Native Dual Voltage™ vs. 26V

With the new high voltage era, the battery game has been at the forefront and there’s been a bit of confusion on the different types of batteries out there. Which ones are Native Dual Voltage™ packs and how can they be both native 14V and native 28V? Which ones are solely 26V? And what kind of chargers do you need?

Well rest assured, we’re here to answer all of your questions and set the record straight based on actual facts. Let’s dive right into it with this chart showing the different options out there and what each pack’s operating voltage range is.

As you can see, there are dual voltage packs and then solely high voltage packs. The Core Helix Max V/B/G packs are Native Dual Voltage™, meaning they can operate as a native 14v battery pack and has a native 28v battery pack. Now you may be wondering, how is it possible they are native in both voltages? Well, once connected to a Helix V/G-mount or ARRI® B-mount plate, the pack switches from a parallel cellular 4S arrangement to a series 8S arrangement to provide high voltage. The switching is done with ZERO power regulation and is 100% EFFICIENT. No extra heat or stress is put on the cells once the pack switches to an 8S cellular arrangement and is drawn from. Once removed from the mount plate, the packs switches back to a parallel 4S cellular arrangement instantly so you can use them on all your standard 14v equipment along with chargers.

Furthermore in regards to the operating voltages, keep in mind what the operating range is on the device you are powering. For example, the ARRI Alexa 35 requires 20.5 – 33.6V which is in the full discharge range of the Helix Max V/B/G-mount packs, Bebob B-mount, and Swit B-mount.

On the other hand, A/B’s 26v Gold Mount Plus and B-mount packs operating range is 17.5-28.9V which will cause the camera to shut down prior to the 26v battery pack’s full depletion because the pack can’t fully sustain the voltage needs of the camera.

Voltage is directly related to power – the higher the voltage, the more power delivered. So, the higher the pack’s operating voltage, the more power the pack can deliver, hence a pack offering 28.8v natively like our Helix Max is superior to a 26v pack for cameras and lighting applications.

To be very clear, our Helix Max packs are Native Dual Voltage. There’s no up-conversion needed which would create heat and stress on the battery cells.

Now before we wrap this up, let’s touch on a few other benefits of using Native Dual Voltage™ packs. With the Helix Max batteries, you can still use your existing 14v charger whereas with the high voltage only battery packs, you need to invest in a new charging system. Not only do you need to spend more money on your equipment, but you also need to carry more chargers to set. In addition, you need to make sure that you pack your specific sets of batteries for your low voltage equipment and high voltage equipment. Then you also need to worry while on-set that you pick up the right battery to power your equipment because you definitely don’t want to put a high voltage pack on low voltage equipment by accident.

With Helix Max, you can be left stress-free knowing that you have a battery pack capable of powering any battery powered device in your production and use the same charger for all your packs.

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B-Mount Power Solutions for ARRI Alexa 35

The new ARRI Alexa 35 is officially here and with that announcement, the new era of powering high voltage cameras and a complete new battery mount platform has also arrived. The B-mount system was designed to provide a super robust mechanical connection to the device’s mount plate, and also has fortified electrical connections to sustain the increased power draws of the newer devices in the marketplace.

As always we keep our ear to the ground to provide the best power solutions for any new camera, so we have you covered here with the most robust battery packs, Helix Max, as well as the fastest and most compact charger options on the market! Of course, also all the B-mount accessories you may need too.

The Helix Max series is the most complete, ultra-efficient on-board battery system ever offered to the cinematic industry. The packs offer a maximum output of 10A at high voltage, capable of delivering over 300w of power and provides near lossless power transmission at a 99% efficiency rate to high voltage operating equipment. Available in 98wh (HLX-9MXB) and 148wh (HLX-150MXB), these B-mount packs will provide ample runtime but can also be used in conjunction with a Helix B-mount shark-fin plate (HLX-TB-SFF) to double available battery capacity and have the ability to hotswap the battery packs.

Once the packs deplete, charge them back up with the MACH-4B quad charger which is the fastest charger on the market capable of charging four 98wh packs in about 90 minutes! On the other hand, the GPM-X2B is the most compact charger on the market making it perfect for travel purposes and able to charge one 98wh pack in 2 and a half hours.

For any questions, please contact us at sales@coreswx.com 🙂

How to Power ARRI Alexa 35

The new ARRI Alexa 35 is officially here and with that announcement, the new era of powering high voltage cameras and a complete new mount style has also arrived. This has many people questioning, “How should I power it?” which is why we’re here to help you decide all of your options whether you want to invest in the B-mount style system or continue using your current V-mount or G-mount battery fleet.

