EN-EL15 vs. EN-EL15A for Nikon D850

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ssingh5353 New Member • Posts: 1
EN-EL15 vs. EN-EL15A for Nikon D850

I'm looking to buy additional batteries for my Nikon D850. This is what I originally wanted to purchase on amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/EN-EL15-RAVPower-Battery-Versatile-Charging/dp/B01JG6QWUA/ref=sr_1_4?crid=3UM7VFZAAN1BU&keywords=nikon+d850+battery&qid=1550624671&s=gateway&sprefix=nikon+d850+bat%2Caps%2C154&sr=8-4

Seems like a good deal. Two compatible batteries and a dual battery charger for $35.99. After further research, I found that I would be receiving two EN-EL15 batteries and it seems that the EN-EL15A batteries are better than what I had found. However, this battery is significantly more expensive at $54.95 for just a battery and no charger:

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1333407-REG/nikon_27190_en_el15a_rechargeable_lithium_ion_battery.html/?ap=y&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIpKywj5TJ4AIVyB6GCh3V_QIuEAQYASABEgIwLPD_BwE&lsft=BI%3A514&smp=Y

Is the older EN-EL15 seriously that much worse than the newer battery or is the newer one just overpriced? I know that on the D850 I can get 1840 shots on the EN-EL15A but can't find any site that says how many shots I can get on the EN-EL15.

I guess what I'm essentially asking is if it's seriously worth the extra money to buy the newer battery.

Thanks!

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OOPSOS Contributing Member • Posts: 613
Re: EN-EL15 vs. EN-EL15A for Nikon D850

My d500 (el15) and d850 (el15a) DID NOT take third party battery ( don't remember brand, but recognize a blue label in the back). However D800 take it, but shorter life (less mumber of shots)

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romfordbluenose Veteran Member • Posts: 4,162
Re: EN-EL15 vs. EN-EL15A for Nikon D850

Not a lot of difference if any. If you type your thread title into google or into the dpreview search engine you will get a lot of answers which will end up the same as what I said.

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Re: EN-EL15 vs. EN-EL15A for Nikon D850
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I kept all my old Nikon EN-EL15 batteries and use them with no trouble on my D850.  I don't use third party batteries.  I do think the 15s draw down faster than the EN-EL15a battery that came with the camera.

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rumple Senior Member • Posts: 1,139
Re: EN-EL15 vs. EN-EL15A for Nikon D850
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ssingh5353 wrote:

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Is the older EN-EL15 seriously that much worse than the newer battery

Yes.  You will be incredibly disappointed with battery life.

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Schrodingers_cat Senior Member • Posts: 2,518
Nikon says ......
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Here is the link.

ssingh5353 wrote:

I'm looking to buy additional batteries for my Nikon D850. This is what I originally wanted to purchase on amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/EN-EL15-RAVPower-Battery-Versatile-Charging/dp/B01JG6QWUA/ref=sr_1_4?crid=3UM7VFZAAN1BU&keywords=nikon+d850+battery&qid=1550624671&s=gateway&sprefix=nikon+d850+bat%2Caps%2C154&sr=8-4

Seems like a good deal. Two compatible batteries and a dual battery charger for $35.99. After further research, I found that I would be receiving two EN-EL15 batteries and it seems that the EN-EL15A batteries are better than what I had found. However, this battery is significantly more expensive at $54.95 for just a battery and no charger:

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1333407-REG/nikon_27190_en_el15a_rechargeable_lithium_ion_battery.html/?ap=y&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIpKywj5TJ4AIVyB6GCh3V_QIuEAQYASABEgIwLPD_BwE&lsft=BI%3A514&smp=Y

According to the links, you are trying to compare RAVPower brand batteries/chargers with OEM Nikon batteries/chargers. The OEM Nikon batteries/chargers will always be more expensive. Generally WAY more expensive.

Is the older EN-EL15 seriously that much worse than the newer battery or is the newer one just overpriced? I know that on the D850 I can get 1840 shots on the EN-EL15A but can't find any site that says how many shots I can get on the EN-EL15.

I guess what I'm essentially asking is if it's seriously worth the extra money to buy the newer battery.

My experience with aftermarket batteries and charges has been less satisfactory than with the OEM Nikon batteries and chargers. YMMV.

My experience with OEM Nikon EN-EL 15 and OEM Nikon EN-EL 15A in the D850 is that I noticed no difference, but I didn't conduct a rigorous test or anything like that.

AwkwardSwine Contributing Member • Posts: 668
Don't do it! [Ravpower in d850]

I have the dual charger and RavPower batteries and have been using them in my D800 and D500 cameras successfully.  I recently added a D850 (anyone need a D800?) and it does NOT like the RavPower batteries.  I had a major fail with that battery this weekend and lost the use of my camera for half of a photo outing.  Rapid drain in the first hour of use and a dead battery after about 50 shots.

I changed back to the Nikon OEM battery and had absolutely no problems at all.  The Nikon EN-EL15a batteries are for sale on Amazon for $49 right now.  I ordered two.

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Schrodingers_cat wrote:

That's gotta be one of the best user names on the planet

Yeah, it was actually the auto-generated CompuServe password assigned to me in the early '90s.  It made me laugh so I just kept using it here and there as a username.

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