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EN-EL18 Complete Power Drain?

KnightPhoto

Alberta, CA
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KnightPhoto Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Dec 2006
Wed 29-Jan-14 01:03 AM

On your D4 or MB-D12 equipped with EN-EL18 has anyone experienced a complete battery drain on their EN-EL18 to the point where the top LCD had no information displayed and the power on switch had no effect whatsoever?

In my 7 years of Nikon DSLR ownership I can never recall a battery go down to a level where the top LCD did not have information on it. Gave me quite a scare. I placed my spare battery in the D4 and all appears normal now and I am recharging and calibrating the drained battery. I'm reasonably sure this battery was registering top battery life and did not indicate it needed calibrating prior to my last shoot. On Sunday I used the existing battery which was registering somewhere in the 60-80% levels and I took 766 photos and all was well. I didn't check battery level after my shoot on Sunday. I just pulled the camera out two days later to get ready for a shoot tomorrow and switchover and charge the battery per my normal routine and got quite a scare. I try to use a good routine of alternating battery usage so the load is spread evenly across my two EN-EL18.

To be fair my D4 went through probably 4 weeks of non-usage prior to Sunday's shoot so it hadn't been getting it's normal use and recharges as I have been busy at my day-job. So I'd say that battery had not been recharged in 4 weeks.

Best regards, SteveK

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