Replacement Canon camera battery guide
EOS Canon Camera batteries
Short guide to the range of battery types used in Canon EOS DSLR cameras
Canon cameras use a range of batteries for main camera functions and back-up. This info page contains camera battery types and associated information.
Hope it helps if you are looking for a replacement camera battery…
Whilst it may be tempting to buy cheap ‘knock-off’ batteries – just be aware that some can be dangerous or just not work very well. I’ve written up some info on our blog about some of the issues.
The four battery types
Canon uses four types for EOS Digital SLR cameras.
Older camera batteries use nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) technology, whereas new cameras use Li-ion (lithium-ion). Li-ion cells tend to weigh about a third less than NiMH and are completely free from the memory effect. This is one way batteries gradually lose capacity after successive recharge cycles (but see Memory Effect below).
Updated battery info
Travel with Lithium batteries
In April 2016 air travel regulations change some aspects pertaining to taking batteries with you.
There is an IATA PDF that covers the changes. It’s perhaps a bit complex for most people though.
Work out the Watt Hour capacity of your battery. This is simply amp-hours times voltage. Remember that you need to divide mAH by 1000 to get amp-hours, so the new LP-E19 (7.4V 2700 mAh) is 7.4 x 2.7 = ~20 Watt Hours.
As you can see, no normal camera battery makes the second category below
1) Less than 100 Watt Hours
If installed in equipment: may be in your carry-on or may be in your checked bag.
If carried as individual batteries (outside equipment): may be in your carry on, but not in your checked bag. There is no limit to the number of such separate batteries you can carry.
You do not need the approval of the airline for this.
2) 100 to 160 Watt Hours
If installed in equipment: may be in your carry-on or may be in your checked bag.
If carried as individual batteries (outside equipment): you may carry a maximum of two such batteries in your carry on, you cannot have any in your checked bag.
You may need the airline’s approval to carry batteries of this size.
3) Over 160 Watt Hours
Cannot be on passenger planes. Must be presented as cargo and shipped according to IATA Dangerous Goods regulations.
2015 October: New FAA Advice prohibits carrying spare lithium cells in checked luggage. Any in your hand luggage need to be stored separate from each other or have their exposed terminals taped over. See below for 2008 notes
2012 Note that the LP-E6 and LP-E6N can be used interchangeably, but the LP-E6 cannot* be charged in the E6N charger. The differences are due to changed design regulations in Japan.
*This info came from Canon at the time of the change, and I’ve not seen it repeated. The N version has slightly higher capacity. Having used E6 and E6N batteries in my 5Ds with it’s supplied E6E charger, I’d suggest that it’s not something to be overly concerned about.
2011 Note that many lower end cameras do not have an interchangeable backup or ‘date/time’ battery – the internal power source is charged from the main battery and should retain data for about 3 months if in good condition. The battery typically takes at least 8 hrs to initially charge. If this cell fails, the camera needs servicing to replace it.
2008 There are new US regulations for carrying lithium batteries on planes
See here for detailed listings (see below for lithium values for LP-E4 and BP511A)
“The following rules apply to the spare lithium batteries you carry with you in case the battery in a device runs low: Spare batteries are the batteries you carry separately from the devices they power. When batteries are installed in a device, they are not considered spare batteries. You may not pack a spare lithium battery in your checked baggage. You may bring spare lithium batteries with you in carry-on baggage. Even though we recommend carrying your devices with you in carry-on baggage as well, if you must bring one in checked baggage, you may check it with the batteries installed.”
