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by Karl Egressy on Tue Oct 29, 2019 5:03 am
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I use a Watson battery that replaces Nikon EN-EL 18c. Recently I went to a BIF shooting of Captive Raptors and used the aforementioned battery in a battery grip for Nikon D850. I took 4925 shots and the battery showed 73% charge.
It sound extremely good, however, one fellow shooter mentioned that his D850 was fried by I third party battery but not made by Watson.
Do you think Watson battery is safe to be used on a D850?
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by archfotos on Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:04 am
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Can’t answer your specific question as I don’t use Nikon, but I’ve have used and abused many Watson batteries for my Sony 6300 a7r2 with no problems. 4K shooting for long periods and to extend times I’ve been charging via usb batteries.  Granted this may be a smaller battery than for the 850 so maybe that’s a problem?

I believed I had Watson with my canon cameras and the bigger batteries for led lights and monitors as well so I have history to trust them.  IMHO the real problem today is quality control you can buy a lens that tests very well in online reviews only to get a lemon. I do appreciate Watson’s interchangeable battery chargers/mounting plates that is very helpful 
 

by signgrap on Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:44 am
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Karl I haven't used Watson batteries myself but when I was a Canon shooter (2004-2014) I used a number of third party batteries. I never had a problem with any of them but I did notice over time that all the third party batteries never held a charge as long as the OEM battery. In addition none of them gave as accurate % of charge left. Add that you violate the camera manufacturer's warranty should the battery damage the camera and I came to the conclusion that the few dollars saving was not worth the risk. In addition the third party batteries never lasted anywhere near as long as the OEM batteries. When you consider the cost of a new camera I just buy a second new OEM battery, the few dollars more is money well spent IMO. Consider that that most dangerous/powerful thing in a camera is the lithium battery - not a place I want to save money when you see the fires they can ignite.
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by SantaFeJoe on Tue Oct 29, 2019 12:05 pm
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I always like to read the one star reviews on products, of which these batteries have a high percentage. A couple mention swelling, leaking and a hole blown in the side of one. Is it worth the few bucks you save??? I am of the school of thinking that OEM batteries are best. Are the Watsons safe? I can’t answer that.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1260387-REG/watson_b_3410_2_en_el15_replacement_battery_v2.html/reviews#customerReview

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by Mike in O on Tue Oct 29, 2019 1:00 pm
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No problem using 3rd party in my Sonys but they tend to be conservative batteries (less draw) than Nikon or Canon which use battery power to up their FPS.
 

by Karl Egressy on Thu Oct 31, 2019 1:15 pm
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Thanks for the responses.
 

by Cynthia Crawford on Sat Nov 02, 2019 5:12 pm
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Karl-I think EJ warned me some time ago not to use this battery on the D850 or, perhaps also D500. Seemed to be OK for D750. (Mine Watson came "free" with the D750). I've never used it- just made me nervous. Can't find the thread, so I hope I am not mis-quoting. I'm not sure what the reasoning was, but I would not take a chance with it on any Nikon.
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by Karl Egressy on Sun Nov 03, 2019 12:57 pm
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Thanks, Cindy.
I wish I had read all of these comments before I bought the Battery.
I was trusting it on the basis that B&H won't sell unreliable stuff.
I only saved $50 US but if I buy the Nikon on top, then the total cost of the two batteries will be over $ 350 CAN.
I will have to think about it.
I use it only when I shoot BIF as it is heavy and bulky, wont carry it for static shots.
I cwm very handy when I was shooting almost continuously for three hours at nine frames per second.
 

by Cynthia Crawford on Sun Nov 03, 2019 2:06 pm
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Karl Egressy wrote:
Thanks, Cindy.
I wish I had read all of these comments before I bought the Battery.
I was trusting it on the basis that B&H won't sell unreliable stuff.
I only saved $50 US but if I buy the Nikon on top, then the total cost of the two batteries will be over $ 350 CAN.
I will have to think about it.
I use it only when I shoot BIF as it is heavy and bulky, wont carry it for static shots.
I cwm very handy when I was shooting almost continuously for three hours at nine frames per second.

Karl, which Nikon are you thinking of buying "on top"?  Thought you had D850 and D500?  The D750 is great for landscapes and macro (I thik), but slow for birds. It's also nice for low light. But...I'm really spoiled with the fast review (touch screen, etc.) on the newer cameras, not to mention everything else. (Except huge files- could do with something less in that department) . 
Anyway...Can you return the Watson? (Not sure of B&H policy). I wouldn't risk it on an expensive camera myself.
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by SantaFeJoe on Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:02 pm
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Cynthia Crawford wrote:
Karl-I think EJ warned me some time ago not to use this battery on the D850 or, perhaps also D500. Seemed to be OK for D750. (Mine Watson came "free" with the D750). I've never used it- just made me nervous. Can't find the thread, so I hope I am not mis-quoting.  I'm not sure what the reasoning was, but I would not take a chance with it on any Nikon.


This is the thread you were referring to, Cindy:

https://www.naturescapes.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=57&t=280717

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by Cynthia Crawford on Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:20 pm
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SantaFeJoe wrote:
Cynthia Crawford wrote:
Karl-I think EJ warned me some time ago not to use this battery on the D850 or, perhaps also D500. Seemed to be OK for D750. (Mine Watson came "free" with the D750). I've never used it- just made me nervous. Can't find the thread, so I hope I am not mis-quoting.  I'm not sure what the reasoning was, but I would not take a chance with it on any Nikon.


This is the thread you were referring to, Cindy:

https://www.naturescapes.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=57&t=280717

Joe

Yes- that's the one-thanks, Joe.
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