Customer Reviews for EN-EL3a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
Review 1 for EN-EL3a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
EN-EL3e sufficient for needs IF . . . . . . .
PostedApril 12, 2011
Location Mesa, AZ
Favorite Subject Nature
Nikon Family 0-1 years
Experience More than a year
Role Serious passion, hobbyist
Wow, I cannot believe that no one has written a review for this item. Anyway, I use several of these for my D300s and my D700. I DID make certain to PROPERLY CONDITION them to obtain maximum output/life. Properly conditioning means that you charge them, and then completely discharge and recharge them again, doing this for several cycles. This creates an internal chemical condition whereby the batteries will be able to provide their MAXIMUM output and life. FAILURE to condition Li-ion (or NiCAD) batteries will result in shorter hour-to-hour capacity and inability to obtain maximum current conditions. Therefore, for all users, pay heed to BATTERY CONDITIONING as it is important. There are many postings at Nikon complaining of poor battery life and failure to condition them is what the problem really is, and is unlikey (or rarely) due to to a defective battery or camera. And as is also stated elsewhere, constant usage of LIVE VIEW mode and the built-in internal flash will create a large battery drain, to be expected. Nikon's batteries are good items and are properly matched to camera models. Also it is recommended to always have a spare battery. For the minimal cost it is a good and sometimes wise benefit.