Let’s start off by briefly touching on the dual voltage Helix Max series because no matter which mount style you choose, a high voltage battery pack is required for the ARRI Alexa 35. The Helix Max series is the most complete, ultra-efficient on-board battery system ever offered to the cinematic industry. The packs offer a maximum output of 10A at high voltage (20A at low voltage), capable of delivering over 300w of power. It provides near lossless power transmission at a 99% efficiency rate to high voltage operating equipment. Helix’s unique design allows it to output at low voltage on any equipment you may currently use standard 14v battery packs on, as well as charge on all standard V-mount and G-Mount chargers(Helix B-mount requires a new B-mount charger). The packs provide high voltage only when coupled with a Helix V or G mount plate and/or directly onto the B-mount plate of the ARRI Alexa 35, providing an output high voltage up to 33.6v. When on standard equipment(monitors, 14v cameras, wireless tx/rx) V-mount and G-mount plates, the Helix Max packs operate like any other V-mount or G-mount pack.

Available in 98wh and 150wh models, the packs will provide ample runtime but can also be used in conjunction with a Helix Hotswap plate to double available battery capacity and extended runtimes.

If you’re interested in investing into the new b-mount battery system, you would mount the HLX-9MXB or HLX-150MXB directly to the B-mount plate on the camera. Of course to complement the new battery packs, we also have two charger offerings. The MACH-4B quad charger is the fastest charger on the market today able to simultaneously charge four 98wh packs in 1 hour and 40 mins. On the other hand, the GPM-X2B, is the most compact charger on the market making it perfect for travel purposes and able to charge one 98wh pack in 2 and a half hours.

Now if you are an avid V-mount or G-mount battery user and would like to keep all your battery packs and chargers with the same mount style, we offer direct connect adapter plates which allow you to remove the b-mount plate on the camera and screw on either the HLX-BABV-S35 (V-mount) or HLX-BABG-35 (G-mount).

The direct connect plates are also compatible with the ARRI Alexa 35’s power distribution module (PDM-1) and audio extension module (AEM-1).

From there, you will attach the Helix Max v-mount or 3-stud battery packs mentioned above to operate the camera in high voltage. If you would like to use higher capacity Helix batteries from the original Helix series, those are also available to be used here with the V-mount and G-mount plates. Those packs are called Helix Prime (190wh) and Helix XL (293wh). The only differences from the original Helix series and Helix Max is that the original Helix packs have a lower load capability of 6A at 28v and 12A at 14v, and no USB.

To further explain how the direct connect plates work, take a look at this video below.

 

We hope this helps you decide how to power up your new ARRI Alexa 35. If you have any further questions, always feel free to email us at sales@coreswx.com 🙂

NAB 2022 Recap

NAB in Vegas was officially back and better than ever! After 2 years of missing it, it was great to chat in person again with all of our industry friends and meet new ones. We also won the TV Tech Best of Show award for Maverick with VoltBridge Mesh, released many other new products, announced a new partnership with ATOMOS, and had some awesome video interviews. If you happened to miss the show this year, don’t worry because we’re recapping it all for you right here while highlighting all of the new products.

Leading up to NAB we announced about 15 new products! Starting with a new l-series style battery, the NANO-F, then the rapid Mach4 quad chargers, the newest addition to the Nano Micro series – Nano Micro 50, Cube Plus (on-board power supply), Helix Max (dual voltage battery packs), B-mount power solutions, NPF-ATOM50 (dual L-series for ATOMOS 7” monitors), the advanced Mach4 Micro quad chargers, VoltBridge Mesh cloud monitoring platform, and last but not least two new Powerbase Edge models – Link and Lite.

Each day of NAB we did a quick recap video focusing on a few of our more premiere releases. The first day was all about the new Helix Max battery packs which include the new ARRI compatible B-mount battery packs.

The second day was focused on our new Mach4 Micro chargers and VoltBridge Mesh which works with both those chargers and the award winning Maverick mobile power station.

Lastly, we recapped the third day with our new Powerbase Edge models, the Powerbase Edge Link and Powerbase Edge Lite.

To further help cover the new products, we were fortunate to have our friends from Newsshooter, Digital Cinema Society, KitPlus, No Film School, Production HUB, and Markertek, stop by for interviews. Click on each of their names to be able to watch.

