d300, en-el4a and en-el3e batteries and chargers

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by g_guhan_gunaratnam|2, Nov 9, 2007.

  1. Hi all,

    I'm most likely going to get the D300 with MB-D10, and therefore will need to
    charge both EN-EL4a and EN-EL3e batteries. Is there one charger that can charge
    both of these batteries? Looking at B&H, the Impact charger doesn't seem to
    charge both of these batteries...can you recommend another? I really don't want
    to have to carry around two chargers.

  2. I've been wondering the same thing and look forward to answers here. Also, can one EN-EL4a
    be put in the MB-D10 while one EN-EL3a remains in the camera, or do we need to pair two of
    the EN-EL4a's? (And then what to do with the EN-EL3a that comes in the camera?) To buy 2
    Nikon EN-EL4a's and a Nikon charger at B&H would run $340 over the cost of the grip itself.
    The Impact versions would cut about 25%: will be Impacts work as well as the Nikons?
  3. ShunCheung

    ShunCheung Administrator

    First of all, the one battery that has to remain inside the D300 is an EN-EL3e <- E, not EN-EL3a, which wouldn't fit the D300.

    Unless you also have a D3 or D2 family DSLR such that you need EN-EL4(a) batteries and charger anyway, it may be easier just to fit 8 AA batteries into the MB-D10 in order to get 8 frames/sec from the D300. I assume you can always use recharable AA's, which are cheaper and the charger(s) will be easier to carry around. The problem is that a lot of the compact AA chargers can only charge 4 at a time. If you want to charge all 8 simultaneously, you might need 2 chargers.

    If you don't need 8 frames/sec, you can simply use a 2nd EN-EL3e inside the MB-D10.

    We'll need some real-life experience to verify the pros and cons of the EN-EL4a vs. AA solutions.
  4. I've already bought the en-el4a and charger in anticipation. Yep that means two different chargers.

    Think of this however: I believe the nikon literature quotes double the battery life with the d300 vs. d200. I average ~500 shots per battery with the d200. Now consider that an en-el4a has almost three times the watt hours as an en-el3a (11.1 Whr vs. 27.7). You're probably talking several thousand shots per charge with the grip, even if the improved battery life isn't true.

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