The JJC 65 x 45 x 28 mm BC-1 Battery Pack Case is available in the UK from Amazon.co.uk at a cost of £4.86 with free P&P for Prime Members. (Prices correct at time of posting).
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The JJC battery case is supplied within a resealable plastic bag bearing little in the way of any product information. Despite the lack of any packaging protection it thankfully arrived undamaged.
The first order of business is some internal measurements, the following measurements are taken with a digital calliper and are accurate to within 0.1%. (Measurements noted with a * were taken by eye using an engineers metal rule).
Internal width = 61.10mm
Internal length = 41.15mm
Internal height of bottom half = 12mm*
Internal height of top half = 11.5mm*
Plastic thickness = 2.55mm
The quality of the case itself, I could not be happier with and it is most defiantly worth the asking price. On the front a metal pin hinge is used to mount a plastic locking flap, this flap has a slight protrusion on the inside lip that secures firmly into place on a small groove located on the top of the case.
The design of this locking flap has been well thought out and the edge that you lift to open the lock has a small raised lip allowing you to get purchase with your fingernails. In terms of strength and functionality, it is highly commendable.
On the rear is a 39.62mm wide hinge also fitted with a metal pin. Both the pin on the hinge and locking flap are of a decent thickness of nearly 2mm in diameter. The pins also seem very secure, trying to forcibly push one of the pins out with a point on my metal calliper results in nothing happening and not so much as a mark on the pins. Its possible the metal pins may be stainless given that the calliper did not leave a mark, but sadly I lack a magnet small enough to test.
Around the inside edge of the top half of the case is a raised lip and on the bottom is a recess for the lip which is fitted with a silicone surround to provide a water tight seal. As I need to use the case straight away and I have no wish to leave it lying around to dry I’m afraid I have no inclination to test its capabilities. Suffice to say as long as you do not entirely submerge the case it should prove fit for purpose even in the worst of weather conditions.
Overall, I am very happy with the quality of the case for the price, I am however a little disappointed with the fit. The product listing on Amazon states that the case is suitable with the following batteries…
Nikon EN-EL3, EN-EL3a, EN-EL3e, EN-EL9a, EN-EL10, EN-EL12, EN-EL14, EN-EL14a, EN-EL15, EN-EL19, Sony NP-BN, NP-BN1, NP-BD1, NP-FD1, NP-BG1, NP-FG1, NP-FW50, NP-BX1, Canon BP-511A, LP-E5, LP-E6, LP-E6N, LP-E8, LP-E12, Fujifilm NP-45, NP-45a, NP-45b, NP-95, NP-W126, Olympus BLS-5, BLS-50, LI-40B, LI-42B, GE DS5370, GB-10, GB-10a, Pentax D-LI63, D-LI108, Casio NP-80, NP-82, Kodak KLIC-7006
I have two batteries an EN-EL14a and an EN-EL14 which are both the same size and are both listed as being compatible for the case. despite this I guess I should have double checked some measurements before buying so I suppose I am to blame in part.
Even with a protective cap on my battery there is nearly enough room to stack two batteries on top of each other inside the case, length (front to back) with the battery cap attached the case is a decent fit, although without the cap there is a 3.5mm gap and width wise with the cap installed there is a 7.5mm gap.
I urge you to double check measurements before buying as nothing annoys me more than when a product claims to fit something when in reality it turns out to be far larger. Thankfully, I have some 6mm neoprene sheet which I plan to trim and place a layer in the top and button to the case to provide a bit of protection and prevent my battery rattling around inside.
If you’re going to sell a “universal” battery case at least include a few pieces of adhesive backed foam that we can choose to fit if required. It’s hardly going to add a significant amount the cost all and will improve protection of our rather expensive batteries no end.
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