I was considering to buy the dedicated NiMH battery & Charger (MH/MN-30) for my F5, but my local pro store recommended high power 1600mAh NiMH AA batteries instead...
My question is, has anyone tried any of the 1600mAh variety? and long do thay last per charge? What are the comparisons between these and the MN-30?
Iam currently using the Energizer lithiums, which are very good, but I would like to go for a rechargable option..
#1. "RE: Nickel Metal Hydride batteries?" | In response to Reply # 0Boogaloo Basic MemberTue 13-Feb-01 11:05 PM
I currently use the MH/MN-30 combo for my F5 and love it. I cycle between two different battery packs, one in the camera and one in the bag for back up. I also keep the regular AA battery insert and a set of lithiums in the bag for backup. The only (big) drawback to the MH/MN-30 is the price. Oh my goodness it's expensive!!! But, I figured I'd gone as far as getting an F5 with the data back, might as well splurge. Because of the price, I did a lot of research before making the purchase, which seems to be the phase that you're in now. I'm surprised that your local pro shop recommended going the rout that it did, shame on them! After calling Nikon tech support, I learned that the do not recommend using NiMH AAs in the camera because the voltage is too low, the 1600mAh refers to how much juice the battery can hold but the voltage refers to how it doles it out. I'm pretty sure that AA NiMHs are rated at 1.2v. Times 8 cells will put you at a measly 9.6v. If I remember right, the F5 likes to run at 12v, and hey, 1.2 X 10 = 12! Actually I think there is a voltage range recommended for the F5 but 9.6 isn't in it. You can call Nikon (1-800-NIKON US) if you want the exact numbers. I bet if you cracked open ($130, ouch) one of the MN-30 packs you would probably find 10 AA-sized cells in there instead of one large custom-shaped cell.
If you were putting the batteries into something that only used two or four cells, you could probably get away with it because the difference in voltage would be multiplied as many times. Also, if the item wasn't as sensitive to the voltage as the circuitry in the camera e.g. a flashlight. The other thing you could do you be to fashion your own battery pack from 10 AAs and figure out how to get them to fit the contacts inside the camera correctly, but I don't think it would be worth the hassle.
Hope this information is helpful too you.
Joseph D. Cook
Nampa, Idaho, USA
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#2. "RE: Nickel Metal Hydride batteries?" | In response to Reply # 0
I also use the MN/MH-30 combo and I am pretty pleased with it. The F5 battery consumptions and alternatives to MN/MH-30 has been discussed earlier. You may want to check out:
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#5. "RE: Nickel Metal Hydride batteries?" | In response to Reply # 0
I have an F5, and I use the MH-30. I do, however carry a set of Ni-Mh batteries as a backup. They are 1550 mAh Maha cells, fwiw. They will run the camera just fine, but they don't last very long. The main reason I carry the batteries is for my flash, but as long as I have 8 fully-charged batteries at hand, I'll use them in the F5 if I need to. I recommend the MH-30.