I had purchased a pair of Fujicell 2700 mAH Ni-MH AA battery in June last year, just before starting for my Spiti trip. Today I am writing the review of Fujicell batteries to let every one know of my harrowing experience with them.
I had to purchase Fujicell 2700 mAH Ni-MH AA battery under pressure, since I discovered barely 12 hours before my journey that one of the pair of Uniross 2100 mAH Ni-MH batteries I had, was missing. This meant I had only one pair of battery left and I didn’t wanted to go to Spiti with only one pair of battery.
After spending over an hour going from one shop to another, I discovered that in shops near my home, Fujicell 2700 mAH Ni-MH batteries were the only one with a 4 digit mAH rating. Hesitantly I decided to go ahead and pay a hefty premium, since I didn’t want to go all the way to Nehru Place (20+ kms away) to buy batteries.
From the first day itself it had the problem of not charging properly and this is some thing I discovered after the battery died on the first day of my trip, when I hadn’t even clicked 25 photographs. However I thought it was a one off incident and most probably it was my fault that I didn’t charge the battery properly. In fact after an overnight charge, the battery started working properly and lasted for almost the same duration as the pair of 2300 mAH Uniross batteries I was carrying.
While I wasn’t impressed by their performance, I wasn’t too disappointed either, and I was in fact happy that it was working properly. However happiness was short lived as I discovered during the course of past few months, these batteries are quite moody i.e. they sometime charge properly and deliver the same performance as that of Uniross ones, however majority of the time, they just die after clicking a dozen or so photographs.
This means I just can not rely on them, as they have a habit of failing me, when I need them the most. Day before yesterday, after fully charging them, I decided to click a few photographs of my bike’s headlamp setup and they died after clicking less than a dozen photographs and that too without flash!
That is absolutely pathetic, and I don’t think I can live with them any longer. Next week I would be going to Nehru Place, specifically to purchase a pair of Uniross or Eveready battery and immediately after that, I would be throwing away the Fujicell 2700 mAH Ni-MH batteries.
I am surprised that you had a bad experience with fujicell. I have been using rechargeable batteries for top quality RC aero models, RC car models and other gadgets for maybe twenty years. I bought Fujicell 2600 Nimh from the distributor in Photo Market Chandni Chowk, Delhi (who is also a reliable friend)in the beginning of 2007. I also purchased 4 Fujicell 2700 Nimh about two months back and 8 Anaready 2200 mah about six months back. I have absolutely no hesitation in saying that my experience with all these cells till date has been very good. I year and a helf ago I also bought 4 Sanyo 2000 Mah and Sanyo charge/discharge chargerand an original set of Casio’s and their Nimh charger. These were original Japanese, but turned out to be quite useless. I suggest you use the Sanyo or Camelion charger BC0510 with Fujicell or Anaready cell. Also use the discharge cycle frequently before charging since evrything is automatic. You will not be disspointed I think.
Right now I am using Unirossâ€™s travel charger, it is pretty decent and has been performing pretty well with Uniross and Eveready rechargeable batteries.
Maybe I got a bad pair or something, but having paid a premium for them and having witnessed bad performance, I am a little hesitant about them now.
Changing a charger which costs over 1k to charge a battery worth 350bucks doesnâ€™t make economical sense, especially when I can go out and get batteries from different companies which seem to charge perfectly with the same charger!
I’m surprised you had a problem with the Fujicells. I use them and find them very reliable. I think you probably did get a bad set.
They are also made in the same factory in China as Uniross batteries. Probably the same batteries just a different packaging!
i have been using fujicell for about a year now and they perform outstandingly, i managed over a 100 shots with my S9000 and some of them were using the flash. i have just recived by post another 16 2700mah today that i will use to power all my led lights to go camping with at the british gp. i can only imagine you had a bad set as i have 40 odd of these and they have all been great.
Could be, recently I bought Uniross 2100mah batteries for my new A720IS and they are working wonderfully. So thats means that all four pairs of Uniross I have bought till now and all of them work well. I guess I’ll be sticking to Uniross batteries and maybe even eveready.
I use the new Fujicell 2800s and have found them to be very good so far
I bought 4 batteries of fujicell 2800, and they performed quite well, the first time. i had done a 15 minute fast charge. the next time they refused to charge – so i tried a slow/ trickle charge like regular one – 15 hrs. so far so good. but uniross has never failed me so far. i have a duracell and a cameleon too – and both of them have one battery non functional – they had initially served me well, and later they went kaput. it must have been damaged by a drop or it just went bad. im not too sure.
i bought the fujicell too under duress, and tried fujicell instead of a 2700 mah uniross. i paid rs 780 at gkvale, bangalore.
I am using the 2700 NI-MH from last few years. I bought it along with my camera and they are good. Only now they are bit old and need more charging and thought of replacing them. Overall, good experience.
Any decent shop in Bangalore where i can buy the pair of these cells Fujicell. Let me know …
i bought Fuji fine pix s 9500 in 2007 and & I am using the 2700 NI-MH with a Digital Charger HAKO BP550B Quick Charger. I am not a regular user of camera i used it occasionally but now when i Put all 4 cells in charger empty battery come in display ???? is this problem of cells of charger please reply me … please give your comment about my camera and is there any battery which have long life and cost effective also ????? Please reply how much is the cost now in these days of batteries
Kapil, most likely the batteries are dead and need to be changed. Though if you have access to other rechargeable batteries (ask friends and relatives) then you might want to put them once in your camera and see whether or not they work.
As for batteries, these days I am using Sony cycle energy batteries, along with Sony charger. They keep their charge for a long time and are pretty good. Also, you can buy them from any Sony World or Croma outlets, which ensures they are genuine.
looking for 9V 2200 mAh rechargeable batteries & 1.2V 270 mAh rechargeable batteries. Plz. suggest from where we shall get them.