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Old September 9th, 2012, 10:00 PM   #1
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Battery Adapter Plate - 3rd Party

Does anyone know where I can find the a battery adapter plate for the FS700? It should be identical to the earlier plates used for the HVR series camcorders as the batteries are identical. I've got the power adapter for an HVR-Z1U and it works fine with the FS700. I don't want to destroy the original Sony part.

I'm trying to power the FS700 through this plate (via a power distro system) instead of the cheesy DC input port on the side of the camera. Although, if I can't find the adapter plate I would use the side port as an alternative. I believe those jacks are just as difficult to find.

Does anyone else have a better solution?
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Old September 11th, 2012, 05:04 PM   #2
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OK, so the battery plate (DK-415) does not work with the FS700. The adapter will not physically clip into place. I also tried to straight-wire an old BP-L battery by disassembling and soldering the leads to the terminals. This didn't wok either. I believe there is a required third contact on the camera that possibly conducts battery information.

So I'm left with using the DC-input jack on the side of the camera. If anyone has an idea where to locate that part (the male plug), or who makes it for Sony, please let me know.

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Old September 11th, 2012, 05:18 PM   #3
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The FS700 uses the same AC Adapter the DSLR/SLTs use, the AC-PW10AM. I'd get a knockoff PW10 on ebay and chop off the wire.

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Old September 11th, 2012, 07:39 PM   #4
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Thanks Matt. After a little research I made that discovery. I just ordered a knockoff for $10.
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Old October 4th, 2012, 10:35 PM   #5
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I've ordered one two. The thing I'm concerned about is that the power supply is supposed to deliver a nominal 7.6 V. I'm concerned that the FS700 is going to think (in essence), "Since this is an outside, somewhat uncontrolled voltage, I'm going to need to condition it a little. And in the process, I'll have to knock off some voltage." So if I feed it a battery voltage of 7.2 V, it may knock it down to, say, 6.8 V. Now I don't know that this is true, but I'm concerned. The net result (at worst) is greatly reduced running time before the camera says, "That voltage is too low."

Yes, I know that all voltages are dependant upon load, charge, etc.

Has anyone experienced any problems?

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Old October 8th, 2012, 07:38 PM   #6
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So after about 4 weeks of use, I've had no problems with the handwired power tap. I was thinking that the connector might get knocked out of position, but that hasn't happened so far, and I've done a lot of shoots. The camera runs about 6 hours on a single 160wh v-mount battery, and about 3.5 hours with the Ki Pro Mini, Monitor, and camera. The voltage range stays a constant 7.6 until the battery depletes to about 10%. I still need to order and assemble a 90 degree 4-pin power connector to power the Ki Pro, but the camera tap is the way to go.
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