KEH EN-EL3e Battery Difference?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by termina3, Aug 14, 2008.

  1. termina3 macrumors 65816

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    Hey guys,

    I'm in the market for a very lightly used (or new) extra battery for my D300; the Nikon-proscribed type is the EN-EL3e.

    On KEH, I searched EN-EL3e, to find this:

    http://www.keh.com/OnLineStore/ProductList.aspx?Mode=searchproducts&item=0&ActivateTOC2=false&ID=&Size=&BC=&BCC=&CC=&CCC=&BCL=&GBC=&GCC=&KW=en-el3e

    Two apparently identical batteries sold at different prices. Please note the "(synergy)" notation in the second selection.

    What's the difference? Obviously cheaper is better, unless I'm making a sacrifice of some sort.
     
  2. onomatopoeia macrumors 6502

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    Synergy is a 3rd party part which is compatible. I have no personal experience but I have read good things about it. Of course, it's pretty tough to screw up a battery these days.
     
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I went to Calumet and asked for the same battery. They handed me their branded one. I never buy third party batteries, never had any luck with them. However, Calumet is local to me and I can certainly rant like none other if the battery winds up screwing things up. Plus I was leaving for a trip in 3 days and didn't want to chance having only one battery. Though I never even used it. ;)
     
  4. jake-g macrumors member

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    I wrestled with this dilemma also when shopping for some spare batteries. Ultimately I decided it was not wise to spend 2,000 dollars on a camera and then try to save 20 bucks on a battery.
     
  5. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    For me I wasn't trying to save money. It's what I was handed and no Nikon branded batteries insight to buy. But I totally understand your position there as it is mine.
     
  6. taylorwilsdon macrumors 68000

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    Some 3rd party batteries are actually better... its not exactly rocket science and Nikon is licensing the technology from someone too. If its cheaper and has a warranty, I say go for it. Give it some heavy duty testing for a few days and if it matches in life, you're good. If it falls short, send it back.
     

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