Counterfeit and non-Nikon batteries and accessories

Counterfeit and non-Nikon batteries and accessories

Thank you for choosing Nikon for your photography needs.

It has come to our attention that there are counterfeit version of battery packs and accessories retailing in the market.

We would like to highlight that counterfeit products may not be equipped with safety mechanisms or conform to the safety manufacturing standards. As such camera performance is not guaranteed, and in the worse case scenario may result in injury to the user due to leakage or overheating of the equipment. Hence, Nikon strongly recommends the use of genuine battery packs and accessories for the safety of our customers.

Nikon bears no liability for injuries or damages that occur as a result of the use of the counterfeit battery packs and accessories. Any damages of the equipments that result from the use of counterfeit battery packs and accessories will not be covered under warranty claims.

We look forward to your continuous support in Nikon for your photography needs.

The following links listed below will show you pictures and descriptions for identifying the difference between genuine and counterfeit battery packs and accessories:

 

Battery Pack
AC Adaptor and Charger
 Accessories

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL15b
(Published on 27 May 2019)

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12
(Published on 25 May 2015)

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL19
(Published on 25 May 2015)
 

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL14
(Published on 17 Jul 2013)

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL20
(Published on 10 Jun 2013)

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL1

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL2

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e

Rechargeable Ni-MH Battery EN-EL5

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL8

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL9

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL9a 

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL10

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL11
 

Battery Charger MH-65
(Published on 14 Aug 2013)

Battery Charger MH-18

Battery Charger MH-63

Battery Charger MH-53

AC Adapter EH-5
(different from Nikon EH-5 in exterior design and specifications)


AC Adapter EH-55, EH-58
(No such products exist)

Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D12
(Published on 02 Oct 2013)

Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D11
(Published on 01 Nov 2011)

Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10 
(Published on 15 Jun 2011)

Wireless Remote Control ML-L3

 


Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D12
 

Genuine Nikon Product
Counterfeit Nikon Product

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Kindly take note of the following differences found in the counterfeit MB-D12:
  1. The line of the characters in the name plate are thin 
  2. The character style of the serial number is different, especially the number "2" 

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Kindly take note of the following differences found in the counterfeit MB-D12:
  1. The size of the white dot marking is larger in size 

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Kindly take note of the following differences found in the counterfeit MB-D12:
  1. The stripes on the rubber are deeper
  2. The middle 3 stripes are shorter
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Kindly take note of the following differences found in the counterfeit MB-D12:
  1. The shapes of the laurette (knurling) is different
  2. The character style of the "AF-ON" is different, especially the letter "A"
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Kindly take note of the following differences found in the counterfeit MB-D12:
  1. The design of the green arrow is different
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Kindly take note of the following differences found in the counterfeit MB-D12:
  1. The shapes of the laurette (knurling) is different
  2. There is no seal material at the opening section of the battery chamber
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Kindly take note of the following differences found in the counterfeit MB-D12:
  1. The position and shape of eject turbine marks of the battery holder are different
  2. The character style of "MS-D12EN" on the battery holder is different, especially the position of "-"
  3. The fixing screw of the opening and closing lever for the battery holder is different where the diameter of the top is smaller
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Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL15b

Genuine Nikon Product on the right, Counterfeit Nikon Product on the left

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Kindly take note of the following differences found in the counterfeit EN-EL15b:
  1. Counterfeit product (on left) has the product name, EN-EL15b printed on the front surface.
Genuine Nikon Product on the right, Counterfeit Nikon Product on the left

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Kindly take note of the following differences found in the counterfeit EN-EL15b:
  1. On the Back side of the counterfeit battery (on left), the Nikon logo is different than the genuine battery.
  2. There are differences in the Japanese characters and English fonts as shown in the red highlighted areas on the original battery on right.

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Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12
 

Genuine Nikon Product on the left, Counterfeit Nikon Product on the right

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EN-EL12 front

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EN-EL12 back

Kindly take note of the following differences found in the counterfeit EN-EL12:
  1. Label colors and font on counterfeit products differ from those on genuine Nikon products.
  2. Holographic seals on counterfeit products do not have the 4 notches. 
 
Genuine Nikon Product on the top, Counterfeit Nikon Product on the bottom

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EN-EL12 top side

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EN-EL12 bottom side

Kindly take note of the following differences found in the counterfeit EN-EL12:
  1. There are no round indentations in the middle of the square boxes on either side of counterfeit products. 

