What is the best camera flash with rechargeable battery (not AA) for Nikon DSLR?

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Mark K
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Re: What is the best camera flash with rechargeable battery (not AA) for Nikon DSLR?
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cybersnap wrote:

I am looking for a camera flash for my future Nikon DSLR mirrorless.
I have found that all Nikon flashes come with AA batteries.
Do you know what are, if any, camera flash comparable to those by Nikon but with batteries that can be rechargeable (not the AA type)?
Thank you.

All the way to Godox

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Re: What is the best camera flash with rechargeable battery (not AA) for Nikon DSLR?

Thank you all for sharing your view;  forgot to say that the camerawhich will be sed the flash on is the nikon 7 II.

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Z6User
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Re: What is the best camera flash with rechargeable battery (not AA) for Nikon DSLR?

Greg Presseault wrote:

On the topic of rechargeable, I've been using EBL high capacity rechargeable for my flash and sometimes, even when freshly charged, I've had issues with longer then expected recharge times. I've heard Enloop's are better, but at a decent price hike.

Can anyone chime in on this as it does relate to flash choices?

Thanks! Sorry if this is considered a thread hijack. Not my intention.

The best rechargeable AA NiMH batteries are made in one factory in Japan, including Eneloops. Stick to Made in Japan for longer lifetimes. Branded under Fujitsu, Eneloop, Duracell etc. To complicate matters sone brands such as Duracell market both Chinese and Japanese made cells, and you have to read the packaging! Prices vary a lot.

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ianz28 Veteran Member • Posts: 5,480
Re: Eneloop
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cybersnap wrote:

NickZ2016 wrote:

I have some older Eneloops are they're great. Lately they've been hard to come by. I bought my set in part to get the nice four battery charger to use when I travel.

The question usually comes down to use case. Most amateurs could just buy a big box of Amazon Nihms and swap them during the day. It's not like the difference will be that great.

I wrote in this forum to know if rechargeable AA batteries are suitable for occasional use like mine (a whole morning once in a while) or you have to buy them every time.
If so, I think I'm better off with the supplied battery from one of those camera flashes I mentioned earlier.
So the experience of users who have used the latter option is essential.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JHKSL1O?ref=nb_sb_ss_w_as-ypp-ro-model_ypp_ro_model_k5_1_7&amp=undefined&crid=2KMNG7B9KZ92P&sprefix=eneloop&th=1

I've been using Panasonic Eneloops for probably 10 years. One of the great things about these batteries is that they cycle quickly and hold their charge for a long time. They also last for many years depending on your usage.

The bigger problem I have is that I'll forget a set somewhere or lose the charger. Any Ni-MH charger will work of course but this one that comes with the set is great for travel.

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Mdayonline Junior Member • Posts: 32
Re: Eneloop

ianz28 wrote:

cybersnap wrote:

NickZ2016 wrote:

I have some older Eneloops are they're great. Lately they've been hard to come by. I bought my set in part to get the nice four battery charger to use when I travel.

The question usually comes down to use case. Most amateurs could just buy a big box of Amazon Nihms and swap them during the day. It's not like the difference will be that great.

I wrote in this forum to know if rechargeable AA batteries are suitable for occasional use like mine (a whole morning once in a while) or you have to buy them every time.
If so, I think I'm better off with the supplied battery from one of those camera flashes I mentioned earlier.
So the experience of users who have used the latter option is essential.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JHKSL1O?ref=nb_sb_ss_w_as-ypp-ro-model_ypp_ro_model_k5_1_7&amp=undefined&crid=2KMNG7B9KZ92P&sprefix=eneloop&th=1

I've been using Panasonic Eneloops for probably 10 years. One of the great things about these batteries is that they cycle quickly and hold their charge for a long time. They also last for many years depending on your usage.

The bigger problem I have is that I'll forget a set somewhere or lose the charger. Any Ni-MH charger will work of course but this one that comes with the set is great for travel.

I've transitioned to high-drain Eneloop Pros, or equivalent Amazon Basics brand made in Japan, for flashes too. But I now use a EBL branded USB AA charger. My specific charger has been replaced with a charger that takes micro-USB or USB-C.

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Bobby Handal
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Re: Godox

I would suggest Godox, the advantage of them is that their batteries are fully charged, when ready, never have I gotted a flash that the battery self depleted.

Highly recommended.

I wish Godox made the controllers with built in battery and the ability to charge flashes with USB Port.

