Which battery does the Canon SX420 take?
The Canon PowerShot SX420 IS is a digital compact camera that features a 19.9MP sensor. It is powered by the Canon NB-11LH, which is a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery pack. Lithium-Ion batteries offer a high energy density and low self-discharge, and are nowadays found in many portable electronic devices.
The NB-11LH operates at a voltage of 3.6V and has a capacity of 800mAh. It can be charged from a standard electrical outlet via the Canon CB-2LDE charger (that can be purchased separately, for example, at amazon). The battery pack measures 36mm in width, 5mm in height, and 36mm in depth. It weighs 14g. The NB-11LH has been on the market since July 2014 and sells at good camera retailers, such as amazon, for about $50. Generic alternatives (see below) that are compatible with the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS can be obtained at substantially lower cost.
What is the difference between the NB-11LH and the NB-11L?
The Canon NB-11LH was preceded as a battery pack for digital cameras by the NB-11L. Both types operate at a similar voltage and are fully interchangeable, so that the NB-11L can also be used with the Canon SX420. The main difference between the two packs is their capacity. The NB-11LH has a 15 percent higher mAh value (800 vs 680 mAh) and, hence, somewhat better performance (15 percent more shots per battery charge) than the NB-11L.
How many shots can I take with a fully charged NB-11LH?
The number of shots that one can get out of a battery pack depends heavily on the style and imaging practice of the photographer. For example, the extended use of the LCD screen for framing or reviewing will result in reduced battery performance.
The Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) has established guidelines (click here to download the pdf-document) that manufacturers are supposed to respect when reporting the battery life of their cameras. According to this CIPA-rating, the Canon SX420 can take 195 images on a single charge. Given the relatively demanding energy usage of the CIPA procedures, this rated number should be achievable or be surpassed in most practical situations. However, if the environment is cold, the LCD screen is used heavily, or the camera is turned on and off frequently, battery mileage might drop below the rating. Also, as the battery pack ages, its performance will tend to deteriorate.
What about generic battery packs?
Canon sells the original NB-11LH pack at quite a steep price. This premium pricing strategy has left room in the market for third party suppliers to offer fully compatible battery packs at much lower prices. Savings from buying generic replacement batteries can amount up to 70 percent of the price of the genuine battery pack.
Canon NB-11LH Specifications
- Battery type: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion power pack
- Compatibility: Canon SX420 & other selected Canon cameras
- Voltage: 3.6V DC
- Capacity: 800mAh or 195 shots (CIPA) with the Canon SX420
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 36 x 5 x 36mm
- Weight: 14g
Indeed, one can easily find a variety of competitively-priced NB-11LH replacements from different vendors at major online platforms (see, for example, here on ebay). All these generic alternatives should work fine with your Canon SX420. So why would anybody then buy the more expensive original battery? Well, below are some arguments in favor of the genuine NB-11LH, which can perhaps be summarized as "peace of mind":
- Assurance that the warranty of the camera will not be rendered void if a battery-related failure occurs;
- Assurance that the battery pack will indeed have the stated capacity;
- Assurance that the battery will have low self-discharge rates and, thus, will hold its charge even when not in use;
- Assurance that the power unit will not trigger any warning messages on the camera and can be effectively charged with the standard charger;
- Assurance that the manufacturing process has respected the safety guidelines for Lithium-Ion batteries;
If you can live without these assurances, then you are in for some nice savings from buying generic replacements for the NB-11LH. Unfortunately, the market for generic battery packs is rather fluid, with new trade names popping up regularly while others disappear. Hence it is difficult to keep track of all the suppliers and the quality of their products. That said, in North America, battery packs from Wasabi have gained a good reputation, while in Europe, replacement power packs from Patona have received many favorable reviews. In any case, the existing comparisons tend to find that the cheapest of the generic replacement packs score worse in terms of achieving their rated capacity, holding their charge over time, or allowing for a large number of charge-discharge cycles than somewhat pricier battery packs (or the genuine Canon offer). Thus, the old adage, "If the price sounds too low to be true, it probably is" has some merit with respect to camera batteries also. You can check the current offers and prices for the original NB-11LH and its clones by using the buttons below.
Which other cameras use the Canon NB-11LH or the NB-11L?
The Canon SX420 is not alone in using the NB-11LH or the NB-11L. Several other cameras from Canon are powered by the same type of lithium-ion pack. The adjacent table lists some of them along with a selection of their headline specifications.
