What item is right for you?
Ask our Experts! 800.606.6969 Live Chat

Bolt CBP-N2 Compact Battery Pack for Nikon SB-900 & SB-910 Flash

B&H # BOCBPN2 Mfr # CBP-N2
In Stock
Free Expedited Shipping
You Pay: $74.95
Product Highlights
  • Extends Portable Flash Capacity
  • Option of Using 4 or 8 AA Batteries
  • Alkaline, Lithium or Ni-MH Batteries
  • Thermal Switch Prevents Overheating
  • Fast Recycle Times Up to 1.92 Sec
  • Up to 577 Flashes Per Charge

The CBP-N2 Compact Battery Pack for Nikon SB-900 & SB-910 Flash from Bolt will boost the number of flashes and the recycle time of your Nikon SB-900 or SB-910 flash units. The CBP-N2 can operate on 4 or 8 AA batteries--alkaline, lithium or nickel-hydride (Ni-MH). Lights on the pack indicate Standby, Recycle, or Low Power mode. A thermal protection switch prevents overheating. The CBP-N2 can provide up to 577 flashes per charge, and recycle times as fast as 1.92 seconds. The pack, which weights just 7 oz without the batteries, can also be attached to the bottom of your camera using the tripod socket.

Compatible Nikon flashes:
SB-910 Speedlight
SB-900 Speedlight

Compatible Nissin flashes:
Di700 for Nikon
Di866 for Nikon
Di866 Mark II for Nikon
MG8000 for Nikon

Option to use 4 or 8 AA batteries at a time
Built-in thermal protection switch to automatically prevent overheating.
Recycles as fast as 1.92 seconds (with 4x AA alkaline batteries in flash unit and 8x Ni-MH batteries in Compact Battery Pack).
Up to 577 flashes per charge at full power with a Nikon SB-900 or SB-910 Speedlight (with 4x AA alkaline batteries in flash unit and 8x Ni-MH batteries in Compact Battery Pack).
Operating Temperature -4°F-104°F (-20°C-40°C)
Operating Humidity 85% or less
Dimensions 6.7 x 2.8 x 1.0" (17 x 7.25 x 2.5 cm)
Weight 7 oz (200 g)
Bolt CBP-N2 Compact Battery Pack for Nikon SB-900 & SB-910 Flash
  • AA Battery Magazine for Bolt Compact Battery Packs
  • Soft Case
  • Mounting Screw
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    BoltCBP-N2 Compact Battery Pack for Nikon SB-900 & SB-910 Flash
     
    4.6

    (based on 35 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (23)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (28)
    • Lightweight (20)
    • Packs small / compresses (14)
    • Reliable (12)
    • Compact (7)

    Cons

    • Poor quality (3)

    Best Uses

    • Weddings (28)
    • Family photos (12)
    • Sports/action (12)
    • Travel (8)
    • Wildlife photos (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (14), Semi-pro photographer (12), Photo enthusiast (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (32)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Fast as Nikon SD-9

    Never used the Nikon SD-9 but recently bought this as a cheaper alternative. Checked the SB-910 owners manual to get the specs for recycle time with the SD-9. Specs in the...Read complete review

    Never used the Nikon SD-9 but recently bought this as a cheaper alternative. Checked the SB-910 owners manual to get the specs for recycle time with the SD-9. Specs in the manual were minimum recycle times with 12 eneloops of "approximately" 0.8 seconds. Using a stopwatch and 12 fresh eneloops, I got recycles of 0.8 to 1.0 seconds, average of 0.87 seconds, when tested using the manual-described procedure of a full power [1/1 manual] flash every 30 seconds. I also performed this same test using Sanyo XX batteries and got recycles of 0.8 to 1.0 seconds, average of 0.89 seconds. (Test consisted of 10 shots in the series.)

    Someone here said the Bolt doesn't recycle as fast as the SD-9 but I'm wondering if this is coming from the listed specs here which may have been with alkalines instead of eneloops. (Alkalines are spec'd slower than eneloops with these devices.) That reviewer didn't say he had actually tested times for himself, as what I did. I'm thinking he may have been comparing the spec'd times of the Bolt with alkalines against the SD-9 with eneloops.

    The padded case that comes with the Bolt pack is decent. It's basically the same case as what comes with the Canon flash battery pack but without the tie-down to hold the cord in place.

    It's nice that Bolt offers an optional battery tray for this, which I will be buying to load with spare batteries for quick swap outs on the job site. (Some other SD-9 alternatives do not offer an optional battery tray.)

    By the way, the SB-910 manual states that recycle times with the SD-9 are slower with 4 batteries in the tray than 8. Never tested 4 in the Bolt but I would imagine it would be the same.

