Nikon D3400 Battery & Charger Options

A rundown of some of the good options for batteries and chargers that are compatible with the Nikon D3400, including Nikon’s own as well as some good ones from aftermarket manufacturers.

Nikon D3400 Batteries and Chargers
Nikon D3400 Batteries and Chargers
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The battery life for the Nikon D3400 isn’t bad, but it’s pretty much inevitable that you’ll run into situations where your battery is running out of juice right when things are getting interesting. So having fully charged spares on hand is always a good idea–a truism with any digital camera, not just the D3400.

If you’re after a spare battery for a Nikon D3400, or need to replace a dying one, the obvious choice is to get the Nikon-branded replacement batteries. And while that’s a safe way to go, there are also options with some other features that you (and your wallet) might prefer.

Nikon D3400 w/ AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR (Black)
  • Snap Bridge Bluetooth Connectivity
  • 24.2mp dx format CMOS sensor

So here’s a quick rundown of different Nikon D3400 battery and charger options that work well with this camera. It includes Nikon original versions as well as some good options from aftermarket manufacturers.

Nikon D3400 Battery

Nikon D3400 Battery Charger

Nikon makes two models of batteries that will work in the D3400. The best option, and the one that comes with the camera, is the EN-EL14a. Another similar model, EN-EL14, will also work just fine but will drain more quickly. That’s because the EN-EL14 is rated to 1030mAh, while the EN-EL-14a is rated for 1230mAh. In short, the “a” version holds more juice. There’s really no reason to seek out the older model–go with the newer version if possible.

Obviously, Nikon has their own, and they’re the ones that they recommend. They’re the safe option. But they’re not necessarily the most affordable option.

But I’ve also found some of the more affordable aftermarket versions to work well, particularly the batteries from Wasabi Power. I’ve used their batteries for several years in other cameras and found them to be one of the better aftermarket camera battery manufacturers.

The Wasabi Power batteries that I’ve found to work well in the Nikon D3400 have a model number of BTR-ENEL14-JWP. It also has a capacity rating higher than either of the Nikon models: 1500mAh. I’ve been using these in my D3400 and found them to work well. You can buy them individually, in 2-battery packs, and bundled with a USB dual charger.

Wasabi Power Battery (2-Pack) for Nikon EN-EL14, EN-EL14a and Nikon Coolpix...
  • COMPATIBILITY - Works with these popular Nikon cameras that use ENEL14 batteries: Nikon Coolpix P7000,...
  • BATTERY SPECS - Premium Grade-A cells rated at 7.4V, 1500mAh for longer run-time and battery life

Nikon D3400 Battery Chargers

There are a few different varieties of battery chargers for the Nikon D3400, ranging from the simple, single-battery AC charger provided by Nikon to dual-bay USB chargers from aftermarket manufacturers. Here’s a quick rundown of the options.

The D3400 comes with a battery charger. It’s a single-bay AC charger, with the prongs for the wall socket folding back into the body of the charger. If you need to replace it, the one manufactured by Nikon has the model number MH-24.

Nikon MH-24 Quick Charger for EN-EL14 Li-ion Battery compatible with Nikon...
  • Charger for EN-EL14 Li-ion Battery
  • Compatible with Nikon D3100 SLR and P7000 Digital Cameras

As always, Nikon recommends using their own branded products. But something I don’t like about the MH-24 is that it only works with an AC power outlet–and one with enough room to fit the charger, at that. That’s not always convenient when traveling.

But there are other good options from aftermarket manufacturers, some of which use a much more convenient, if slower, charging method: via USB. That saves me having to carry around a bunch of different AC adapters whenever I travel (I like to travel light). It also means that I can charge my camera batteries from an external powerbrick even while I’m out and about taking photos.

My current favorite is the NiteCore UNK1 USB charger. It has two bays, one for the EN-EL14/a and another for the EN-EL15/a batteries like the ones the Nikon D810 takes. If you’re only using the D3400, you’ll only be using one of these bays. It also has a small LED screen that shows a more precise percentage for charging status as well as battery health and the current flowing. It’s smaller and lighter than the official Nikon MH-24 charger and can be powered via USB by an external powerbank, AC charger, or in the car.

