In 2021, the film industry was introduced to Core’s Maverick battery. This 605wh block battery was the first of its kind created by Core and has made its way on all types of sets. We recently added the Renegade line of block batteries to give customers even more options to power their devices. With their reliability, faster charging, and multiple outputs for power, choosing Core block batteries is an easy decision when powering your set.
We hear stories all the time about how The Maverick lasted all day on a show or commercial, saved a shoot with its multiple outputs, and how the internal charger is brilliant with just an IEC needed to charge. We spoke to Sam Hall who utilized a fleet of Mavericks last winter in the elements and how it handled the extreme conditions of the various film locations.
Sam Hall is a 1st (who came up as a 2nd AC and still occasionally 2nd’s) in the Western side of the states and is based in Denver Colorado. After working in Los Angeles for nearly 8 years, Sam continues to work all over the Western US and also specializes in cold weather conditions. He recently had Mavericks from the rental house Cinemashot out in Denver on a National Car Commercial. Four cameras were on the shoot, including one Sony Venice on an arm car and one on sticks. The other two insert cameras were Sony mirrorless cameras. The production locations were all off-road, on rugged mountain roads up at 10,000-14,000 ft in elevation.
All locations were exteriors on site in the middle of the Colorado Rockies – somewhere in between Buena Vista and Telluride, CO in mid February 2023 – in snowy conditions varying from -17 degrees fahrenheit to about +20 degrees fahrenheit. After filming in the elements all day, the crew only had a garage to park the Arm Car and Camera Truck . With temps dropping close to -17 to -18 each night, the gear stayed around 50-60 degrees. So still not warm – yet warm enough to charge and keep all the Core Mavericks and HyperCore SWX 150’s charged. Many batteries stayed off charge and still had 90-95% while sitting inside the Arm Car and the camera truck.
When asked how the Maverick performed, Sam answered, “The Absolute best – in my 10 + years in the business, I have never had a battery last near 6 hours on the arm car while powering the spray off, camera and accessories. Most block batteries only safely last 1 hour to 1 1⁄2 hours. Common Practice is to check block batteries in the arm car within the first hour, and again after about 1-2 hours (depending on how good the cells are in the block battery). Pushing three hours is dangerous!”