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Robb Mann

Posts: 11028

Baltimore, Maryland, US

Just had some weirdness happen. Had a Promaster EN-EL3e fail completely and without any warning. Used it a month ago and it held a full charge, and was rated as 'new' by the nikon battery status monitor thing. Now it won't hold enough charge to turn on the camera (D300).

This was a fairly low used battery, and not subjected to any harsh conditions. Ive never had a lithium ion battery fail like this. Anyone experience a sudden and total battery failure?

Jan 11 13 03:58 am Link

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Kaouthia

Posts: 3152

Lancaster, England, United Kingdom

With 3rd party batteries, yes.  An EN-EL3 copy on the D100.

All my 11 year old Nikon EN-EL3 batteries are still working great, and the Nikon EN-EL3E batteries that came with the D200 6 or 7 years ago also good and still being used regularly in the D300s.

Jan 11 13 04:09 am Link

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Ralph Easy

Posts: 6426

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

3rd party batteries fail or loose holding a charge pretty fast, like in 4 to 6 months of average use.

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Jan 11 13 04:12 am Link

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WMcK

Posts: 5298

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Lithium Ion batteries tend to fail very suddenly rather than declining gradually. I've had that happen a few times, with Canon and independent makes. I've also seen it with phone batteries. They seem to be performing normally one day and will not hold a charge the next.

Jan 11 13 04:13 am Link

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liddellphoto

Posts: 1801

London, England, United Kingdom

While no where near as critical as memory cards, batteries are up there in the list since you can't just chuck easily available batteries like AAs in most cameras.

Jan 11 13 04:48 am Link

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Kaouthia

Posts: 3152

Lancaster, England, United Kingdom

liddellphoto wrote:
since you can't just chuck easily available batteries like AAs in most cameras.

Unless you have the grip.  My MB-D100 (D100), MB-D200 (D200) and MB-D10 (D300/D300s/D700) grips all came with AA carriers.

Jan 11 13 04:50 am Link

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Paul Richard Wossidlo

Posts: 486

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US

I don't know what sort of "special sauce" Nikon uses in their OEM batteries, but the 2 third-party batteries I've used have problems of one sort or another, while Nikon OEM batteries haven't had any issues (including 8-year-old EN-EL3 batteries for my D70).  The only time my D70 locked up on me was with a third-party battery.  I got rid of it, and haven't had a problem with my D70 since.  For my D300 I purchased a 2000 MAh third-party battery, which should have lasted LONGER than the Nikon 1500 MAh EN-EL3e.  Never did.  Currently (2 years old) it won't hold a full charge and I have it strictly as a backup (originally I rotated between the OEM and third-party batteries).

No more non-OEM batteries for me...

Jan 11 13 08:19 am Link

Photographer

Mortonovich

Posts: 5764

San Diego, California, US

I've had good luck with most of my third party batteries but a couple did cause some really strange problems.

Jan 11 13 08:55 am Link

Photographer

Toto Photo

Posts: 3021

Belmont, California, US

Never had any problems with my third-party batteries.

Jan 11 13 09:36 am Link

Photographer

Ted Wen

Posts: 59

Sherwood, Oregon, US

I avoid 3rd party batteries from little known online store. I bought an 3rd party battery with my 20D in 2005. I noticed no difference compare to Canon's battery today. It still works fine just like my other Canon batteries. I try to keep all batteries at full charge all the time.

I bought some dirt cheap phone batteries from some Amazon sellers, they all failed in a few months. Lesson learned.

Jan 11 13 12:47 pm Link