The follow-up to the highly successful Powerbase70, the Powerbase Edge is a feature-rich “small-form” Cine and DSLR pack, in a v-mount form. The 14.8v Lithium Ion pack includes one 8v port to power various cameras, two USB output, and two power tap outputs, one of which being a SmartTap.
The 8v port provides a common power output for the majority of DSLRs and small-form cine cameras on the market which utilize small 7.4v Li-Ion battery packs. There are an assortment of dummy battery cable attachments available which insert into that 8v port. In addition to powering the camera, two on-board powertaps are accessible to power monitors, lights, wireless transmitters, etc. The two available USB ports are a welcoming addition to power/charge mobile devices on the fly, as well as power any 5v accessories (i.e. select audio recorders).
As it is often difficult to approximate runtime when powering the camera as well as multiple devices, the Powerbase Edge has a built-in runtime LCD, to deliver exact battery expectancy to the minute. The LCD also has a button activated backlight to be view-able in any environment. As with it’s predecessor, the Edge has a quick release plate to attach underneath the camera, or quickly attach/detach to a rig or camera cage. It is 30% smaller than the Powerbase 70 yet can still withstand the draw of a full size Cinematic cameras.
Director of Photography, Renan Ozturk, travels the globe filming in the most remote locations from Mount Everest, to the deserts of Utah. Often the conditions he shoots in stresses his equipment to the point of failure while filming. Along with extreme temperatures, his shoots are usually incredibly remote, requiring his equipment to be the utmost reliable.
A humble Canon LP-E6 DSLR battery has a 13 watt hour (Wh) capacity, tiny compared with a V-mount unit at 98, 150 or even 198 Wh capacity. These broadcast batteries can keep you going all day, but are far too big and cumbersome for DSLR or mirrorless cameras. A smaller battery means run time worries, down time and technical problems for a DSLR owner: how many batteries do you charge before a shoot? How much time does that take? How often do you swap DSLR batteries on a shoot? How long does that take? How many small DSLR batteries do you lose throughout the year? How much does that cost you?
Sony A7’s series of cameras are serious contenders in the full frame market... but all that processing power demands high capacity batteries for even modest shooting times. The new Powerbase Edge is a 49Wh lithium ion battery mounts either 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.
Core SWX, a leader in battery and charging solutions, announces Holdan as its new European distributor. Based in the UK, Holdan will offer Core’s full line of battery and charging solutions, including its latest Powerbase Edge and Nano-M Series.