In addition to our booth being equipped with Core power solutions, we had other companies spread throughout the show floor staying Core Driven with our power solutions as well. We would like to thank ARRI, ATOMOS, Blackmagic Design, Band Pro, 16×9, Zeiss, and Tilta for all of their support showing our products and we’d like to thank RED, ATOMOS, Sony, Canon, Inovativ, and Zeiss, for their loaners during the show as well.

Lastly, the Core SWX team would like to thank everyone who stopped by to check out the gear and chatted with us. If you missed us at this show, don’t worry, we’ll be at many others throughout the year so stay connected on social to see where we’ll be next!

How to Power Canon Cameras

As everyone knows, Canon is the name behind many popular professional cameras and lenses. Although they also have their own line of power solutions for their array of cameras, power solutions are our “bread and butter,” and offering versatile battery solutions that can power the cameras plus accessories for your production are where we excel.

To start, let’s cover all the cameras that accept LP-E6 battery types. The go-to battery for these cameras will be the 49wh Powerbase Edge which is the most versatile pack on the market – As some like to call it the “swiss army knife” of batteries. It will either mount to the bottom of the camera using a ¼-20 screw mount which keeps the setup super compact while still receiving long runtimes, or if you have it set up as a rig, it can mount using the V-Mount on the other side of the pack. The battery is feature packed with two P-taps and two USB ports for additional accessories or to even charge your cell phone. In addition, it has a multipurpose runtime LCD to provide remaining runtime in hours and minutes when connected to the camera as well as remaining charge time when connected to a charger. The appropriate Powerbase Edge model for these cameras will be the PBE-LPE6 which comes with a LP-E6 adapter cable and p-tap charger.

The Powerbase Edge also has a model for the Canon C100 and C300. The model to power those is the PBE-C100. If you happen to already own a Powerbase Edge and are just looking for the adapter cables alone, they are available for both camera types as PBEC-LPE6 and PBEC-C100.

There are many more cameras and power to discuss so let’s move onto one of our most popular Canon products, the NANO-C98, which is the battery comparable to Canon’s BPA style pack. Therefore, the NANO-C98 works with cameras including the Canon C200, C300 Mark II, C300 Mark III, C500 Mark II, and C70. It’s the only BPA style pack on the market that is equipped with a p-tap and USB to power additional accessories, minimizing the need for additional batteries for on-camera monitors, wireless transmitters, etc. In addition, it has a LED gauge to view remaining power and will charge on OEM Canon chargers or with a p-tap charger.

If you own one of those cameras and are looking for brick style battery options, we have you covered with various mount plates for specific cameras and then of course the batteries as well to top it off. For the Canon C300 Mark III and C500 Mark II, there is the micro v-mount (CXV-C3MK) and micro 3-stud (CXA-C3MK) plates which directly mount to the accessory bay on the back of the camera and have a DC 4-pin XLR cable attached. If you have a rod style rig and looking for a rail mount plate, there are two more options for these cameras available – The standard one plate which is the RMV-XLR(v-mount)/RMG-XLR(3-stud) or the two plate shark-fin which is the RM-GPTS-XLR(v-mount)/RM-GPTA-XLR(3-stud). Both style plates are equipped with the DC 4-pin XLR.

Don’t worry if you have another camera type because the plate options don’t stop there! There is a rail mount style plate outfitted with an 18” LEMO power cable for the Canon C200 and C300 Mark II which is the RMV-C3MK2 (v-mount) and RMG-C3MK2 (3-stud), as well as a rail mount plate with an 18” regulated 8V cable for the Canon C100 and C100 Mark II which is the RMV-C100 (v-mount) and RMG-C100 (3-stud).

All of the plates mentioned above also allow the cameras battery bay to be available for an internal pack too, making it capable to hotswap your on-board pack without losing power.

Phew, that was a lot of info already but we didn’t even get into the brick style battery packs yet so stay with us 😉

Our newest battery series are the Nano Micro packs and although they will work with any plate mentioned above, they are the perfect size for the micro plates. They are available in 98wh with a 10A load and 147wh with a 12A load, in both v-mount and 3-stud. Additionally, they are equipped with an unregulated p-tap and a 5V USB port, and a 4-stage LED gauge to view remaining power.