|#|| Camera |
| Battery |
| Battery life |
| Sensor Size |
| Resolution |
| Weight |
| Camera |
| Launch Price |
| Street Price |
|1||Canon A2300||NB-11LH||210||1/2.3||15.9||125||Feb 2012||139||ebay.com|
|2||Canon A2400||NB-11LH||190||1/2.3||15.9||126||Feb 2012||139||ebay.com|
|3||Canon A2500||NB-11LH||220||1/2.3||15.9||135||Jan 2013||129||ebay.com|
|4||Canon A2550||NB-11LH||220||1/2.3||15.9||135||Jan 2013||129||ebay.com|
|5||Canon A2600||NB-11LH||220||1/2.3||15.9||135||Jan 2013||129||ebay.com|
|6||Canon A3400||NB-11LH||180||1/2.3||15.9||126||Feb 2012||179||ebay.com|
|7||Canon A3500||NB-11LH||200||1/2.3||15.9||135||Jan 2013||139||ebay.com|
|8||Canon A4000||NB-11LH||175||1/2.3||15.9||145||Feb 2012||119||ebay.com|
|9||Canon ELPH 110||NB-11LH||170||1/2.3||15.9||135||Jan 2012||249||ebay.com|
|10||Canon ELPH 115||NB-11LH||170||1/2.3||15.9||135||Jan 2013||249||ebay.com|
|11||Canon ELPH 130||NB-11LH||190||1/2.3||15.9||133||Jan 2013||199||ebay.com|
|12||Canon ELPH 135||NB-11LH||230||1/2.3||15.9||127||Feb 2014||119||ebay.com|
|13||Canon ELPH 140||NB-11LH||230||1/2.3||15.9||127||Feb 2014||129||ebay.com|
|14||Canon ELPH 150||NB-11LH||230||1/2.3||15.9||142||Feb 2014||149||ebay.com|
|15||Canon ELPH 160||NB-11LH||220||1/2.3||19.9||127||Jan 2015||119||ebay.com|
|16||Canon ELPH 170||NB-11LH||200||1/2.3||19.9||141||Jan 2015||149||ebay.com|
|17||Canon ELPH 180||NB-11LH||220||1/2.3||19.9||126||Jan 2016||119||ebay.com|
|18||Canon ELPH 190||NB-11LH||190||1/2.3||19.9||138||Jan 2016||159||ebay.com|
|19||Canon ELPH 340||NB-11LH||190||1/2.3||15.9||147||Jan 2014||199||ebay.com|
|20||Canon ELPH 350||NB-11LH||250||1/2.3||19.9||147||Feb 2015||209||ebay.com|
|21||Canon ELPH 360||NB-11LH||180||1/2.3||19.9||147||Jan 2016||209||ebay.com|
|22||Canon IXUS 125||NB-11LH||170||1/2.3||15.9||135||Jan 2012||249||ebay.com|
|23||Canon IXUS 132||NB-11LH||170||1/2.3||15.9||135||Jan 2013||249||ebay.com|
|24||Canon IXUS 135||NB-11LH||190||1/2.3||15.9||133||Jul 2013||149||ebay.com|
|25||Canon IXUS 140||NB-11LH||190||1/2.3||15.9||133||Jan 2013||199||ebay.com|
|26||Canon IXUS 145||NB-11LH||230||1/2.3||15.9||127||Feb 2014||119||ebay.com|
|27||Canon IXUS 147||NB-11LH||230||1/2.3||15.9||127||Feb 2014||119||ebay.com|
|28||Canon IXUS 150||NB-11LH||230||1/2.3||15.9||127||Feb 2014||129||ebay.com|
|29||Canon IXUS 155||NB-11LH||230||1/2.3||15.9||142||Feb 2014||149||ebay.com|
|30||Canon IXUS 157||NB-11LH||220||1/2.3||19.9||125||Feb 2014||149||ebay.com|
|31||Canon IXUS 160||NB-11LH||220||1/2.3||19.9||127||Jan 2015||119||ebay.com|
|32||Canon IXUS 162||NB-11LH||220||1/2.3||19.9||127||Jan 2015||149||ebay.com|
|33||Canon IXUS 165||NB-11LH||220||1/2.3||19.9||128||Jan 2015||149||ebay.com|
|34||Canon IXUS 170||NB-11LH||200||1/2.3||19.9||141||Jan 2015||149||ebay.com|
|35||Canon IXUS 172||NB-11LH||200||1/2.3||19.9||141||Jan 2015||149||ebay.com|
|36||Canon IXUS 175||NB-11LH||220||1/2.3||19.9||130||Jan 2016||119||ebay.com|
|37||Canon IXUS 180||NB-11LH||220||1/2.3||19.9||126||Jan 2016||119||ebay.com|
|38||Canon IXUS 185||NB-11LH||210||1/2.3||19.9||135||Jan 2017||149||ebay.com|
|39||Canon IXUS 190||NB-11LH||190||1/2.3||19.9||138||Jan 2016||159||ebay.com|
|40||Canon IXUS 240||NB-11LH||190||1/2.3||15.9||145||Jan 2012||119||ebay.com|
|41||Canon IXUS 265||NB-11LH||190||1/2.3||15.9||147||Jan 2014||199||ebay.com|
|42||Canon IXUS 275||NB-11LH||250||1/2.3||19.9||147||Feb 2015||209||ebay.com|
|43||Canon IXUS 285||NB-11LH||180||1/2.3||19.9||147||Jan 2016||209||ebay.com|
|44||Canon SX400||NB-11LH||190||1/2.3||15.9||313||Jul 2014||249||ebay.com|
|45||Canon SX410||NB-11LH||185||1/2.3||19.9||325||Feb 2015||279||ebay.com|
|46||Canon SX420||NB-11LH||195||1/2.3||19.9||325||Jan 2016||299||ebay.com|
|47||Canon SX430||NB-11LH||195||1/2.3||19.9||323||Jan 2017||299||amazon.com|
Canon NB-11LH FAQ
The NB-11LH is the standard power source for the Canon SX420. As such it is an indispensable camera accessory. Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular aspects of the battery pack and Lithium-Ion power units more generally.
Is there a car charger available for the NB-11LH?
Canon does not offer a travel charger, but third party suppliers do (see here on ebay).
Is the NB-11LH available in colors other than black?
No, Canon supplies this battery pack only in black. However, some generic alternatives from third party providers might be available in other colors.
Can I use the NB-11LH in any of my other electronic devices?
No, the battery is specifically designed for use in the Canon SX420 and other selected cameras from Canon.
How should the NB-11LH be stored?
Lithium-ion batteries can hold a charge for a long time. However, these battery packs have a safety mechanism built-in that disables any re-charge if the voltage drops below a certain minimum level. To avoid this safety-trigger to be activated, the battery pack should be charged at least once every few months.
How should I discard my old battery pack?
The contents of Lithium-Ion batteries is under pressure and the packs can explode if exposed to extreme heat. Lithium-Ion battery units should therefore never be incinerated and should not be thrown into the household trash, but put into the recycling stream. Most places that sell camera batteries will also accept them back for recycling.