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

(based on 47 reviews)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (38)
  • Lightweight (30)
  • Compact (16)
  • Packs small / compresses (14)
  • Reliable (12)

Cons

  • Flimsy construction (3)
  • Poor quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Weddings (38)
  • Family photos (18)
  • Sports/action (18)
  • Travel (11)
  • Wildlife photos (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (20), Semi-pro photographer (14), Photo enthusiast (8)
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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.)

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My review after after 2 wedding seasons

I am giving this battery pack 3 stars after heavy use in 2 wedding seasons. Last year I shot 29 weddings and this year I shot 24 weddings. The battery pack performed quite well...Read complete review

I am giving this battery pack 3 stars after heavy use in 2 wedding seasons. Last year I shot 29 weddings and this year I shot 24 weddings. The battery pack performed quite well however I have always had flash misfires after a lengthy formal portrait session with large groups in the ceremony area. I feel that after 53 weddings with formal portrait session usually having the same issue that I can blame it on the battery pack. The issue that I always have is that after about 45 minutes of shooting at 1/2 power with SB-900 will start to miss fire. I have used both eneloop rechargeables and alkaline batteries and encountered the same problem. My last wedding I put in all brand new alkalines in, 4 in the flash and 8 in the Bolt battery pack. After 45 minutes I stared having misfires again (Always when I am in the middle of shooting the bride and groom!!!) so I fought my way through and tried not to look like an idiot. When I got home I pulled the batteries out of the Bolt and tested them to see what their charge was and they all tested at 100%! Then I pulled the batteries out of the SB-900 flash and they test 1/2 used!! So! What could this mean? I thought all of the batteries in the flash and the battery pack would wear out together. Not So! This must be a problem with the Bolt not being 100% compatible with the Nikon SB-900 flash in my opinion. So, I am now going to buy the Nikon version for $200 and end this frustrating fight I have been having for the past 2 wedding seasons. Oh, yes, also, the battery compartment has plastic tabs that break off easily if you are not very careful…….

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4.0

Good for the price

By TC Lee

from Los Angeles

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Flimsy Construction

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Sports/Action
  • Weddings/Events

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

Compact and easy to use, case are good. The battery tray itseld could be built more sturdy. I am afraid it may beak easy.

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4.0

Nice for the cost difference.

By Greg

from Buffalo,NY

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      Only used it for one wedding event. Worked as designed. Lightweight and body is made of plastic, not extruded metal. Good for moderate use, probably wouldn't use it if shooting full time, everyday. But, would recommend for casual use.

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      5.0

      A GREAT Alternative for the nikon SB 900

      By Len

      from Hudson Valley, NY

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Holds Up Very Well
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Under High Flash Usage
      • Weddings/Events

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

      This battery pack is very well made. I have owned both Nikon & Canon battery packs in the past, and still do, and this unit by Bolt is a formative alternate for saving money. I used it on 2 event shoots and it performed flawlessly.
      BUY IT!

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      3.0

      My review after after 2 wedding seasons

      By Meg Rier

      from Sun Prairie, WI

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

      • Flimsy Construction

      Best Uses

      • Weddings/Events

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

      I am giving this battery pack 3 stars after heavy use in 2 wedding seasons. Last year I shot 29 weddings and this year I shot 24 weddings. The battery pack performed quite well however I have always had flash misfires after a lengthy formal portrait session with large groups in the ceremony area. I feel that after 53 weddings with formal portrait session usually having the same issue that I can blame it on the battery pack. The issue that I always have is that after about 45 minutes of shooting at 1/2 power with SB-900 will start to miss fire. I have used both eneloop rechargeables and alkaline batteries and encountered the same problem. My last wedding I put in all brand new alkalines in, 4 in the flash and 8 in the Bolt battery pack. After 45 minutes I stared having misfires again (Always when I am in the middle of shooting the bride and groom!!!) so I fought my way through and tried not to look like an idiot. When I got home I pulled the batteries out of the Bolt and tested them to see what their charge was and they all tested at 100%! Then I pulled the batteries out of the SB-900 flash and they test 1/2 used!! So! What could this mean? I thought all of the batteries in the flash and the battery pack would wear out together. Not So! This must be a problem with the Bolt not being 100% compatible with the Nikon SB-900 flash in my opinion. So, I am now going to buy the Nikon version for $200 and end this frustrating fight I have been having for the past 2 wedding seasons. Oh, yes, also, the battery compartment has plastic tabs that break off easily if you are not very careful…….

