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Old April 15th, 2010, 10:31 AM   #1
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AB charger to EX3 instead of battery

...for AB dionic / EX3 users out there:

is it safe to use the titan-charger (attached to the QR-EX3 plate) to power the camera instead of the battery ??
(with an AC power outlet near the camera, off course...)

any comments would be greatly apreciated....

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Old April 15th, 2010, 08:48 PM   #2
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I do it, no problems. In fact I power two EX cameras with one Titan unit for a 3D rig.
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Old April 15th, 2010, 11:44 PM   #3
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Enrique you probably know this but worth mentioning anyway... On the rear panel of the Titan charger is a 4pin female XLR power outlet. You can switch the charger over to put power through this outlet.

You would obviously need a 4 pin XLR male to an EIAJ-04 connector that the EX3 utilizes to power this way. I know Vortex Media sells a reasonable priced cable that fits the bill.
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Old April 16th, 2010, 12:16 AM   #4
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I would be inclined to have a battery attached to the charger in the hope of soaking up any inrush surges unless there is also a hard switch between the charger and camera. Those currents could be a bit savage if you experience a series of flickers on mains power that happen sometimes just before a blackout.

I have used a Titan on back of a SI2K recorder unit which has an AB Gold dock and observed a distinct surge in the touch screen blue "power-on" display when mains was switched on. The SI2K is hard switched, the monitor was non-genuine and was not switched through the SI2K.

The EX1 is soft-switched, thus cannot be isolated from inrush currents unless a hard switch is introduced between camera and charger. It may not endure inrush currents forever. The EX3 might be soft-switched too, however I do not know this.

Anton Bauer may have more information to give you if you were to ask. This is only my unproven observation and theory on the matter and I may be propogating misinformation here.

The Titan has been a compact and convenient "international" mains power source for the SI2K so far but it does get a bit hot on our mains out here 240vAC 50Hz.

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Old April 16th, 2010, 10:33 PM   #5
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thank you all... AB just let me know that the Titan (or Tandem which is the new version) is safe to use with the EX3 as external power supply...

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