Cheaping my way into Anton Bauers.... at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > Open DV Discussion

Open DV Discussion
For topics which don't fit into any of the other categories.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old December 8th, 2004, 04:24 PM   #1
Major Player
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: St Louis, MO
Posts: 227
Cheaping my way into Anton Bauers....

I'd like to run my monitor in the field off Anton Bauers, and someday convert my XL2 to run off a brick as well. The battery prices are almost tolerable, sort of, but it looks like chargers are $4-500!!!

Question: can I use my RC-car charger to charge AB packs?
And I know what you are saying, 'no, you can't use the charger for your toy car to fill a $300++ battery'. But without going into a lot of detail, my charger (Supernova) is very high end; I can enter the type of cells, how many, capacity of battery and max charging amps and it will discharge/charge on it's own.

Plus, I have two of them.
Cost to charge two bricks with my equipment: $0
Cost to charge two bricks with new charger(s): $1000

I figure if a brick has any electronics in it though then a non-AB charger is out. Any ideas? I'm very new to the whole brick experience. Thanks!
Jeff Miller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old December 8th, 2004, 06:39 PM   #2
Major Player
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Miami, FL
Posts: 574
Cost to replace two bricks and ultimately buy the proper charger (including the cost of the damaged equipment-$2,000.00

Kicking yourself in the ass over the period of a year or so for saving a nickle while spending a dollar-PRICELESS!

The AB bricks have built in electronics that communicate with the smart chargers. Use the AB chargers, you'll be happy you did.

RB
__________________
"The future ain't what it used to be." Yogi Berra.
www.rbravo.com
Rick Bravo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old December 8th, 2004, 08:43 PM   #3
Major Player
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: St Louis, MO
Posts: 227
Just as I feared - the Super can charge anything that has real positive/negative terminals, but if a pack has brains in there then it's sunk. Oh well, back to the Yuasa's....
Jeff Miller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old December 12th, 2004, 11:18 PM   #4
Wrangler
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 6,781
I recommend calling Anton Bauer in Connecticut, and inquire about purchasing b-stock gear. They regularly have demo units and lightly used batteries and chargers for up to 20% off. I just bought a whole set of Dionics and two chargers.
__________________
Charles Papert
www.charlespapert.com
Charles Papert is offline   Reply With Quote
Old December 13th, 2004, 08:42 AM   #5
Major Player
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: St Louis, MO
Posts: 227
Thanks for the tip. I notice BH also has used stock. Hm.,
Jeff Miller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old December 16th, 2004, 02:41 PM   #6
Major Player
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: NYC
Posts: 649
Buy factory fresh batteries. No telling what you will get with used batteries. Buying a used charger shouldn't be a problem. Perhaps the Anton Bauer B-stock batteries are okay, maybe not.

Used chargers should be okay, as long as they haven't been abused. Be sure they can charge your particular batteries.
__________________
Mark Sasahara
Director of Photography
Mark Sasahara is offline   Reply With Quote
Old December 17th, 2004, 02:20 AM   #7
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Ventura California
Posts: 179
ab on the cheap way

you also might look for a used set that came with the panasonic supercam. Its basically a lifesaver dual charger and 2 digital trimpacs and if you look you might find some at a good price.

the mounting plate will still cost you some but getting a/b s is worth it if you shoot at night at all for the ability to put a real light on the cam. And just a fyi if you can find any halfway decent ebay seller the a/b even at say 70% of lifespan is going to give you hours of use and the counterbalance on the camera is great...

M
__________________
milking the celebrity criminal trials thank god for the freaks
Michel Brewer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old December 17th, 2004, 03:52 PM   #8
Wrangler
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 6,781
The only reason I advocate buying b-stock from AB is that they test the batteries thoroughly and include a printout with the discharge curve for each battery--plus, with some of the models the charger will actually indicate how many cycles have been run. And of course, with lithium you don't have the memory issue of NiCads, so the useage style is not as important.
__________________
Charles Papert
www.charlespapert.com
Charles Papert is offline   Reply
Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Z.G.C.
(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > Open DV Discussion

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 



Google
 

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:42 AM.


DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2017 The Digital Video Information Network