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EN-EL18 batteries & Charger Options

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  • chambeshi
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    The guild of Nikon EN-EL18 higher capacity batteries are used in the D4 and D5, and in grips on the D8**, D500 and D850. There are now the 18a and 18b variations. Not cheap, and these cells use the no less expensive MH26 charger.

    And the D850 needs the ENEL18b to realize 9fps = thus MB-D18 grip as well. (But the older EN-EL18 works on the D850.) Besides outlay on the grip, the biggest cost is for the Nikon charger. And one also needs a BL-5 – a piece of extruded plastic for the best part of R600….

    There are several threads on Dpreview discussing ways to cut the net cost. Not all clones deliver… One Dpr poster relayed the sad experience of a Kastar charger that didn’t last a month… Watson batteries get mixed reviews.

    The DSTE batteries and DSTE charger get +ve feedback. Also +ve for the Wasabi charger but it’s only available in the USA. One can go through amazon UK for DSTE. And as I said, forum feedback on the latter is +ve – notably by users who have used them over n+ months in the Nikon D4, and now have the same items for their D850.

    With the dual AC/DC charger + car-socket this DSTE option will be useful off the beaten track. but yet again sales restricted – https://www.amazon.com/EN-EL18A-Replacement-Li-ion-Battery-MB-D12/dp/B00N0E5KZI

    There is now a Mcoplus clone of the MBD18 on amazon UK for 80 quid that takes the ENEL18 to deliver 9fps with DSTE batteries. To summarize DSTE has dual charger (37) and BL-5 (28) + Mcoplus grip (80) = 145 quid / R2455. Significant savings, indeed!

    In SA, there is a ENEL18 clone by Hahnel who have a good reputation but not clear if these enable 9fps in a D850. And I see no 3rd party MH26 charger.

    Has anyone locally (ie in southern Africa) tried any 3rd party solutions for EN-EL18 type batteries and charger? Especially on a D850? Do you get 9 fps? Critically, how has brand X of cheaper ENEL18 and charger survived sustained use?

    many thanks

  • chambeshi
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    According to a thread on Dpreview, there are 3rd party solutions for the MB-D18 grip and accessories. And are attested to deliver 9 fps on the D850

    https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/60589421

    Taking the liberty of pasting across links here. Some may find these useful, not least in savings even if a plan has to be made from BandH or UK

    [FONT=&amp]I got the [/FONT][FONT=&amp]Ex-pro charger, batteries and door cover, 9FPS on the display using the MCOPLUS grip – Amazon UK[/FONT][FONT=&amp]https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00L1DVD7E/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?[/FONT]
    [FONT=&amp]https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00F2JGHUQ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?[/FONT]
    [FONT=&amp]I bought this battery from B&H Photo, and it works fine in my Wasabi charger and Nikon D850 grip. 9fps, full info on charge level on the LCD.
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/908220-REG/watson_b_3416_en_el18_lithium_ion_battery_pack.html
    I also got this charger, which now seems hard to find:
    https://www.amazon.com/Wasabi-Power-Battery-MH-26aAK-EN-EL18a/dp/B0131NS2XO
    [/FONT]

    There is are also a DSTE charger and EN-EL18 battery
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00KRY6K4O/ref=ox_sc_act_title_8?smid=A21HLWPYNP8PXI&psc=1

    and the Hahnel battery – also imported into SA. I use their Nikon fit speedlights in which the Hahnel rechargeable batteries are a far superior solution.
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00A4Y8O4G/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_4?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE

    @Fenton Cotterill 298200 wrote:

    The guild of Nikon EN-EL18 higher capacity batteries are used in the D4 and D5, and in grips on the D8**, D500 and D850. There are now the 18a and 18b variations. Not cheap, and these cells use the no less expensive MH26 charger.

    And the D850 needs the ENEL18b to realize 9fps = thus MB-D18 grip as well. (But the older EN-EL18 works on the D850.) Besides outlay on the grip, the biggest cost is for the Nikon charger. And one also needs a BL-5 – a piece of extruded plastic for the best part of R600….

    There are several threads on Dpreview discussing ways to cut the net cost. Not all clones deliver… One Dpr poster relayed the sad experience of a Kastar charger that didn’t last a month… Watson batteries get mixed reviews.

    The DSTE batteries and DSTE charger get +ve feedback. Also +ve for the Wasabi charger but it’s only available in the USA. One can go through amazon UK for DSTE. And as I said, forum feedback on the latter is +ve – notably by users who have used them over n+ months in the Nikon D4, and now have the same items for their D850.

    With the dual AC/DC charger + car-socket this DSTE option will be useful off the beaten track. but yet again sales restricted – https://www.amazon.com/EN-EL18A-Replacement-Li-ion-Battery-MB-D12/dp/B00N0E5KZI

    There is now a Mcoplus clone of the MBD18 on amazon UK for 80 quid that takes the ENEL18 to deliver 9fps with DSTE batteries. To summarize DSTE has dual charger (37) and BL-5 (28) + Mcoplus grip (80) = 145 quid / R2455. Significant savings, indeed!

    In SA, there is a ENEL18 clone by Hahnel who have a good reputation but not clear if these enable 9fps in a D850. And I see no 3rd party MH26 charger.

    Has anyone locally (ie in southern Africa) tried any 3rd party solutions for EN-EL18 type batteries and charger? Especially on a D850? Do you get 9 fps? Critically, how has brand X of cheaper ENEL18 and charger survived sustained use?

    many thanks

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