Confirmed: Somehow Fake Nikon EN-EL15b Batteries Made It Into Official Retail Stores


We brought you the awesome story about B&H making sure customers that bought some “defective” batteries got their money back and/or replacement batteries.

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It was one of those awesome stories that we like to tell.

If you haven’t had a chance to read it, you can do that by clicking here.

In today’s update, we can confirm from Nikon that those “defective” batteries were, in some cases, fakes.

Nikon wrote on its website about the issue, “We have been made aware that some customers who purchased individual EN-EL15b batteries from authorized Nikon retailers received defective product. These batteries are not genuine and were not manufactured or distributed by Nikon USA. Concerned users can find a guide for determining if the battery they have purchased is a genuine Nikon battery at this link. “

Other battery models possibly impacted by this infiltration include EN-EL11, EN-EL10, EN-EL9a, and others according to DPReview.

Of course, we don’t need to remind you of the horrible things that “fake” batteries can do to your gear. From explosions to fires to shorts, bad batteries can ruin way more than your day.

The company is cautioning consumers on how to spot a fake from an authentic battery but, in truth, the counterfeits are getting better by the year.

Nonetheless, companies like B&H are working to make sure their customers don’t end up with batteries that could damage their equipment.

Nikon has a guide you can use to check to make sure your equipment is authentic. You can access that by clicking here.

Have you purchased fake equipment before? As always, we would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.


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