For an even more advanced pack that is a bit larger, we have our Hypercore NEO series which are also in 98wh (NEO 9 Mini and NEO Slim 98) and 147wh (NEO 150 Mini) capacities. The packs in the NEO series are capable of handling a 12A continuous load/16A peak and up to a 2K cycle rating. They are outfitted with an intuitive multipurpose runtime LCD, RFID to view battery vitals via an app, p-tap, firmware upgradeable USB, 4-stage LED gauge, rubberized housing, and storage mode.

Furthermore, we offer a dual voltage battery series called the Helix series which comes in handy when you have both standard voltage and high voltage equipment in your kit. They have all the same features as the NEO series (except no USB), but in addition to operating at standard 14.8v, they can operate at 28v when coupled with a specific Helix mount plate. None of the Canon cameras require high voltage, but we still like to mention it in case you have another device as part of your kit that does such a LED panel.

All of Core’s 98wh capacity and under packs are UN tested and certified, passing UN38.3 certification, allowing them to be air travel compliant.

We hope this covered all the ground work for you to get your Canon camera’s powered up. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us.

How to Power RED Cameras

RED Digital Cinema is the name behind many popular cameras; RED V-Raptor, RED Komodo, RED DSMC2, and RED Ranger. Although RED provides their own suitable power solutions which a couple of we even designed in conjunction with them on (REDVOLT BP and REDVOLT Micro-V), we always like to provide some more alternate solutions.

Let’s start by talking about the newest RED camera model, the RED V-Raptor. With the RED V-Raptor design, the camera as of now will only accept v-mount battery packs that are in a micro design which from the Core SWX battery lineup will be the Nano Micro v-mount battery packs. Core partners with RED in providing the REDVOLT Micro-V packs and those 12A deliverable, 98wh packs are available exclusively through RED and their channel partners. Core offers two packs compatible with the V-Raptor, the NANO-V98 and NANO-V150 which are smart battery packs so they will pass through the SMBUS data to the cameras LCD (AKA the remaining battery percentage) and they are also equipped with a USB, p-tap, and 4-stage LED power gauge. The NANO-V98 will deliver up to a 10A load and the NANO-V150 can handle a 16A peak/12A continuous load.

The Nano Micro packs are also the go-to batteries that best complement the form factor of the RED Komodo camera. To mount the brick battery packs onto the RED Komodo, we offer the only 3rd Party RED Approved v-mount (CXV-KOMU) and 3-stud (CXA-KOMU) battery plates on the market. They allow the use of 14.4v brick batteries to power the camera while leaving the camera’s DC input available for AC power and battery hot swap. Additionally, they will communicate the SMBUS data with the use of “smart” batteries (as we mentioned above, Nano Micros are) and they are equipped with 3 DC output ports: P-tap, USB, and 2-pin Lemo. To further complement the RED Komodo, we have a selection of p-tap to 2-pin Lemo cables available in different sizes as well as a rail mount plate for those who wish to rig up with a rod style setup.

Now onto powering the RED DSMC2 – The recommended battery series is the high current delivery Hypercore NEO packs in either NEO 9 Mini (98wh) or NEO 150 Mini (147wh). These batteries are packed with all the bells and whistles one can imagine for a brick battery such as an intuitive down to the minute runtime LCD display, RFID, modular build, firmware upgradeable USB, storage mode, camera communication, smart tap (p-tap), rubberized housing, LED gauge, 2K Cycles/2 Year warranty, and hibernation – Phew, that was a lot of features! As with all of our 98wh packs, the NEO 9 Mini version is also UN38.3 certified for air travel to make customer traveling experience go as smooth as possible.

To further outfit the RED DSMC2 and keep it running continuously without any down time is the EVO battery backup which is an accessory many DSMC2 operators find to be a no-brainer when it comes to powering their rig. Not only does it have an internal 29wh battery inside to allow your camera to stay powered when hot swapping your on-board battery, it also has a “boost” or battery assist function to start your camera up faster, should your on-board pack be unable to handle the startup current necessary. The EVO is offered in either a direct mount to the DSMC2, minimizing the need for an additional mount plate, or it is available in either v-mount and 3-stud backing to attach to any v-mount or 3-stud plate which means it can be used for other pieces of equipment that accept brick batteries.

Lastly, we have the RED Ranger which can support a wider input voltage up to 32V. For this model, our Helix dual voltage battery packs would be the perfect option as they can operate as standard 14.4V battery pack or at 28V when coupled with a Helix mount plate.