The following batteries used in Canon equipment are fine for air travel:
Equivalent lithium content of these batteries is not over 8g:
BP-85, BP-208, BP-208DG, BP-214, BP-218, BP-2L12, BP-2L13, BP-2L24H, BP-2L5, BP-308, BP-310, BP-315, BP-406, BP-407, BP-412, BP-422, BP-508, BP-511, BP-511A, BP-512, BP-514, BP-522, BP-535, BP-608, BP-617, BP-808, BP-809, BP-819, BP-915, BP-930, BP-945, BP-950G, BP-970G, LB-50, LB-51, LB-60, LP-E4, LP-E5, LP-E6, NB-1LH, NB-2L, NB-2L14, NB-2LH, NB-3L, NB-4L, NB-5L, NB-6L, NB-CP1L, NB-CP2, NB-ES1L
Lithium-metal batteries bundled with Canon products:
The Lithium content of these batteries is not over 2g:
LITHIUM 3V CR123A, LITHIUM 6V 2CR5, CR-2025, CR123A, CR1616 PIRO, CR1616, CR2, CR1220, CR1220-PM, CR2016, CR2032, CR2450
|NP Series||Large high capacity NiMH batteries for ‘professional’ level cameras|
|BP Series||For consumer and semi-pro cameras (Li-ion)|
|NB Series||Smaller, lighter version of BP for consumer cameras (Li-ion)|
|LP Series||Li-ion range for latest cameras|
|BP511||7.4V 1100mAh Li-ion (milliamp hours)|
|BP511A||1390mAh higher capacity version of BP511 10.286 watt-hours 0.82288 grams lithium content|
|BP512||Same spec as BP511, but with a flat back (designed for camcorders)
Can’t be used in D30 and D60, due to physical shape, but OK for other models that use BP511
|BP514||Flat back version of BP511A|
|NB-2L||7.4V 570mAh Li-ion|
|NB-2LH||7.4V 1390mAh Li-ion|
|NB-E3||NiMH pack designed for 1D series (not Mark 3 versions)|
|NB-E2||NiMH for power drive booster PB-E2 (EOS 1V and EOS 3) – won’t work for 1D/1Ds|
|LP-E4||Li-ion pack for 1Ds Mk3 and 1D Mk3 25.53 watt-hours 2.0424 grams lithium content|
|Lithium-Ion rechargeable (11.1 V, 2450 mAh) new for EOS 1D X and 1D C
LP-E4N type must be charged with the LC-E4N to achieve full performance.
|LP-E5||Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (7.4 V, 1050 mAh) new for EOS 450D/XSi and 1000D|
|LP-E6||Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (7.4 V, 1800 mAh) new for EOS 5D Mark 2|
|LP-E6N||Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (7.4 V, 1865 mAh) new for EOS 7D Mark 2|
|LP-E8||Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (7.4 V, 1120 mAh) new for 550D|
|LP-E10||Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (7.4 V, 860 mAh) new for 1100D|
|LP-E12||Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (7.4 V, 875 mAh) for 100D|
|LP-E17||Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (7.4 V, 1040 mAh) for 760/750D & M3|
|LP-E19||Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (10.8V 2700 mAh) for 1D X mk2|
|Main Camera battery||Back-up battery (date/time)|
|EOS 1D X mk2||√||?|
|EOS-1D Mark II||√||√|
|EOS-1D Mark IIN||√||√|
|EOS-1D Mark III||√||√|
|EOS-1D Mark IV||√||√|
|EOS-1Ds Mark II||√||√|
|EOS-1Ds Mark III||√||√|
|EOS-5D Mark IV||√||√|
|EOS-5D Mark III||√||√|
|EOS-5D Mark II||√||√|
|EOS-7D Mark II||√||*|
Built-in secondary battery. When fully-charged, the date/time can be maintained for about three months. Recharge time for backup cell: Approx. 8 hours
Which charger charges which battery?
|Battery||Charge Time||Refresh time||Charger|
|NB-2LH||90 mins||N/A||CB-2LW or CB-2LWE (CB-2LT/2LTE for 350D)|
|BP-511A/514||100 mins||N/A||CG-580 or CB-5L|
|BP-511/512||90 mins||N/A||CG-580 or CB-5L (CA-PS400 for D30, D60)|
|NP-E3||2 hours||8.5 hours||NC-E2|
|LP-E4||2 hours||10 hours||LC-E4|
Note that charging times are dependent on temperature and battery condition. Colder batteries take longer to charge
Refreshing batteries and the memory effect
Sometimes a problem with older NiCad batteries, and much more rarely so with NiMH types, this is not a problem with Li-ion types.
