Any one who uses a cheap chinese knock off battery in my mind is playing with fire and I mean fire. A friend of mind had a Sony A77 with a Sony Battery Grip loaded with these batteries. We were out one day shooting bracket and Larry put down his camera, the next thing the Grip was smoking. Lucky enough we got the battery grip off the camera but we could not get the batteries out of the grip it was melted inside. The grip was a throw away but the camera was find.
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km6xz Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009Sat 20-Apr-13 01:07 PM
When the suggestion was made that batteries other than Nikon branded, everyone repeated that batteries from reputable battery manufacturers and dealers selling them. Nikon, as you know, does not make batteries so some of the suppliers of compatible batteries are actually the supplier to Nikon. If any are going to be counterfiet, it will be those with fake Nikon labels because there is no incentive to copy a lower priced item that fewer Nikon owners have heard about. My atra batteries are from Delkin, a major OEM for batteries for hundreds of end products. They sell their battery, at retail for about $25. A counterfeiter would be not very bright if they branded their inferior batteries as "Delkin", not only would they get 1/3rd as much money but few consumers have heard of them.
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ZoneV Nikonian since 08th Jan 2005Sun 21-Apr-13 01:23 AM | edited Sun 21-Apr-13 01:24 AM by ZoneV
Lithium-ion batteries can easily be a fire hazard. NiMh batteries are nothing to worry about, for the most part, though (though it's probably a good idea to check them every so often while charging).
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