    Additionally, I ran a second test where I altered the factory test procedure by, instead of waiting 30 seconds between flashes, I fired as soon as the ready light came on, so just a few seconds between flashes. This procedure yielded 1.0 second recycles [range 0.8 to 1.2] with eneloops and 1.1 second recycles [range 0.8 to 1.2] with Sanyo XX. (Ran this test three times firing 10 shots in a series.)

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Great but Recycle Time is Not as Fast

    It really saves some money but at the cost of not having as fast as Nikon SD-9's cycle time. If you don't need to shoot fast, then it won't be a...Read complete review

    It really saves some money but at the cost of not having as fast as Nikon SD-9's cycle time. If you don't need to shoot fast, then it won't be a problem.

    Reviewed by 35 customers

    Sort by

    Displaying reviews 1-20

    Back to top

    Previous | Next »

     
    4.0

    Well worth the cost

    By Ron S

    from Silver Spring, MD

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Not Heavy Duty But Light

    Best Uses

    • Long Shoots
    • Rapid Repeated Recycle
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Bolt CBP-N2 Compact Battery Pack for Nikon SB-900 & SB-910 Flash:

    I have only used this external battery pack on one job so far so not much to report. It worked fine with the voltage drop of the batteries in the Nikon SB-900 being much less than for the batteries in the external battery pack. Recycling was fast and the flash did not overheat as it sometimes has on past gigs. The connecting cord from my belt 'mounted' battery pack to the flash on a bracket sometimes got tangled in front of the lens. This means I need to be more aware and perhaps carry it differently.
    Removable cell holder seems delicate as noted in previous reviews, but no issue handling it with a little care.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    Share this review

     
    4.0

    Great alternative to the original

    By Darren M

    from Ontario, Canada

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Bolt CBP-N2 Compact Battery Pack for Nikon SB-900 & SB-910 Flash:

        Does a great job of recycling the flash quickly. Also works on my Meike mk-910 flash. A definite must if doing anything requiring quick recycling. I find it a bit bulky to attach to the bottom of the camera (even though a screw to do so is included), but mounted to a light stand when doing o.c.f. it works great!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Share this review

         
        5.0

        Good piece of equipment

        By Rad

        from Toronto, Ontario

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Bolt CBP-N2 Compact Battery Pack for Nikon SB-900 & SB-910 Flash:

          I paired two of them with my SB 910 and SB 900,
          working flawlessly

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Share this review

           
          5.0

          I recommend!

          By Kristen

          from Alabama

          Comments about Bolt CBP-N2 Compact Battery Pack for Nikon SB-900 & SB-910 Flash:

          I love this product! It helps with weddings because it increases my flash turn around time. I would recommend this!

          Share this review

           
          5.0

          GREAT!

          By Sneaky Russian

          from New York

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy to Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Bolt CBP-N2 Compact Battery Pack for Nikon SB-900 & SB-910 Flash:

            Does the job for you. Don't understand why pay a lot of money if all you need is just plastic to hole your batteries. Works great and the price is awesome!
            P.S. i wouldn't drop it to many times thou :)

            Share this review

             
            4.0

            Pleasantly surprised

            By MyD7100IsGreat

            from Delran, NJ

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Bolt CBP-N2 Compact Battery Pack for Nikon SB-900 & SB-910 Flash:

              I use mostly Nikon products but this caught my eye and I took a shot since it was 50% less than the Nikon product. I haven't been disappointed. Good quality and it really speeds up the cycle time of my SB-910.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Share this review

               
              5.0

              Excellent Value for the money!

              By Carlos

              from Jacksonville, FL.

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy to Use
              • Fast Recycle Time Of 1sec

              Cons

              • Could Use A Belt Clip

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Bolt CBP-N2 Compact Battery Pack for Nikon SB-900 & SB-910 Flash:

              Great for events i.e... Weddings, Quincenearas, etc...

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Share this review

               
              5.0

              Bolt Battery pack

              By maxmphoto1

              from Beaverton, Or

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Bolt CBP-N2 Compact Battery Pack for Nikon SB-900 & SB-910 Flash:

                    I recently shot a Christmas party, then a wedding, well over 300 flashes fired, and still going on the Nikon SB910.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    Share this review

                     
                    5.0

                    Must have!

