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

(based on 71 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (47)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (56)
  • Lightweight (41)
  • Compact (29)
  • Durable (17)
  • Packs small / compresses (14)

Cons

  • Flimsy construction (6)
  • Poor quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Weddings (56)
  • Family photos (28)
  • Sports/action (23)
  • Travel (14)
  • Wildlife photos (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (28), Semi-pro photographer (23), Photo enthusiast (11)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (63)

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.)

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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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5.0

Replaced a Turbo Battery pack with this.

By None

from Danbury, CT

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Weddings/Events

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

    Have a Turbo Battery pack that has died twice. The initial cost, the first repair cost and either buying a new turbo or getting a second repair would come close to $+. Bought two of these for $ along with rechargeable double A's. Works great while costing much less!

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    5.0

    Outstanding quality. Highly recommended.

    By Bstonephototx

    from League City, TX

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

    I am pleasantly surprised at the quality of these units. I am using them with SB-910s and couldn't be happier.

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    4.0

    Not bad for the price

    By GTo1965

    from San Jose, Ca

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Flimsy Construction

      Best Uses

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

        Cost much less than the Nikon brand. It's not the best quality and sure not how long it will last, but if you are just using it occasionally, and use it carefully,It should be fine. Trying it on my D300 at 6FPSwith an SB-910 at full power, it would it fire every other shot. Without it it would fire every 4th shot.

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        5.0

        Flash Recycle Time Reduced

        By Cape Cod Don

        from South Yarmouth, MA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          Well constructed battery pack includes a nice soft case which can be belt mounted or the pack can be mounted directly to the camera body using the tripod mount thread (mounting screw included)
          On my SB-900 flash I find the recycle time at maximum flash power has been reduced drastically.

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          5.0

          It Works

          By Wabbit

          from Danbury, CT

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Weddings/Events

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

            My Quantum TURBO died. Needed something for a upcoming event and gave this a try. Got me through the event with no problems. For the price, it worked great. Good backup while getting the TURBO repaired.

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            5.0

            Bolt Bat Pack

            By Tony Cannoli

            from Bayside

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

            I've only owned this a short time but it works great with my Nikon SB 910, I strongly recommend it.

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            5.0

            Product Delivered as Expected

            By jigs0432

            from Winnipeg Manitoba Canada

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good Value For The Money

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Any Event Requiring Prolo
              • Prolonged Shooting
              • Weddings/Events

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

              I have used this product to help extend my shooting time ( without having to change batteries) at two weddings so far and I am pleased to recommend it to one and all. It allows me to shoot much longer with shorter recycling times using the Nikon SB900 speedlight. It is not the most robust unit on the market however it is the best value for the price.

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              3.0

              You may want to test them upon receiving

              By Val

              from Rockville, MD

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

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

              I ordered three of them and all of them worked fine with SB-900. But recycling time was off on two of them while connected to CB-910 with the same 8 batteries and the same flash: the good one was recycling in 3-4 sec, the other one was 8 sec, and the third was taking up to 20 seconds, so I figured two of them were faulty and I replaced them. Just got unlucky with the first order. With fully charged batteries the recycling time with SB-910 should be around 2-3 sec. Hope this helps.

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              4.0

              Great product

              By Mountain Sam

              from Norfolk, VA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • 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 Flashes:

                Works as described. Adds helpful power for faster recycling times with your speedlight flash.

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                5.0

                Must Have

                By Vic

                from Vero Beach, FL

                About Me 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 Flashes:

                  I bought this after my Nikon SD9 stopped working with my Nikon SB 910. I do about 80 Weddings a year and go through lots of gear. I just did't want to spend the money on another high priced pice of plastic, so I gave this a try and after using it on the last 4 weddings its great- will probably buy another soon.

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                  4.0

                  Costs Less, works fine

                  By LWink

                  from McMurray, PA

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

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

                  I purchase this in lieu of getting a Nikon pack. It worked out fine so I bought a second one. I have used it on my belt or rigged to a stand for a remote flash at weddings. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is for lack of a battery status indicator.

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                  5.0

                  This really works

                  By Jules Good

                  from Fort Myers, FL

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • 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 Flashes:

                    no more misfires, can get through getting ready and ceremony with this battery pack. I recommend if you have to work quickly and have alot of recycle time and misfires. It really works!

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                    5.0

                    I just love it so much!!!

                    By Fine Artist

                    from Mississippi

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      I was having nothing but problems with my nikon sb990 over heating. After buying the Bolt all of my problems have disappeared! I'm shooting without having to wait and I'm thrilled. Forget about what others are saying about this unit, the negative comments. Just forget about those negative comments! I'm using it daily and not one of the problems has occurred with either of my units. This Bolt battery pack is AWESOME! It's shooting as fast as I need it to. It's holding up like your hitting on all 12 cylinders in a Farrari! If you take care of your equipment then you won't have any problems from this unit. I heard someone comment on the unit misfiring, pulling on the cord too hard will damage any unit.

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                      5.0

                      If you dont have one you are missing out

                      By Kenneth CMP

                      from Columbia, SC

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • 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 Flashes:

                        I am the one who does not like to go the cheap route on my equipment, but I tried one just to see and compare it to my Nikon Battery Pack. It works just as well as my Nikon it just a $ cheaper. So, I got another one for my other SB 910. If you have a SB 900 or 910 this my must have one. I can shoot entire weddings and events with out changing batteries.I do wish the case had a better way to attach it to my belt like the Nikon or to a light stand. Currently you have to take your belt off and slide it through the loop to attach it. For the a light stand I have twist-tie around the belt loop on the case to hang it on a light stand. But as far as it doing its job, it does with out problem.

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                        5.0

                        good deal

                        By Cooks Books

                        from Philadelphia pa

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

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

                          nikon bp is $ and this is almost identical so its a good buy got mine on daily deals for around $

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                          5.0

                          Keep shooting

                          By N

                          from St Louis, MO

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Weddings/Events

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

                            Keep shooting without stopping to change out/charge your batteries. Bonus that it is a more affordable version.

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                            4.0

                            nice pack for the money

                            By Al nyc

                            from bronx ny

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Durable
                            • Easy to Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Weddings/Events

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

                              for portraits and events

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                              4.0

                              Seems to work fine

                              By unclemikey

                              from Richmond VA

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Flimsy Construction

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Weddings/Events

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

                              So far I have only tested to see if the Bold CBP-N2 works. I have several Nikon SD-9 and bought this as a back up. I can say from observation that the plastic clips that hold the batteries do not look as sturdy as the clips in the Nikon SD-9. If using the Bolt unit just be careful when placing batteries or replacing batteries. Otherwise, as a much lower price this looks like it will work well.

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                              4.0

                              works as advertised

                              By photoguy

                              from richmond va

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Easy to Use

                              Cons

                              • Flimsy Construction

                              Best Uses

                              • Travel
                              • Weddings/Events

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

                              I would have liked this to be built a little tougher, but in this day and for the price, I can't complain too much.
                              it works, faster recycle, extended plash use.

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                              5.0

                              worth every penny

                              By Blues2cool

                              from Pittsburgh, PA

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

                              This bolt battery pack works great I have two now and can shoot most events without changing a single battery. I shoot with sb900 and battery temp can be an issue but not with 8 batteries external to the camera. Mike Herron

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