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Olympus BLN-1 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery

B&H # OLBLN1B Mfr # V620061XU000
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Product Highlights
  • For Select Olympus Cameras
  • 1220 mAh
  • Uses BCN-1 Battery Charger
  • Charging Time 3 Hours

The BLN-1 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery from Olympus features 1220 mAh and is designed for the following cameras: E-M5
E-P5 E-M1

Chemistry Li-ion
Capacity 1220 mAh
Battery Charger BCN-1
Recharge Time 3 hours
Compatible Cameras E-M5
E-P5

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OlympusBLN-1 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
 
4.6

(based on 29 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good battery life (7)
  • Easy to use (6)
  • Reliable (6)
  • Compact (3)
  • Fast charge (3)

Cons

  • Pricey (4)
  • Short battery life (3)

Best Uses

  • Back-up (6)
  • Travel (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (10), Semi-pro photographer (5), Quality oriented (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (21)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good battery beware of counterfeits

First off, my warning. Buy this battery here or a reputable retailer and avoid all others. I was cheap and tried purchasing one elsewhere and it was 100% counterfeit (confirmed by Olympus)....Read complete review

First off, my warning. Buy this battery here or a reputable retailer and avoid all others. I was cheap and tried purchasing one elsewhere and it was 100% counterfeit (confirmed by Olympus). I have added photos here showing the difference between the counterfeit and a genuine battery. View the end of my review for a summary as well.

The battery itself there is not much to say it is identical to the one that came with the camera if you have an OM-D or Pen E-P5 and will work better than any of the aftermarket batteries out there. I chose to buy a genuine battery because most of the aftermarket ones apparently do not work with the on camera battery gauge and I like to know how much battery life is left. The one I purchased here at B&H is genuine and can be seen in the photos I have attached.

Now, for a summary of how to know if you got a counterfeit:

1. Counterfeits have the word Japan spelled with a lowercase "j" on the battery label
2. Counterfeits are the wrong weight. Real batteries are 50 grams, the counterfeit I received are 38 grams.
3. The battery terminals are an off color on the counterfeit.
4. The packaging on the counterfeit has a matte finish and the coloration is all faded. Packaging on the real batteries will be glossy and have rich coloration.
5. Genuine packages typically have a seal on top.
6. Genuine packages will include the battery inside of a zip-loc type bag while the counterfeits come in flimsy plastic bags.
7. The tabs on the bottom of the counterfeit batteries are rectangular and not square as they should be.
8. Both genuine and counterfeits batteries processed in Vietnam will have the misspelling "explose" on the label. Do not assume it is counterfeit just because of this misspelling.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not big enough

Seems well made, but not big enough for the demands of the camera.

Seems well made, but not big enough for the demands of the camera.

Reviewed by 29 customers

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4.0

Great battery with long life.

By Dan A.

from Richmond, VA

About Me Quality Oriented

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Charges Quickly
  • Good Value
  • Long Lasting
  • Powerful
  • Reliable Performance

Cons

  • Pricey / Poor Value

Best Uses

  • High-End Equipment
  • Travel

Comments about Olympus BLN-1 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery:

This battery is specifically made for Olympus E-M5 and E-M1 cameras and performs quite well.

B&H had a good price on it (which is why I bought it here), but in general, the battery is a little salty on price.

The battery should last throughout a normal day's shooting while touring. I bought a second as an on-hand spare and will buy a third as a backup in case one is lost, becomes damaged or if I need to shoot while the others charge. Three is usually the magic number for me with camera batteries.

While the name brand is a bit steep, I will continue to buy it because I've already invested quite a bit in the camera and I want to ensure I get the best performance and service from it. I have noticed aftermarket batteries can sometimes be lower performers and may not have the lifecycle of the name brand. That's why, while I rated this as pricey, I also rated it as a good value.

  • Primary use:
  • Personal
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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5.0

More Power

By Tinc

from Lake Stevens, WA

About Me Quality Oriented

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Reliable Performance

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Olympus BLN-1 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery:

      Always good to have an extra camera battery. Especially when out all day shooting.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Good battery beware of counterfeits

      By Brad

      from Houston, TX

      About Me Quality Oriented

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Good Value
      • Reliable Performance

      Cons

      • Charges slowly

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about Olympus BLN-1 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery:

      First off, my warning. Buy this battery here or a reputable retailer and avoid all others. I was cheap and tried purchasing one elsewhere and it was 100% counterfeit (confirmed by Olympus). I have added photos here showing the difference between the counterfeit and a genuine battery. View the end of my review for a summary as well.

      The battery itself there is not much to say it is identical to the one that came with the camera if you have an OM-D or Pen E-P5 and will work better than any of the aftermarket batteries out there. I chose to buy a genuine battery because most of the aftermarket ones apparently do not work with the on camera battery gauge and I like to know how much battery life is left. The one I purchased here at B&H is genuine and can be seen in the photos I have attached.

      Now, for a summary of how to know if you got a counterfeit:

      1. Counterfeits have the word Japan spelled with a lowercase "j" on the battery label
      2. Counterfeits are the wrong weight. Real batteries are 50 grams, the counterfeit I received are 38 grams.
      3. The battery terminals are an off color on the counterfeit.
      4. The packaging on the counterfeit has a matte finish and the coloration is all faded. Packaging on the real batteries will be glossy and have rich coloration.
      5. Genuine packages typically have a seal on top.
      6. Genuine packages will include the battery inside of a zip-loc type bag while the counterfeits come in flimsy plastic bags.
      7. The tabs on the bottom of the counterfeit batteries are rectangular and not square as they should be.
      8. Both genuine and counterfeits batteries processed in Vietnam will have the misspelling "explose" on the label. Do not assume it is counterfeit just because of this misspelling.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Olympus BLN-1 battery

      By Nancymooch

      from bayvilleNancymoochBayville NY

      Comments about Olympus BLN-1 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery:

      Never had a problem with this battery....I own 3...Of coarse it lasts longer if you don't keep playing back your pictures...

