Power solutions http://personal-view.com/talks/categories/power-camera-rig/feed.rss Mon, 17 Feb 20 09:46:58 +0000 Power solutions en-CA Méthanol battery http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/23265/methanol-battery Sat, 21 Dec 2019 01:25:44 +0000 flash 23265@/talks/discussions

Scientists working on a drone development programme created a “game-changing” methanol-powered fuel system that kept their UAV in the air for 12 hours.

It took them more than two years to get the FY-36 unmanned aerial vehicle to the flying prototype stage, said Zhang Wenyu, general manager of Feye UAV Technology, a Tianjin-based drone manufacturer that collaborated with the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, in northeastern Liaoning province.


Soonwell PH70 Power Handle for Cinema Rigs http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/23132/soonwell-ph70-power-handle-for-cinema-rigs Thu, 21 Nov 2019 06:05:38 +0000 Vitaliy_Kiselev 23132@/talks/discussions image

Powerange 26v Batteries and special charger for Arri LF cameras http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/22890/powerange-26v-batteries-and-special-charger-for-arri-lf-cameras Wed, 30 Oct 2019 16:43:45 +0000 Vitaliy_Kiselev 22890@/talks/discussions

Nitecore NFZ100 Smart Battery http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/22454/nitecore-nfz100-smart-battery Wed, 21 Aug 2019 10:59:39 +0000 Vitaliy_Kiselev 22454@/talks/discussions image


  • Voltage: 7.2V
  • Capacity: 2,280mAh
  • Energy:16.4Wh
  • Compatible Models: A7 III, A7R III, A9
  • Free compatible app
  • Weight: 82.5g
  • Dimensions: 52mmx38.7mmx22.5mm
Photovoltaic battery http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/22450/photovoltaic-battery Tue, 20 Aug 2019 17:07:25 +0000 flash 22450@/talks/discussions https://unmanned-aerial.com/uc-berkeley-researchers-say-drone-could-fly-for-days-with-new-pv-engine?utm_medium=email&utm_source=LNH+08-15-2019&utm_campaign=UAO+Latest+News+Headlines

GH2 Third party batteries http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/74/gh2-third-party-batteries Tue, 10 May 2011 23:58:09 +0000 Vitaliy_Kiselev 74@/talks/discussions


None of them show level indicator as far as I know.

Power rating is mostly true, so it holds the same or even longer than original battery.

P.S. Panasonic original batteries are real scam :-) Hard to find and could cost you a fortune.]]>
Replacement for the stock battery for G7, GH2, possibly the new G85 http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15833/replacement-for-the-stock-battery-for-g7-gh2-possibly-the-new-g85 Sun, 02 Oct 2016 11:32:48 +0000 DrDave 15833@/talks/discussions Actually, a good replacement for the stock battery. Maybe more. For G7, GH2 &c. possibly the new G85

I use a lot of the BLC12 Batteries. I buy the Panasonic ones; they aren't cheap but they last the longest and don't turn the camera off with no warning.
However, I do buy aftermarket batteries for testing from time to time. They often have very high ratings, and they never work very well.
A few years ago, I bought the DSTE "1600mah" battery. It had about 70 percent of the stock battery's power, and the stock battery is 1200 mah. So that's 840mah, or about half the advertised capacity.
A few weeks ago, I purchased the 1700 mah version at this link:
It weighs 55 gm as opposed to the stock 50gm. Previous clones weighed 46 and 48 gm.
Now before you get excited, the extra weight is probably ballast, since you can't squeeze more cells into a battery, as a general rule.
However, after extensive testing, this battery is equal to--not better--but equal to stock. The only difference is that the shutdown curve is a bit steeper.
So it isn't "1700" mah, but it is basically a stock battery.
This was quite a shock, but I repeated the tests several times. In one test, I simply turn on the camera and record video until the battery croaks, and measure the time. Both the stock battery and the DSTE run the G7 for two hours of video, sometimes a few minutes more, sometimes a few minutes less. So, finally, an inexpensive option. At least for this batch. Also, see my post on the cheap external battery that will run your camera all day.

IBC 2018: IDX Batteries and Chargers http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/20534/ibc-2018-idx-batteries-and-chargers Thu, 27 Sep 2018 04:17:23 +0000 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20534@/talks/discussions

Step-up USB adapters for Panasonic, Canon, Sony & others http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/18896/step-up-usb-adapters-for-panasonic-canon-sony-others Tue, 30 Jan 2018 23:19:58 +0000 DrDave 18896@/talks/discussions These have been around for awhile, but the price has come way down. Basically, it's a USB DC-DC converter that lifts the standard USB 5 volts to, for example, 8.4 volts for Panasonic.

