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Nikon Warns of Imitation Rechargeable Batteries

Nov 25, 2003 at 22:40 GMT

Nikon has today issued a warning to their customers about the use of imitation Nikon Li-Ion batteries for their digital cameras. The products are branded as Nikon products but are not genuine Nikon products and therefore are counterfeit. Some of the imitation batteries are not equipped with a safety feature required for rechargeable batteries.

NIKON WARNING Imitation Rechargeable Batteries for Nikon Digital Cameras

Nikon rechargeable camera batteries are high-energy devices that are designed to respond to heavy power demand and are manufactured to strict standards of safety and reliability.

Unfortunately it has come to Nikon�s attention that imitations of Nikon Li-Ion batteries for Nikon digital cameras are distributed in some countries. These products are branded as Nikon products but are not genuine Nikon products and therefore are counterfeit. Some of the imitation batteries are not equipped with a safety feature required for rechargeable batteries.

Please ensure that any battery used in your camera is manufactured by a reputable company to the same high degree of quality as Nikon's batteries, to avoid possible damage to your camera and potential injury.

Please note that Nikon has no responsibility for problems of any kind arising when using non-Nikon batteries in your Nikon digital camera. We therefore can only recommend using Nikon brand batteries that may be used with confidence.

If you have any questions, please contact:

USA

Europe

Or your nearest Nikon Service facility.

Samples of Imitation Batteries

EN-EL1 (left: imitation, right: genuine Nikon battery)

The label on the genuine battery reads "NIKON CORP. MADE IN JAPAN", while that of the imitation battery reads "NIKON COM, PADE IN JAPAN".

In the CAUTION label on the imitation, Japanese character "" is mistakenly printed as "".

The label print on the imitation is blurred.

In the CAUTION label on the imitation, Japanese characters "" is mistakenly printed as "" and some of the Kanji (Chinese) characters are mistakenly printed with simplified Chinese characters.

In the label on the imitation, some of the Kanji (Chinese) characters are mistakenly printed with simplified Chinese characters.

EN-EL2 (left: imitation, right: genuine Nikon battery)

The imitation battery reads "EN-EL2" and should read "Nikon", and "1000mAh".

EN-EL3 (left: imitation, right: genuine Nikon battery)

The imitation battery lacks the caption: "Nikon Li-Ion BATTERY PACK".

In the WARNING label on the imitation, Japanese character "" is mistakenly printed as "".

Note: Some of the genuine Nikon EN-EL3 batteries that state "MADE IN CHINA" are actually made in China.