Another good option that also uses USB are these dual-battery chargers. They’re a little slower to charge–they’re 0.6A rather than the 0.9A of Nikon’s MH-24, but they’re still very lightweight and convenient if you’re traveling.

Wasabi Power Dual USB Battery Charger for Nikon EN-EL14, EN-EL14a, MH-24
  • Charge 2 batteries at a time for the Nikon EN-EL14
  • Universal power from any USB source (2.1A recommended); Outputs 600mA max (x2)

An Even More Versatile Alternative

If access to AC power isn’t a problem, I’m a big fan of these dual-chargers because you can mix and match adapter plates for different types of batteries. Since I use a range of different cameras, it means I can cut down on the overall bulk by taking the one charger and a few lightweight and inexpensive adapter plates. Or you can, of course, charge two batteries of the same type together. It also has an LED screen that gives a more precise indication of the charging status–something I find very handy when I’m trying to head out the door and want a sense of how long the charge is likely to take.

The main charger acts as a docking base. Here’s a direct link for the adapter plates for the Nikon D3400’s EN-EL14/a batteries.

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Nikon D3400 Accessories

Here are some of the key accessories and official part numbers for the Nikon D3400.

Battery & Charger for Nikon D3400

If you're looking for a replacement or spare battery for your D3400, the Nikon D3400's battery is model EN-EL14a. It's a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that's also used by many other Nikon DSLRs (7.2V, 1230mAh). You can also find very good aftermarket versions, like this one from Watson or these from PowerExtra that provide more cost-effective alternatives.

Powerextra 2 x EN-EL14 EN-EL14a Battery & Dual LCD Charger Compatible with...
  • ✔ Battery Specs:Capacity: 1500mAh / Battery Type: Lithium-ion / Voltage: 7.4V / Come with CE...
  • ✔ Standard Compatible with Nikon EN-EL14 EN-EL14a:Ideal Replacement Battery for Nikon Coolpix P7000,...

The battery charger is model MH-24. It's an AC quick charger that plugs directly into the wall socket. Unlike many other cameras, you can't charge the Nikon D3400's battery in the camera. Some of the aftermarket batteries come with a dock charger, which can be a cheaper way to solve the problem.

Memory Card

A memory card is right up there with a battery as an essential accessory for your D3400. But, unlike the battery, it doesn't come with the D3400.

There's no official SD card for the D3400, but there are some that make more sense than others. Some older-model cards are too slow. And some newer, faster (and more expensive) SD cards will work in the D3400 but go beyond what the D3400 can make use of, so you'd be paying for SD card performance that the camera can't take advantage of.

I've put together more detailed SD card recommendations for the Nikon D3400. But here's the Cliff notes version. Any of these make for a good choice and are reasonably priced:

USB Cable for Nikon D3400

If you're looking to connect a Nikon D3400 to a computer to download your photos and videos, you'll need a USB cable. If you've misplaced the one that came with the camera, replacements are easy to find and not expensive. If you'd prefer to get the Nikon original, the model number you're after is [UC-E20](https://www.nikonimgsupport.com/eu/BV_article?articleNo=000005024&configured=1&lang=en_GB), and you can find them at camera specialists like B&H Photo.

But there's no particular reason you have to stick with the Nikon-branded one. There are also many aftermarket micro-USB cables that will work just fine. But there is a bit of a catch: not all micro-USB cables will work with the data transfer that the D3400 needs.

By all means try any others you have lying around to see if the camera mounts to your computer--it won't hurt it. If it doesn't mount, you can pick up replacement data transfer cables like this aftermarket version or this one.

And a reminder that this is only for data transfer. You can't charge the battery while it's in the D3400. For charging, you'll need the MH-24 charger or equivalent (see above).

MaxLLTo 3FT Replacement USB 2.0 Transfer Cable Cord for Nikon D3400 D3500...
  • Length: 3FT, light and easy to carry.
  • Brand new, high quality usb 2.0 Data cable/lead.( Non-OEM )

Camera Strap for the Nikon D3400

There's no particular reason you have to use the original Nikon strap with the D3400--any camera strap will work. But if you want to replace the original (the black one with the gold/yellow Nikon branding), its model number is AN-DC3.

There's also a huge variety of other good alternatives. My personal favorites are the ones by Peak Design, which come in especially handy if you're going back and forth between multiple cameras because they come with a quick-release system. And they're very strong.