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Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL19
 

 

Genuine Nikon Product on the left, Counterfeit Nikon Product on the right

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EN-EL19 front

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EN-EL19 back

Kindly take note of the following differences found in the counterfeit EN-EL19:
  1. Text font and positioning on counterfeit products differ from those on genuine Nikon products.
  2. The length of the 4 notches on counterfeit products' holographic seals differs from that of genuine Nikon products. 
 
Genuine Nikon Product on the top, Counterfeit Nikon Product on the bottom

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EN-EL19 top side

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EN-EL19 bottom side

Kindly take note of the following differences found in the counterfeit EN-EL19:
  1. The color of the portion on the far left edge of counterfeit products differs from that of genuine Nikon products.
  2. Text is printed on counterfeit product labels.

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Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL14
 

Genuine Nikon Product
Counterfeit Nikon Product

Genuine EN-EL14

Counterfeit EN-EL14

Kindly take note of the following differences found in the counterfeit EN-EL14:
  1. The fonts used for the Nikon logo and information of the battery is different from the genuine battery 
  2. The space between the top of the battery is wider than that of the genuine battery 

Genuine EN-EL14

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Kindly take note of the following differences found in the counterfeit EN-EL14:
  1. The chinese character used to represent "danger" is different from the genuine battery 
  2. The fonts used for the words, and information indicated (as underlined in red) are different from the genuine battery
  3. The two logos located on the left of the battery are different from the genuine battery
  4. The hologram sticker design is different from the genuine battery

Genuine EN-EL14

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Kindly take note of the following differences found in the counterfeit EN-EL14:
  1. There are alphabets and numbers indicated on the top of the battery which is not found on the genuine battery

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Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL20
 

Genuine Nikon Product
Counterfeit Nikon Product

Genuine EN-EL20

Counterfeit EN-EL20

Kindly take note of the following differences found in a counterfeit EN-EL20:
  1. The Japanese character should be " で " instead of " て " on the back of the battery
  2. The punctuation in the sentence should be a full-stop"。", and not a comma " , "
  3. The font of the "Nikon" logo in the counterfeit battery is thinner compared to the logo of the genuine battery.
  4. There is a missing layer near the edges of the counterfeit battery.
  5. On the front side of the battery, the hollow of the alphabet "O" is bigger compared to the one found in the genuine battery. In addition, the words "Lithium Ion" is merged as one word in the counterfeit battery.

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Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL1
 

 

 

Genuine Nikon Product
Counterfeit Nikon Product

 

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The label on the genuine battery reads "NIKON CORP. MADE IN JAPAN".
Counterfeit battery reads "NIKON COM, PADE IN JAPAN".

 

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In the CAUTION label of the counterfeit battery, the Japanese character Image is printed as Image.

 

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The words printed on the label are clear.
The words printed on the label are blur.

 

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On the CAUTION label of the counterfeit battery, the Japanese characters Image are printed as Image, and some of the Kanji (traditional Chinese) characters are printed as simplified Chinese characters.

 

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On the genuine battery, Kanji (Chinese) characters are printed in traditional Chinese.On the counterfeit battery, Kanji (Chinese) characters are printed in simplified Chinese.

 

Note: The following five types of Nikon original EN-EL1 batteries are available.

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(No frame around recycling symbol)

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(No frame around recycling symbol)

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Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL2
 

Genuine Nikon Product
Counterfeit Nikon Product

 

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"Nikon" and "1000mAh" is printed on the battery.
Counterfeit battery has "EN-EL2" printed instead of "Nikon", and "1000mAh" is missing.

 

Note: The following three types of Nikon original EN-EL2 batteries are available.

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Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3
 

Genuine Nikon Product
Counterfeit Nikon Product

 

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The Counterfeit battery does not have "Nikon Li-ion Battery Pack" printed on it.

 

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On the Counterfeit battery, the Japanese character Image is printed as Image.

 

Note: Some original Nikon Rechargeable Li-ion Batteries EN-EL3 batteries are also “MADE IN CHINA”.

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Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e
 

Genuine Nikon Product
Counterfeit Nikon Product

 

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The font and front layout of the Counterfeit package differs from the genuine one.

