Posted: 3. Januar 2019 at 18:33 CET

By: Team

Nikon Z6, Z7: What you need to know about batteries and charging

Nikon’s Z6 and Z7 (check latest price here) come with a new battery, dubbed EN-EL15B. It’s an updated version of the venerable EN-EL15A, used in D610, D850, and similar models. The new battery features the same capacity as the old one and is mechanically identical – both types can be used interchangeably. The one thing that’s new with 15B is the built-in electronics, we’ll get to that in a moment.

Also supplied with the camera is a matching charger (MH-25a) that will charge a depleted battery in two and a half hours. The charger requires a wall outlet:

Nikon EN-EL15B Charger MH-25a

The updated electronics in the new EN-EL15B allow charging the battery in camera via USB – a first for an ILC by Nikon.

Power can come from a USB charger or a power bank and is supplied to the camera via the USB-C port. Charging is indicated by a little red LED (arrow); once the battery is charged, the LED will turn  off:

Nikon Z6 Z7 USB-C Charging EN-EL15B

(Note the „Mini“-sized HDMI connector under the USB-C port, socket for cable remote is further below)

When charging via USB, note the following issues:

  • EN-EL15A (and compatible third-party batteries, example) can be used with the Nikon Z6 and Z7 but can not be charged via USB. They still require the dedicated loader.
  • Battery will only charge when the camera is switched off.
  • Z6, Z7 can’t be operated without battery, powered only via USB. You will need a dummy battery for that.
  • Charging via USB is somewhat slower than with the charger; the actual charging time depends on the output current of the power supply or power bank.

Still undecided? Check ratings and price of Nikon Z6 7 Z7 here.


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