#1. "RE: Battery charger?" | In response to Reply # 0RockyIII Nikonian since 27th May 2006Sat 08-Jun-13 12:45 AM | edited Sat 08-Jun-13 12:47 AM by RockyIII
I imagine some of the aftermarket battery chargers work fine, but why take a chance? I would replace it with a Nikon charger.
Maybe while you are thinking about it, you will find the one you lost.
#2. "RE: Battery charger?" | In response to Reply # 0agitater Nikonian since 18th Jan 2007Sat 08-Jun-13 01:15 PM
>The original for $46 or a $15 3d
I normally recommend Nikon-branded parts and accessories. there are exceptions though.
I tested and reviewed this one from BestBatt and found that it works properly.
I can't offer an opinion on the quality of the unit's internal parts, and I can't comment on the quality of the plastic shell or on what sort of minor banging around it will tolerate compared to the tough units made by/supplied to Nikon, but it did a perfectly good job as a charger sitting on a desktop. No battery problems, no undercharging, no overcharging. We unplugged the unit, deliberately pushed it off a desktop onto a hardwood floor which dislodged something inside the unit that caused it to stop working.
The Expendables: comes with a bonus car charger; BestBatt is pretty good about exhanges during the very short warranty period for these sorts of devices.
The Party at Kitty & Stud's: it's a wall wart-style device; no AC cord; not quite up to Nikon's construction quality.
This one, sold through DigiAccessories is another story. It's cheap, three of them failed (in a row) after anywhere from two to four charging sessions. On one of the test units, the flip-out AC, two-prong connector simply fell off when we reconnected the unit to do a third charging session. We unplugged a unit, deliberately pushed it off a desktop onto a hardwood floor which caused the unit to pop open like a pinata smacked by Chris Davis.
Die Hard: you can get one for five bucks.
Hudson Hawk: the bonus car charger fits so tightly into the accessory outlet that you're liable to break the thing; none of the test units were still working after the fourth charging sessions; the flip-out AC connector can easily break; it's a wall wart-style device so there's no AC cord.
The OEM Nikon MH-25 is tough, reliable, withstands accidental falls off a desktop, comes with an AC cord, and is fully warranted by Nikon. Best price I've seen for a real MH-25 is the same price you found already - $46.95.
#5. "RE: Battery charger?" | In response to Reply # 0
I'd try to use a Nikon charger. You don't want to overcharge or overheat your Nikon battery - it significantly reduces battery life. I would not want a third party charger unless I could be sure it would not reduce my battery life. That being said, there probably is not a lot of risk as battery chargers are relatively simple. If you are buying generic batteries you might as well buy a generic charger.
You can buy a refurbished V1 kit for $299. It comes with a battery, charger, lens, and camera body. The battery and charger are the same as the D7000 battery and charger (the V2 is different). The parts in the kit are worth more than the kit itself. There is one from Cameta on ebay for $249 right now.
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#6. "RE: Battery charger?" | In response to Reply # 5RRMarsh Registered since 24th Jun 2013Mon 24-Jun-13 06:40 AM | edited Mon 24-Jun-13 07:29 AM by RRMarsh
It's glad, you got your original back. Mine got damaged a month ago. So, I bought a BG-N4 Battery Grip and portable lithium charger from this site. It seem battery grip doubled the capacity and backup time.