Thanks for the update. Sounds like a definite improvement in battery life and it's great that the camcorder can still display remaining life. Add in the price, and I think I'll order mine soon.
As soon as you started to mention the fit I remembered reading that somewhere else as well. Is it just an annoyance without the tape, it would you say the tape is a necessity? For the price I don't see that being a deciding factor at all, I'm just curious.