I purchased this one.



There's another model that has two USB inputs, so you could use two power banks or use one and draw more amps.

I was skeptical, and the packaging made me even more so, cardboard & crinkly shrinkly, but I plugged it into my cheapest 5200mah power bank and measured the voltage. 8.8 volts, which is just about right (I've gone as high as 9.2, but prefer not to). Notably, the needle on my trusty voltmeter did not wiggle. Also noteworthy, it didn't seem to need the recommended 3 amp draw. It comes with a 3 amp wall wart if you just want to plug the camera into the mains for power.

It comes with a bog standard dummy battery. The step up converter is tiny, not much thicker than the cable. Plugged in the camera (Panasonic G7) and waited. The 5200mah power bank ran the camera for 156 minutes, or two and one half hours. Not bad--you are going to lose some power in the conversion so don't skimp on the power bank. I'll do some tests later with my RAV 20,000mah bank.

Camera ran cooler than expected.

So there you have it, easy, lightweight power from USB. I had been using 9 volt packs with stacks of Panasonic 18650 cells (runs forever....). But this is really easy.

You can buy adapters for most cameras, and considering the fact that it comes with a dummy battery, the price is cheap. Will it burn out? Interesting question.

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iFootage Electric Ray http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/18584/ifootage-electric-ray Wed, 27 Dec 2017 16:15:56 +0000 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18584@/talks/discussions

PV Lab: IDX Endura Cue V-Mount battery test http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/18185/pv-lab-idx-endura-cue-v-mount-battery-test Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:18:36 +0000 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18185@/talks/discussions Simple sample of our battery tests



Manufacturer specs

  • 91Wh capacity
  • 620g
  • 25.4mm depth
  • 12V cutoff voltage

Thermal behavior



Depleted battery


PV Lab: Noname Sony NP-F550 Compatible battery http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/18327/pv-lab-noname-sony-np-f550-compatible-battery Sun, 26 Nov 2017 12:54:56 +0000 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18327@/talks/discussions image


  • Noname brand
  • Made in China around one year ago
  • 2200 mAh stated

Sony NP compatible battery, UK Lab, discharge from fully charged state, 8W constant load

8W load is typical for Panasonic GH5 4K recording mode as well as Canon DSLR video recording modes.


PV Lab: Anton Bauer NP F-970 battery http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/18276/pv-lab-anton-bauer-np-f-970-battery Mon, 20 Nov 2017 05:33:05 +0000 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18276@/talks/discussions Second sample of our battery tests



Manufacturer specs

Will be added later.

Sony NP compatible battery, UK Lab, discharge from fully charged state, 50W constant load

Note that 50W load is little big for such batteries, lights usually draw maximum 30W from them.


Four Position Battery Charger for Panasonic GHx cameras http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17828/four-position-battery-charger-for-panasonic-ghx-cameras Sun, 24 Sep 2017 00:45:52 +0000 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17828@/talks/discussions image

  • Charges Four Batteries Simultaneously
  • Dynamic Power Management
  • Recharges Batteries in 2.5 Hours
  • 100-240 VAC Power for Worldwide Use
  • 12 VDC Power for Charging in a Vehicle


7.2v to 12v boost converter http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17453/7.2v-to-12v-boost-converter Thu, 03 Aug 2017 02:39:32 +0000 zcream 17453@/talks/discussions I have 2 batteries. 1 for Panasonic cga-d54s and 2x Sony nfp to power dual hyperdeck shuttle.

I am thinking of routing power from cga-d54s from camera contacts and feeding to hyperdeck.

Any solution for boosting 7.2v to 12v? Hopefully Max. Efficiency.

One off eBay is xl6009-dc-dc - not sure how good it is.

Sony NP-Fxxx batteries topic http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/3743/sony-np-fxxx-batteries-topic Sun, 01 Jul 2012 02:39:09 +0000 sam_rides_a_mtb 3743@/talks/discussions Just got two of the 312 LED lights and love them! Used them for just over two hours and they did not quit, though pressed the 'T' button on the back afterwards and battery level indicator did not light up any of the 4 or 5 level lights, indicating the batteries were nearly fully discharged. Looking to get some of the larger NP-F970 or similar batteries (6600 mAh+/-) and see some on ebay for $17 shipped and some for $150. Most are around $25-$35. Can anyone give some feedback about what has worked for them?

