3rd Party Chargers: Are they safe for the batteries?

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3rd Party Chargers: Are they safe for the batteries?
5 months ago

First things first: I am not scared that a 3rd party charger is going to burst into flames any more than I am my official Nikon charger will.

However, are 3rd party chargers safe for the battery itself? is there any reduction in battery life? Is there anything to look out for besides a low rating in customer reviews?

Sepcifically, I want to get a EN-EL14A (I have an EN-EL14) for my D5200 and an additional charger. But seeing as the Nikon charger is $50, I thought maybe I would try this one for $15:

http://www.amazon.com/STKs-Nikon-EN-EL14-Battery-Charger/dp/B009OOWFJ2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1393033785&sr=8-1&keywords=en-el14+charger

Or maybe just get a Nikon MH-24 on ebay for $20.

Thoughts?

And thanks!

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