                    By Niandra

                    from Stamford, CT

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Bolt CBP-N2 Compact Battery Pack for Nikon SB-900 & SB-910 Flash:

                      If you own a flash you must own this battery pack or any other, but this one is the best price. No more worries about flash dying on you in the middle of an important picture moment. You just concentrate on work not on the power of equipment. You can shoot the whole day without a blink.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      Share this review

                       
                      5.0

                      It Works As Advertised

                      By Ron

                      from San Antonio TX

                      Comments about Bolt CBP-N2 Compact Battery Pack for Nikon SB-900 & SB-910 Flash:

                      I've wanted a battery pack for my SB900 but didn't want pay the price for Nikon's version (double the price). I saw this one, read the reviews and decided to try it. I've had it for a couple weeks and have found it to work great. Recycle speeds are excellent...I was impressed at the recycle times even at full power. I recommend using Ni-MH batteries for max power. Build quality is OK, but tough enough for occasional uses. I plan to use it for long events such as parties or weddings. I highly recommend it...for the price you can' t beat it if your on a budget. It works as advertised I just hope it lasts.

                      Share this review

                       
                      5.0

                      Worth the money!

                      By SkyCor

                      from West Jordan, UT

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Bolt CBP-N2 Compact Battery Pack for Nikon SB-900 & SB-910 Flash:

                        I photograph a lot of events and this battery pack makes taking rapid-fire photos very easy! How did I ever get along without it?

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        Share this review

                         
                        5.0

                        Just what I was looking for!

                        By Blues2cool

                        from Pittsburgh PA

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Sports/Action
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Bolt CBP-N2 Compact Battery Pack for Nikon SB-900 & SB-910 Flash:

                            Solid well made and works great. I charged the batteries over night. Then put the battery pack together plugged it into my SB 900 and watched the magic. My flash fired again without fail. Perfect just what I needed just what I was looking for. Quick ship good job B&H.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

                            Share this review

                             
                            5.0

                            Just What the Doctor Ordered

                            By G.P. THE MAN

                            from Hollywood, Florida

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Sports/Action
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Bolt CBP-N2 Compact Battery Pack for Nikon SB-900 & SB-910 Flash:

                              Great product! such a difference flash endurance is amazing. shot after shot. Must have if you are doing long shoots.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

                              Share this review

                               
                              4.0

                              To soon to tell

                              By Highlights Studios

                              from Olathe, KS

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Pack
                              • Easy to Use

                              Cons

                              • Bulky
                              • Can Get Hot When Wearing

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Bolt CBP-N2 Compact Battery Pack for Nikon SB-900 & SB-910 Flash:

                                We bought two of these battery packs to help keep our 2 Nikon SB-910's from getting to hot during wedding ceremony's. We have heard that high quality NI-MH batteries work best in these packs but we have yet to purchase those before our next wedding. We instead used plain old durcell batteries. Everything seemed to work well, my only complaint was that the packs did get really warm on my belt and was uncomfortable but that might have been the batteries. We had to change the batteries out twice in both packs, which isn't bad considering before we were changing batteries A LOT (We were using the ultra lithium in the past in the flashes). I believe once we get a higher quality battery we will be all set. Hopefully the packs themselves getting hot will be reduced with a better quality pack as well.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

                                Share this review

                                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Great alternative to the SD-9

                                By wraith

                                from Washington DC

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy to Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Bolt CBP-N2 Compact Battery Pack for Nikon SB-900 & SB-910 Flash:

                                  I don't have an authentic SD-9 so I can't compare the build quality with the original, but it's a simple plastic battery compartment in a carrying case. It works as described, and I don't see how the SD-9 would be twice as better for over twice the cost!

                                  I wanted to address the various comments and concerns on here about batteries in the SB-900/910. The way the flash is designed, the external battery pack will power/recharge only the flash capacitor. Batteries are still needed in the speedlight itself to power the display, controls, zoom function, etc. It's not that the external pack augments (or replaces) the internal batteries in charging the flash and running the controls. The speedlight will not function without charged internal batteries as well.

                                  The advantages of the external pack are: 1) being able to have 8 dedicated cells to increase current and lower recycle time and 2) to help with heat dissipation. In addition to the heat generated from the flash bulb itself, batteries under high drain/load give off significant heat. By removing this additional heat source from the flash head, you gain more more pops before the flash overheats.

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

                                  Share this review

                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  I think it's working?

                                  By scott800

                                  from fresno, ca

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Pack
                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • Weak Construction

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Bolt CBP-N2 Compact Battery Pack for Nikon SB-900 & SB-910 Flash:

                                  Hook twp pf these up to two sb-910s on lightstands. Im not positive they are fully functioning, because the 910 batteries will always drain as well. Maybe i am in the wrong settings, but i was under the impresssion that the speedlight would use the battery pack batteries first. The flashes do not funtion without charged batteries in the compartment. The slide to open the battery doors seems very weak, and i'm always worried i am going to snap them apart.