I looked through the current threads and did not see much info about this. If I missed it, can someone please point me in that direction and then Vitaliy can close this thread.

Edit: Also, do you need to have matching capacity batteries on these 312 LED lights? And do the two batteries run in a series or in parallel - essentially do they increase the voltage by having two, or simply extend the run time?


Affordable V Mount Batterys http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15790/affordable-v-mount-batterys Sun, 25 Sep 2016 04:12:53 +0000 TimTomTum 15790@/talks/discussions Hey PV people,

are there any chinese V Mount options that are affordable and reliable? Would love to start building a set. I currently own 8 chinese NPF 970, would getting a v mount to NPF6 adapter also be a good solution, so I just stock up my NPFs? I am looking to power my LED strip lights with them.

Lumix GH2 video output http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15149/lumix-gh2-video-output Tue, 31 May 2016 05:51:21 +0000 Jessy 15149@/talks/discussions Hi, I open this topic to know if the GH2 has video output via HDMI 10-bit or 8-bit, are not able to find reliable answers anywhere. Does anyone know are 8 or 10 bits for sure? thank you

GH2 DC coupler for cheap http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/4950/gh2-dc-coupler-for-cheap Sun, 21 Oct 2012 03:45:19 +0000 Vitaliy_Kiselev 4950@/talks/discussions image

Price: $23.35 with free shipping


Atomos PowerStation http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/12932/atomos-powerstation Tue, 05 May 2015 07:11:59 +0000 Vitaliy_Kiselev 12932@/talks/discussions

In a footprint not much larger than 2 batteries, Atomos Power Station delivers power for up to 5 devices using our patent pending Continuous Power dual battery system, allowing users to hot swap batteries on the fly without interrupting power to their devices.

“This is Power to the People, solving power and battery for everyone.” said Jeromy Young, CEO and Founder of Atomos. “The Power Station is the Anton Bauer for the masses, solving the biggest hassle on set, running out of power; we have also added one of the fastest dual battery chargers in the industry all in one device.”

At its core, Power Station consists of 2 batteries mounted side by side that operate together using a continuous circular power system. When one battery gets low it can be removed and charged while the system switches across to the second battery uninterrupted. This patented design by Atomos is used to power up to 3 DC streams (for cameras, monitors, recorders or lighting) as well as 2 USB products such as smartphones or tablets. With a DC input as well, it doubles as a super-fast charger for your batteries – up to 3 times the rate of conventional chargers.

Connections and features at a glance:

  • 2 DC out and included splitter cable to give connection for up to 3 DC devices.
  • 2 USB terminals to power 1A and 2A USB devices for fast charging of USB cameras or to power any USB device.
  • DC input with fast charging capability to charge the connected batteries and provide continual AC power for connected devices.
  • Independent left and right LED front display to give a quick 5 step visual guide on the power remaining for each battery from 100% down to 10%.
  • Dummy batteries are available to power popular cameras including Sony A7s, Sony FS Series, Panasonic GH4, Nikon D810 and Canon 5DMKIII.
  • Total power capability up to 5A (DC plus USB), with maximum 3A for USB connections.
External battery solutions for GH4 http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/10429/external-battery-solutions-for-gh4 Wed, 21 May 2014 22:49:11 +0000 dracore 10429@/talks/discussions Anyone successfully using external batteries with the GH4? I am using the ones I had with the GH2 which was a 9V/12V Li-ion external battery which was purchased from eBay (basically one of these: http://www.ebay.com/itm/DC-12V-6500MA-9V-8500MA-5V-15000MA-Rechargeable-Li-ion-Battery-Pack-for-CCTV-Cam-/370960595674?pt=US_Rechargeable_Batteries&hash=item565ef97ada). What I am noticing is that when I turn on the GH4, I see the battery indicator on the GH4 show full battery status but flickering like mad. If the LCD is on, the display flickers too. The flickering battery indicator actually is an issue because the moment you try to access the menu system, you get kicked out immediately. Although it seems that I can still record despite the flicker.

If you are using an external battery solution successfully, what do you have?

V locks dead - any chance of revival!? http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/14630/v-locks-dead-any-chance-of-revival Sun, 21 Feb 2016 15:40:25 +0000 belfryman 14630@/talks/discussions I left a couple of v locks on my double charger for a couple of weeks when it wasn't plugged in and they are dead as the proverbial dodo now. No amount of charging is doing anything. I presume I have drained their very souls leaving them on the charger. Any suggestions or have I thrown $600 on the fire? I imagine I have.

