I am planning to do a trip in the middle of the summer and I need an extra battery in my camera bag. I did a search for EN-EL15 battery on ebay and I found that the cheapest alternative was 16$ with shipping. I bought a battery for only 8$ with shipping to my previous camera (D80) and that battery did not have any good capacity at all.
Is there anyone here that could recommend any cheap battery that works near the original battery with the same capacity?
Probably not the answer you want to hear, but I would recommend avoiding 3rd party batteries. I tried two 'Wasabi' brand ones from different retailers because they got the best reviews on Amazon and some other forums. Neither battery functioned in my D600 -- they were chipped incorrectly and wouldn't even allow the camera to turn on.
Hi, I echo the recommendation made by the previous poster - there are just too many who have had problems of one sort or another with the aftermarkets. In addition to this, sometime last year Nikon had a problem with the EN-EL15 battery due to a serious safety issue. Nikon fixed the problem after some weeks/months and all is now well. But I wonder if the aftermarket types have managed to address this. I stay with Nikon batteries as a matter of course...
I'll throw my 2c in for what it's worth. Buy Nikon batteries, period. Every 3rd market battery I have ever tried has been #### regardless of the claims. Oh they may seem to work well for a while, but they won't last. Don't get suckered in, spend a little more and buy OEM.
Of all the things made for Nikons, I recommend you buy Nikon batteries. If anything happens, (like the ones that exploded inside of Nikon D70 cameras some years back), Nikon owns the whole problem. If a cheap alternative goes south, then a ~$2000 body is kaput - it seems like a false economy.
Just last year there was a problem in getting batteries for my D7000, the same EN EL15 that the D600 uses. There were no batteries of any brand available for several months.
We never did get an explanation from Nikon on the problems with their batteries. I still don't know what the problem was.
I am suspicious of batteries in general, and Nikon doesn't have a monopoly on the exploding type.
I remember the D70 situation, and it was downright scary. If I remember correctly, the batteries in question were all Nikon brand. I don't know what the resolution of that situation was, but I assume Nikon put it right.
I began using Wasabi Power batteries in my Leica/Lumix cameras (about 2009) when the Wasabi Power batteries offered a 20% increase in power. I have been using them since (Wasabi Power), with no problems. Of course, that is no guarantee of future performance.
You're right to use Nikon brand everything where possible. The cost of those batteries, though, was three times the price of a Wasabi Power battery, and it rankled to pay that much extra.
Let's hope that there is no problem with any of the batteries we're using now. I have no particular attachment to Wasabi Power, or any other brand, but i would like to get good value out of my purchases.
Interesting. The price differential may not be as much as it used to be.
Today on B&H, the genuine Nikon battery is $59.95, they have a Watson battery for $34.95, and the Pearstone batter shows as discontinued. The Nikon lists at 1900mAh, while the other show 1800mAh.
I have never had good luck with 3rd party batteries. The recharging ability and life were always poor when I tried them. I also don't think it's worth risking warranty coverage should you have a battery related problem. Since these cameras are essentially computers, the power supply is critical to the performance of the equipment, as well as it's health.
"You're right to use Nikon brand everything where possible" Batteries and speedlights are about the only things I am specific about as far as using Nikon. Lenses, cases, filters, GPS, remote releases, etc. -there are viable and sometimes better options available from 3rd parties.
With every Nikon DSLR I have bought, (4 now), I purchased an extra Nikon battery at time of purchase. It has been 8 uneventful years and even my D70s batteries from 2005 still charge and work fine.
I guess it is just a matter of where you place cost/value. From my 32 years in the computer industry, I see the battery as an integral component of the Nikon system and as previously pointed out, DSLR's are computers with lenses mounted on them.
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Mon 27-May-13 09:36 AM | edited Mon 27-May-13 09:37 AM by Al G
When I purchaaed my D600 from B&H, the package deal included a second non-Nikon battery. I have not seen that much difference. I have not done any side by side runs to see if it has the same shot capacity.
I have been using two of the Wasabi batteries for the past six months for my D600 along with the Wasabi charger and they work as well as the Nikon batteries. Both the Nikon and Wasabi batteries charge fully in either the Nikon or Wasabi chargers. I usually keep the Wasabi charger in the car for charging away from home, since the charger comes with both AC and 12 volt plugs.
I tried third party batteries several years ago. They would not even power up my camera. I returned them to the manufacturer at my expense. They sent new replacements and they didn't work either. I returned them to the retailer and paid the difference for Nikon batteries and have not had a problem since. I won't make that mistake again.
Asking opinions about batteries gets a lot of opinions but little in facts, since very few people have tested batteries in controlled ways. My own experience tends towards relying on any of the collection of EN-EL-15 batteries I have(6 in total) that includes Nikon labeled and 2 different labeled brands.
Nikon does not make batteries of course so they buy from suppliers who specialize in design and manufacture of batteries, some of those companies are larger than Nikon and have no problem designing reliable technically competent batteries. If you want a good alternative, ask a friend who has good luck their non-Nikon labeled batteries in your local area and get those.
I also have a D90 which uses another style of batter and found that the Nikon battery was fine but a Radio Shack version did not work at all but a Delkin brand battery not only lasted longer per charge but had total longer life so I have 1 Nikon and 2 Delkins for that camera. The Delkins were $25 from a pro camera store in California where I all my major purchases.
I have run tests on batteries and have the test instruments to do it and find many of the warnings about "off brand" batteries being threats simply rumors and fear with no evidence to support the claims. But that is the nature of the internet, anyone can say anything, with the vast majority of all internet content wrong or intentionally created to misinform, mixed in with a small fraction of authentic information. Stan St Petersburg Russia
Hello, great to hear many opinions about third party batteries. I had luck to find a good used one that I purchased to be sure that it works then expected.
Those Wasabi batteries sounds interesting since those have are marked with 2000 mAh instead of OEM 1900 mAh. But you really don't know with cheaper batteries if you don't do a discharge test and measure the voltage and the ampere. You can also do a test with a fine weighing machine and see if those batteries have any differences. A higher capacity battery should weight more compared to a lower capacity battery.
(Sorry for bad grammatics, English is not my native language)