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Nikon Inc. SD-9 High Performance Battery Pack

Shortens recycling time and increases flash capacity. The SD-9 is an external power source. It can hold up to two sets of four R6/AA-size batteries, ensuring a stable power supply for the SB-900, greatly increasing the number of flashes, and reducing recycling time.
Average Customer Rating:
3.75 out of 5
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3 out of 4(75%)reviewers recommend this product.
Customer Reviews for SD-9 High Performance Battery Pack
Review 1 for SD-9 High Performance Battery Pack
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5

Very Useful, Yet Somewhat Frustrating

PostedNovember 6, 2012
Nikon Family 21+ years
Role Professional photographer
I chose the SB-9 because all my other equipment is Nikon. The SB-9 is light and compact and slips onto my belt for convenient usage. It really does recycle my SB910 quickly for multiple, consistent flash bursts and I use it all the time. My only negative is the build quality of the internal battery holder. I've had to send mine back twice in three months for under guarantee repairs. The plastic battery holders inside my SB-9 shear off when inserting the batteries, meaning the AA size batteries are loose inside the holder. Maybe Nikon should use better quality plastic or use another material as the plastic is under stress every time the batteries are removed and replaced. Apart from this, I'm really pleased with the performance of the SB-9.
Review 2 for SD-9 High Performance Battery Pack
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5

Versatile & Easy To Use

PostedDecember 3, 2011
Location Phoenix, AZ
Age 35-44
Favorite Subject Portrait
Nikon Family 2-5 years
Experience More than a year
Role Semi-professional photographer
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By itself, on or off camera, it is powerful and easy to use to handle most situations with ease. The iTTl feature works well in quickly changing atmosphers/lighted subjects (Such as Wedding Reseptions and Events). Pair it with one or more 900's with the Remote or Master setting, and let the creativity begin. Would be 5 Stars, but the high temp shut down feature is a catch 22 (Can be avoided by use of the SD-9 Battery Pack).
Review 3 for SD-9 High Performance Battery Pack
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5

sd 9

PostedMarch 12, 2011
Location stt usvi
Age 25-34
Favorite Subject Landscape
Nikon Family 2-5 years
Experience Less than a month
Role Semi-professional photographer
I have only used this pack a few times but i am suprised how much easier it makes my experience. the flash works when its needed and the extra weight is fine. it may be a bit pricey for a piece of plastic but what isn't?
Review 4 for SD-9 High Performance Battery Pack
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5

Fit for purpose, just.

PostedNovember 7, 2014
Location Canada
I bought the 9 on special-order so had no chance to try it or hold it. The build quality is not as good as the 8A. The plastic feels more fragile. What is worse, however, is the design. The use of clips to hold each battery is poor design, especially in colder climates where they will snap off, as one reviewer noted. I'm worried. Luckily, I also have an 8A, so I won't be without a battery pack.
For $300, the design and the build quality should be far better.
I've decided not to recommend this product outright so as to suggest potential buyers compare it first to another solution before deciding whether to buy it. Nikon should improve the SD-9 or reduce the price.