 

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Following are the differences between the genuine and counterfeit battery packaging:
  • Font size and color of the "EN-EL3e" description is brighter on the counterfeit packaging.
  • The box ledge for the cover on top is positioned in front on the counterfeit packaging.
  • On the back of the counterfeit packaging, the layout of the company logo and battery description has tighter spacing. And there are no markings on the right end of the barcode area.
  • On the sides of the counterfeit packaging, the layout of the company logo and battery model leans towards the left side. The layout on the bottom also indicates incorrect information.

 

 

Three types of Counterfeit batteries:

 

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  • The font of the Nikon logo is different
  • "MADE IN CHINA" is stated on the Counterfeit battery
  • Information regarding recycling is different on both batteries
  • Dimensions of holographic seal is different; Counterfeit seal does not have the 4 notches.

 

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  • The font of the Nikon logo is different
  • Information regarding recycling is different on both batteries
  • Dimensions of holographic seal is different; Counterfeit seal does not have the 4 notches.

 

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  • Layout on the bottom side of the counterfeit EN-EL3e battery has lesser details imprinted.

 

Note: Some Nikon original EN-EL3e batteries have cautions in Chinese on the back (terminal side).

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Rechargeable Ni-MH Battery EN-EL5
 

Genuine Nikon Product
Counterfeit Nikon Product

 

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The Counterfeit packaging for the EN-EL5 battery is lighter and brighter in color.

 

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"Nikon" and "1100mAh" is printed on the battery.

Counterfeit battery has "EN-EL5" printed instead of "Nikon", and "1100mAh" is missing.

 

Note: Some Nikon original EN-EL5 batteries appear as shown below.

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"MADE IN JAPAN" noted as the country of manufacture.

 

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"MADE IN CHINA" noted as the country of manufacture.

 

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"MADE IN CHINA" noted as the country of manufacture, and cautions are also printed in Chinese.

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Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL8
 

Genuine Nikon Product
Counterfeit Nikon Product

 

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Nikon logo and packaging colors differ. Positioning of standards marks differ too.

 

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Shape of the holographic seal differs

 

Note: Some Nikon original EN-EL8 batteries appear as shown below.

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"MADE IN CHINA" noted as the country of manufacture.

 

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"MADE IN JAPAN" noted as the country of manufacture, and cautions are also printed in Chinese.

 

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"MADE IN CHINA" noted as the country of manufacture, and cautions are also printed in Chinese.

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Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL9
 

Genuine Nikon Product
Counterfeit Nikon Product
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Color of the Nikon logo and packaging differs on Counterfeit products; Some counterfeit products do not have a hologram seal.
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Genuine Nikon EN-EL9 has "Made in China" printed by the sideCounterfeit Nikon EN-EL9 has "Made in Japan" printed by the side
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Text printed on the front of counterfeit products is slightly slanted.
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The dimensions of counterfeit hologram seals differ and do not have the 4 notches.
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The terminals on the back of some counterfeit products are gold plated.

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Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL9a
 

Genuine Nikon Product
Counterfeit Nikon Product
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The label seal on the back of counterfeit products is dark in color. In addition, the dimensions of counterfeit hologram seals differ and do not have the 4 notches.
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No lid (no separate component) in the dent beside the terminals on counterfeit products.

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Some genuine Nikon EN-EL9a batteries (back surface) appear as shown above.

 

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Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL10
 

Genuine Nikon Product
Counterfeit Nikon Product

 

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The white parts of the Nikon logo and the positioning of it differs from the real products. The visibility of "ENEL10" in the lower black portion also differs

 

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Silver backing around the holographic seal
No silver backing

 

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Silver lining in upper and lower areas
No silver lining

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Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL11
 

Genuine Nikon Product
Counterfeit Nikon Product
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Counterfeit product's clarity of “ENEL11” in the dark area on the front of the package differs
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Genuine Nikon EN-EL11 has "Made in China" printed by the sideCounterfeit Nikon EN-EL11 has "Made in Japan" printed by the side
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Dimensions of counterfeit hologram seals differ, and counterfeit seals do not have the 4 notches.
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Warnings and cautions on the backs of counterfeit batteries use a different Japanese font and positioning also differs. Color of the counterfeit battery is milky white.

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Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D11
 

Genuine Nikon Product
Counterfeit Nikon Product

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The counterfeit product is made of plastic and therefore lighter in weight. The contact cap is clear.

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The finish on the AE-L/AF-L button for vertical shooting is shiny.

