LAS VEGAS, NV, APRIL 8, 2019 ─ Core SWX, a leader in battery and charging solutions, announces the most advanced battery system at NAB 2019 (Booth C6633). Answering the need for an on-board, high voltage power system, the Helix series can safely output 14v and 28v simultaneously, making the pack incredibly versatile while ‘future proofing’ the customer as new high voltage camera system technology is released.
“This path was started nearly 2 years ago and we are incredibly proud to now be able to release this battery series to the market” says Ross Kanarek, CEO, Core SWX. “The Helix battery series encompasses all the features requested in an on-board, high voltage battery system.”
Using the award winning Hypercore series battery infrastructure as the basis for Helix, the new packs have all the functionality of its predecessors, including storage mode and camera communication, with the added dual voltage output function, an updated high resolution runtime LCD, and Core’s patented VoltbridgeID. The new runtime LCD provides the utmost transparency on battery capacity, runtime, charge time, and indication when the high voltage output mode is activated. VoltbridgeID leverages RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology to allow users to view their battery’s vitals by simply placing their phone over the battery with the VoltBridgeID app, as well as offer a built-in asset tag for large production and rental companies to manage their battery inventory.
The patent pending Helix system is offered in V-mount and 3-stud/Gold mount, 100% compatible with existing charging installations, and functions in any current production environment like any other 14v Li-ion battery pack. When the battery pack is placed on one of Core’s HLX mounts, a “handshake” occurs, activating the higher voltage output(up to 33.6v), while still offering the standard lower voltage output for 14v accessories and ptap outputs. Currently the HLX mount plates are offered for high voltage accepting cameras like ARRI’s LF/, Mini-LF, RED Ranger, and Sony Venice. Mount plates are also available for various high votlage lighting models, as well as hotswap/sharkfin tandem mounts to extend operational runtime. Helix “B-mounts,” to support ARRI’s new battery protocol, will also be available to convert the B-mount to HLX V-mount and HLX 3-stud/gold for high voltage operation.
“Since the Helix system provides the full high voltage output range(20-33.6vdc) during operation, as opposed to current high fixed-voltage regulated solutions, it is can be up to 50% more efficient.” says Zack Shannon, Channel Sales. “This along with the ability for the battery packs to migrate into any production setting, makes it the ideal system as well as having the lowest cost of entry.”
The Helix battery pack models are available in a 98wh Mini, Helix Prime, 2-part 190wh, and Helix XL, 293wh). In addition, Core SWX is releasing a new “mini” 150wh battery pack to join the Helix range. The Helix 150 Mini is compact in size (3.54” x 4.65” x 2.38”), and weighs less than 2 lbs.
The Helix battery packs, accompanied by the HLX mount plate series, will be on display at the Core SWX booth (C6633) during the 2019 NAB Show, alongside other recently introduced power solutions, including the L-series type battery pack designed for SmallHD Focus monitors.