I am looking to buy a new Nikon battery for my D700. I just read somewhere that a replacement generic brand battery can damage the camera. Is that true? I have used original batteries in my camera til now. But I am looking to buy a new one. Even some buyers on amazon have complained that the batteries sold by amazon are Fake. How am I supposed to know and how much should a brand new ENEL3e battery cost? I am confused by the many prices and brands. Energizer does one that is pretty expensive as well. Would that damage my camera?
Some users report they have had ok luck with aftermarket batteries, while others have reported problems. For the price of a genuine battery compared to the price of the D700 why scrimp and try to save a few bucks while taking the risk of camera damage: You'll pay a little more but if you limit your purchase to buying from a reputable camera dealer you can be assured its a genuine nikon battery.
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I have the original Nikon battery and one labeled as a Lenmar (made in China). The Lenmar battery works OK but does not hold a charge for even half the time that the Nikon one does. I would definitely not recommend the Lenmar or any other "replacement" battery for the Nikon. Go ahead and spring for the original Nikon battery direct from them and avoid any "hassles" that potentially may (probably will) occur with replacements.
I was surprised too. It was from a family owned shop on the East Coast & they actually took the camera in from a customer on trade. The camera only had 2,000. acuations so I figured they must have stripped out the battery & shipped it out w/a less expensive one. I ordered 2 Nikon Batteries as soon as I noticed & figure if I ever sell the camera will ship it off w/the generic one-Stated in the listing of course-LOL!
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>~Thank you both for the response. Trouble is that I can't >seem to locate an original online. Even Nikon EU is showing >the battery as being out of stock. > >
I was worried after reading some of the amazon customer reviews where they stated its not an original. So confused1 I have looked at many US sites. Particularly B&H. THe battery is $43 and after shipping and taxes the site is quoting $142.
I don't think a generic battery will damage your camera but I would only buy a genuine Nikon battery. However if you must buy a generic be careful where you buy it from and if it's a respected battery maker. I would not buy from an ebay seller. Instead a reputable dealer like B&H is much preferred.
As Nikon comes out with new cameras and new batteries they are putting in chips which are recognized by the camera as a genuine Nikon or not. I haven't checked on the D800 or D600 camera batteries but I know that a generic battery will not work at all in the D3200. While this is not the case with the D700 battery it is something to think about in the future.
"Nikon Inc. is asking your cooperation in connection with a voluntary recall of certain lot numbers of its Nikon Model EN-EL3 rechargeable lithium ion battery packs. The battery pack can experience a short circuit causing it to overheat and possibly melt, posing a potential hazard to consumers. There have only been four confirmed reports of incidents of the problem worldwide, and while no injuries have taken place, ..."
This is not to say that all 3rd party batteries will fail in such a manner but if they do how will the manufacturer or retailer stand behind their product. Look over Nikon's recalls involving batteries and you will see a couple. The recall for the EN-EL3, original, was well after warranty expired for many, yet Nikon replaced the older out or warranty batteries for free and even supplied free shipping labels. Nikon does use proprietary circuity within its batteries. 3rd party batteries may or may not have a compatible circuity. Incompatible circuity in the battery will not allow to fully function in Nikon camera.
From the experiences of many here, 3rd party batteries do not provide as many shoots as Nikon battery does and might not last as long as a Nikon battery.
In the end the choice is yours. In a pinch, sure I would use a Duracell replacement, but I have a spare Nikon battery. When you look at the cost of the rechargeable batter over the life of the battery, the cost difference becomes very small.