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09-17-2016, 01:16 PM   #1
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Battery selection for K5.

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I am looking for a second and third replacement battery for my K5. It seems that original D-LI90 are rare in ebay and expensive. What third brand would you suggest for maximum performance and reliabilty?


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Check with KEH. www.keh.com I believe that have D-LI90 batteries for around 30 dollars. Other than that, I have been using Wasabi batteries that I got from Amazon. Not as good as the Pentax battery, but will hold you while your Pentax is charging.
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K-5 uses the same battery as K-3 and K-1. So not sure why they would be 'rare'? Standard OEM battery is available on Amazon, ebay and dozens of other sellers.

If you really want a third party battery I have had good success with Wasabi. Amazon.com : Wasabi Power Battery (2-Pack) and Charger for Pentax D-LI90 and Pentax 645D, 645Z, K-01, K-3, K-5, K-5 II, K-5 IIs, K-7 : Digital Camera Batteries : Camera & Photo
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I bought two wasabi from Amazon and they work fine.

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I like the battery grip and Eneloops.
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The Wasabi battery will work in place of the Pentax D-LI90, but it had been my experience, over time, that they lost their ability to hold a charge at a noticeably faster rate than do the Pentax OEM's. For that reason, I quit using them.
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I'd also recommend the original Pentax battery. While more costly, it'll probably pay off in the long run, as the same battery is shared with pretty much every high-end Pentax model.

If you insist on buying third-party, wasabi batteries get good reviews.

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I only use Pentax brand. I tried using other than Pentax, but they did not hold a charge as well and became useless.

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My Wasabi batteries kicked out after about a year. They still work but don't hold a charge as well and will suddenly just report "empty." Mostly they're ok but for what they cost, better to replace them. I use them a lot, nearly every weekend and have many weeks of multiple charges. Thing is that the Pentax OEM battery would have to last 4 years to be a better value, since I can buy 4 Wasabi batteries for the price of one OEM battery. It makes it hard to recommend the OEM battery when you can carry 3 spares for the same price.

I just picked up four of the DTSE batteries to replace them. Cost was $35 and included two extra chargers. The OEM charger is better but I only have two of those and sometimes, just sometimes, I need to charge four batteries.
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i would take a look at the power2000 at Adorama.

I have been using them in the K-7 and the K-30 and they seems pretty good so far - hold charge nicely. Can't speak long term though as i haven't had them long enough.

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D-li90

keh.com seems that does not have D-LI90 either genuine or third party. Amazon lists genuine D-LI90 for fifty US dollars and it does not ship to Athens Greece. I always prefer to buy genuine batteries for cameras because they give the best performance. But fifty dollars seems ridiculously expensive. I will think about it a little more. Thanks for the replies.
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I have Pentax batteries that still perform well after years.
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