The Helix series has the following battery offerings: Helix 9 Mini (98wh), Helix 150 Mini (147wh), Helix Prime (2-part 190wh), and Helix XL (293wh). Like the NEO series, they have RFID, an intuitive runtime LCD, smart tap, rubberized housing, camera communication, storage mode, and LED gauge. They’re different from the NEO series in that they offer the dual voltage output as mentioned above and they have higher voltage efficiency.

Of course one last topic we need to discuss is how to charge all of these batteries! Although we offer our own lines of dual and quad charger options ranging from our most economical X2 Mini charger, up to our most advanced Fleet Micro with VoltBridge, all of the battery packs are charger compatible with other manufacturer’s chargers, even the RED brick charger.

Now you’re all set to keep calm and power on those RED cameras 😉

How to Power: Sony a7/a9 series, Sony FS5 and FS7, Sony FX6 and FX6, and Sony Venice

Sony, as we all know, is a widely diversified corporation selling products from consumer electronics, to their array of professional cameras. Of course they offer many of their own power solutions along with those, but we’re here to offer unique options that may solve your everyday production needs.

Let’s start first with the Sony a7 and a9 series of cameras. The Powerbase Edge is a 49Wh lithium ion battery that is the most versatile pack on the market. It will either mount to the bottom of the camera using a ¼-20 screw mount, or if you have it set up as a rig, it can mount using the V-Mount on the other side of the pack. The battery is feature packed with two P-taps and two USB ports for additional accessories such a monitor or to even charge your cell phone. In addition, it has a multipurpose runtime LCD to provide remaining runtime in hours and minutes when connected to the camera and a charge indicator when connected to a charger. The appropriate Edge sku for the a7 cameras using FW50 batteries is the PBE-A7, and the sku for the a7 cameras using the FZ100 style battery is the PBE-A7FZ.

For Sony cameras accepting the L-Series batteries such as the HXR-NX100 or PXW-Z150, there is a Powerbase Edge model, PBE-S.
All of Powerbase Edge models mentioned here will come with the 6” adapter cable and PB70-C15 charger. If you need additional cable length there is an extension cable (PBEC-EXT) offered which provides an extra 18 inches.

Up next for the professional Sony cameras are the Sony FS5, Sony FS7, Sony FX6 and FX9. Luckily for you (and us), we offer the most unique BP style option out there, the NANO-U98. This 98Wh lithium ion pack equipped with a LED power gauge, 1 USB, and 1 p-tap, making it capable of powering additional accessories such as an on-camera light. The batteries will charge on Sony OEM chargers, allowing you to extend the service life on your already existent chargers.

If you’d rather use more of a brick style battery option for your FS7, FX6 or FX9, we have v-mount and 3-stud mount options as well as the appropriate mount plates. The plates for the FS7 are the GP-S-FS7 (v-mount) and GP-A-FS7 (3-stud mount). They mount directly to the back of the FS7 as alternative option to the XDCA-FS7. Our plates do not have any video related processing capabilities as the XDCA, just adapting the camera to V-mount. They have a 4-pin XLR input option and two p-taps. If you prefer an even more advanced mounting option, we have our compact Jetpack series offering all the power outputs you’ll need. In addition to having the same power options offered on the plates, the JP-V-FS7 (v-mount) and JP-A-FS7 (3-stud mount) also includes one USB, one 5v Lemo output, and two 12v regulated Hirose 4-pin outputs. Again, no video related processing, just a power option.

The appropriate mount plates for the Sony FX6 are the CXVM-FX6 (v-mount) and CXAM-FX6 (3-stud mount). The milled aluminum product attaches into the top of the camera (with included screw hardware) to provide a secure platform for mounting brick batteries directly onto the FX6. It has a 19.5v DC output with a visual low battery warning LED and a DC barrel input (OEM camera power supply) for hotswapping between external and on-board power. Another option for hotswapping is the ability to put up to a BP-U100 battery pack inside the battery cavity on the camera, allowing the user to hotswap batteries. Once the v-mount on-board pack dies, it will automatically pull power from the BP-U battery and you will see the battery indication on the viewfinder change. The plates are also equipped with a powertap and USB to power additional accessories.

