#2. "RE: Is it a bad idea to use a generic brand replacement battery?" In response to In response to 0
I have the original Nikon battery and one labeled as a Lenmar (made in China). The Lenmar battery works OK but does not hold a charge for even half the time that the Nikon one does. I would definitely not recommend the Lenmar or any other "replacement" battery for the Nikon. Go ahead and spring for the original Nikon battery direct from them and avoid any "hassles" that potentially may (probably will) occur with replacements.