Batteries for Nikon F4 & SB-26?

Can I use AA size Lithium, NiCd, or NiMh batteries in Nikon F4 and SB-26? Some say can...some say it might harm the camera or flash in long term. find out the real answer, I direct my question to Nikon at Nikon-asia website, and below is the reply I received.

First reply by Mr. Colin from Nikon


Sent: Thursday, May 16, 2002 12:30 PM

Subject: Battery enquiry


Dear Sir,

  NiMh and NiCd rechargeable batteries (1700mAh) is not recommended either on camera or flash. Please use Lithium or alkaline batteries.





I direct the original question to Nikon at the Nikon-asia website


I was surprised to hear that Lithium can be used, but not NiCd or NiMh (1700mAh) rechargeable batteries. So, I write to Mr. Colin to reconfirm his statement:



-----Original Message-----
From: Kho King, Koh []
Sent: Thursday, May 16, 2002 12:50 PM
To: Colin Phua
Subject: Re: Battery enquiry

Dear Mr. Colin,
    Can I use Lithium in F4s and SB26? I heard the initial voltage of
Lithium AA batteries is quite high...will it do any harm to the F4. Please
double check for me...

    In the MB21 manual, it states that NiCd can be used and there is a
selector mode on the MB21 itself to use NiCd. Can you please check I hope to get a definite answer so that no harm is done on my
F4s/e. Can NiCd be used in MB23? Is the current 1700mAh NiMh batteries too
high for SB26 and F4 camera? If so, what is the current I should choose?

Thank you.

Warmest regards,
Kho King, Koh



Latest Reply from Mr. Colin


Sent: Thursday, May 16, 2002 4:13 PM

Subject: RE: Battery enquiry


Dear Sir,

You can use lithium in F4 and SB26 and no harm on it. The NiCd can use on MB21 and MB23. The 1700mAh is too high for SB26 and F4, the recommendation is 1500mAh.




    Reply from a member of Nikon Mailing List:


From: Alfred Zommers <>

To: <>

Sent: Thursday, May 16, 2002 6:17 PM

Subject: Re: [nmlist] batteries for F4

Koh wrote:
> I wrote to Nikon...and now I have the answer.
> 1700mAh batteries is too high for F4 and SB26, the recommended current is 1500mAh or lower.

I think that someone is "pulling your chain". The capacity of a battery has nothing to do with the reliability of the electronic circuits. Nikon should stick to what they do best and that is manufacturing cameras and lenses.

I have worked in the electronics industry for 38 years and I am yet to see an electronics circuit that fails because the battery capacity was too high.

Under this misconception all electronic circuits would fail when connected to mains power.

Should I quickly unplug my laptop PC from the mains and only use the battery that is designed for it?

Just because a battery has a high capacity does not mean that the electronic circuits will draw a higher current from the battery. The maximum current drain is primarily a function of the electronics circuit, although a battery with a low capacity will limit the current drawn.

Check the Metz site

they supply a mains unit for their range of electronic flashes as well as power packs which have a higher better capacity.




Conclusion? You judge...