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Old March 14th, 2006, 07:49 PM   #16
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Well, given the value of the canuck buck these days, it might as well be 700 CAN :-) I could strip it down to pair off 100 or so, but then you'd lose the power options, charger, and the rather hip "shipping" container.

The tree hugger in me doesn't want to see folks turfing disposable batteries ... and with a confirmed 20 hour runtime I think the power system will be popular with the unit's owners. David Suzuki would approve.
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Old March 15th, 2006, 08:48 AM   #17
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... and with a confirmed 20 hour runtime I think the power system will be popular with the unit's owners.
My concern with the built in batteries would be the "what if" scenarios...

For example: What if you shoot a 14 hour day...and the camera assistant forgets to plug in the adapter to charge for the next day? (or , less likely, the power goes out overnight)

I would at least like to have some other option to continue shooting. Is there a way to run it while it is plugged in maybe?
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Old March 15th, 2006, 09:08 AM   #18
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Good question Jason. There are three power options: internal, charger as AC adapter (1.5 hour full charge while unit is running), or an external battery pack. Four NiMh AAs would provide in excess of 150 hours runtime.
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Old March 15th, 2006, 11:59 AM   #19
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Just curious -- have you looked into the life cycle of the power cells you're using? How many charges are you expecting to get out of the power cells?
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Old March 15th, 2006, 12:50 PM   #20
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Yes Jim. Providing users follow the directions for care and feeding of their power system, and use the provided hardware to charge, they will see ~700 to a max of ~1000 charge cycles. To answer your next question, they can easily be replaced :-)
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Old March 15th, 2006, 01:57 PM   #21
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Good question Jason. There are three power options: internal, charger as AC adapter (1.5 hour full charge while unit is running), or an external battery pack. Four NiMh AAs would provide in excess of 150 hours runtime.

Works for me! :)
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Old March 15th, 2006, 02:15 PM   #22
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Yes Jim. Providing users follow the directions for care and feeding of their power system, and use the provided hardware to charge, they will see ~700 to a max of ~1000 charge cycles. To answer your next question, they can easily be replaced :-)
Ah, cool. Does that mean a user could replace them without a hex key or something specialised?

I ask because personally I'd prefer to be able to change out batteries on the fly and was just wondering if your design accomodates both that and charging...
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Old March 15th, 2006, 03:04 PM   #23
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Jim, see post 18 ....
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