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My D7000 has been rock solid dependable. I just bought a

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My D7000 has been rock solid dependable. I just bought a BG-2E battery grip from Amazon I had also recently gotten a bunch of AA rechargeable batteries 3.7 v Li-ion 2300 uAh.
I installed six of the batteries into the grip, installed the grip onto the camera with its battery still in it. Turned the camera on and NOTHING. I mean nothing no screen, pushing the menu button does nothing. This is with the battery grip on the camera or off!
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Denton, Texas
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Camera and Video
Expert:  Rusty replied 1 year ago.

Hello, my name is Rusty. I'm sorry to be the one to inform you, but using the battery grip and the battery fries the camera. You're going to have to send it to Nikon for repair. That's too much voltage, and it fries electronics. Click here to get started with the repair.

Always be sure to remove the battery when using a battery grip on any camera.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
That's very funny because no where in either the camera manual or the battery manual does it say anything about removing the battery in the camera when installing a battery grip. In addition thr grip only holds one battery the same one as the camera holds and yet both the manuals state the reason for using the grip at all is doubling the battery power,!
Expert:  Rusty replied 1 year ago.

Click here, and look at the troubleshooting section. Although this one is for Canon, the power works the exact same way. If you add more batteries in series, which is what the grip does, it increases the voltage 1.5 volts for each battery.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
If this is the case how does it do that if you take one battery out of the camera and power it with one battery of the exact type size and model number?
I only have a PH.D. In mechanical engineering but when in school I took enough electrical engineering to know if your going to double the electrical power wth battries you need to run two battries not just switch one for another(unless the new one has double the power!!
Expert:  Rusty replied 1 year ago.

Hmm, I'm seeing that other users are using it with the battery. If it's wired right, it will give you a parallel connection which doubles the battery, not the voltage. There's something else going on there... Remove the grip, and the battery, and let the camera sit for a few minutes. Be sure the battery is charged, and try to turn it on without the grip. If you still get nothing, plug it into your computer, and see if it can be detected by your computer.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Canon is not Nikon....just like a D60 is not a D7000! I'll just contact the real Nikon people thanks
Expert:  Rusty replied 1 year ago.

It doesn't matter who the manufacturer is, batteries work the same no matter which device they are used. The way they are connected changes between serial and parallel connections.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
How does this service understand I DO NOT want a call?
Every time I start to answer you a get a damn screen wanting another 18.00 to get a call!!!
I know what parallel and series I'm also an extra class ham radio operator!
I'll try the computer thing
Expert:  Rusty replied 1 year ago.

Sorry, it's not me sending the call messages, they are automated from the site.