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NikonSD-9 Battery Pack for SB-910 and SB-900 Flashes
 
4.6

(based on 102 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (69)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast recycling (74)
  • Easy to use (67)
  • Consistent output (57)
  • Durable (51)
  • Good power output (43)

Cons

  • Not interchangeable (10)
  • Heavy / bulky (7)
  • Pricey / poor value (5)

Best Uses

  • General purpose (53)
  • Portraits (44)
  • Fill flash (42)
  • Photojournalism (38)
  • Night photography (30)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (34), Photo enthusiast (23), Semi-pro photographer (20), Quality oriented (7)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (66)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fast Recycle Time

I will use this product for weddings and on location portrait shoots where a fast recycle time is vital. Testing the SD-9 prior to a portrait shoot this weekend I found the following...Read complete review

I will use this product for weddings and on location portrait shoots where a fast recycle time is vital. Testing the SD-9 prior to a portrait shoot this weekend I found the following while using NIMH low drain batteries:
* 47 full power shots at the rate of one every 3 seconds until the SB-900's thermal protection shut the flash off. This is only 2 more flashes then when using just the SB-900's internal batteries.
* 620 full power flashes at the rate of one very 15 seconds (not including periodic 1 1/2 minute stoppages while the flash cooled).
* The really good news is the recycle time is under 1 second for a full power flash!

The SD-9 seems a little pricey, but it appears well made and the fast recycle time makes the SB-900 a MUCH more useful tool.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

seems fragile but useful

This battery pack works great with my Nikon SB5000 speedlights. It's helpful in a pinch if I don't have a more substantial pack such as an Al Jacob's Black Box or Quantum pack handy. ...Read complete review

This battery pack works great with my Nikon SB5000 speedlights. It's helpful in a pinch if I don't have a more substantial pack such as an Al Jacob's Black Box or Quantum pack handy. It's cheezy plastic construction makes it something I would not rely on without a backup. The battery tray is made as cheap as they could get away with and the cord that goes to the camera seems like something that would break easily if accidentally pulled on too hard. The belt holder is also poorly designed as the user must remove his belt to slide into holder. I'd prefer a clip. I doubt this will last more than a couple years but time will tell. One would think companies such as Nikon and Canon would have more substantial construction on many of their accessories for their pro and top of the line equipment.

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3.0

seems fragile but useful

By sternedwards

from Fitchburg MA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon SD-9 Battery Pack for SB-910 and SB-900 Flashes:

This battery pack works great with my Nikon SB5000 speedlights. It's helpful in a pinch if I don't have a more substantial pack such as an Al Jacob's Black Box or Quantum pack handy. It's cheezy plastic construction makes it something I would not rely on without a backup. The battery tray is made as cheap as they could get away with and the cord that goes to the camera seems like something that would break easily if accidentally pulled on too hard. The belt holder is also poorly designed as the user must remove his belt to slide into holder. I'd prefer a clip. I doubt this will last more than a couple years but time will tell. One would think companies such as Nikon and Canon would have more substantial construction on many of their accessories for their pro and top of the line equipment.

 
5.0

Perfect for Events

By Jeri

from Montgomery, AL

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon SD-9 Battery Pack for SB-910 and SB-900 Flashes:

Works exactly as advertised - works beautifully for events and weddings - prevents from having to change out 4 batteries every couple hours of shooting.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great product!!

By GC

from DFW area

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon SD-9 Battery Pack for SB-910 and SB-900 Flashes:

I have always used Turbos due to their fast regeneration of the SB's and longevity of battery usage during an entire wedding. (20 plus years of using turbos) I have used the SD-9 at my last two weddings. One wedding was a short wedding, 5 hours, at it worked great. Recycle times faster than any of my Turbos.

This last wedding we were at lasted nearly 12 hours and I personally took over 2500 flash shots with it. The recycle time was always faster than any of my Turbos and lasted the entire day. The new Turbo cost is like 650 or so and I can buy three SD-9's for that cost.

I use high capacity rechargeable batteries. Most of the time it's Eneloop or something equivalent. I'm always experimenting with different rechargeables to see if I can lower the cost some. Such as the Amazon High Capacity or Synergy High Capacity. Instructions say to use the same kind of battery and don't mix the rechargeable types. The only negative I can see with the SD9 is the longevity of the cable coming from the SD-9 unit that connects to the SB. The cable is thinner than the Quantum cables and it's appears to be permanently attached to the unit. Would have been nice if this was a separate cable so if it ever frays at the ends, you could easily replace just the cable. Don't know if this will ever be a problem and only time will tell.

Other than that, it's a no brainer if you want to save lots of money plus have a quicker recycle time than even the best Turbo battery. One more thing.. it's way lighter to carry on your belt, mono pod or hook to your camera.

 
5.0

Perfect to extend Flash Battery Life

By Michael

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon SD-9 Battery Pack for SB-910 and SB-900 Flashes:

Loving this thing - I take it to nearly every shoot to extend the batter life of my on and off-camera flashes. I went from changing flash batteries every hour or so to not changing them at all for 4 hour events!

 
5.0

Backordered

By MrLang

from Carey, Ohio

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon SD-9 Battery Pack for SB-910 and SB-900 Flashes:

This item went on backorder the day i order it and B and H kept me updated on a weekly basis. When the item came in it was shipped the same day. Thank you B and H, your the best and i tell everyone about your store..

