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Old Apr 10, 2009, 10:20 AM   #1
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I am only considering a battery pack for of course, the added power when on holidays or extended field trips. The 3rd party battery packs are about 1/3 of nikon brand. But are they any good. Im talking about the ones on ebay from Hong Kong.
Is the extra bulk, battery life worth it?
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Old Apr 11, 2009, 7:11 AM   #2
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Some of these batteries seem to work fine with no issues. Others do not. Personally, I don't think it's worth the trouble to save $15 or $20 on a third party battery that may or may not work, and may cause issues with my camera which won't be covered under warranty because you used a 3rd party battery. Buy the Nikon...it will definitely work the way it's supposed to . You've got a $1700 camera, why try to cut corners on a battery.
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Old Apr 29, 2009, 1:34 PM   #3
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Price may be 1/3 comparing to the Nikon brand but you may only get 1/2 battery life because most of these batteries are using fake label. Also, only a few 3rd party battery pack will work for the Nikon D300.If the batteries don't work, those HK seller will never refund your return shipping cost. In fact, you can easily find Nikon EN-EL3e battery selling under $40. I suggest you to consider the original battery.

Place selling Nikon EN-EL3e battery at good price.
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Old Jul 21, 2009, 7:08 AM   #4
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They're hit and miss.

1.) They may use a resistor to simulate room temperature. Properly made packs have a thermistor (resistor that changes value with temperature) so that charger or device will back off when something goes wrong with battery to prevent rupture or fire. In a knock-off battery, the fixed resistor will report room temperature to the device regardless of the temperature and when something does go wrong with the battery, the device will not know it.

Camera is the least of your concern. Worry about yourself, family, house, car, etc.

When you don't see a Li-ion battery is angry and don't back off, it may spit fire.

As the supply chain is not based in the U.S. they're not particularly concerned about product liability like reputable U.S. vendors. For safety issues, I would go with Lenmar, Duracell, etc. with N. America based operation.

2.) Capacity might be significantly less than OEM.

3.) It may not last anywhere near as long.
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Old Jul 23, 2009, 7:56 AM   #5
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Consider replacement batteries from Diamondback. I'm going to purchase one for my Canon xsi and G10. I've heard many people on other forums say that not only do they have the same capacity as the OEM packs, there aren't problems with fit. I've not read any bad comments about these batteries.
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Old Jul 25, 2009, 11:18 AM   #6
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I am using a Digipower DPS-9000 PowerPack on my Fuji camera.

It works on most cameras.

Google it for a review.

Got mine from eBay. Digipower is a USA brand.

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Old Aug 3, 2009, 10:39 PM   #7
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This nikon d300 battery ( en-el3e ) with 1500mAh only cost $15.59

A 3rd Party nikon battery pack.
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