How to Charge Nikon D3400 Batteries

You can’t charge the Nikon D3400’s battery by leaving the battery in the camera and connecting the camera to a USB power source. So here’s how you do it instead.
Nikon D3400 Batteries and Chargers
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Here’s a rundown of how to charge the battery for your Nikon D3400 DSLR camera.

Quick Info

  • Model number of charger for Nikon D3400: MH-24
  • Model number of battery for Nikon D3400: EN-EL14a

How to Charge Nikon D3400 Batteries

On many cameras these days, you can plug in your camera to a USB power source, and it will charge the battery. It’s one of several options for charging the battery on those cameras. And it can be especially convenient because it means that the camera does double duty as a battery charger. It’s not always the ideal method, mainly because it means that your camera is out of action while you’re charging (by contrast to using an external charger with a spare battery, for example), but it requires minimal equipment, and it’s simple.

But that choice isn’t available with the Nikon D3400. For reasons that aren’t entirely clear to me, Nikon has decided that for the D3400 and D3500, you can’t charge the battery while it’s in the camera. So you can’t just connect the camera to a USB power source and use the camera itself as a battery charger.

Instead, you have to take the battery out of the camera, put it into an external charger, and then connect that charger to a power source. The model of the charger for the D3400’s batteries is the MH-24. It’s an AC charger, which means it plugs into a wall outlet. It’s also an auto-switching outlet. So long as you have the correct cable or plug (or are using a standard travel adapter), it will automatically handle both 110 or 240-volt power sources.

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

You can also get aftermarket versions from other manufacturers. In my experience, some of them are very good, although it’s also possible to come across ones from no-name brands that don’t work as well. I tend to stick to ones from larger manufacturers, such as Wasabi Power, Anker, Smatree, RAVPower, and Watson, when possible.

There are two other benefits with aftermarket versions. For one, they’re often less expensive than the original. For another, they often offer features not available in the Nikon original. Some, for instance, can charge multiple batteries at once. Others can charge from a USB power source—something that can be very handy when you’re looking for a more portable option, such as when traveling, and want to be able to use a car charger or a USB power brick.

Powerextra 2 x EN-EL14 EN-EL14a Battery & Dual LCD Charger Compatible with...
  • Battery Type:Li-ion, Voltage: 7.4V Capacity: 1500mAh
  • Package includes 2 batteries and 1 dual USB charger with LCD display to power your Nikon EN-EL14 battery

Spare Batteries for the Nikon D3400

The battery for the Nikon D3400 is model number EN-EL14a. It’s a lithium-ion battery pack rated at 7.2 V / 1230mAh / 8.9Wh.

The safest option is to go with the Nikon-branded version. That gives more assurance that it is—and will remain—compatible.

Nikon 27126 EN-EL 14A Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery (Grey)
  • Used together with your Nikon D SLR, the camera's fuel gauge accurately displays the remaining charge and...
  • The battery uses the MH 24 charger

What I mean by that second part—that it will remain—is that it is a technical possibility for camera manufacturers to issue a firmware update that restricts the camera to using only batteries produced by the manufacturer, so that it stops working with batteries made by other manufacturers. It might be because of some compatibility issue—camera manufacturers understandably aren’t enthusiastic about spending support resources on dealing with problems caused by accessories produced by other manufacturers. It’s rare that a camera manufacturer would go to those lengths, but it has happened (we’re looking at you, GoPro).

All that said, I’ve also had very good experiences with some of the better-known aftermarket manufacturers. Watson, Wasabi Power, and Smatree are good examples.

I’ve used many batteries for many cameras produced by those manufacturers and found them to be basically the same as the originals. And they’re often much less expensive. So long as you use them with your eyes open to the potential downsides, they can be a very good option.

All of them will reference the original Nikon model number and market themselves as EN-EL14a replacement batteries.

EN-EL14 EN EL14a Battery Charger Pack, LP 2-Pack Battery& Dual Slot...
  • ❀POWERFUL BATTERY: A fully charged 1200mAh LP EN-EL14 battery offers up to 1700 shots, keeping every...
  • ❀SPEEDY CHARGER: LP EN-EL14 Battery Charger can charge two batteries at once by Micro-USB devices like...

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