Remote Shutter Release for Nikon D3400

There's a number of different options for remotely triggering your D3400 (unlike the D3500, where this functionality was removed).

The first step is Nikon's ML-L3 wireless remote. It's very simple--just a single button, without any intervalometer or other features--and with an infrared signal, its range is limited to about 16 feet or less. But it's inexpensive and designed by Nikon for use with their cameras.

And there's a variety of other wireless receiver/transmitter kits that can be set up to work, some of which get up there in terms of complexity and price.

Lenses for Nikon D3400

One of the great things about DSLRs--and especially ones that use a long-standing mounting system like Nikon's F-mount--is that there's a huge variety of lenses that you can use. So there's no "right" lens to use.

But for the D3400, in general, you want to look for lenses that have Nikon's F-mount system and that are designed for DX camera bodies (that's the cropped sensor size of the D3400). And you'll probably want one that has autofocus. None of these things are requirements, though--there are any number of ways to use adapters or manual older manual-focus lenses--but sticking to those basics will make things easier if you're looking to expand your lens collection.

If you're after some recommendations on lenses to get for the D3400 to step beyond the kit lens that comes with the camera (usually a basic 18-55mm zoom lens), here are some ideas that are sensibly priced and greatly expand your options:

Nikon AF-S DX 18-300mm ƒ/3.5-6.3G ED VR zoom lens. If you had to choose just one lens to take with your traveling, this is a great choice. It has a very wide zoom range. At 18mm (equivalent to 27mm on a full-frame body), it's great for interiors or landscapes. At 300mm (equivalent to 450mm on a full-frame body), there's plenty of reach for wildlife, sports, or dramatic sunsets. It has vibration reduction, is surprisingly compact and light, and is competitively priced. Sigma also makes a good version that's a bit cheaper but great quality.

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED Vibration Reduction Zoom Lens...
  • Maximum magnification of 032x
  • Angle of view from 76 degree to 5 degree 20'. Focal length range: 18 300 millimeter, minimum focus...

Nikon AF-S 50mm ƒ/1.8G lens. It's hard to go past a 50mm prime lens for versatility, fun, and learning photography. They're fast, which means they're good in low-light as well as give you that nice blurry background while keeping the subject sharp. They're inexpensive. They're often very sharp. And they're small and highly portable. This is the ƒ/1.8 version. Nikon also makes a B&H Photofaster ƒ/1.4 version, but it's about double the price. because the D3400 has a cropped DX sensor, the 50mm lens will become a slight telephoto perspective, equivalent to a 75mm lens on a full-frame camera (i.e., 35mm equivalent). Which makes it all the more useful as a portrait lens, whether you're taking formal portraits or candids of the family. And if you want a more traditional "true" 50mm perspective, you can put the 35mm ƒ/1.8G on the D3400 instead.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens
  • Fast, upgraded f/1.8, compact FX format prime lens. The picture angle with 35 millimeter (135) format is...
  • Focal length 50 millimeter, minimum focus distance 1.48 feet (0.45 meter)

Nikon D3400 Body Cap

If you're transporting or storing your D3400 camera body without a lens attached, you'll want to put on a body cap over the opening where the lens goes. That prevents dust and moisture from getting inside and causing havoc (and pesky dust bunnies on your photos).

The camera comes with one, but they're easy to misplace. The model number for the replacement part is BF-1B. It's the same cap used for all Nikon F-mount camera bodies. And this is a great opportunity to save a few dollars with an aftermarket version. They're often sold paired with a rear lens cap, since you often need both of those things when removing a lens.

Nikon D3400 Rubber Eyecup

If the rubber eyecup has been knocked off when you take out of your camera bag, the replacement part model number is DK-25. There are also slightly cheaper aftermarket versions, such as the ones by Vello or JJC.

2 Pack JJC Eyecup Eyepiece Eye Cup Viewfinder for Nikon D3400 D3500 D3200...
  • Made from soft and durable silicone + high quality ABS
  • Provide cushioning around the camera's eyepiece, and are especially useful to eyeglass wearers

Battery Dummy for Nikon D3400

A battery dummy is used for longer-term power supply to the camera. They're especially useful for things like time lapse photography, astrophotography, or using your D3400 as a webcam.