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The finish on the shutter-release button for vertical shooting is shiny, and positioning of the “L” on the control lock differs.

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There is no water-resistant seal around the battery chamber opening.

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The shape and finish of the battery-chamber latch on the MS-D11EN battery holder for EN-EL15 batteries differ.

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Nothing is imprinted on the name plate on the MS-D11EN battery holder for EN-EL15 batteries.

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Positioning of the imprinted battery orientation indicators on the MS-D11 holder for AA batteries differs.

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The shape and finish of the battery-chamber latch on the MS-D11 holder for AA batteries differ.

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The shape of the positive contacts (3) on the MS-D11 holder for AA batteries differs.

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Nothing is imprinted on the name plate on the MS-D11 holder for AA batteries. There are also 3 superfluous screws on the counterfeit product.

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Poor character printing, rubbery grip and metal dial is found on the counterfeit product.

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No rubber sealant found in the counterfeit MB-D11.

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No rubber sealant found in the counterfeit MB-D11.

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Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10
 

Genuine Nikon Product
Counterfeit Nikon Product

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The counterfeit product is made of plastic and therefore lighter in weight. The surface finish differs as well. In addition, the counterfeit battery grip has an extra screw which is not found on the genuine battery grip. The contact cap used for protecting the signal contacts and power terminals differs as well.

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There is ribbing, thought to provide reinforcement, inside the counterfeit model's battery chamber, which is not found in the genuine Nikon model.

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The counterfeit model does not have a water-resistant seal around the opening of the battery chamber, which is found on the genuine Nikon model.

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The screws on the plate visible when the MS-D1EN battery holder is removed, and the MB-D10 held upside down, are black in color on the counterfeit model and silver in color on the genuine Nikon model.

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The shape of the power terminals differ between the genuine model and counterfeit model. 

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"BPL-EL3e Made in China" is imprinted on the EN-EL3e holder for the counterfeit product. "Nikon MS-D10EN" is imprinted on the genuine Nikon product. 

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Wireless Remote Control ML-L3
 

Genuine Nikon Product
Counterfeit Nikon Product

 

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Raised surface around the shutter-release button is defined.Raised surface around the shutter-release button is not as defined and the colour differs from the genuine product.

 

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"Made in China" seal.No "Made in China" seal.

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Battery Charger MH-65
 

Genuine Nikon Product
Counterfeit Nikon Product

 

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The label on the back of the counterfeit product is tightly fitted to the charger, while the label on the back of the genuine product has some space between the label area and the edges of the product.

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The Lot Number of the counterfeit product is molded, while the Lot Number of the genuine product is stamped on to the charger.

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There is a warranty label on the counterfeit product which is unavailable on the genuine charger.

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Battery Charger MH-18
 

Genuine Nikon Product
Counterfeit Nikon Product

 

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Counterfeit product (QUICK CHARGER MH-18 is not printed, font type for the Nikon logo differs, etc.)

 

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Counterfeit product (screws differ)

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Battery Charger MH-63
 

Genuine Nikon Product
Counterfeit Nikon Product

 

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Counterfeit product (color of the CHARGE lamp when it is off differs, font type and size used for engraved letters including Nikon logo differ, etc.)

 

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Counterfeit product (black color of the label on the bottom surface appears darker)

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Battery Charger MH-53
 

Genuine Nikon Product
Counterfeit Nikon Product

 

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The color and size of the font for "Nikon" is different. "ION" is printed on the charger.The color and size of the font for "Nikon" is different. "IOM" is printed on the charger instead of "ION".

 

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The color and size of the font for "Nikon" is different. "Made in China" is printed on the genuine battery.

The color and size of the font for "Nikon" is different. "Made in Japan" is printed on the Counterfeit battery.

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AC Adapter EH-5
 

Genuine Nikon Product
Counterfeit Nikon Product

 

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"Nikon" is not printed on the flap and "EH-5" is printed on the sides of the box."Nikon" is printed on the flap and "EH-5" is not printed on the sides of the box.

 

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Dimensions are different and "Nikon" is printed on the Counterfeit adapter.

 

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Dimensions are different. The Counterfeit adapter is smaller.

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AC Adapter EH-55, EH-58

Nikon has not produced any AC Adapters with model numbers EH-55 and EH-58. The images below illustrate how the counterfeit products look like:

EH-55

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EH-58

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