Nikon EN-EL3e battery question

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G4orce Studios
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Nikon EN-EL3e battery question
Aug 21, 2010

When I purchased my D90 in January of 2009, I purchased three brand new EN-EL3e batteries. I am still getting 1500+ shots from one full charge from each.

The question I have is, after hundreds of uses of each battery (I am good about rotating), the D90 still reads all three batteries as "new" in the "battery age" second of the controls. Does anyone know how the "age" of the battery is read?

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In reply to G4orce Studios, Aug 21, 2010

I know what you mean, I have some 4 year old EN-EL3e's that still show as new.
Interested to hear more from others on this question also.
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Ben Seese
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In reply to G4orce Studios, Aug 21, 2010

G4orce Studios wrote:

Does anyone know how the "age" of the battery is read?

It's a good question, Joe. In all my experience at the store & with my own battery-burning shooting style ('bout to wear out my D90's 2nd shutter), I've still never seen a battery that has dropped below "new". Not sure that I've ever even read a report of a non-"new" battery on here.

I suspect that the EN-EL3 form factor will be obsolete & replacements out-of-stock long before anybody's battery reaches the "replace" level.

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In reply to Ben Seese, Aug 21, 2010

I am approaching 200,000 actuations and the EB-EL3e batteries are, by far, the best I have ever used in any device. They are amazing.

I will also be sending mine in for shutter #3, when I reach 200,000.

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In reply to G4orce Studios, Aug 21, 2010

My original D70s battery is approaching five years. Still performs as good as the day I got the camera.

G4orce Studios wrote:

When I purchased my D90 in January of 2009, I purchased three brand new EN-EL3e batteries. I am still getting 1500+ shots from one full charge from each.

The question I have is, after hundreds of uses of each battery (I am good about rotating), the D90 still reads all three batteries as "new" in the "battery age" second of the controls. Does anyone know how the "age" of the battery is read?

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G4orce Studios wrote:

... the EB-EL3e batteries are, by far, the best I have ever used in any device...

Same here. It really is strange how vastly different their performance is to Li-ion cell-phone & laptop batteries, which (in my experience) seem to turn to dust on cue, a month after the one-year warranty has expired.

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