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fsa259

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fsa259 Registered since 18th Jun 2012
Thu 05-Jul-12 11:56 PM | edited Thu 05-Jul-12 11:59 PM by fsa259

I've already forked £375 for a D3100 (2000 shutter count) with Nikkor 18-55 and 55-200 AF+VR lenses and getting original batteries will really throw my CC into the red. (It came with a leather case and the IR remote too....in case anyone thinks I was ripped off.)

Was hoping to get away with some generic ones for a while till the next paycheck. I understand Nikon chip their batteries....is it possible to use generic ones with one of those battery grips (off ebay).

coolmom42

McEwen, US
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#1. "RE: Batteries for D3100" | In response to Reply # 0

coolmom42 Moderator Awarded for her enthusiastic support of the community and exemplifying the Nikonian mission “Share, Learn and Inspire” Nikonian since 30th Nov 2011
Fri 06-Jul-12 12:16 AM

Very few people have ever had good experiences with generic batteries. Either they don't work at all, or work for a short time.

My advice is to make do with one battery until you can afford a real Nikon battery.

If you start out shooting with a full charge, you can normally get several hundred photos out of the original battery. They are very good. One of the main power sucks is the display--go into the menu settings and set it for the shortest automatic off time, and minimize your use of it while shooting.

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fsa259

UK
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#2. "RE: Batteries for D3100" | In response to Reply # 1

fsa259 Registered since 18th Jun 2012
Fri 06-Jul-12 01:04 AM

Okay, thank you for the advice. I think the flash drains a lot of the battery too, so I'll keep its use to a minimum. It's just that I'm off on a road trip next month and didn't want to get caught short when some epic scenery came my way.

Is there a reliable car charger I could use when I'm not near any mains?

Many thanks!

coolmom42

McEwen, US
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#3. "RE: Batteries for D3100" | In response to Reply # 2

coolmom42 Moderator Awarded for her enthusiastic support of the community and exemplifying the Nikonian mission “Share, Learn and Inspire” Nikonian since 30th Nov 2011
Fri 06-Jul-12 01:11 AM | edited Fri 06-Jul-12 01:12 AM by coolmom42

I have a small inverter that runs off the 12 V in the car. I use it for charging while traveling sometimes. I plug the Nikon charger into it.

But for the price of an inverter, you can almost buy another battery. I would budget the battery as part of my road trip expenses, or find some way to scrape up the price of the battery beforehand.

You are right, the flash does consume a lot of battery. But you may not need it so much in the daytime & outdoors.

working on it in Middle TN
Nikon D3100

35 mm 1.8 Nikkor
18-55 mm Nikkor VR
55-200 mm Nikkor VR
55-300 mm Nikkor VR
150-500 mm Sigma OS
Feisol CT3471 & Markins M20 ballhead

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fsa259

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#4. "RE: Batteries for D3100" | In response to Reply # 3

fsa259 Registered since 18th Jun 2012
Fri 06-Jul-12 01:19 AM

Many thanks! Looks like I'll just have to add it to my budget. Much appreciated

fsa259

UK
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#5. "RE: Batteries for D3100" | In response to Reply # 3

fsa259 Registered since 18th Jun 2012
Fri 06-Jul-12 01:22 AM

Oh wait....you mean an inverter like this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Silverline-675258-Watt-In-Car-Inverter/dp/B000OO9V48


Not as big a dent to the pocket....

DavidN4

Johns Creek, US
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#6. "RE: Batteries for D3100" | In response to Reply # 0

DavidN4 Silver Member Nikonian since 09th Nov 2011
Fri 06-Jul-12 02:00 AM | edited Fri 06-Jul-12 02:03 AM by DavidN4

I have a D5100 and the Mieke/Neweer battery grip. I've had it a pretty long time now with 2 cheap generic non-Nikon batteries. I get just as much shooting time out of the generics as the real Nikons (I have 2 of them also). I've shot a couple of all day events with flash with each type of battery - no difference. I usually just leave the generics in, and shoot them more.

When you put in the batteries (if there is no batter in at first), load in one Nikon battery and let the green light on the back of the camera light up. Then add in one of your generics. Pull out the Nikon battery and load in the other generic battery. Then you are good to go.

With 4 batteries, I can shoot all weekend without ever looking to see if I need power, and I am not tied to trying to find a place to recharge. Instead of $40+ per battery, I can play $8 per battery.

coolmom42

McEwen, US
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#7. "RE: Batteries for D3100" | In response to Reply # 5

coolmom42 Moderator Awarded for her enthusiastic support of the community and exemplifying the Nikonian mission “Share, Learn and Inspire” Nikonian since 30th Nov 2011
Fri 06-Jul-12 12:48 PM

>Oh wait....you mean an inverter like this:
>http://www.amazon.co.uk/Silverline-675258-Watt-In-Car-Inverter/dp/B000OO9V48
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>Not as big a dent to the pocket....


Yes, thats the type of inverter I was talking about. (Although I have a US version, of course.)

I have a similar one that is 200 Watt with 2 outlets plus a USB outlet. It's great to use in the car while traveling, for charging camera batteries, cell phones, laptop computers, whatever you need to charge. it eliminates the need to buy a special car charger for each item.

My laptop charger cord is long enough that the laptop can lie safely in the back floorboard while charging.

working on it in Middle TN
Nikon D3100

35 mm 1.8 Nikkor
18-55 mm Nikkor VR
55-200 mm Nikkor VR
55-300 mm Nikkor VR
150-500 mm Sigma OS
Feisol CT3471 & Markins M20 ballhead

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