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I am using a Nikon D800 with I meike battery grip
Have some doubts in the mind from the day 1 i own the battery grip! Which battery option is better in this combo, using the EN -EL 15( original) inside the camera and adding 8- AA batteries inside the grip or adding an extra EN-EL15 on the grip. Meike provided two adapters, 1 for holding the original battery and other one for holding 8 AA batteries Which 1 is the better option
Second doubt is original battery is rating 7 Volts 1900mAh But a single AA( eneloop in my case) is 1.2 V and 1900mAh thats means there will be the power difference in the two setups! Will that voltage difference cause damage to my gears?? Bit confused Can someone give some light regarding my quarries
Hope I managed to convey the doubts that i am having in my mind and this is the right section to ask my question ?
No it will no cause any damange, it's designed to handle that. It will also handle even more powerfull AA's - thats also one of the ways to increase FPS on the D800. I have the original grip that's the exact same, either eight AA's or a EN-El15.
I find that one battery is almost always sufficient for a day no matter how much I shoot and chimp. I like the grip because of the added size factor and the added vertical controls. When putting a battery in the grip I prefer the EN-EL 15 because it matches the one in the camera and in the V1 — so when I travel I only have to carry one charger.
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I also use a third party grip and only use EN-EL15 in the grip (without any battery in the camera). I always have another spare EN-EL15 + the 8 AA batteries in the tray. Till date I have never needed to use either of the spares.
The best battery option depends on your personal requirements and your budget. The EN-EL18 ($136.95 US) will provide the most capacity though you will have to buy the MH-26 ($289.00 US) charger to charge it. That said, I am not sure that the EN-EL18 is compatible with your aftermarket grip The AA battery option would be next, followed by an EN-EL15.
Personally I don't keep a battery in the body. I just use the battery in the MB-D12.
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>The best battery option depends on your personal requirements >and your budget. >The EN-EL18 ($136.95 US) will provide the most capacity though >you will have to buy the MH-26 ($289.00 US) charger to charge >it. >That said, I am not sure that the EN-EL18 is compatible with >your aftermarket grip >The AA battery option would be next, followed by an EN-EL15.
This option by the way is primarily for those who have the D4 and D800, since it means you could use the same battery in both. It's a good option, and the MH-26 is handy because it will charge two batteries (sequentially, but it means you don't have to touch it to change), plus it has built in conditioning for when the batteries start to age. But the carrier, charger, and (say) two batteries collectively are a lot of money if it's just for the D800.
>It's sad no third party manufacturer produces a cheaper >charger for the EN-EL18. I have a hard time to imagine that >$269 is not overpriced for a charger.
I certainly agree some pressure from a competitor may bring that down. The biggest disappointment for me (though as a practical matter it's not a big deal) is that the two bays are not independent. It keeps you from having to come change batteries, but it still takes the same time as though you had only one bay and had to switch.
Hi: I use the Nikon Grip for my D800. I do not want to take any chances even though I think its overpriced. I use EN-EL15 in my D800 and grip. I don't ever remember running of battery in both sections.
The only time I ran out of battery was when I used fully charged 2000 mAH eneloops. They are great batteries but when I shot video with them, they did not last that long.
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I do prefer to use 1 EN EL 15 on camera body and like to add 8 AA on the grip This set up, i personally found that would give more balance when i coupled the same with my Sigma 70-200 OS Also, meike, other than the original MB 12 from nikon, is not a alloy construction, its not feel like rest of the body, its more plastic y, adding AA is giving some rigidness, at least from my point of view!
Also, a local hard core nikon fan pointed out that using the copy ( meike in my case) type of battery grip may cause some electrical miss- contacts and that will leads to damage the camera! Is there is any point in his argument??
For comparing battery capacity, 8 eneloop AAs are 9.6V and 1900mAh. The Nikon MB-D12 also has an option for 8 AAs, so the higher voltage of 8 eneloop will not be a problem. Because alkaline AAs are about 1.5V each, the D800 should accept up to 12V without problems.
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Sat 31-Aug-13 12:04 PM | edited Sat 31-Aug-13 05:12 PM by RRRoger
When I had a Kodak DSC 760, it literally "came to life" when I plugged in an external 9 volt battery. As far as I know, all DSLR cameras have a built in voltage regulator. They need this to utilize a battery as it drains.
Almost all portable electronics nowadays use a DC to DC converter that changes the DC to a very high frequency AC that is rectified and applied to a Buck or Boost regulator that allows a wide range of input voltages, and having a high efficiency in conversion(89-95%) so little heat is generated. The output will be regulated to the lower voltage, or higher, steady voltage the device needs to operate. The efficiency is probably a little higher with the higher supply voltage available from AA batteries. Assuming the 7.0 and 9.6 volt conversion are the same efficiency, the AA batteries should get about 15% higher frame count. Alkaline 1.5 volt batteries will start out being more efficient due to their high voltage but will not be able to sustain that voltage as it runs down compared to the Lithium Ion batteries. But because of the higher voltage and option to get higher current rated Alkaline AAs, double the frame count should be obtained. Stan St Petersburg Russia
Your Meike grip works fine with rechargeable AA batteries. I use mine with no battery in the camera. Lasts all day, weighs less, seems to give me more rapid exposures. The Meike grip is very well built and and I've had no issues with it. I hate that awkward looking, elbow up in the air, for vertical shots!
Mon 02-Sep-13 04:37 AM | edited Mon 02-Sep-13 04:54 AM by richardd300
Regarding batteries, the EN-EL15 seems to be a very durable battery providing me with at least 800 shots on my D7100 and 600-700 on my D800 before I need to think about changing it.
I was extremely dubious about fitting a 3rd party anything to my Nikon's, however after buying every OEM grip for my D80, D300, D700 and D800 I took a chance on the Pixel vertical grip for my D7100. It feels and fits like the Nikon, works like a Nikon and is of equal quality in my view. On the basis of my experience I shan't be buying another Nikon MB-D again.