Nikon Recalls Popular EN-EL15 Battery Over Safety Concerns

Nikon has issued a recall of its widely used EN-EL15 digital camera battery. The company says the batteries can short circuit, leading to overheating and a deformation of the casing.

Samsung took a huge blow to its image in 2016 when it was discovered that the batteries in the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone would short circuit, overheat, and sometimes catch fire or explode. It seems Nikon is acting swiftly to avoid any type of similar scandal even though the problem doesn’t seem to be widespread: the company says that there have been 7 confirmed incidents of EN-EL15 batteries short circuiting and overheating worldwide.

“The battery pack can experience a short circuit […] posing a potential hazard to consumers. […] while no injuries have taken place, Nikon Inc. has initiated this recall of the affected lot numbers as a reflection of its commitment to safety and product quality.”

For now, this is a voluntary recall that only affects certain lots of Nikon EN-EL15 rechargeable lithium-ion batteries — if you have this battery but it wasn’t produced in the affected lots, you should be fine.

First of all, the problematic batteries were sold with D800, D800E, D7000 DSLRs, as well as the Nikon 1 V1 mirrorless camera. They also began hitting store shelves separately in 2012 and are still being sold through retail outlets.

The Nikon D800 is one DSLR the faulty batteries were sold with.

To see if your EN-EL15 is part of the recall, check out the 14-digit lot number found on the label of the battery next to the recycle symbol. You’ll need to focus on the 9th character: if this character is an “E” or an “F”, then your battery is part of this flawed batch and you can return it to Nikon for a free replacement battery.

You can use this Lot Number Lookup Tool by Nikon to confirm that your battery is affected.

If your battery is part of this recall, you can start the battery exchange process on Nikon’s website as well.

from PetaPixel


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