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Re: Godox

Bobby Handal wrote:

I would suggest Godox, the advantage of them is that their batteries are fully charged, when ready, never have I gotted a flash that the battery self depleted.

Highly recommended.

I wish Godox made the controllers with built in battery and the ability to charge flashes with USB Port.

I wonder if you know about issue using godox ith a nikon z7II camera?

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Bobby Handal
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Re: Godox
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I have the Z50 , Zfc and Z7, no issues .

cybersnap wrote:

Bobby Handal wrote:

I would suggest Godox, the advantage of them is that their batteries are fully charged, when ready, never have I gotted a flash that the battery self depleted.

Highly recommended.

I wish Godox made the controllers with built in battery and the ability to charge flashes with USB Port.

I wonder if you know about issue using godox ith a nikon z7II camera?

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Greg Presseault
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Re: What is the best camera flash with rechargeable battery (not AA) for Nikon DSLR?

Hi, sorry for the late reply.

If I'm on Amazon.ca, how do I tell if they're made in 1 specific factory? Also, I've seen some Pro Eneloops advertised as high capacity and others as fast recharge or fast refresh. The latter seems to be from China based on the time to ship it to Canada.

Edit: I have an EBL-999 charger. Will that be fine for Eneloops?

Thanks!

Z6User wrote:

Greg Presseault wrote:

On the topic of rechargeable, I've been using EBL high capacity rechargeable for my flash and sometimes, even when freshly charged, I've had issues with longer then expected recharge times. I've heard Enloop's are better, but at a decent price hike.

Can anyone chime in on this as it does relate to flash choices?

Thanks! Sorry if this is considered a thread hijack. Not my intention.

The best rechargeable AA NiMH batteries are made in one factory in Japan, including Eneloops. Stick to Made in Japan for longer lifetimes. Branded under Fujitsu, Eneloop, Duracell etc. To complicate matters sone brands such as Duracell market both Chinese and Japanese made cells, and you have to read the packaging! Prices vary a lot.

ianz28 Veteran Member • Posts: 5,480
Re: What is the best camera flash with rechargeable battery (not AA) for Nikon DSLR?

Greg Presseault wrote:

Hi, sorry for the late reply.

If I'm on Amazon.ca, how do I tell if they're made in 1 specific factory? Also, I've seen some Pro Eneloops advertised as high capacity and others as fast recharge or fast refresh. The latter seems to be from China based on the time to ship it to Canada.

Edit: I have an EBL-999 charger. Will that be fine for Eneloops?

Thanks!

Z6User wrote:

Greg Presseault wrote:

On the topic of rechargeable, I've been using EBL high capacity rechargeable for my flash and sometimes, even when freshly charged, I've had issues with longer then expected recharge times. I've heard Enloop's are better, but at a decent price hike.

Can anyone chime in on this as it does relate to flash choices?

Thanks! Sorry if this is considered a thread hijack. Not my intention.

The best rechargeable AA NiMH batteries are made in one factory in Japan, including Eneloops. Stick to Made in Japan for longer lifetimes. Branded under Fujitsu, Eneloop, Duracell etc. To complicate matters sone brands such as Duracell market both Chinese and Japanese made cells, and you have to read the packaging! Prices vary a lot.

Looks like that charger should be fine. It is a smart charger from what I saw.

https://eneloop.panasonic.com/en/products/eneloop-pro.html

https://www.amazon.com/stores/eneloop/page/A6BD1D95-90BA-40CE-B57F-8AC5D38AEDEF?ref_=ast_bln

This is the eneloop store....if you are ordering from them then it's guaranteed to be authentic I'd think. I can't imagine that wouldn't be available in Canada.

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john isaacs Veteran Member • Posts: 8,183
Re: What is the best camera flash with rechargeable battery (not AA) for Nikon DSLR?
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cybersnap wrote:

I am looking for a camera flash for my future Nikon DSLR mirrorless.
I have found that all Nikon flashes come with AA batteries.
Do you know what are, if any, camera flash comparable to those by Nikon but with batteries that can be rechargeable (not the AA type)?
Thank you.

I recommend the Godox V680II; same form as Nikon 910, but takes a Lithium battery.  Similar to the Godox V685, which takes AA batteries.

There is also the Godox V1, but that has a round head which takes up more space, and is difficult to use with typical modifiers (which are designed for rectangular heads).

Maybe not the "best", but inexpensive, with remote radio triggers, but either can be mounted in the hot shoe.

