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MB-D11 Battery Grip Question / Possible issue

Anton Bruwer

Johannesburg, ZA
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Anton Bruwer Registered since 08th Nov 2012
Thu 15-Nov-12 02:42 PM | edited Thu 15-Nov-12 02:44 PM by Anton Bruwer

I bought an MB-D11 at our big annual camera show last month and was dissapointed to discover that the EN-EL15 has some movement once mounted in the slide-in tray. The movement is sufficient to make an audible noise when you change the camera's physical orientation from "landscape" to "portrait".

Finally got around to taking it back to the retailer today and another one off the shelf showed exactly the same symptoms.

Has anyone else had a similar problem?

To date I have had to wedge the battery with bits of paper to prevent the movement - most irritating and my first Nikon dissapointment...

tekneektom

Kohler, US
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#1. "RE: MB-D11 Battery Grip Question / Possible issue" | In response to Reply # 0

tekneektom Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Winner in the Annual Nikonians Best Images Contest 2015 Nikonian since 18th Nov 2011
Thu 15-Nov-12 02:08 PM

Anton,

This might sound like a dumb question, but are you placing the battery in the battery holder properly? The battery should be puched forward and a small moveable plastic piece pops up to hold the battery in place. To dislodge the battery you press down on the piece and it frees the battery.

If the battery is loose and moving I doubt that the camera is drawing any power from the battery in the grip and is probably drawing from the "in camera" battery.

Tom

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gbowen

Canton, US
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#2. "RE: MB-D11 Battery Grip Question / Possible issue" | In response to Reply # 0

gbowen Gold Member Nikonian since 31st Mar 2011
Thu 15-Nov-12 03:28 PM

I had one, and it did the same thing. Small design flaw. I put a piece of plastic under the battery, secured with tape and that solved the issue.

George

RLDubbya

US
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RLDubbya Silver Member Nikonian since 24th Dec 2011
Thu 15-Nov-12 06:51 PM

Neither of mine have this problem. In fact, the batteries seem to fit in place quite snugly. I hear / feel no movement from the battery in the grip, whether changing orientation or even shaking the camera.

esandy

Wichita Falls, US
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esandy Gold Member Nikonian since 19th Nov 2011
Thu 15-Nov-12 07:10 PM

Mine has a small amount of movement too. I can feel it when I'm gripping the camera while walking or changing orientation.

Ed

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Tucsonmr2

AU
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#5. "RE: MB-D11 Battery Grip Question / Possible issue" | In response to Reply # 4

Tucsonmr2 Registered since 08th Nov 2012
Thu 15-Nov-12 07:49 PM

Ive never had the battery come loose or move around in mine, also as mentioned are you using the locking tab for the battery to hold it in place properly?
i know you said you bought it from a delaer but are you sure its a genuine one?
also i find that if i grab the battery grip and put pressure on it, it flexes a bit and a small gap can be seen between the camera and the grip itself..
cheers

Anton Bruwer

Johannesburg, ZA
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Anton Bruwer Registered since 08th Nov 2012
Fri 16-Nov-12 03:51 AM

Thank you for all the responses - much appreciated. It is good to know that my problem is not unique.

@ Tom: The battery is properly fitted and locked with the tab. The camera works perfectly with only a battery in the grip.

@ George: This is effectively what the salesperson suggested to me yesterday and is thus what I will do as a fix.

It is definitely a genuine Nikon product and not a lookalike knockoff.

It thus seems to me that this is a classic quality control issue with variable plastic mould tolerances at the manufacturing end in China...

gbowen

Canton, US
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gbowen Gold Member Nikonian since 31st Mar 2011
Fri 16-Nov-12 10:38 AM

The one I bought was from B&H, so I know it was genuine, plus it had all the hallmarks of being Nikon and not a fake.

George

Chris Platt

Newburg, US
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Chris Platt Silver Member Nikonian since 30th Sep 2012
Fri 16-Nov-12 12:53 PM

Does it do it with a different battery installed in the grip? I'm wondering if slight variability in battery dimensions could be causing the issue.

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gfinlayson

Maidenhead, UK
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#9. "RE: MB-D11 Battery Grip Question / Possible issue" | In response to Reply # 8

gfinlayson Registered since 24th Jan 2011
Fri 16-Nov-12 04:57 PM

I've just checked both of mine - there's a small but perceptible amount of play, but nowhere near enough to cause contact issues. Mine are definitely genuine - my original grip was one of the first sold in the UK. Way before anyone was making knock-offs.

Anton Bruwer

Johannesburg, ZA
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#10. "RE: MB-D11 Battery Grip Question / Possible issue" | In response to Reply # 8

Anton Bruwer Registered since 08th Nov 2012
Sat 17-Nov-12 01:13 AM

>Does it do it with a different battery installed in the grip?
> I'm wondering if slight variability in battery dimensions
>could be causing the issue.


The amount of movement is the same with both my EN-EL 15's so this is not the cause.

hawaii502160

Cleveland, US
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hawaii502160 Registered since 11th Feb 2011
Sat 17-Nov-12 01:03 PM | edited Sat 17-Nov-12 01:04 PM by hawaii502160

I just bought my MB-D11 a month ago...my battery "rattles" in the tray also. I have 2 Nikon batteries, and they both do it. The battery is "locked" into the tray with the plastic tab, but there is still enough movement to feel and hear the battery shifting around. I was aware of this problem being reported before I bought it, so it didn't surprise me when I found that mine does it.

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pistnbroke

UK
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#12. "RE: MB-D11 Battery Grip Question / Possible issue" | In response to Reply # 11

pistnbroke Registered since 01st Jul 2012
Sat 17-Nov-12 01:20 PM | edited Sat 17-Nov-12 01:25 PM by pistnbroke

my battery is solid in its holder on both the MB 11s I have and no problems ..but then of course they are the $40 knock offs....

If you saw the terrible quality of the little connectors on your EN EL 15 you would not want it moveing ..some packing behind it I guess to keep it fully forward.

sirraj

Minneapolis, US
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sirraj Registered since 29th Oct 2005
Sun 18-Nov-12 11:30 AM

I can hear the battery moving in my MB-D11. It is a little annoying even though the camera works fine.

Sirraj

Tucsonmr2

AU
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#14. "RE: MB-D11 Battery Grip Question / Possible issue" | In response to Reply # 13

Tucsonmr2 Registered since 08th Nov 2012
Tue 20-Nov-12 07:30 PM

Anyone find that the batter is draining faster while in the grip rather than just no grip and in the camera itself
i have found the batter lasted a lot longer when used in the camera itself
now after putting the battery in the grip, i find that its not lastign as long as it used to.

also took the battery out and checked for movement, there is ever so slight movement in the grip tray, but i cant hear it though.

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