Nikon EN-EL15 rechargeable Li-ion battery recall

Today Nikon recalled some of the EN-EL15 rechargeable Li-ion batteries ($64.95) that are used with the Nikon D7000, D800, D800E and Nikon 1 V1 cameras. The described reason for the recall is overheating. There were no overheating cases reported from users, the problem has been discovered during the manufacturing process.

How to check your battery - check the 9th digit of the lot number as indicated below:

If the 9th digit of the lot number is E or F, you must replace your battery. The support article is currently available only on Nikon Europe and will probably be published on Nikon USA site tomorrow.

Update: here is the Nikon USA service advisory page.

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    Just contacted Nikon Japan for my “E” battery.
    They took down my serial number, my address, apologized and said my battery will arrive in 2-3 days.
    A 3 minute phonecall, painless.

    • T.I.M
      That’s Nikon Japan, here in USA it will be more like 3 hours phone call, painfull.

      • Jan

        you mean a 3hr wait on hold with elevator music, then walking the drone thru their script where they ask you to reboot windows etc

  • Ben

    Just heard from Nikon Europe support. In the UK at least, Nikon will start shipping the replacement batteries on 1 May

  • Hawkeye

    I think Ze might have misunderstood the post. The translation is (more or less):
    “I don’t know anyone in England who can buy me a machine. The prices I was on the internet were higher than that.”

    Presumably the battery price?

  • Mike

    Did anyone else notice that some Nikon batteries say “Sony” on them. I have one and it doesn’t fall under the recall (it’s a “B” series) but it clearly does say “Sony E*D” on it, whereas my other battery says Nikon on it in the same location.

    • Sean

      Yeah, I noticed that too. I have 5 of these (none in the recall) and only one of them, a “B”, says Nikon in that spot, the rest all say Sony, an A, a C and 2 D batteries.

  • LRH

    When oh when are the generic battery manufacturers EVER going to be able to clone this thing? The battery has been in use for almost 2 years and you STILL can’t get a generic one to this day.

    And after this fiasco, it sort of makes the whole reasoning for smart batteries fly right out the window. I do give Nikon credit for taking charge fast, but this still really underscores the point–people shouldn’t have to depend on the manufacturer for batteries for their products, they should be able to buy their own from whoever, lawsuits notwithstanding, because, I mean–if you don’t have a working battery for your product, it’s useless.

    And yes generics can explode, apparently the “genuine” batteries can too.


  • erik

    I ordered a d800 in mid february on a nps shop, they told me to not expect the delivery before August.

  • Mine is good. I have D7000 still charge with no problems.

  • simon

    Haven’t had any problems with my battery yet. I’ll still put in a request for a new battery.

  • LP

    This sucks, I stated this before, I got one of the E series, I was giving the battery a good look, go see your battery, on th back it says: “Do not incinerate, disassemble, short, this one will incinerate, disassemble AND short by itself”… Go check it out…

    • LP

      Oh and mine says: SONY E * D also…

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