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      5.0

      great performance

      By lumenrt7

      from NY

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comparable Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          Using with Nikon SB-910 with no problems. Slightly thicker than the Nikon counterpart, but I see no difference in performance with NiMH batteries.
          Save some cash in this case!

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          5.0

          Awesome Alterative

          By The Dude

          from Beautiful Blue Ridge Country

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Fast Recycling
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Weddings/Events

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

            Debated on this product / the Nikon unit for almost half the wedding season! Now I want a second battery pack (seems kind of expensive), for this unit! A must if your using allot of flash / fill flash for weddings! I've been a Nikon user for 25+ yrs, this product is as good as the Nikon brand...Thank you B&H for having a alternative selection!

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            5.0

            Additional power

            By Mark Hollingsworth Photography

            from Albuquerque, New Mexico

            About Me Pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

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

              Small compact, but delivers the extra battery power for a quicker refresh of your speedlights. They are reliable and last for those remote shoots of medium duration. I have some backups and with an automobile battery charger I can be shooting and have a fresh set if needed.

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              5.0

              Fast as Fast can get!!!

              By Fine Artist

              from Mississippi

              About Me Pro Photographer

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              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight
              • Light Weight

              Cons

              • Cord Can't Be Replaced

              Best Uses

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

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

              I've been reading all of the reviews about this unit. There is nothing like trying it out for yourself. I put rechargeable Duracell NiMH 1.2V/2400mAh batteries in it. I bought the batteries from @. The recycle time is so fast that I can't even count the time that it takes to recycle. It's so fast I can't believe it. I shot it at a distance of 8 feet away from a subject. I am astonished at how fast this unit is with 8 batteries in the compartment. I was so pleased that I bought another one. I can't see how any other unit can get faster than instant. I shoot for some really high end jobs and I've been shooting as long as B&H has been in business & beyond. Don't listen to anyone that says this unit isn't at the top of it's game! I'm buying 2 more. That's how much I shoot at a job. I really need 6. I shoot at full power often.I use a soft box on my SB-900 it takes full power to cover a large group.

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              5.0

              Quick Flash

              By Tauratinzwe

              from Hot Springs, AR

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Sports/Action
                • Weddings/Events

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

                I got this pack in hopes of having faster recycle times and fore flashes without battery changes.

                I have been pleased to get both. Initial recycle times have been super fast. I hope that this continues as my batteries age (used a new set in this pack).

                I have yet to fully test the number of flashes before replacing batteries, but anticipate a good result.

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                4.0

                Value Product

                By Ken

                from Chicago

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Flimsy Construction

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Weddings/Events

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

                It's functional if you don't need fast recycle time. Similar in size to the Nikon pack but the construction quality is not the same. The belt loop is a little tight.

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                4.0

                Works well for the price

                By Peter K

                from Louisville ky

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Weddings/Events

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

                  It's lightweight and seems to quicken the recycle time. Probably wouldn't want to use for a big job that requires a lot of quick firing.

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                  5.0

                  Needed Battery Source

                  By Bill

                  from La Verne, CA.

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Compatability
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Perfect Match

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Food
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Portraits
                  • Products
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                  Will work with 4 or 8 AA batterys and less expensive than Nikon's $+ unit which will serve as the same function.

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                  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.

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                  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!

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                      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

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                        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!

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                        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 :)

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                          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.

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                            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...

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                            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.

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