What AA cells work best in MB D 100?
Although I'm very pleased with the batteries Nikon produces for the D100, I bought the MB D100 Battery Pack to ensure operation just incase I found my self out of power and too far removed from a wall outlet.
The problem I'm having with the battery pack is finding AA cells that will provide enough power for more than five or six shots. My latest attempt involved use of Ansmann 2000 MiA cells, which were the only cells that gave me any power whatsoever.
Now, I find that I need the power pack for tripping the shutter electrically, a procedure that I learned to depend upon when using the brand of camera I turned away from before switching to Nikon.
Any help will be appreciated.
#1. "RE: What AA cells work best in MB D 100?" | In response to Reply # 0vfnewman Basic MemberSat 30-Nov-02 09:41 PM
I hate to tell you this, but I have yet to hear from anyone that has gotten more than a handful of shots from any type of AA battery when used in the MB-D100. Thirty-some is the most I've heard. I tried Alkaline AA's and didn't get twenty.
I'm dumbfounded that Nikon gave us something so deficient.
#2. "RE: What AA cells work best in MB D 100?" | In response to Reply # 1Maus930 Nikonian since 31st Jul 2002Mon 02-Dec-02 12:24 PM
Victor is correct -- I have been unable to get more than 5 or 6 shots from fresh alkalines -- and I have not of anyone having any success in this area -- I suspect Lithium AA may work better but i haven't tried thm yet ---they are pricey -- and don't bother with the Ni Mh, they don't work any better.
#5. "RE: What AA cells work best in MB D 100?" | In response to Reply # 1iweiner Registered since 12th Sep 2002Thu 05-Dec-02 06:14 AM
Victor, I think its time to replay the thread we shared Aug-Sept '02, Nikon initially denied any such AA alkaline problems. After we got some other MBD100 users to try alkaline AA's and report their results to Nikon I got an admission concerning this problem and that Japan would be notified.
Please note that despite the 'manual' specing LR6 alkaline or Lithium cells, users were complaining that the NiCd or NiMH did not work properly!! The only alkaline AA's I found to work initially were the Duracell Ultra MX1500 (not MN1500), the MX's have an internal resistance of 0.08 ohms, the MN's 0.28---several 3rd world brands were 1 ohm or more. I did not life test my Mx's, just knowing I could get a few shots out of them in a pinch is enough--I didnt care to get depressed or pissed off over this gross Nikon design failure. The lithium AA's are your only real choice, their internal resistance is very low and their shelf life is years. The only trickle down info I received from a Nikon source indicates that the lithiums most probably will be designated the only reccommended AA battery. This will quietly dismiss the case and we purchasers will now have an overly priced battery holder performing at a drastically reduced level.
Bottom line: for those of you who earn a living thru photography and can't play games or take chances--get a set or two of the Lithiums and use them only when needed as a backup! For all others, send an email or 2 or 3 or more to Nikon and let them know this is not acceptable and demand at the minimum a rebate for lost services.
Victor, sorry to sound off like this in your space, but it truly pains me to think of all those MBD100 users not even aware of this timebomb; only to discover this gross deficiency in the middle of a shoot or on a vacation trip.
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#7. "RE: What AA cells work best in MB D 100?" | In response to Reply # 5vfnewman Basic MemberThu 05-Dec-02 03:53 PM
>Victor, I think its time to replay the thread we shared
>Aug-Sept '02, Nikon initially denied any such AA alkaline
I believe you are talking about this one:
Anybody reading this thread that doesn't remember it or never read it might find it informative. Irving did some rather diligent research into all this.
>After we got some other MBD100 users to try
>alkaline AA's and report their results to Nikon I got an
>admission concerning this problem and that Japan would be
Hard to believe that the people that designed, tested, and then mass-produced the camera "needed to be notified".
>Victor, sorry to sound off like this in your space,
I never felt like you did. I didn't even start this thread.
>truly pains me to think of all those MBD100 users not even
>aware of this timebomb; only to discover this gross
>deficiency in the middle of a shoot or on a vacation trip.
Agreed! I'm glad something possessed me to test AA's before I went out with them as a backup.
#3. "RE: What AA cells work best in MB D 100?" | In response to Reply # 0
Martin - I've used the Energizer Photo Lithium batteries in my MB-D100 with moderate success. If I remember correctly, the batteries lasted about 2 days and 50-60 shots (with menu adjustments and downloading too). I've heard that typical alkalines and NiMH don't work at all. While I'm using two EN's in my grip, I keep a set of the Photo Lithiums available just in case. Hope this helps.
#4. "RE: What AA cells work best in MB D 100?" | In response to Reply # 3thingdesign Basic MemberWed 04-Dec-02 06:24 PM
Let's face it folks, AA batteries in the MB-D100 are a last resort.... when your L-ions are absolutely dead.... use the AAs. I think it's a smart thing to have 4 L-ions in your bag, they keep a good charge when not used, and they only run about $40 each, lithium AAs are about $8 for 4... do the math...
#6. "RE: What AA cells work best in MB D 100?" | In response to Reply # 4pmirror Registered since 24th Nov 2002Thu 05-Dec-02 11:30 AM
Well then the MB-D100 is useful for me to empty the used NiMh battery, in order to recharge it. My NiMh battery charger doesn't have the emptying feature before charging
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