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Which battery does the Nikon S1100pj take?

The Nikon Coolpix S1100pj is a digital compact camera that features a 14MP sensor. It is powered by the Nikon EN-EL12, 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.

Battery Pack

The EN-EL12 operates at a voltage of 3.7V and has a capacity of 1050mAh. It can be charged from a standard electrical outlet via the Nikon MH-65 charger (that can be purchased separately, for example, at amazon). The battery pack measures 44mm in width, 5mm in height, and 32mm in depth. It weighs 20g. The EN-EL12 has been on the market since August 2008 and sells at good camera retailers, such as amazon, for about $35. Generic alternatives (see below) that are compatible with the Nikon Coolpix S1100pj can be obtained at substantially lower cost.

How many shots can I take with a fully charged EN-EL12?

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.

EN-EL12

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 Nikon S1100pj can take 220 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?

Nikon sells the original EN-EL12 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.

Nikon EN-EL12 Specifications

  • Battery type: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion power pack
  • Compatibility: Nikon S1100pj & other selected Nikon cameras
  • Voltage: 3.7V DC
  • Capacity: 1050mAh or 220 shots (CIPA) with the Nikon S1100pj
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 44 x 5 x 32mm
  • Weight: 20g

Indeed, one can easily find a variety of competitively-priced EN-EL12 replacements from different vendors at major online platforms (see, for example, here on eBay). All these generic alternatives should work fine with your Nikon S1100pj. So why would anybody then buy the more expensive original battery? Well, below are some arguments in favor of the genuine EN-EL12, 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 EN-EL12. 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 Nikon 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 EN-EL12 and its clones by using the buttons below.

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Which other cameras use the Nikon EN-EL12?

The Nikon S1100pj is not alone in using the EN-EL12. Several other cameras from Nikon 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.

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Cameras using the EN-EL12
# Camera
Model
Battery
(name)
Battery life
(CIPA)
Sensor Size
(type)
Resolution
(MP)
Weight
(g)
Camera
Launch
Launch Price
(USD)
Street Price
(USD)
1Nikon A900EN-EL123001/2.320.2289Feb 2016399i
2Nikon A1000EN-EL122501/2.315.9330Jan 2019429i
3Nikon AW100EN-EL122501/2.315.9178Aug 2011299i
4Nikon AW110EN-EL122501/2.315.9193Jan 2013349i
5Nikon AW120EN-EL123501/2.315.9213Feb 2014349i
6Nikon AW130EN-EL123701/2.315.9221Feb 2015349i
7Nikon B600EN-EL122801/2.315.9500Jan 2019349i
8Nikon P300EN-EL122401/2.312.0189Feb 2011329i
9Nikon P310EN-EL122301/2.315.9194Feb 2012329i
10Nikon P330EN-EL122001/1.712.0200Mar 2013379i
11Nikon P340EN-EL122201/1.712.0194Feb 2014379i
12Nikon S70EN-EL122001/2.312.0160Aug 2009399i
13Nikon S610EN-EL122901/2.310.0145Aug 2008279i
14Nikon S620EN-EL122501/2.312.0120Feb 2009279i
15Nikon S630EN-EL122201/2.312.0140Feb 2009249i
16Nikon S640EN-EL122701/2.312.0130Aug 2009249i
17Nikon S710EN-EL122501/1.714.2195Aug 2008379i
18Nikon S800cEN-EL121401/2.315.9184Aug 2012349i
19Nikon S1000pjEN-EL122201/2.312.0175Aug 2009349i
20Nikon S1100pjEN-EL122201/2.314.0180Apr 2010299i
21Nikon S1200pjEN-EL122201/2.314.0186Aug 2011499i
22Nikon S6000EN-EL122101/2.314.0156Feb 2010199i
23Nikon S6100EN-EL122101/2.315.9175Feb 2011199i
24Nikon S6150EN-EL12230APS-C16.1299Mar 20131,099i
25Nikon S6200EN-EL122501/2.315.9160Aug 2011229i
26Nikon S6300EN-EL122301/2.315.9160Feb 2012199i
27Nikon S8000EN-EL122101/2.314.0183Feb 2010299i
28Nikon S8100EN-EL122201/2.312.0180Sep 2010299i
29Nikon S8200EN-EL122501/2.315.9213Aug 2011329i
30Nikon S9100EN-EL122701/2.312.0214Feb 2011329i
31Nikon S9300EN-EL122001/2.315.9215Feb 2012249i
32Nikon S9400EN-EL12230APS-C16.1299Mar 20131,099i
33Nikon S9500EN-EL122301/2.318.0205Jan 2013229i
34Nikon S9600EN-EL122901/2.315.9206Feb 2014199i
35Nikon S9700EN-EL123001/2.315.9232Feb 2014349i
36Nikon S9900EN-EL123001/2.315.9289Feb 2015349i
37Nikon W300EN-EL122801/2.315.9231May 2017389i

Nikon EN-EL12 FAQ

The EN-EL12 is the standard power source for the Nikon S1100pj. 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 EN-EL12?

Nikon does not offer a travel charger, but third party suppliers do (see here on eBay).

Is the EN-EL12 available in colors other than black?

No, Nikon 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 EN-EL12 in any of my other electronic devices?

No, the battery is specifically designed for use in the Nikon S1100pj and other selected cameras from Nikon.

How should the EN-EL12 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.

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