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Best battery for D800?

mwhals

Winfield, US
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mwhals Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Apr 2004
Fri 02-Mar-12 12:14 AM

I know that Japan has limited the amount of energy that can be in a lithium battery making the D800 battery not among the absolute best options. With the optional battery pack, I believe different type batteries can be used. What do you guys think is the best battery that can be used with the D800? I don't have any experience with the batteries beyond the EN-EL3e that I use in my D200.

Thanks!

Shoot nature with respect and don't trample it or startle its inhabitants. :)

mrpenguin

Windsor, CA
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#1. "RE: Best battery for D800?" | In response to Reply # 0

mrpenguin Silver Member Nikonian since 09th Feb 2012
Fri 02-Mar-12 12:27 AM

why do you say "different" kinds of batteries can be used in the Grip ?

mwhals

Winfield, US
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#2. "RE: Best battery for D800?" | In response to Reply # 1

mwhals Silver Member Nikonian since 18th Apr 2004
Fri 02-Mar-12 12:48 AM | edited Fri 02-Mar-12 12:56 AM by mwhals

The grip can use a EN-EL15 or EN-EL18 from my understanding. I am guessing the EN-EL18 is a better battery.

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MEMcD

US
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#3. "RE: Best battery for D800?" | In response to Reply # 2

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Fri 02-Mar-12 04:42 AM

Hi Mark,

The EN-EL18 has significantly more power than the EN-EL15 and will provide significantly more images per charge. Just like the EN-EL4(a) batteries provide significantly more power and images per charge than an EN-EL3e.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

zumbado

North Potomac, US
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#4. "RE: Best battery for D800?" | In response to Reply # 3

zumbado Silver Member Nikonian since 18th Dec 2004
Fri 02-Mar-12 07:08 PM


If you are thinking about getting a power grip MB-D12 it can take an EN-EL15, 8 AA cells, and an EN-EL18. you will need adapters for the AA cell and for the EN-EL18, about $75 each.
If you buy the EN-EL18, you need to buy a charger, unless you have a D4. As for AA cells I would recommend precharged batteries because they hold up their charge for a couple of years, instead of the regular NiMH batteries, which discharge in about a couple of months. The specs of the D800/E claims that with the MB-D12 you can get 6 fps with AA batteries or the EN-EL18.

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