Hahnel Extreme HLX-E6NH review: new and improved Extreme battery offers 20% more power

Orange is the new black with Hahnel’s brightly colored Extreme battery for Canon packing 20% more capacity

Hahnel HLX-E6NH Extreme Battery
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Hahnel’s Extreme HLX-E6NH has an RRP of nearly half that of Canon’s proprietary LP-E6NH, plus has all of the niceties of its silicone injection process for enhanced performance in cold climates and 3m drop resistance, as well as having a bright orange design that makes it easier to find in your kit bag. Our main gripe is that the new battery hasn’t been rebranded so it’s a bit confusing as to which model you’re getting, whether that’s the older 2000mAh or newer 2400mAh. Plus in our testing, despite claiming to have a notably higher capacity than Canon’s 2130mAh LP-E6NH, the Hahnel simply couldn’t keep pace: delivering a poorer performance for both still images and 4K video. That said, it’s still a very decent option for Canon shooters, recording about 20,000 RAW files or an hour and forty minutes of 4K video, and at half the price of Canon’s LP-E6NH that’s a compromise we’re willing to take, we just wish the product branding was a bit clearer.

Pros

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    Insulated for better cold-weather performance

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    3m drop-resistance

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    Half the price of Canon’s LP-E6NH

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    Orange makes it easy to find in kit bag

Cons

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    Higher capacity doesn’t live up to expectations

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    Product naming is a bit confusing

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    Not an OEM battery

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With the move to mirrorless, cameras need more juice than ever to power their LCD screens, electronic viewfinders and go the distance when doing power hungry tasks like recording 4K video. That’s why we’ve seen Canon update its proprietary LP-E6N 1865mAh battery for DSLRs, with a newer Canon LP-E6NH for mirrorless which has an extra 14% capacity at 2130mAh.

Hähnel Extreme HLX-E6NH: Specifications

Type: Li-Ion
Voltage: 7.2v
Capacity: 2400mAh
Cycles: 500
Drop resistance: 3m
Dimensions (WxDxH): 40x21x57mm
Weight: 80g

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This is the official first-party cell for Canon’s such as the EOS R5 and R6 with a capacity of 2130mAh. Buying proprietary Li-Ions ensures no issues and Canon’s top quality too, though staying loyal will cost you as the LP-E6NH cells have a steep RRP of £120!

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With a capacity of 2250mAh the Mathorn MB-201 sits in-between Hahnel’s new and old Extreme HLX-E6NH, though sits firmly above Canon’s proprietary LP-E6NH cell. While it doesn’t have the silicon injection of Hahnel’s Extreme series for better drop protection and cold weather performance, it is a better budget option at about 25% less than the Hahnel.

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Dan Mold
Deputy Editor

Deputy Editor on PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, Dan also brings his technical wizardry and editing skills to Digital Camera World. He has been writing about all aspects of photography for over 10 years, having previously served as technical writer and technical editor for Practical Photography magazine, as well as Photoshop editor on Digital Photo


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