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Which battery does the Canon IXUS 285 take?

The Canon Digital IXUS 285 HS is a digital compact camera that features a 19.9MP sensor. It is powered by the Canon NB-11LH, which is a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery pack. Lithium-Ion batteries offer a high energy density and low self-discharge, and are nowadays found in many portable electronic devices.

Battery Pack

The NB-11LH operates at a voltage of 3.6V and has a capacity of 800mAh. It can be charged from a standard electrical outlet via the Canon CB-2LDE charger (that can be purchased separately, for example, at amazon). The battery pack measures 36mm in width, 5mm in height, and 36mm in depth. It weighs 14g. The NB-11LH has been on the market since July 2014 and sells at good camera retailers, such as amazon, for about $50. Generic alternatives (see below) that are compatible with the Canon Digital IXUS 285 HS can be obtained at substantially lower cost.

What is the difference between the NB-11LH and the NB-11L?

The Canon NB-11LH was preceded as a battery pack for digital cameras by the NB-11L. Both types operate at a similar voltage and are fully interchangeable, so that the NB-11L can also be used with the Canon IXUS 285. The main difference between the two packs is their capacity. The NB-11LH has a 15 percent higher mAh value (800 vs 680 mAh) and, hence, somewhat better performance (15 percent more shots per battery charge) than the NB-11L.

How many shots can I take with a fully charged NB-11LH?

The number of shots that one can get out of a battery pack depends heavily on the style and imaging practice of the photographer. For example, the extended use of the LCD screen for framing or reviewing will result in reduced battery performance.

NB-11LH

The Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) has established guidelines (click here to download the pdf-document) that manufacturers are supposed to respect when reporting the battery life of their cameras. According to this CIPA-rating, the Canon IXUS 285 can take 180 images on a single charge. Given the relatively demanding energy usage of the CIPA procedures, this rated number should be achievable or be surpassed in most practical situations. However, if the environment is cold, the LCD screen is used heavily, or the camera is turned on and off frequently, battery mileage might drop below the rating. Also, as the battery pack ages, its performance will tend to deteriorate.

What about generic battery packs?

Canon sells the original NB-11LH pack at quite a steep price. This premium pricing strategy has left room in the market for third party suppliers to offer fully compatible battery packs at much lower prices. Savings from buying generic replacement batteries can amount up to 70 percent of the price of the genuine battery pack.

Canon NB-11LH Specifications

  • Battery type: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion power pack
  • Compatibility: Canon IXUS 285 & other selected Canon cameras
  • Voltage: 3.6V DC
  • Capacity: 800mAh or 180 shots (CIPA) with the Canon IXUS 285
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 36 x 5 x 36mm
  • Weight: 14g

Indeed, one can easily find a variety of competitively-priced NB-11LH replacements from different vendors at major online platforms (see, for example, here on ebay). All these generic alternatives should work fine with your Canon IXUS 285. So why would anybody then buy the more expensive original battery? Well, below are some arguments in favor of the genuine NB-11LH, which can perhaps be summarized as "peace of mind":

  • Assurance that the warranty of the camera will not be rendered void if a battery-related failure occurs;
  • Assurance that the battery pack will indeed have the stated capacity;
  • Assurance that the battery will have low self-discharge rates and, thus, will hold its charge even when not in use;
  • Assurance that the power unit will not trigger any warning messages on the camera and can be effectively charged with the standard charger;
  • Assurance that the manufacturing process has respected the safety guidelines for Lithium-Ion batteries;

If you can live without these assurances, then you are in for some nice savings from buying generic replacements for the NB-11LH. Unfortunately, the market for generic battery packs is rather fluid, with new trade names popping up regularly while others disappear. Hence it is difficult to keep track of all the suppliers and the quality of their products. That said, in North America, battery packs from Wasabi have gained a good reputation, while in Europe, replacement power packs from Patona have received many favorable reviews. In any case, the existing comparisons tend to find that the cheapest of the generic replacement packs score worse in terms of achieving their rated capacity, holding their charge over time, or allowing for a large number of charge-discharge cycles than somewhat pricier battery packs (or the genuine Canon offer). Thus, the old adage, "If the price sounds too low to be true, it probably is" has some merit with respect to camera batteries also. You can check the current offers and prices for the original NB-11LH and its clones by using the buttons below.

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Which other cameras use the Canon NB-11LH or the NB-11L?

The Canon IXUS 285 is not alone in using the NB-11LH or the NB-11L. Several other cameras from Canon are powered by the same type of lithium-ion pack. The adjacent table lists some of them along with a selection of their headline specifications.

