With the latest Nikon Z8, not all of our third-party batteries have been working properly. For example, the old third-party batteries I’ve been using for the Nikon Z6, do not work on my Nikon Z8.
On top of that, many of my batteries from my older cameras are just old now and they are not performing the same as they used to, so it’s time for some updates.
This brings me to this third-party battery company called Vemico which makes some EN-EL15 third-party batteries that work with the Nikon Z8 as well as all the older cameras that take this style of battery.
You can find them here on – Amazon
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Vemico EN-EL15 Third-Party Nikon Battery Review
Recently Vemico reached out to me on my Instagram letting me know about their batteries. While there are maybe a hundred companies now making third-party EN-EL15 batteries for Nikon cameras, the Vemico batteries actually stood out to me for one reason and one reason only – they are bright orange.
By the way, this post is not sponsored and I did pay full price for the batteries although Vemico did offer to reimburse me, which was unnecessary. I needed some new batteries anyway, so I thought I would just try these out.
Why is it that orange batteries caught my eye as being something actually useful?
Because you do not want to mix up third-party batteries and official batteries and accidentally use third-party batteries for something important.
For example, this winter I went out shooting in freezing conditions and my fully charged third-party battery maybe only lasted an hour. Cold weather is typically hard on batteries but the Nikon batteries aren’t usually that bad.
Also, with power-hungry cameras like the Nikon Z8, you can get some strange performance issues with some of these third-party batteries as their power drops, especially when you’re shooting at faster burst rates. This can even happen with Nikon batteries. Some camera companies like Canon will throttle the performance of some of their cameras as the power of the battery drops below 50%. So it’s generally a good idea to keep batteries fresh and updated if you’re shooting important work.
Vemico Battery Specs
Power Rating: 7.4V 2100mAh, 15.54Wh – by comparison, the Official Nikon batteries are 7V, 2280mAh 16Wh.
I’m not really sure why Vemico batteries are running at a higher voltage or if that will be a problem, but it does also have less Wh at 15.54Wh.
Charger: Dual USB-C charge with LCD display. – Built with multiple circuit protection with an automatic low-charging system.
Third-Party Nikon Z8 Battery – Bottom Line
There are just so many brands of third-party batteries now, it used to be that some batteries got their cells from Japan, but it now seems like most (even official) are Made in China and there really isn’t anything differentiating them anymore.
I’ve been impressed by these Vemico batteries and I like the charger. It’s a nice little package.
I also think that the orange color is very nice so I always know when I’m using a third-party battery for the Nikon Z8. The bright orange color was a really good idea.
I haven’t had enough time to break them in yet, but so far they seem fine and I like that the charger has a power indicator so you can check what level the batteries are at. I just wanted to do a quick post on them, because when you search Amazon, these batteries don’t typically show up. And although Vemico offered to compensate me for the batteries, I did purchase them with my own money to give them an unbias review.