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Clayton28

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Are Duracell and other battery brands safe to use with a Nikon DSLR? A D750 with an EN-EL15A battery. I will not, under any circumstances, pay one hundred euros for a Nikon battery.

 

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The EN-EL15 clones are a bit hit or miss… the BMS chip is not always close to the specs for the original batteries. 


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I'd have to agree with Peter on this one.

I bought a couple of Duracell equivalent EN-EL15 batteries for my D800E, & they seem to be ok.

 

The charge doesn't last quite as long as an original Nikon battery though.

I would expect their useful life to be shorter also.



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I'd only buy Nikon batteries. I've read of failures to Nikon cameras from aftermarket batteries. I don't think it's worth the risk.


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You can get a used MB-D16 and use eneloops, just make sure that you get the MS-D14 with it.



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will say this and repeat what Merco_61 said and what i got from other facebooks groups i am in. do not get third party battery's if nikon comes out with new body's might not work or cause issue since do not have upgrade to use on new body's other people had them catch on fire or do not last long enough. 



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Are Duracell and other battery brands safe to use with a Nikon DSLR? A D750 with an EN-EL15A battery. I will not, under any circumstances, pay one hundred euros for a Nikon battery.

So, you've bought an expensive camera, but you're going to skimp on the battery... which is one of two things (the other being the memory card) that are absolutely essential to do any photography? Yes, I understand that camera brand accessories are more expensive... sometimes exorbitantly so. But I would caution you to find somewhere else to save. I'm as much of a penny pincher as anyone in this forum but there are two things I will not skimp on. Batteries and memory cards.

 

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i do not skimp on camera gear or kitchen items. i will skimp to get know off pelican case. i do not skimp on my camera gear kitchen items computer stuff. or my e-bike. all other stuff get skimp on. since do not want to hurt my self cooking or have cheap computer break on my or cause harm to my expensive camera gear. seen to many post about how cheap batteries ruined camera or did not last long at all. some only gave people 300 to 400 shots per batterey



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I'm just wondering if anyone here has actually experienced a non-genuine battery ruining anything?  I purchased a used Nikon with a non-genuine battery years ago, and it has never let me down.  My video camera has a non-genuine Sony battery, and I used it professionally for over 10 years.  My laptop has a non-genuine battery, and it too, has never caused a problem.  I believe these stories about "may damage your equipment" are started by the manufacturer to scare us into buying their expensive supplies, just like the printer industry has told us for years that buying non-genuine toners and inks may damage our printer.  But I've never experienced, nor even heard of any of any damage occurring with any non genuine item.  



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I don’t believe the may damage… hype, but a less than stellar BMS will shorten the life of the battery, even if  it is made with quality cells. In a camcorder or a laptop, the BMS is built into the unit and the charger for Sony batteries. Nikon, Canon and Pentax all have the BMS chip in the battery.



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I've also never heard of anyone experiencing camera damage while using non-camera brand batteries. However, I do know of people who have purchased non-camera brand batteries and experienced much shorter battery life as well as fewer images between charge. I guess your mileage may vary.

 

I don't think the printer analogy is valid though. Companies like HP sell printers at extremely low prices in order to potentially lock customers into having to use their ink cartridges, which is where they really make their money. I don't believe the same is true with camera manufacturers and batteries, although I'm sure they're happy when you choose their stuff  over off brand stuff when the need arises. Cameras aren't cheap, and camera manufacturers expend a lot of resources making sure their cameras perform to specifications. Batteries are an integral component in those specifications. 

 

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I've read many stories on other forums by forum residence about Nikon cameras not working properly with non-OEM batteries. YMMV.



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Not working properly is one thing, Getting damaged is completely different.


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Not working properly is one thing, Getting damaged is completely different.

That too. Read where folks had to send camera in. I'm not qualifying the threads, just saying what I've read. Personally I'm not taking the risk on my camera.