It's an accessory that fits into your camera's battery compartment. By itself, it doesn't provide any power, but it's attached to a cable that you can then attach to different power sources such as AC power or a larger battery pack.

Nikon's official model is EP-5A. You can also pick up aftermarket versions. Some include only the dummy battery part; others come bundled with AC adapters.

TKDY EH-5 AC Adapter EP-5A DC Coupler Power Supply EN-EL14A Dummy Battery...
  • [COMPATIBLE WITH MODEL:] EP-5A DC coupler (Connector) replace EN-EL14/EN-EL14a Battery, work for Nikon...
  • [STEPS FOR USAGE:] Remove the original battery, Replace with virtual battery, and cover the battery...

FAQs

Where Can I Find the Nikon D3400 Manual?

You can find the Nikon D3400 manuals here. There are a few different versions. The Reference Manual is the most detailed and most complete. The User Manual is basically a quick start guide. There are also versions designed for different parts of the world.

The Reference Manual is available as both a downloadable PDF and as on online HTML version.

Where Can I Find the Nikon D3400 Latest Firmware?

Nikon releases firmware updates on their website.

There are a few different types of firmware used by the D3400. The main camera firmware is the "C" version. (The others are for the lens and lens distortion control.)

I have a detailed guide on how to check and update Nikon D3400 firmware versions here.

17 thoughts on “Nikon D3400 Battery & Charger Options”

  1. After many years getting back into photography. Used to use a Minolta 35mm until the shutter broke.
    Own a few point and shoot digital cameras (mostly for the children) and a Kodak fixed lens “medium frame” camera.

    Recently, purchased a Nikon D3400.
    Have you tried the Vivitar VN-BN-EL14a Battery? It is 2300 mAh.
    From some of the reviews it seems to loose its capacity fairly quickly.
    Do you have any experience with them?

    Regards,
    Ernest Estrada

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  2. I have a brand new Nikon D3400 camera. First time I have fully charged and took around 50-60pics. It’s been 4 days only, the battery is showing as low with one grid of charge. Is there any issues with battery ? How many pics we can take with fully cahrged battery ?

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    • You should be getting much more than that. The battery is certainly a prime suspect, although it’s also possible there’s something else going on such as the back screen not turning off, accidentally turning video recording on, etc. I’ve had instances with cameras where I’ve accidentally left them on and had the shutter going off in a camera bag. So it’s worth ruling things like that out by charging it fully again and testing again. My next step then would be to try a different battery.

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  3. Finally I bought “Watson Compact AC/DC Charger for EN-EL14 or EN-EL14A Battery ” 4 months ago, and it works perfect for me, recommended :)

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  4. Hi David, with the after market batteries they are 7.4v and original is 7.2v . Is this an issue ? I bought the Nikon d3400, my first DSLR and don’t really know too much. Thanks for you’re help

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  5. Hi I am from INDIA
    Recently I visited USA and bought a nikon d3400 dsl from there.
    The charger of this camera has input AC-100-240V, 50-60Hz
    And output DC 8.4V 0.9A.
    Can I use this charger in India?

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  6. Hello! my d3400 battery charger is broken, I don’t know why, it just brokes…. you recommend to me alternative charger ? no difference with an original? Is difficul to find articules about this… this articule is great, I have a friend in eeuu right now and i’m seeing this options to buy:

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1297984-REG/nitecore_unk1_usb_travel_charger_for.html

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/837579-REG/watson_c_3409_compact_charger_f_nikon_en_el14.html

    what do you think? :)

    Regards from Argentina, SORRY MY ENGLISH :P

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    • Nikon naturally recommends only using their chargers. So if you want the safest option, go with the official one. That said, I’ve used several third-party chargers and found them to work well.

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  7. I purchased the wasabi BTR-ENEL14-JWP for d3400 do not work error -this batterycannot be used it does not communicate properly with this camera choose a battery desiginated for this camera

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    • That’s odd. I’ve tested again just now by putting that specific battery model in my D3400 and haven’t run into any issues. I’ve checked it with camera firmware versions 1.10 and 1.12 and it’s working on both normally for me. What firmware version do you have on your camera (Menu > Settings (wrench icon) > Firmware version > C)?

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