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

                                  Share this review

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Lightweight power addition

                                  By dalarch

                                  from Dallas Tx

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Easy To Pack
                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Travel
                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about Bolt CBP-N2 Compact Battery Pack for Nikon SB-900 & SB-910 Flash:

                                    Have not put the battery pack to full use in all day shooting situation yet, but fits the need for a lightweight power pack addition at a reasonable price.
                                    I want to use it as a remote light for an event where it would be difficult to change the flash batteries.

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

                                    Share this review

                                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Works Great

                                    By Greg

                                    from Madison Wisconsin

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Pack
                                    • Easy to Use
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Reliable
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                    • Radio Popper Bracket Fit

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Family Photos
                                    • Travel
                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about Bolt CBP-N2 Compact Battery Pack for Nikon SB-900 & SB-910 Flash:

                                    I'm a wedding photographer and a battery pack for the formals is a must so that you don't have to wait for the flash to recharge. I bought 2 of these and used them at my last wedding and they worked just as advertised. They recharged in a couple of seconds for every shot during the formals and I also used them at the reception to pop a little light here and there during the dance. They seem well built to me and I was able to just slide them over the light stand and then mount the flash so attaching them to the stand was a breeze.

                                    One side note about the cord...... I use radio poppers and the power cord from the battery pack had a ridge on it that bumps into the radio popper bracket and forces the bracket out of alinement with the flash. I found that all I had to do to correct the problem was trim off the ridge from the cord with a razor blade and it fit perfectly! Only took a minute to trim off.

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

                                    Share this review

                                     
                                    4.0

                                    Works Just Fine

                                    By Etrain

                                    from Baltimore, MD

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy to Use
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Weddings/Events

                                      Comments about Bolt CBP-N2 Compact Battery Pack for Nikon SB-900 & SB-910 Flash:

                                      I use with my off-camera flash.

                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                      • No

                                      Share this review

                                      (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Fast as Nikon SD-9

                                      By Dave

                                      from US

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Pros

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Bolt CBP-N2 Compact Battery Pack for Nikon SB-900 & SB-910 Flash:

                                            Never used the Nikon SD-9 but recently bought this as a cheaper alternative. Checked the SB-910 owners manual to get the specs for recycle time with the SD-9. Specs in the manual were minimum recycle times with 12 eneloops of "approximately" 0.8 seconds. Using a stopwatch and 12 fresh eneloops, I got recycles of 0.8 to 1.0 seconds, average of 0.87 seconds, when tested using the manual-described procedure of a full power [1/1 manual] flash every 30 seconds. I also performed this same test using Sanyo XX batteries and got recycles of 0.8 to 1.0 seconds, average of 0.89 seconds. (Test consisted of 10 shots in the series.)

                                            Someone here said the Bolt doesn't recycle as fast as the SD-9 but I'm wondering if this is coming from the listed specs here which may have been with alkalines instead of eneloops. (Alkalines are spec'd slower than eneloops with these devices.) That reviewer didn't say he had actually tested times for himself, as what I did. I'm thinking he may have been comparing the spec'd times of the Bolt with alkalines against the SD-9 with eneloops.

                                            The padded case that comes with the Bolt pack is decent. It's basically the same case as what comes with the Canon flash battery pack but without the tie-down to hold the cord in place.

                                            It's nice that Bolt offers an optional battery tray for this, which I will be buying to load with spare batteries for quick swap outs on the job site. (Some other SD-9 alternatives do not offer an optional battery tray.)

                                            By the way, the SB-910 manual states that recycle times with the SD-9 are slower with 4 batteries in the tray than 8. Never tested 4 in the Bolt but I would imagine it would be the same.

                                            Additionally, I ran a second test where I altered the factory test procedure by, instead of waiting 30 seconds between flashes, I fired as soon as the ready light came on, so just a few seconds between flashes. This procedure yielded 1.0 second recycles [range 0.8 to 1.2] with eneloops and 1.1 second recycles [range 0.8 to 1.2] with Sanyo XX. (Ran this test three times firing 10 shots in a series.)

                                            • Was this a gift?:
                                            • No

                                            Share this review

                                            Displaying reviews 1-20

                                            Back to top

                                            Previous | Next »

                                            Batteries & Power

                                            Show more >

                                            Required item: 4 or 8 AA batteries (not included) are required to power this device.

                                            Varta -  High-Energy 1.5 V AA E91 Alkaline Battery - 4 Pk
                                            • You Pay: $1.23
                                             

                                            Plug Adapters

                                            Show more >

                                            Power your devices in other countries with adapter plugs.

                                            Watson -  APK International Adapter Plug Kit
                                            • You Pay: $12.55
                                             
                                            See any errors on this page? Let us know.

                                            Close

                                            Close

                                            Close