To end out the mount plate category, the plates for the FX9 are the CXV-FX9 (v-mount) and CXA-FX9 (3-stud mount). Similar to the FX6 plates, the milled aluminum product also attaches into the top of the camera(with included screw hardware), but on this one it also inserts into the battery slot of the camera. It has a 19.5v DC output with a visual low battery warning LED and a 4-pin XLR DC input for hotswapping between external and on-board power. For another way to hotswap with this camera, a BP-U30 or BP-U35 battery pack fits inside of the battery cavity on the camera and again once the on-board pack dies, it will automatically pull power from the BP-U pack and you will see the battery indication on the viewfinder change. The FX9 plates are equipped with two powertaps and one USB to power additional accessories and three 1/4-20 threads on the top to attach accessories.

Now let’s talk what batteries to put onto all of these mounts by starting with our Nano Micro packs which are 98wh, 14.8v capable of handling up to a 10A load. They are UN tested and certified, passing UN38.3 certification, allowing them to be air travel compliant. The packs are equipped with an unregulated p-tap and a 5V, 3A USB port, and a 4-stage LED gauge to view remaining power.

For a bit larger, more advanced pack, we have our Hypercore NEO series available in both 98wh (NEO 9 Mini and NEO Slim 98) and 147wh (NEO 150 Mini) capacities. The packs in the NEO series are capable of handling a 12A continuous load/16A peak and are outfitted with an intuitive multipurpose runtime LCD, RFID to view battery vitals via an app, p-tap, firmware upgradeable USB, 4-stage LED gauge, rubberized housing, and storage mode.

Although all of the brick batteries work great for all the plates, the form factor on the Nano Micro compliments the FX6 plate best, the NEO 9 Mini and NEO 150 Mini on the FX9, and the Neo Slim 98 for the FS7 plates.

If you are looking for an even higher capacity, we have our original Hypercore series featuring the Hypercore Prime which is a two part 190wh (95wh each half) and the 293wh Hypercore XL.

Lastly, an even more advanced battery option is the Helix series. This line encompasses all of the features of Hypercore NEO, but has dual voltage. The packs can function as standard voltage battery packs allowing them to seamlessly integrate into your current battery fleet, but when paired with a Helix mount plate, a user can access the high voltage to simultaneously output 14v/28v. This series comes in handy for the next camera we’re going to talk about, Sony Venice.

In the Helix system, we have a Helix mount plates for the Sony Venice which outputs standard voltage to the camera as that’s what the camera accepts but then outputs 24-34v for the two 3-pin Fischers on the top of the plate, providing 100% efficiency rather than using a standard 14v pack that has to boost voltage. These plates come in a v-mount to v-mount model (HLX-VEN-V) and a v-mount to gold mount model (HLX-VEN-G). Furthermore, we have a Helix power management control plate for the Sony Venice, providing a “hot swappable” platform between on-board and block battery/AC mains. There’s an on-board LCD to monitor input percentage/voltage of the power sources, as well as current draw of the whole setup. As with the other plate, these come in v-mount to v-mount (HLX-VEN-VP) and v-mount to gold mount (HLX-VEN-GP) as well.

The brick style battery packs can also be used with the Sony a7 cameras mentioned earlier as long as they have the appropriate p-tap, PTC-A7SR.
Other cameras within the CineAlta or Broadcast lines are compatible with our brick battery offerings as well.

We hope this covered all the ground work for you to get your Sony camera’s powered up. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us.

Core SWX and RED Support Maarten Slooves as he Documents Environmental Cleanup

Every year Maarten Slooves, a Netherlands based Director and Cinematographer, aims to donate a portion of his time and video production capabilities to a charity foundation that is making a positive impact on our planet. The latest charity foundation he reached out to was Duik de Noordzee Schoon (Roughly translated: Scuba Diving for a clean North Sea) which led him to joining their cleaning operation in September 2020.

Relying on his Core SWX battery packs to power his RED DSMC2, he was able to capture what the Duik de Noordzee Schoon foundation is doing to voluntary clean up the North Sea from lost shipping containers filled with a variety of items from anything like blankets, to cars, down on the seafloor. The foundation has been engaged in these cleaning operations since 2006 which truly is incredible otherwise it may not be getting done.

How To Power Blackmagic Cameras (URSA Mini Pro, Pocket, Micro Cinema Camera, BMCC)

As the preferred power solution for Blackmagic, we pride ourselves on making affordable, durable and unique solutions for all of their cameras.

