Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2013/03/15

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Subject: [Leica] My last aftermarket battery just died
From: wildlightphoto at (Doug Herr)
Date: Fri, 15 Mar 2013 14:33:04 -0700 (GMT-07:00)

Richard Man wrote:

>Come on Henning, Leica must make a lot more money on a Himalayan rat skin
>covered 50 year anniversary MP Classic than hundreds of batteries :-)
>On Fri, Mar 15, 2013 at 11:26 AM, Henning Wulff <henningw at 
>> Please, whoever feels this way keep buying Leica batteries. Leica needs
>> the money.
>> On 2013-03-15, at 1:42 AM, Cedric Agie <cedric.agie at> wrote:
>> > I would be interested by one or more pictures made from the dead
>> > batteries you opened.
>> > When opening the dead body, maybe you simply did not see a tiny device
>> > i.e.a few mm or even less with two or more hairthin wires that can
>> > also act as a fuse.
>> > Since there is a 3rd contact in the battery and also inside the
>> > charger, I have good reasons to think there is a form of protection
>> > that could go unnoticed, certainly if the inside is inbedded in solid
>> > plastic or even silicone.
>> >
>> > One PC and Laptoplaptop maker I know, a huge company known worldwide,
>> > simply protects their Laptops with an elaborate printed circuit inside
>> > the batterie wich also contains a special code. This code makes the
>> > use of third party batteries simply impossible. Even some brands of
>> > inkjet cartridges have a small microprocessor that controls and
>> > regulates the level of the ink. If you refill them half way, you can
>> > continue to work with it. If it reaches the end it warns you and you
>> > cannot refill them anymore, unless you reprogram them with a connector
>> > from the outside. Most known game, printer and cellphone makers use
>> > the same tricks. I will give no names, see the media or make a walk
>> > around the Interet. The inkjet trick was discovered and solved by a
>> > Russion a few years ago. He gave all details of his reprogramming
>> > systhem on the Internet and believe me it works.
>> >
>> > Its not only technology, it's also a commercial war.
>> > They have good reasons to protect the customer indeed, but they also
>> > protect their market.
>> >
>> > Regards
>> >
>> > Cedric

Maybe we should discuss UV filters instead.

Doug Herr
Birdman of Sacramento

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