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Old April 29th, 2014, 12:44 PM   #1
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I've got a number of LP-E6 batteries that I use for my camera and SmallHD DP4 monitor. I also use a Tascam DR-60D audio recorder which eats up AA batteries. I'd love to consolidate all of this to one long lived battery pack. Looking at 7.2V for the camera, 12V for the DP4, 5V (USB) for the Tascam.
Anyone have any ideas to put forward?

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Old April 30th, 2014, 06:06 PM   #2
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I looked at the LanParte V-Mount Power Distributor (New Lanparte V Mount Battery Pinch Power Distributor HDMI Splitter for DSLR RI | eBay)

It has a 7.2V out for the DSLR, 12V for HDMI monitors, a 5V USB out for Zoom H6 or Tascam DR-60D recorders (or charging iPhones). It uses standard V-mount batteries and is rails mountable and can act like a counterweight.

Anyone used this beastie? If so, your thoughts, please?
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Old April 30th, 2014, 06:07 PM   #3
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Also, another friend posted this link: Its Chris Winter | The Ultimate DSLR External Battery Solution

It uses an Anker style battery to power the DSLR for up to 9 hours he says. Thoughts on this as well?
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Old May 1st, 2014, 11:33 AM   #4
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No direct experience with this solution for dSLR - sorry.

Thoughts aplenty, though!

For $45 US, the battery CW refers to is inexpensive enough, and versatile enough, to do some experimenting with.

10,000 Mah would seem to be forever for cam and tascam, but how much power does your monitor take? A buddy's DP6 was set up with 3 batteries of about that physical size, and a day's shoot would use at least 2. This was a batt from SmallHD. OTOH, if you have a single batt powering everything, changing it out 2x to 4x a day might be easy to do.

I think the biggest challenge to making it all work is mounting up all the hardware. If you're consistently using a rig that mounts your monitor, tascam recorder, and cam, that serves both for handheld and tripod use, then you know where to put the batt.

I'm not a huge fan of sticky velcro for this, it always seems to unstick eventually, leaving a gooey mess. A batt like this probably doesn't have a tripod socket or similar? Maybe a battery box would be the ticket.

So, what kind of rig are you using, and what are you shooting?
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Old May 2nd, 2014, 09:59 AM   #5
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I have different rigs for different purposes. I mainly operate off of a tripod or slider. The 6D is attached to a rails baseplate to which I attach the follow focus. The SmallHD gets attached to the rails with a small articulated arm and the Tascam either goes over the DSLR on the hot shoe or attached to the rails with a 15mm attachment point to 1/4" bolt. It's usually wide and low. I can see using these batteries but I'd definitely have to figure out the best way to mount them. Maybe mounting using some velcro straps like the old Zoom H4 used to do? Something like this ---> http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/rs/tn1/tn1_4983874.jpg

Gotta think about that...

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Old May 2nd, 2014, 02:58 PM   #6
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I come from the Sony EX1 & 3 camp and have recently switched on to filming with the 5D3. Portability is the main issue for me - I do not use any rigs - just run 'n gun situations. Since I already have BP-U batteries my setup includes the following: a Hawk-Woods HB-C1 hot bloc: HB-C1 /HBC1 Hot-Bloc Power Adaptor / Hot-Shoe System This unit attaches to the hot shoe of the camera and allows you to connect a BP-U battery whilst offering you 3 additional cold shoes for extra accessories such as cordless receivers and / or on board light. I attach a Sony receiver as well as a Zylight 90 light. It has x2 12V outputs.

For powering up the DSLR, you need something like this (not sure whether the 6D uses the LP-E6 type of battery): either a Hawk-Woods DC-5D1 or a DC-5D2: Canon Power Cables This will allow you to power up the DSLR by converting the 12v output to 7.4v.

The monitor can be powered up by the other 12v output.

With regards to the 5V needed for the Tascam I suggest that you buy the Swit S-8U63 BP-U battery: http://www.amazon.co.uk/SWIT-S-8U63-.../dp/B00CQ1BMMQ which apart from giving you a 65WHr battery, also provides you with a USB 5V output. The BP-U60 type of batteries have the right size and power for long operating times whilst keeping mobility. If you need more power go for the BP-U95 type of batteries but its slightly more bulky.
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