Just like the Pocket 4K Camera, the Powerbase EDGE battery pack was released at NAB 2018 and is the go-to power solution for long runtimes with the Pocket 4K and Pocket 6K. The PBE-BMPC4 model will keep your Pocket setup compact by mounting right to the bottom of your camera with a ¼-20 screw, and it also has multiple accessory outputs (2 P-taps and 2 USB’s) providing the chance to power an on-camera light, monitor, or whatever else you may need to power right from the battery pack (or even just charge your phone). The battery is also equipped with a backlit runtime LCD to give you remaining power runtime down to the minute. As an extra bonus in case you want to use the camera on a rig with a V-Mount plate or even power a URSA Mini Pro with it as well, the Powerbase EDGE has a V-Mount option – What a versatile battery! If you’re curious about runtimes, the EDGE will power the Pocket 4K for about 4 hours and 10 mins, and it will power the Pocket 6K for about 3 hours and 50 minutes. Keep in mind though that runtimes can vary depending on certain variables such as frame rate and the use of additional accessories.

If you have the latest Pocket camera, the Pocket 6K Pro, the Powerbase Edge model to go with is the PBE-BMPC6KP which comes with a NPF style adapter cable since this model doesn’t accept the LP-E6 style battery like the previous two models.

In case you don’t want to use the dummy battery cable, we do also offer a powertap to the 2-pin DC-in which works on all of the models (Pocket 4K, 6K, and 6K Pro). This cable is the PTC-BMPC4, and while using this, you are also able to keep the internal battery in the camera which provides an opportunity to hotswap the Powerbase Edge battery without losing power.

Now if do you happen to also have an URSA Mini Pro as briefly mentioned above, there are many other battery offerings for it as well. Before we discuss more batteries though, let’s mention the appropriate plates you will need for the various URSA Mini Pro models. The GP-S-URSA (v-mount) and GP-A-URSA (3-stud) mount appropriately to the camera, and the choice in mount style is a matter of preference if you are starting new. The choice is simple should you already have either mount battery packs in your arsenal. Each mount plate is outfitted with 2 P-taps and the specific BMD URSA 12way Molex connector needed to power the camera as well as screw hardware for proper attachment. Now, onto the batteries!

The Hypercore NEO series of battery packs employ the very latest in lithium ion technology, and are constructed with the specific purpose of handling and sustaining high power draws. They entail many great features; 2000 charge/discharge cycle rating, Runtime LCD, built in accelerometer/sleep mode function, to name a few.

All of our battery packs are the most charge compatible in the industry as well, so if you have pre-existing charging stations, there is a good chance you only need to invest in the battery packs for the camera, furthering your ROI on your charger.

The NEO capacity offerings are 98wh (NEO 9 Mini and NEO Slim 98), 147wh (NEO 150 Mini). In addition, our original Hypercore series, equipped with similar features has the following capacity offerings: 150wh (Hypercore 150), a travel friendly 190Wh (Hypercore Prime), and a 293wh (Hypercore XL). They are all available in both v-mount and 3-stud mount.

Even more advanced from the Hypercore NEO series is our Helix series. This line encompasses all of the same capacity offerings (98wh, 150wh, 190wh, 293wh) and features of Hypercore (besides a USB port), but has an updated intuitive runtime LCD, dual voltage, and RFID as additional features. The packs can function as standard voltage battery packs allowing them to seamlessly integrate into your current battery fleet, but when paired with a Helix mount plate, a user can access the high voltage to simultaneously output 14v/28v. High voltage isn’t required for any Blackmagic Design cameras, but it’s a good function if you happen to have a high voltage LED panel, or if you would like to future proof yourself should you invest in high voltage equipment in the future.

If you have a BMCC, these Hypercore and Helix battery options will work with this camera as well. All you will need is a different battery mount plate. The appropriate plates customized for the Black Magic 2.5k/4k are GP-S-BMCC (V-mount) and GP-A-BMCC (3-stud). Each plate has a 20” cable to plug into the DC input on the camera and offers two additional P-taps, to power other production accessories.

Another battery option for the BMCC is the Powerbase Edge’s successful predecessor, the PowerBase 70. Our PB70-BMCC has undoubtedly been the most popular power option for this camera, and we know why. The 77wh lithium-ion battery pack will quadruple the run-time of your BMCC 2K or 4K (we have heard from users that it has lasted more than 6 hours in some instances!) The PB70-BMCC can also double as a grip at the bottom on the camera. In addition (just like the Powerbase Edge), the battery component of the PB70-BMCC can be used as a standard V-mount battery as well.

If you have any further questions on how to power your Blackmagic cameras, please don’t hesitate to contact us.