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D800 and MB-MD12 batteries


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FordKristoFoto Registered since 31st Jul 2012
Tue 31-Jul-12 05:50 AM

I have noticed that the old EN-EL4a battery (for D3, D300 etc) seems to almost fit the new BL-5 battery cover for the EN-EL18 battery. It appears that if the small plastic lug on the top side of the EN-EL4a battery was removed it could be used with the BL-5 cover.

There is a difference in voltage output, namely:
EN-EL18 battery is rated at 10.8 volts 2000 mAh
EN-EL4a battery is rated at 11.1 volts 2500 mAh

Is the output difference between the two batteries (0.3 volts higher in the EN-EL4a) likely to do damage to the D800 or the MB-D12?

The price to set up a D800 with two EN-EL18 batteries (~$320) and an MH-26 charger (~$320) totals about $640 (B&H prices) and is quite ridiculous.

It would be nice if I could continue to use the EN-EL4a for both my D3 and the D800. One charger, one kind of battery and no exorbitant price.

Has anyone tried to use the EN-EL4a with the MB-D12/D800?