It’s worth noting that the ‘memory effect’ in rechargeable batteries was rarely as common a problem as many posts on camera forums might suggest – many people forget that they do have a limited lifetime :-)
With NiMH cells they are often helped by a full discharge and subsequent recharge. With NP-E3 cells you can press the ‘refresh’ button on the NC-E2 charger
Current lithium-ion batteries are very different from the Ni-cad or Ni-MH batteries used in cameras from 5 or 10 years ago. Previously, it was often a good idea to drain a battery fully before recharging it, to insure good battery performance. This is not needed with higher-performing lithium-ion batteries. You should not need to – and should not – recondition batteries “just to be safe”. The reason for recalibrating the battery pack after 20 or so recharge cycles? It’s to calibrate the information display, so that the percentage of remaining battery power indicator remains accurate
The new LP-E4 and LP-E6 packs can also be refreshed, which although not to fix any memory effect, does help maximise battery performance.
If your charger doesn’t have a refresh option then you can safely fully discharge a battery pack by turning off the auto shutdown feature of your camera and leaving it switched on until it shuts down.
Film camera batteries
Many EOS film cameras use 2CR5 batteries. The EOS 500, 500N, 5000 and IX use two CR123A batteries; the EOS-1N RS and 1V HS use eight AA batteries, though the 1V HS can also use the NP-E2 NiMh pack (as with the EOS 1D series cameras).
The 2CR5 and CR123A are both lithium batteries designed for use in high power electronic equipment.
There are a lot of cheap camera batteries available from places such as eBay. Be very careful if you buy cheap replacement batteries off the net. At best, many have much less capacity than advertised, and at worst they may represent a fire hazard. To see the sort of variation you can get in camera battery performance see the second link below. Canon in the US have published a guide to checking for fakes.
Canon LP-E6 Battery Pack when used with the Canon LC-E6 Charger
(Compatible with Canon EOS 5Ds, 5Ds R, EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 6D, EOS 7D, EOS 70D, EOS 60D, EOS 60Da)
In rare cases, the orange lamp on the Canon Charger LC-E6 will blink rapidly at regular intervals when the Canon Pack LP-E6 is inserted. In such cases, charging the Canon Pack LP-E6 in the Canon Charger LC-E6 is not possible.
|Battery Condition||Charge Lamp|
|Standby for charge||Orange||Blinks once per second|
|Communication error||Blinks rapidly|
|0 – 49%||Blinks once per second|
|50 – 74%||Blinks twice per second|
|75% or higher||Blinks three times per second|
|Fully charged||Green||Lights up|
This symptom may occur when a Canon Battery Pack LP-E6 has been discharged due to being unused for a prolonged period of time, such as when it is first purchased. If this occurs, please follow the procedure below.
Plug the Canon Battery Charger LC-E6, with the Canon Battery Pack LP-E6 inserted, into a power outlet.
Wait for 20 seconds.
If during this time the orange lamp blinks once per second, please continue to charge the battery until the green lamp lights up, which indicates a full charge. At this point, the battery is ready for normal use, and there is no need to follow the remaining steps.
If during this time the orange lamp blinks rapidly, please move on to Step 3 of this procedure.
If the orange lamp blinks rapidly, remove the Canon Battery Pack LP-E6 from the Canon Battery Charger LC-E6
Wait for 10 seconds.
Reinsert the Canon Battery Pack LP-E6 into the Canon Battery Charger LC-E6.
The Canon Battery Charger LC-E6’s orange lamp should begin to flash slowly (once per second) and charging will begin.
Please note: If the orange lamp blinks rapidly again, please repeat steps 3-5 above. If, after a third attempt, the Canon Battery Pack LP-E6 does not charge, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center for assistance.
Charge the Canon Battery Pack LP-E6 until the green lamp on the Canon Battery Charger LC-E6 illuminates, signifying that the Canon Battery Pack LP-E6 is fully charged.
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