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Greg Presseault
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Re: What is the best camera flash with rechargeable battery (not AA) for Nikon DSLR?

Thanks for the link ianz28!

John, I did see the lithium and the AA battery version of Godox's flash's. Do the lithium versions last longer and/or recharge for multiple shots in a row faster then the AA battery versions? Also, I'm assuming that Godox sells extra batteries right?

Thanks!

john isaacs wrote:

cybersnap wrote:

I am looking for a camera flash for my future Nikon DSLR mirrorless.
I have found that all Nikon flashes come with AA batteries.
Do you know what are, if any, camera flash comparable to those by Nikon but with batteries that can be rechargeable (not the AA type)?
Thank you.

I recommend the Godox V680II; same form as Nikon 910, but takes a Lithium battery. Similar to the Godox V685, which takes AA batteries.

There is also the Godox V1, but that has a round head which takes up more space, and is difficult to use with typical modifiers (which are designed for rectangular heads).

Maybe not the "best", but inexpensive, with remote radio triggers, but either can be mounted in the hot shoe.

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Re: Godox
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cybersnap wrote:

Bobby Handal wrote:

I would suggest Godox, the advantage of them is that their batteries are fully charged, when ready, never have I gotted a flash that the battery self depleted.

Highly recommended.

I wish Godox made the controllers with built in battery and the ability to charge flashes with USB Port.

I wonder if you know about issue using godox ith a nikon z7II camera?

Some Godox products need firmware updates to work with Nikon Z, but those are available.  I just recently updated half of my Godox gear with updated firmware.

In particular, the TT350N works in TTL mode on camera with the Nikon Z7ii.

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tjkoko
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kli wrote:

..........While the li-ion pack can last 2x-3x as long as a set of AAs, unless you're an all-day wedding shooter or someone who has portrait sessions booked back to back 5 days a week, you may not actually require them. And they do warrant a bit more care,more constant use (I.e., they can die if you don't use them for long periods of time), and are harder to get your hands on than AAs (which you can find at any big box store)...............

I'm receiving my V860IIIF this afternoon with spare LI-ion battery. I hope that the batteries won't  die on me in the future as I thought that battery technology would have advanced/surpassed that sleeping "defect".

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I always used my Nikon-Flashes with 1,2 V rechargeable Batteries. That's why I still have about 60 of them despite I sold all my Nikon gear. (Now I use it for my Olympus FL 600 and for many many other devices.)

I can also recommend Godox. Cheaper, very capable, with very very powerfull accus. One Godox 860 II with 1 and 1/2 accu-loads are enough for a wedding with about 1.200 pictures, at least 90 % with flash! Godox has 2 main advantages: cheaper and you need only one device that speaks the Nikon-language, the Godox-devices talk to each other in Godox-language. So if you want to change camera-brand or lend the flashes to a friend, you can use every Godox-flash (Godox for Nikon/Canon/Sony/Pana+Oly) with this one Godox-flash/comander in the hotshoe of the camera.

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On the V860-III-F my only complaint is with the charger.  The indicator light remains red and doesn't change to green when the battery is fully charged.

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tjkoko wrote:

On the V860-III-F my only complaint is with the charger. The indicator light remains red and doesn't change to green when the battery is fully charged.

It seems that your charger or your battery is bad. I own 3 x 860 II and all the loaders work in the same way;  the green LEDs flashes up, first one, than two, than three, than four and when it's fully loaded all 4 LED are permanent green. No red. I've never seen a red light on my Godox-loaders.

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Barely used my charger as the batteries seem never exhaust.

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tintifax wrote:

tjkoko wrote:

On the V860-III-F my only complaint is with the charger. The indicator light remains red and doesn't change to green when the battery is fully charged.

It seems that your charger or your battery is bad. I own 3 x 860 II and all the loaders work in the same way; the green LEDs flashes up, first one, than two, than three, than four and when it's fully loaded all 4 LED are permanent green. No red. I've never seen a red light on my Godox-loaders.

Nope. The new battery that was discharged is now charged after being placed in the charger for three or four hours. There is only one single light on my Godox VC26 charger. When plugged into the usb port, the light shows green without the battery, and red with the battery no matter if the battery is full.

My computer is at least ten years old and maybe the usb port lacks sufficient output for the VC26 charger.

When I plug the unit into a 120V outlet it seems to work ok. But when I unplug it and plug it back in, the light shines red and sometimes green. This is flakey.

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