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Cameras using the NB-11LH or the NB-11L
# Camera
Model
Battery
(name)
Battery life
(CIPA)
Sensor Size
(type)
Resolution
(MP)
Weight
(g)
Camera
Launch
Launch Price
(USD)
Street Price
(USD)
1Canon A2300NB-11LH2101/2.315.9125Feb 2012139ebay.com
2Canon A2400NB-11LH1901/2.315.9126Feb 2012139ebay.com
3Canon A2500NB-11LH2201/2.315.9135Jan 2013129ebay.com
4Canon A2550NB-11LH2201/2.315.9135Jan 2013129ebay.com
5Canon A2600NB-11LH2201/2.315.9135Jan 2013129ebay.com
6Canon A3400NB-11LH1801/2.315.9126Feb 2012179ebay.com
7Canon A3500NB-11LH2001/2.315.9135Jan 2013139ebay.com
8Canon A4000NB-11LH1751/2.315.9145Feb 2012119ebay.com
9Canon ELPH 110NB-11LH1701/2.315.9135Jan 2012249ebay.com
10Canon ELPH 115NB-11LH1701/2.315.9135Jan 2013249ebay.com
11Canon ELPH 130NB-11LH1901/2.315.9133Jan 2013199ebay.com
12Canon ELPH 135NB-11LH2301/2.315.9127Feb 2014119ebay.com
13Canon ELPH 140NB-11LH2301/2.315.9127Feb 2014129ebay.com
14Canon ELPH 150NB-11LH2301/2.315.9142Feb 2014149ebay.com
15Canon ELPH 160NB-11LH2201/2.319.9127Jan 2015119ebay.com
16Canon ELPH 170NB-11LH2001/2.319.9141Jan 2015149ebay.com
17Canon ELPH 180NB-11LH2201/2.319.9126Jan 2016119ebay.com
18Canon ELPH 190NB-11LH1901/2.319.9138Jan 2016159ebay.com
19Canon ELPH 340NB-11LH1901/2.315.9147Jan 2014199ebay.com
20Canon ELPH 350NB-11LH2501/2.319.9147Feb 2015209ebay.com
21Canon ELPH 360NB-11LH1801/2.319.9147Jan 2016209ebay.com
22Canon IXUS 125NB-11LH1701/2.315.9135Jan 2012249ebay.com
23Canon IXUS 132NB-11LH1701/2.315.9135Jan 2013249ebay.com
24Canon IXUS 135NB-11LH1901/2.315.9133Jul 2013149ebay.com
25Canon IXUS 140NB-11LH1901/2.315.9133Jan 2013199ebay.com
26Canon IXUS 145NB-11LH2301/2.315.9127Feb 2014119ebay.com
27Canon IXUS 147NB-11LH2301/2.315.9127Feb 2014119ebay.com
28Canon IXUS 150NB-11LH2301/2.315.9127Feb 2014129ebay.com
29Canon IXUS 155NB-11LH2301/2.315.9142Feb 2014149ebay.com
30Canon IXUS 157NB-11LH2201/2.319.9125Feb 2014149ebay.com
31Canon IXUS 160NB-11LH2201/2.319.9127Jan 2015119ebay.com
32Canon IXUS 162NB-11LH2201/2.319.9127Jan 2015149ebay.com
33Canon IXUS 165NB-11LH2201/2.319.9128Jan 2015149ebay.com
34Canon IXUS 170NB-11LH2001/2.319.9141Jan 2015149ebay.com
35Canon IXUS 172NB-11LH2001/2.319.9141Jan 2015149ebay.com
36Canon IXUS 175NB-11LH2201/2.319.9130Jan 2016119ebay.com
37Canon IXUS 180NB-11LH2201/2.319.9126Jan 2016119ebay.com
38Canon IXUS 185NB-11LH2101/2.319.9135Jan 2017149ebay.com
39Canon IXUS 190NB-11LH1901/2.319.9138Jan 2016159ebay.com
40Canon IXUS 240NB-11LH1901/2.315.9145Jan 2012119ebay.com
41Canon IXUS 265NB-11LH1901/2.315.9147Jan 2014199ebay.com
42Canon IXUS 275NB-11LH2501/2.319.9147Feb 2015209ebay.com
43Canon IXUS 285NB-11LH1801/2.319.9147Jan 2016209ebay.com
44Canon SX400NB-11LH1901/2.315.9313Jul 2014249ebay.com
45Canon SX410NB-11LH1851/2.319.9325Feb 2015279ebay.com
46Canon SX420NB-11LH1951/2.319.9325Jan 2016299ebay.com
47Canon SX430NB-11LH1951/2.319.9323Jan 2017299amazon.com

Canon NB-11LH FAQ

The NB-11LH is the standard power source for the Canon IXUS 285. As such it is an indispensable camera accessory. Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular aspects of the battery pack and Lithium-Ion power units more generally.

Is there a car charger available for the NB-11LH?

Canon does not offer a travel charger, but third party suppliers do (see here on ebay).

Is the NB-11LH available in colors other than black?

No, Canon supplies this battery pack only in black. However, some generic alternatives from third party providers might be available in other colors.

Can I use the NB-11LH in any of my other electronic devices?

No, the battery is specifically designed for use in the Canon IXUS 285 and other selected cameras from Canon.

How should the NB-11LH be stored?

Lithium-ion batteries can hold a charge for a long time. However, these battery packs have a safety mechanism built-in that disables any re-charge if the voltage drops below a certain minimum level. To avoid this safety-trigger to be activated, the battery pack should be charged at least once every few months.

How should I discard my old battery pack?

The contents of Lithium-Ion batteries is under pressure and the packs can explode if exposed to extreme heat. Lithium-Ion battery units should therefore never be incinerated and should not be thrown into the household trash, but put into the recycling stream. Most places that sell camera batteries will also accept them back for recycling.

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