 
1.0

Not Reliable Junk

By khoa

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Nikon SD-9 Battery Pack for SB-910 and SB-900 Flashes:

it stops working after few shooting sessions

 
4.0

I would buy this again

By Pete

from San Francisco

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon SD-9 Battery Pack for SB-910 and SB-900 Flashes:

Works as advertised, it also works with my new SB-5000 flash. More expensive then other brands but I didn't want to take a chance on having any compatibility issues. Easy to use.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great for events

By PhotoDave

from Boerne, TX

Comments about Nikon SD-9 Battery Pack for SB-910 and SB-900 Flashes:

This is a nice option for the event photographer who needs quicker recycle times and extended flash usage.
It would be nice to have a rechargeable pack option, though.

 
4.0

Works as listed

By Illinois Wedding Photog

from St. Louis Area

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Easy To Use
  • Fast Recycling
  • Powerful Output

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Fill Flash
    • General Use
    • Portraits

    Comments about Nikon SD-9 Battery Pack for SB-910 and SB-900 Flashes:

    Works as advertised (using enelops), but is pricey.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great for a serious Grandpa

    By Grandpa Jeem.

    from Chalfont, PA

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast Recycling

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use

      Comments about Nikon SD-9 Battery Pack for SB-910 and SB-900 Flashes:

      I use the battery pack for christenings, birthdays, family get-togethers, and all those events that go on forever. The battery pack has never let me down. It powers my SB-910 Speedlite and it stays cool and operational - never overheats. I took 21 pics of two toddlers in less than a minute. Priceless. And it looks cool on your belt.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Speedy recycle

      By Tom9192

      from Pittsburgh, PA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Fast Recycling

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • General Use
        • Night Photography
        • Portraits

        Comments about Nikon SD-9 Battery Pack for SB-910 and SB-900 Flashes:

        For wedding and sporting events I have been to there have been no issues with this battery pack. I do always keep spare batteries charged though...

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Great little companion

        By Keith

        from Boston, MA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Fast Recycling
        • Lightweight
        • Powerful Output

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • General Use
          • Night Photography
          • Photojournalism
          • Portraits

          Comments about Nikon SD-9 Battery Pack for SB-910 and SB-900 Flashes:

          I bought this to go with my (2) SB-910 and SB-900, will need to get one more to complete the set. Gives the flash that extra speed and endurance.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A great addition to the SB910

          By vbsunset

          from Toronto

          Comments about Nikon SD-9 Battery Pack for SB-910 and SB-900 Flashes:

          For speedlite shooters, this battery pack is a gem. It dramatically shortens recycle time. I wouldn't do a studio shoot using the SB910's without it. If there is any minor negative, the velcro wrap straps are not very wide and won't fit around a larger lightstand leg. Consider using an empty lightstand sandbag to place it in and just hang the sandbag on the lightstand to avoid over-stretching the cord. fyi: I recommend the Eneloop Pro batteries by Panasonic. I've used the Sanyo Eneloops and have had too many duds.

           
          5.0

          Works great

          By Rob

          from Boca Raton FL

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Fast Recycling
          • Powerful Output

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Photojournalism
            • Portraits

            Comments about Nikon SD-9 Battery Pack for SB-910 and SB-900 Flashes:

            Shoot forever

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            more bang for the buck

            By queen

            from hahnville

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Fast Recycling
            • Lightweight
            • Powerful Output
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Fill Flash
              • General Use
              • Night Photography
              • Photojournalism
              • Portraits

              Comments about Nikon SD-9 Battery Pack for SB-910 and SB-900 Flashes:

              Before making this purchase from b&h, i had went to local shops. This product was either not in stock or over priced. I purchased it from b&h the same week i needed for a birthday shoot. As usual, my purchase came in on time, priced lower and packaged well.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Outstanding performance

              By Paulrap

              from North Branford, CT

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast Recycling
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use

                Comments about Nikon SD-9 Battery Pack for SB-910 and SB-900 Flashes:

                Just bought this to use with my SB900 strobes during a photoshoot with my new D750 and my D3s. The pack worked great and I didn't miss a shot. Highly recommended!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                This is the real deal and worth it

                By Gary

                from Northern Va.

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Fast Recycling
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash
                  • General Use
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Nikon SD-9 Battery Pack for SB-910 and SB-900 Flashes:

                  I have used other after market battery packs like the quantams which are great, but expensive to rebuild when they wear out. I also purhased a cheap import version of the SB-8 to go with my SB800 flash. I decided to go with the real Nikon product when I bought a SB-910. The quality of the Nikon product build is light years ahead of the cheap import. I can usually shoot an entire wedding with the 4 AA's in the 910 and 4 or 8 in the battery pack, very quick recycle time, I never have to wait for the flash. Replacing the rechargeable AA's is cheap compared to rebuilding my quantam.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  5.0

                  SB-910

                  By L-Boogie

                  from Glendale

                  Comments about Nikon SD-9 Battery Pack for SB-910 and SB-900 Flashes:

                  Great product with all the necessary features!

                   
                  5.0

                  A smart addition to one's gear

                  By Alfredo

                  from Pennsylvania

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast Recycling
                  • Lightweight
                  • Powerful Output

                  Cons

                  • Not Interchangeable
                  • Over Priced

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Night Photography
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Nikon SD-9 Battery Pack for SB-910 and SB-900 Flashes:

                  I purchased this product in order to shoot a Sweet 16 party without the worry of having to change batteries. I shot 450 pics without any problem. Although the Nikon SD-9 Battery Pack is 75% more expensive than another brand, I don't regret spending the extra money. It worked well and got the job done. I like that it is small enough to fit into my jacket pocket.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent for a fast shooter

                  By wildlifer

                  from Miami, Fl

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Fast Recycling
                  • Powerful Output

                  Cons

                  • Bulky

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash

                  Comments about Nikon SD-9 Battery Pack for SB-910 and SB-900 Flashes:

                  Extends my battery life when I'm out in the field shooting wildlife

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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