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Help With Nikon D50 "extra 3rd Party Battery"  
User currently offlineVio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1446 posts, RR: 10
Posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5028 times:

Hi,

I purchased a Nikon D50 yesterday and I'm very excited to start using it. As a "bonus" for spending more than 1000 dollars on it (the camera + lens), the store decided to "throw in" an extra battery. I just noticed this morning, that it's not a Nikon brand battery...

I can't even find a name on the box. All it sais

DIGITAL BATTERY
Rechargeable Battery Pack

For EN-EL3

Standard Battery

Should I use it with my camera? A lot of brands (ex Nokia) tell you not to use a 3rd party battery.


Thank you,

P.S. What does "NO Memory Effect" mean?

[Edited 2006-12-06 17:14:34]


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User currently offlineUALDUDE From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 170 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5016 times:

It will be just fine. I have an aftermarket 2ND battery for my D70 and it works great. I don't think it has quite as much life to it as the Nikon battery does but it works when you need it.

User currently offlineJorge1812 From Germany, joined Apr 2004, 3149 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5013 times:

There are different oppinions on this issue. I myself don't use third party batteries in my equipment. Others say it's no problem, but as long as I can afford originals I use them. It's better to pay few bucks more than having a cheap one exploded in your camera.

Quoting Vio (Thread starter):
P.S. What does "NO Memory Effect" mean?

Normal chargeable Batteries don't have the same "power" after e.g. 100 charges....thats the memory effect. Normally IIRC Li.Ion don't have it at all.

Georg


User currently offlineFlyingZacko From Germany, joined May 2005, 583 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5011 times:

Not a Nikon user here, but a while back I bought two non-Canon batteries for my 300D. They have 1800mAh which is more than the original Canon ones, plus they cost only 1/10 of the original price. They work great, at least as long as the Canon one I'd say.
No memory means, that every time you charge the battery, even if its only for a couple of minutes and you put it back in the camera, the camera will tell you it'S fully charged which its clearly not, but since the battery has no memory it doesn't know. Every time you take it out of the charger it'll appear as fully charged. The good thing is, that you can charge it whenever you want, you don't have to wait for it to be totally empty. That's the advantage of Li-Ion Batteries, which usually don't have a memory.

Cheers,
Sebastian



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User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5003 times:

I have a non Nikon battery for my D70 too. It's no problem. Works fine.

User currently offlineCodeshare From Poland, joined Sep 2002, 1854 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4992 times:

If you want to take a slight risk do it. I'm staying with the originals (and paying more but it's a matter of opinion).

KS/codeshare



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User currently offlineVio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1446 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4986 times:

I've called the store where I bought my camera and the sales rep. said it wouldn't make a difference, however, if I want to exchange it (it was free, at a value of 44.85), I could do it and they would either charge me the difference (for a Nikon brand) or just give it to me for free.

I can't decide on this, but should ANYTHING ever happen to my camera, I don't want to have Nikon tell me: "Well, sorry sir, but you didn't use our products. It's not our fault". I think I may just end up exchanging it. It's 20 dollars extra at most.

Thanks for your replies... Now back to studying that manual... wow there's a lot to know...

Cheers,

Vio



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User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 4978 times:

Quoting Jorge1812 (Reply 2):
It's better to pay few bucks more than having a cheap one exploded in your camera.

Yea, that's all I see on the news and in the paper anymore...  Yeah sure third party batteries exploding. Close to epidemic....


User currently offlineAcontador From Chile, joined Jul 2005, 1421 posts, RR: 30
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 4974 times:
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Quoting JeffM (Reply 7):
Yea, that's all I see on the news and in the paper anymore... third party batteries exploding. Close to epidemic....

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User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 4970 times:

Quoting JeffM (Reply 7):
Yea, that's all I see on the news and in the paper anymore... third party batteries exploding. Close to epidemic

Def one of your best Jeff! I will say though I do agree with the concept of only using name brand stuff when it comes to camera equipment but for a battery I don't think it has to say Nikon on it and truth be known I don't think Nikon makes their own batteries anyway, do they?


User currently offlineGOCAPS16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4364 posts, RR: 19
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4928 times:

You shouldn't have a problem with a 3rd party battery. Personally, if it was me, I would return it and try to get a Nikon brand battery. Better be safe then sorry. But I don't buy cheap 3rd party stuff for my D70s and D200.


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User currently offlineDiezel From Netherlands, joined Oct 2002, 646 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 4921 times:

I think you are quite ok with third brand batteries.

The memory effect goes back a long time to the old Ni Cad batteries. These type of batteries need to be fully discharged before they can be recharged to a full 100% capacity. If you do not discharge them before, they will show fully charged but are not.

All modern DSLRs now have Lithium Ion batteries which do not have that effect and can be charged to a full 100% even if they are only used for a couple of minutes.

Roel.



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User currently offlineBrianW999 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 312 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4894 times:

My only word of caution would be to avoid like the plague the Hong Kong / Chinese items seen at stupidly cheap prices on Ebay. It simply is not possible to produce a good quality Li-Ion battery for the prices they quote.

Remember the old adage..."If it looks too good to be true...then it probably is too good to be true!"


User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2739 posts, RR: 40
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4891 times:

I find that 3rd party batteries last longer than the originals anyway.....


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User currently offlineDerekF From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 914 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4887 times:

I bought some "stupidly cheap" EL3 equivalent batteries from Ebay a year or so ago and they are fine - haven't exploded yet anyway. Funnily enough I did have to return my Nikon brand EL3.

Quoting Airplanepics (Reply 13):
I find that 3rd party batteries last longer than the originals anyway.....

So do I!

Derek



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