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EN-EL15 Replacement

Tex09

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Tex09 Silver Member Nikonian since 01st Dec 2012
Mon 03-Dec-12 06:56 PM

What is a reliable replacement for the Nikon EN-EL15? Adorama lists the Nikon battery for $58.95, and the Lenmar for $49.95. Is Lenmar reliable?

Thanks a bunch!

RLDubbya

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#1. "RE: EN-EL15 Replacement" | In response to Reply # 0

RLDubbya Silver Member Nikonian since 24th Dec 2011
Mon 03-Dec-12 07:39 PM

Honestly, I've heard so much about charging circuitry, etc., not working on 3rd party batteries that I just bought an extra pair of Nikons. Maybe I wasted $20, but that's one less thing I have to worry about.

paul_7e

Farmington, US
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#2. "RE: EN-EL15 Replacement" | In response to Reply # 0

paul_7e Silver Member Charter Member
Mon 03-Dec-12 09:55 PM

I've always used genuine Nikon batteries on all my cameras, and I have never had any problems. For the difference in price between $58.95 and $49.95 ($9.00) that's pretty cheap insurance.
Paul

OldCodger

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#3. "RE: EN-EL15 Replacement" | In response to Reply # 2

OldCodger Registered since 15th Oct 2011
Tue 04-Dec-12 11:27 AM

I have used after market batteries, though not on my D7000. My experience was not encouraging, one failed so early it might have been DOA. The replacement is still around and still appearing to work but it never gives the correct response to charging.
On balance I would urge the use of makers devices rather than a 'Joe Soap' special.

thormx538

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#4. "RE: EN-EL15 Replacement" | In response to Reply # 3

thormx538 Registered since 05th Jul 2012
Tue 04-Dec-12 12:01 PM

I bought one of those "fully coded" cheapo ones for like $25 on Ebay. It worked fine from a recognition standpoint initially (camera didnt yell at it being 3rd party, battery meter worked, etc), but the battery cells were junk after 3 or 4 charges. Waste of $25. I would have just bought the Nikon one if I could do it over.

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Leonard62

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Leonard62 Gold Member Awarded for excellent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community, especially of Nikkor Lenses Writer Ribbon awarded for his contributions to the Nikonians Resources articles library Nikonian since 15th Mar 2009
Tue 04-Dec-12 01:04 PM

I have never heard of a Lenmar. I would certainly not buy an unknown quality battery just to save $9 on something that has a useful life of a few years. That's false economy. I only buy genuine Nikon parts and especially if it affects the operation of the camera.

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Tex09

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#6. "RE: EN-EL15 Replacement" | In response to Reply # 5

Tex09 Silver Member Nikonian since 01st Dec 2012
Tue 04-Dec-12 06:45 PM

Thanks everyone. Sounds like I'm better off sticking with Nikon's battery. Good to know.

Gamecocks

Joanna, US
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#7. "RE: EN-EL15 Replacement" | In response to Reply # 0

Gamecocks Registered since 22nd Jul 2010
Tue 04-Dec-12 11:41 PM

You have a really good camera so why try to save a little money with something less than what is recommended?

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ROD H

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#8. "RE: EN-EL15 Replacement" | In response to Reply # 7

ROD H Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Jun 2007
Thu 06-Dec-12 12:24 PM

Nikon, and only Nikon....

elec164

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#9. "RE: EN-EL15 Replacement" | In response to Reply # 0

elec164 Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Jan 2009
Thu 06-Dec-12 01:23 PM | edited Thu 06-Dec-12 01:24 PM by elec164

At the risk of being branded a heritc or worse a pariah,,,, I'll offer you my thoughts.

I have found the EN-EL15 battery more than adequate for my shooting needs. As long as I remember to charge it the night before a heavy shoot, I have only once run it low to the point I was worried.

But when I bought my D80 I quickly found having a second battery was a must. When I went to the local B&M to buy the Nikon EN-EL3, the rep recommended the Promaster replacement. It boasted a 2500mah rating compared to the Nikon 2000mah and was cheaper. At first I was hesitant, but the rep assured me its was every bit as good and backed it with a money back if not satisfied. I have since handed all my D80 gear to the granddaughter and some 5 years later the Promaster battery is still plugging along with the Nikon battery without issue.

I'm not familiar with Lenmar, but looking into them, they seem to be a global reputable company. But looking at their replacement battery, it's only 1750mah compared to 1900mah Nikon. So to me the $9 difference is eaten up in available power rating, so in that case it would seem to be a wash and I personally would choose the Nikon.

But I would stay away from the e-bay sub-$20 no brand name specials for many of them are junk.

Just my 2 cents as I put on my flame retardant suit!!!

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RLDubbya

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#10. "RE: EN-EL15 Replacement" | In response to Reply # 9

RLDubbya Silver Member Nikonian since 24th Dec 2011
Thu 06-Dec-12 08:04 PM

>At the risk of being branded a heritc or worse a pariah,,,,
>I'll offer you my thoughts.
>
Damn, it's Pariah Pete.

Actually, you make a good point. I just asked my MotherInLaw what the spare battery is for the D5000 I gave her when I upgraded, and it's a ProMaster. I used the ProMaster and the Nikon interchangeably in the 5000 for quite some time, and never had a problem.

gfinlayson

Maidenhead, UK
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#11. "RE: EN-EL15 Replacement" | In response to Reply # 10

gfinlayson Registered since 24th Jan 2011
Sat 08-Dec-12 09:54 AM | edited Sat 08-Dec-12 10:26 AM by gfinlayson

Another very reputable third party battery brand is Blumax. I used to use their EN-EL3e batteries when I owned a D700 - they were every bit as good as the genuine Nikon batteries.

I haven't tried their D7000 batteries yet - they had difficulties manufacturing them for a while, which I suspect was related to decoding the EN-EL15.

RockyIII

Raleigh, US
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RockyIII Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Nikonian since 27th May 2006
Sun 09-Dec-12 01:58 PM

I agree with those who advise using Nikon brand batteries. If for no other reason, there is the following statement on page xvii of the D7000 User's Manual regarding the warranty:

"The use of non-Nikon electronic accessories could damage the camera and may void your Nikon warranty. The use of third-party rechargeable Li-ion batteries not bearing the Nikon holographic seal shown at right could interfere with normal operation of the camera or result in the batteries overheating, igniting, rupturing, or leaking."

Rocky

jmiguez

Lafayette, US
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#13. "RE: EN-EL15 Replacement" | In response to Reply # 12

jmiguez Silver Member Nikonian since 17th Oct 2010
Wed 12-Dec-12 11:56 PM

Well, I guess I am a heretic too. When I bought my D7000, I ordered a second battery from the vendor. It was a non Nikon, and I don't remember who made the spare battery? However, it is still working over two years later. I charge it along with the Nikon battery and run both together. One in the camera and the other in the non-Nikon grip.

In my D700, I have the same setup. I purchased it second hand and it came with a Nikon battery and a non Nikon battery. Both batteries work just fine.

I agree however, stay away from the eBay batteries. Buy a spare from a local camera shop or one of the well known big internet Camera stores.

John

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