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post #1 of 18
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The TM700 batteries are different So I started this thread.
The high capacity battery for the HDC-TM900 is VW-VBN260.
So far I haven't seen any for sale anywhere yet. B&H Photo lists them as Coming soon and the price? A whopping $169!
So alternatives would be great.
Panasonic claims a life of 3 hours 50 minutes for this battery.
post #2 of 18
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Originally Posted by Steve Cebu View Post

The TM700 batteries are different So I started this thread.
The high capacity battery for the HDC-TM900 is VW-VBN260.
So far I haven't seen any for sale anywhere yet. B&H Photo lists them as Coming soon and the price? A whopping $169!
So alternatives would be great.
Panasonic claims a life of 3 hours 50 minutes for this battery.

The 800/900 uses new battery type, they are available from Panasonic only and proudly bear "Made in Japan" label.

The original VBG130 battery was sold for $120, lasted 45 minutes on power-hungry CCD-based cameras and there was no quake at that time.
post #3 of 18
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Originally Posted by Ungermann View Post

The 800/900 uses new battery type, they are available from Panasonic only and proudly bear "Made in Japan" label.

The original VBG130 battery was sold for $120, lasted 45 minutes on power-hungry CCD-based cameras and there was no quake at that time.

I asked the salesman at b&h and he said they should be in a week and he made a point to tell me they were coming from china not japan. Hope he was correct but I don't bet on it.
post #4 of 18
I can confirm that the VW-VBN130 is made in China. That is where most batteries are made.

The TM900 is made in Japan.
post #5 of 18
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Originally Posted by Ungermann View Post

The 800/900 uses new battery type, they are available from Panasonic only and proudly bear "Made in Japan" label.

The original VBG130 battery was sold for $120, lasted 45 minutes on power-hungry CCD-based cameras and there was no quake at that time.

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Originally Posted by gso125 View Post

I asked the salesman at b&h and he said they should be in a week and he made a point to tell me they were coming from china not japan. Hope he was correct but I don't bet on it.

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Originally Posted by markr041 View Post

I can confirm that the VW-VBN130 is made in China. That is where most batteries are made.

The TM900 is made in Japan.


All I know is the 3hr 50min battery model number is as above and that number was directly from Panasonic. No idea where the battery is made but it sure is expensive and having some other options would be great.
The TM900 is a different design so TM700 batteries won't fit/work.

B&H lists them at ~$170 each The smaller VW-VBN130 is probably cheaper and is rated for 1hr 25 mins according to Panasonic.
post #6 of 18
"The 800/900 uses new battery type, they are available from Panasonic only and proudly bear "Made in Japan" label. "

I can't help myself - I do get upset when someone provides "information" that is patently false and based on nothing.

1. I have in front of me the battery for the TM900 and it is made in China, says so on the battery (proudly or not).

2. Second, the batteries will be available at retailers, as BHPhotovideo expects them soon.

3. Finally, as far as I can tell, the batteries are NOT available from Panasonic at this time - they are not listed on the Panasonic web site at all, but maybe I missed it.

Thanks for the info.
post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by markr041 View Post

"The 800/900 uses new battery type, they are available from Panasonic only and proudly bear "Made in Japan" label. "

I can't help myself - I do get upset when someone provides "information" that is patently false and based on nothing.

1. I have in front of me the battery for the TM900 and it is made in China, says so on the battery (proudly or not).

2. Second, the batteries will be available at retailers, as BHPhotovideo expects them soon.

3. Finally, as far as I can tell, the batteries are NOT available from Panasonic at this time - they are not listed on the Panasonic web site at all, but maybe I missed it.

Thanks for the info.

You can't buy the batteries from Panasonic but they did have the model numbers and the run time. I haven't found any place that has them in stock yet.
post #8 of 18
do they have t hours and 50 minutes batteries for the tm900 ?

thank u
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by marcolisi View Post

do they have t hours and 50 minutes batteries for the tm900 ?

thank u


So far no TM900 extended life batteries are available anywhere, yet. One site said April. I guess it's a waiting game. When they become available they will be 3hr 50min accoring to the Panasonic Rep I spoke with.
post #10 of 18
They ARE available in the UK - the higher capacity VBN-260 that is. I got one a few days ago for £89 inc. shipping, from Ask Direct. As with the TM900 it varies between out of stock and in stock depending on when you browse but with that particular company the stock indicator is in real time so at least you know for sure.

Expect the similarity in appearance and reference number to cause confusion among the suppliers as well! They sent me the old TM700 first off then rectified it.

My one says Made In China on the bottom of the label.

The 260 has about twice the physical depth of the 130 as you might expect, but its still very small and I can't imagine not using it in preference to the 130.

I look forward to cheaper versions becoming available aftermarket but meanwhile at least its reassuring that the battery performs as it should.

Pete
post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by Peter Riding View Post

They ARE available in the UK - the higher capacity VBN-260 that is. I got one a few days ago for £89 inc. shipping, from Ask Direct. As with the TM900 it varies between out of stock and in stock depending on when you browse but with that particular company the stock indicator is in real time so at least you know for sure.

Expect the similarity in appearance and reference number to cause confusion among the suppliers as well! They sent me the old TM700 first off then rectified it.

My one says Made In China on the bottom of the label.

The 260 has about twice the physical depth of the 130 as you might expect, but its still very small and I can't imagine not using it in preference to the 130.

I look forward to cheaper versions becoming available aftermarket but meanwhile at least its reassuring that the battery performs as it should.

Pete


Thanks Pete, so you are paying less than we are since 89 quid is about $143.
I think we can expect to see some good prices here eventually.
post #12 of 18
The Panasonic TM900 manual states the VW-VBN260 as having 2h 55min maximum continuous recording time and 1h 45 actual recordable time (what ever that means) at 1080/60p. This varies through the recording modes up to iFrame which lists 3h 15m and 1h 55min.
post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by ErichGS View Post

The Panasonic TM900 manual states the VW-VBN260 as having 2h 55min maximum continuous recording time and 1h 45 actual recordable time (what ever that means) at 1080/60p. This varies through the recording modes up to iFrame which lists 3h 15m and 1h 55min.


Possibly, I just posted the figures the Panasonic Rep gave me.
post #14 of 18
I think it took 6 months or so for third party batteries to show up for the TM700. I'm sure third party batteries will arrive for the TM900 as well, but I can't wait 6 months.
post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by stealle View Post

I think it took 6 months or so for third party batteries to show up for the TM700. I'm sure third party batteries will arrive for the TM900 as well, but I can't wait 6 months.


Same here but if the TM900 starts beeping then unless that's resolved I won't be buying any extra batteries.
post #16 of 18
Looks like a temporary solution may be in order, such as the Energizer XP18000 (I'd post a link, but there's a board rule about 3 posts before you can do that it seems)

I've used a Lenmar DVDU9 on my Panasonic HDC-SD9 and it runs for about 3.5 hours recording. This was before the VW-VBG6 was available to me for nearly six hours of recording. Panansonic really needs to either quit making new types of batteries or when they come out with a camera that can record for 14 f'n hours, to provide all the power solutions for it when it is released.
post #17 of 18
I've been following this thread for a while. FYI, there are batteries available on ebay now. I ordered a couple, I'll let you know how it works out.
post #18 of 18
I bought the Wasabi equivalent to the VW-VBN260 for $34.33 at Amazon. It works perfectly with my TM900, and the battery remainig indicator works - showing double the recording time of the VBN130 that came with the camera.

Cheers,

Bill
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