Sony NP battery case with replaceable cells http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/14469/sony-np-battery-case-with-replaceable-cells Thu, 21 Jan 2016 22:30:27 +0000 Vitaliy_Kiselev 14469@/talks/discussions image

Motion9 Power Volt Adapter http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/12723/motion9-power-volt-adapter Thu, 02 Apr 2015 09:48:23 +0000 Vitaliy_Kiselev 12723@/talks/discussions

Accept 12-20V and output 5V / 7.4V / 12V.

Varavon GH4 Battery - impossible to charge it http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/12484/varavon-gh4-battery-impossible-to-charge-it- Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:14:18 +0000 gabilourson 12484@/talks/discussions Hi guys, I bought by personal-deals the Varavon GH4 battery, but it's impossible to charge it :) I tried for long durations... And paper instructions is really mystery... I searched more explanations on varavon web site, on youtube etc, but I got nothing... If someone has more info ....

FLEXIOM DC Converter for DSLR-s and all stuff requiring specific voltage. http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/6986/flexiom-dc-converter-for-dslr-s-and-all-stuff-requiring-specific-voltage.- Fri, 17 May 2013 18:23:28 +0000 feha 6986@/talks/discussions

Official name for this product will be: FLEXIOM

Flexible Input Output Manager (or Module) ...

The official website will be http://flexiom.com (under construction).

Support: feha[@]flexiom.com

P-V members will get rebate.

I have decided to make DIY product for Universal DC converter. This unit will allow use of any power source 3-30v as input and max output current will be 2A. The unit consists of voltage converter that gives you adjustable output for example GH2, GH3 8.4 V or any other equipment that is sensitive and requires exact voltage.

Consider this unit as a protection "Layer" between your DSLR and any power unit.

I know there are many ready power solutions already out on the market, but many still struggle and burn/brick their expensive equipment trying different alternative powering sources.

I decided to take my time and make this DIY product as a test but if there is an interest might get as batch production.

The unit will cost a $75 USD + postage (P-V members price). More than 65% of the price to buying needed components the rest a small compensation for research, drill and soldering :-)

For EACH UNIQUE SALE (per member) I will contribute a $10 USD to support P-V !

Product components :

  • ABS plastic project box

  • Electronics component (The converter)

  • DC IN/OUT 5.5x2.5 mm jacks

  • Digital Voltmeter (RED) with external switch to check IN voltage, OUT voltage and OFF

Let me know your interest ?

V-lock Solution http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/7597/v-lock-solution Thu, 25 Jul 2013 05:59:32 +0000 Jon2323 7597@/talks/discussions Hi, I'm looking for a v-lock battery solution, to power GH2 / TVlogic 5.6 external monitor etc.

Does anyone have any recommendations please? I've found these two:

Lanparte http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lanparte-V-Lock-Battery-Pinch-Power-Distributor-HDMI-Splitter-for-DSLR-RIG-/161071666608?pt=UK_Tripods_Heads_Stablisers&hash=item25809e95b0

Tilta http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Tilta-V-Mount-Battery-15MM-Plate-Power-Supply-For-BMCC-BlackMagic-Camera-/281139018655?pt=UK_Camera_Batteries&hash=item417530fb9f

I'm assuming the monitor would be powered from the Dtap, and camera from the DC out 12v?

Cheers Jon

gh4 battery options? http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/12158/gh4-battery-options Mon, 12 Jan 2015 14:59:30 +0000 jclmedia 12158@/talks/discussions So ive been doin a little research and Ive seen that one youtube clip with battery times ect. I cant decide on the Watson brand or panasonic. what would you get? most people rec. the panasonic battery.


GH4 aftermarket battery shootout http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/11877/gh4-aftermarket-battery-shootout Sun, 30 Nov 2014 20:37:02 +0000 willu 11877@/talks/discussions I had to buy a ton of GH4 Batteries the other day and though I would do a quick comparison between some of the best selling options. I also included a ton of info about recording times and memory cards in this video as well. I'm going to be doing something similar for the Hero 4, so my goal is to know which of these aftermarket brands is reliable in terms of capacity, functionality, etc.

GH2 powerplate and dc coupler for GH4 http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/11315/gh2-powerplate-and-dc-coupler-for-gh4 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:37:47 +0000 howardst 11315@/talks/discussions i assume the powerplate will work, i assume theres a different dc coupler since gh4 battery is different. Am i assuming all this correctly? and if i am where do i get the coupler for gh4. dolgin doesnt have it. thanx