This was the case whenever I bought a new Nikon camera as well. I was under the impression that I had to charge it overnight, or for at least a few hours before I could start taking photos.
Well, as it turns out, you don’t need to charge it that long.
Let’s take a look at how long you should charge your Nikon camera’s battery for the first time.
How Long To Charge Nikon Battery For The First Time
Upon purchase, a Nikon battery is not fully charged, so a full charge is recommended when charging a Nikon battery for the first time, and this will take approximately 2 to 2.5 hours to complete at room temperature (23°C / 73°F).
Some people will tell you that you have to charge your Nikon battery for an extended period of time when charging it for the first time. I have been to a few camera vendors and quite a few shop assistants have told me to charge it for up to 8 hours before using the camera.
Well, this is simply not true.
A Nikon battery charger will not charge the camera’s battery for longer than is actually required. I guess you can say that the charger is smart enough to know when to stop charging in order to protect the battery from getting damaged.
With that said, it is not recommended to leave the battery inside the charger when it is not charging. Read on to find out why.
Can You Overcharge A Nikon Battery?
No, it is not possible to overcharge a Nikon battery but, you need to be careful of leaving the battery in the charger overnight.
Even though the charger has stopped charging the battery, it still produces a fair amount of heat, and exposing the battery to this heat for long periods at a time can ultimately damage the battery.
I recommend that you keep an eye on the charger when charging the battery, and once fully charged, you should remove the battery from the charger and not leave it charging overnight.
How Long Does A Nikon Battery Take To Charge?
The time it takes to charge a Nikon battery will vary depending on a few things including the ambient room temperate and the remaining battery capacity. A fully drained Nikon battery will take approximately 2 to 2.5 hours to fully charge when charged at room temperature (23°C / 73°F).
When charged in colder conditions, however, it can take up to 4 hours to charge the battery.
How Long Does A Nikon Battery Last Per Charge?
Well, this depends on what you do with your camera. If your camera has an electronic viewfinder and you use it a lot, it will drain the battery quickly, as an example.
Generally speaking though, the average shooting life of a Nikon battery is roughly 800+ photos.
How Do I Know When My Nikon Battery Is Charged?
When you start charging the battery, an orange light will flash on the charger, indicating that it is busy charging the battery. Once the battery is fully charged, a green light will show on the charger and then you can safely remove the battery from the charger and use it in your camera.
How Long Does A Nikon Battery Last?
Nikon batteries do not last forever, and you can expect to get the most out of your Nikon battery before it is 3 years old. Even if you’re not using it on a regular basis, it can still degrade after a few years and it will eventually need to be replaced once you notice a decline in performance.
I hope this quick guide has helped you to understand how long a Nikon battery should be charged for the first time.
When you purchase a Nikon camera, its battery is not fully charged, so you need to make sure that it is fully charged before using it. It should take approximately 2 to 2.5 hours for the battery to charge at room temperature. After that, you can remove the battery from the charger and put it in your camera.
It is important to note that charging your Nikon battery for the first time is no different from charging it any other time. There is no requirement to charge it for hours on end when charging it for the first time. Just charge it until the charger indicates that it has been fully charged, and you should be good to go.