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      4.0

      Pricey but perhaps worth it

      By Fancyrick

      from St Augustine, FL

      About Me Quality Oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Charges Quickly
      • Reliable Performance

      Cons

      • Pricey / Poor Value

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about Olympus BLN-1 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery:

      The battery as with many photo items is on the pricey side. The justification is you have an expensive camera that you don't want to burn up with an inferior battery while having some sort of assurance that the battery life will be there when needed.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      The ONLY BATTERY - Olympus E-M5 E-PSE-M1

      By Jack Rabbit

      from Wildomar, CA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Charges Quickly
      • Easy To Install
      • Long-Lasting
      • Reliable

      Cons

      • Pricey

      Best Uses

      • Back-Up
      • Primary Battery
      • Professional Cameras

      Comments about Olympus BLN-1 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery:

      This is the only "reliable" battery for the Olympus E-M5 E-PSE-M1 series of cameras. They are difficult to acquire but B&H has them in stock and deliver the product promptly.

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      • No

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      5.0

      They work when u need them

      By Brody

      from Brooklyn

      Comments about Olympus BLN-1 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery:

      Other knock offs work only for maybe 1/2 hour did not have power for my sons wedding. Your move.

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      5.0

      BLN-1 Battery

      By askssk715

      from Miami, FL

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Olympus BLN-1 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery:

            No issues and no worries when you use the OEM products. Charged fine and works as expected.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great battery. Nuff said

            By db

            from Temecula, CA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Back-Up
              • Primary Battery

              Comments about Olympus BLN-1 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery:

              I only use batteries by the original manufacturers. The higher price guarantees reliability and quality. Fake/off brand batteries go cheap where you would not suspect, e.g. they're built with off-spec materials/metals and have horrible tolerances.

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              4.0

              Works

              By Louise

              from New York State

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Pricey

                Best Uses

                • Back-Up

                Comments about Olympus BLN-1 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery:

                Way over priced but does work. Olympus should at least give you a cover to protect the battery contacts. Canon gives you a cover for their batties. Olympus should stop being cheep.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Need a second battery.

                By DRB

                from IL.

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Pricey
                • Takes Too Long To Charge

                Best Uses

                • Back-Up

                Comments about Olympus BLN-1 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery:

                Its a battery what can I say.

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                • No

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                5.0

                A Real Battery

                By Bob

                from Oklahoma City

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Back-Up

                    Comments about Olympus BLN-1 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery:

                    As spare batteries go, this is the real thing.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    You can depend on B&H

                    By nejohn

                    from Baltimore, Maryland

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Pricey

                      Best Uses

                      • Back-Up

                      Comments about Olympus BLN-1 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery:

                      I needed another battery for a new camera, and I knew B&H would have to correct product for my needs. A quick, painless call and the battery was on its way. And they always expedite shipment. I have a decade of this type on experience dealing with them.

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                      • No

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                      3.0

                      Could last longer

                      By Seasoned shooter

                      from MA

                      Comments about Olympus BLN-1 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery:

                      Seems to run down pretty fast. I am experimenting with the functions etc and the battery seems to give out too soon.

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                      5.0

                      Works well

                      By Greg

                      from Summerville, SC

                      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Short Battery Life

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Olympus BLN-1 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery:

                          The battery works fine. I do wish, though, that another battery company would put one out at a lower price. Competition does help to bring costs down.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Essential accessory for the Oly E-M1

                          By Harlan

                          from SF Bay Area

                          About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Battery Life

                          Cons

                          • None

                          Best Uses

                          • Photo Shoots In The Field

                          Comments about Olympus BLN-1 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery:

                          It's essential to have an extra battery or two for the E-M1; you can't make it through a day of shooting on one battery. The Olympus battery packs for your camera are the best choice. Off-brands will work, but don't have the full power you get with the manufacture's battery that was engineered for the camera.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          A needed essential if you shoot a lot

                          By Jeff S

                          from Northern KY

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Good Battery Life

                          Cons

                          • Cost

                          Best Uses

                          • Back-up Power

                          Comments about Olympus BLN-1 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery:

                          I've never found a digital camera that will last a full day of shooting on a single battery so I've always had a back-up. This Olympus BLN-1 is a direct replacement for the one that came with my OMD-EM1 camera.

                          The battery was about half charged when I received it so I charged it as soon as I got it. After a full charge I took it out to shoot and it lasted about as long as the original (I didn't time it or count frames).

                          My only issue with this (or any) OEM battery is the cost charged for them, thus the 4 star rating. Otherwise, this battery will work fine as a replacement or spare battery for your Olympus camera.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great OEM product.

                          By Taylormade

                          from Orlando

                          Comments about Olympus BLN-1 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery:

                          I'm happy to pay more for an OEM product than a generic battery that could have questionable reliability.

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                          5.0

                          Works Well

                          By Enzo

                          from Central NC

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Small / Compact

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Olympus BLN-1 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery:

                              No problems, I does what it's supposed to do.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Good battery, reliable

                              By ralphonator

                              from Los Angeles

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Good Battery Life

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Olympus BLN-1 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery:

                                  I have 3 cameras, 5dii, eos M, and the E-M1. There's only one thing I look for in a battery and that's reliability. I've had enough no brand name batteries die out even though they're still indicating sufficient charge (above 50%). Once I find out how long a battery holds, I can make preparations on how many spares to bring. This battery is consistent and I always bring at least 1 spare with me at any time.

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