of charge by the supplier. If you have used them, even only once then they are not new and they are your problem.
It is possible that the 3rd party charger damaged them but in my experience it is unlikely.
03-09-2017 08:15 AM
Yep, the third party charger is the issue.
I charge my Canon batteries in Canon chargers, and my third party Wasabi batteries in their charger.
03-09-2017 12:11 PM
You don't have to understand how it works, no more than you have to understand how your smart phone works. Just use a genuine Canon charger with your genuine Canon batteries.
The Canon batteries are not just little cannisters of stored up electricity, like an Eveready battery. The Canon camera batteries are intelligent. Every battery has a serial number, and you can use your camera to read them.
None of us fully understand how Canon batteries communicate, not even third party battery manufacturers. Exactly how they work is a closely guarded secret by Canon. Many counterfeit batteries were being sold branded as Canon batteries, and they were failing.
Due to the proliferation of counterfeit batteries, Canon redesigned their batteries a couple of years ago, hence the designation change from "LP-E6" to "LP-E6(N)", where the "N" stands for the word "new." The redesign was enacted to cause incompatibility between genuine Canon products and third party products.
03-09-2017 01:01 PM
I was with you all the way until you lost me on that last paragraph. Are you certain of that explanation? I always thought they added the "N" when they increased a battery's mAH capacity to accommodate a new, and possibly more power-hungry, camera. I don't think the LP-E6 was the first battery to use that convention.
03-09-2017 01:40 PM
Exactly, N was for the batteries with increased mAH capacity and had nothing to do with changing them due to counterfeit problems.
03-09-2017 01:45 PM
The Wasabi charger charges the batteries to a higher voltage than the Canon charger does. For example at my charging station I have two genuine Canon chargers and one Wasabi charger. When I'm charging the Wasabi batteries I put one in the Wasabi charger and one in the Canon charger. When they show done, I transfer the Wasabi battery that was in the Canon charger into the Wasabi charger, where it charges for an additional 15+ minutes before it shows charged.
The third party charger killed your Canon batteries by over charging them to a voltage they are not designed for.