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Old January 30th, 2012, 05:10 PM   #1
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neewer 160 led - preferred battery/ac supply?

neewer 160 led - preferred battery/ac supply?

i'm in need of a z96 type small battery powered led light to use as a small interview hair/back/side light.

i happened across the neewer 160:

http://www.amazon.com/LED-CN-160-Dimmable-Camcorder-Panasonic/dp/B004TJ6JH6/ref=cm_cr_pr_pb_t

anyone ever use the 160?

i know i can power with 4xAA but wondered if having a cheap sony style battery pays?

(i already have a sony np-f series charger from my sony fs100 kit)

also what do folks us to ac power this type of a unit?

thanks in advance to those who care to share.

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Old January 30th, 2012, 05:22 PM   #2
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Re: neewer 160 led - preferred battery/ac supply?

Hi Rob

I found the AA cells a real pain to use and also keep in place. Both my spare lights (one is 126 and the other is 160 use Panasonic batteries from my old camera systems..they last for ages and are a lot more stable than a bunch of AA's .... You can also use the generic batteries and don't need to use 'genuine' brand names!! At weddings a 2500mah battery will last me almost all night!!! ... Battery chargers/ac adapters are not a good idea as their higher than normal voltage will probably damage the LED's unless you buy a proper power supply!! The batteries are easier!!

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Old January 30th, 2012, 07:54 PM   #3
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chris-

thanks for the tip about using ac.

a sony battery clone it is.

how do you like/use your 160?

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Old January 30th, 2012, 09:36 PM   #4
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Re: neewer 160 led - preferred battery/ac supply?

I am using 160 led, got 3 of them. they are very good, but have some kind of green tone :) . using them with ex1r all the time
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Old January 31st, 2012, 08:41 AM   #5
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david-

thanks for sharing.

it is my understanding that with these cheaper leds there will be green spikes.

i am imagining since magenta is opposite green on the color wheel, a magenta gel might ameliorate some of the offensive colorization.

see green = use magenta gel, is that right?

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Old January 31st, 2012, 11:54 AM   #6
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Re: neewer 160 led - preferred battery/ac supply?

I would suggest only using AA batteries as last resort. A lot of people have reported the light will flicker at max brightness, or while dimming with AA batteries.

We have NP-F570 batteries that is only $18 and last for 2 hrs. NP-F770 batteries last for 4 hours.

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Old March 21st, 2013, 11:11 AM   #7
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Re: neewer 160 led - preferred battery/ac supply?

I found this thread through Google looking for the exact same options for the CN-160 light. I would agree on the flicker issue. I shot a series of memorial interviews using the CN-160 as a fill and the flickering is obvious in the finished edit. I was able to minimize it a bit but it's still there. I'm heading back to Amazon for another one of these lights and a couple of the Panasonic aftermarkets to power them.

These lights are now under $40 and aren't too bad, at least for my purposes. They won't stand up to run and gun shooting unless you baby them but the plastic shoe mounts are okay. They're also attached by small screws so I can't imagine it would be that difficult to replace them with something sturdier.
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