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

(based on 44 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (34)
  • Lightweight (27)
  • Packs small / compresses (14)
  • Compact (13)
  • Reliable (12)

Cons

  • Poor quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Weddings (35)
  • Family photos (17)
  • Sports/action (16)
  • Travel (11)
  • Wildlife photos (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (19), Semi-pro photographer (14), Photo enthusiast (7)
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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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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.

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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

        Verified Buyer

        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

          Verified Buyer

          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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            5.0

            This is ALL you need!!!

            By Fine Artist

            from Mississippi

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Best Unit Out There

            Cons

            • NADA

            Best Uses

            • Everything

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

            I was shocked at how fast this battery pack recycled! It's really fast! I can't see that buying anything else would improve the performance! It's doing an incredible job. All I can say as a professional is " Why on Earth didn't I get this before". It's everything you need in a power source. I'm a tech person. This battery with 8 AA is UNREAL!!! WOW I really think you need 2 or 3 or maybe 4 of these! That is if you are a Pro! If you buy anything else you will have to replace it. Replacing this unit is very affordable! This unit is so fast I can't believe it!!!! Try it & you'll say "wow".

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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

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              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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                              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.

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                                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.

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                                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?

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