Thu 23-May-13 03:51 AM | edited Fri 24-May-13 03:03 AM by MEMcD
The D2 and D3 series bodies use EN-EL4 or EN-EL4a batteries. The D4 uses EN-EL18 batteries.
Several years ago, I tried an aftermarket EN-EL4 on my D2X and it didn't work at all. I returned it to the manufacturer at my expense and the replacement they sent me didn't work either. I returned it to the retailer and paid the difference for a Nikon EN-EL4 and it continues to work perfectly today.
I've used the Pearstone EN-EL4a Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (11.1V, 2400mAh)in both the battery grip on my D300 and in my D3S. Never had an issue. Battery performed as well as the Nikon battery, and was read by the camera's battery indicator. I did purchase it from B&H. I would not recommend purchasing batteries on ebay as there have been issues with counterfeit batteries being sold on ebay.
I agree with Daniel (Kodiac). There are too many stories about third-party batteries rated at less power, lower voltage, or just plain failing. Years ago (D100 era) I had a third party battery and it died in less than two years.
I only buy Nikon batteries.
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Sat 25-May-13 02:00 PM | edited Sun 26-May-13 05:20 AM by kj_fi
about third party batteries or chargers - forget them. If you purchase a state-of-the-art camera and lenses then why would you try to save a couple of dollars by accepting something cheap. You might spoil your camera.
Of course, the worst case scenario is that you burn down your house while charging a battery or which has short-circuited after you dropped it to the floor from a height of a few inches. Remember the horror stories of counterfeit batteries sold for mobile phones?