Power solutions http://personal-view.com/talks/categories/power-camera-rig/feed.rss Thu, 30 Mar 17 00:54:45 -0600 Power solutions en-CA Sony NP-Fxxx batteries topic http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/3743/sony-np-fxxx-batteries-topic Sun, 01 Jul 2012 02:39:09 -0600 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?


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 -0600 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.

Affordable V Mount Batterys http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15790/affordable-v-mount-batterys Sun, 25 Sep 2016 04:12:53 -0600 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 -0600 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 -0600 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 -0600 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 -0600 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 -0700 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 -0700 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 -0600 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 -0700 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 -0600 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 -0600 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 -0700 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 -0700 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 Third party batteries http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/74/gh2-third-party-batteries Tue, 10 May 2011 23:58:09 -0600 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.]]>
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 -0600 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

Need help for a battery pack, please http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/11228/need-help-for-a-battery-pack-please Mon, 08 Sep 2014 18:01:24 -0600 monks19 11228@/talks/discussions Hi. Does anybody use this battery pack:


Is it good at all and how long does it take to the battery to be recharged completely ?

Thanks to answer

Panasonic GH4 & YAGHE unit powered by IDX http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/11198/panasonic-gh4-yaghe-unit-powered-by-idx Fri, 05 Sep 2014 07:53:10 -0600 driftwood 11198@/talks/discussions Im currently testing some 'in the field' IDX Company mount and battery packs with the Panasonic DMW-YAGHE unit & GH4.

Straight out of the box the following works;-

1 x IDX C-EBXLR Endura Individual Power System - One V-Mount Adapter Plate with 4-pin XLR Connector

1 x IDX CA-4XLR 4-pin XLR Male to 4-pin XLR Female Cable extension cable

1 x CUE 75 LI-ion Battery (XLR connector plus extra D Type adapter for powering other devices) or longer duration DUO 95 (which features extra two 'D Type' Power Outputs to power other devices plus a powered USB Out too!)

1 x IDX LI-ion Battery charger (for example the VLP PC1 single charger )

Lookout for a full report and video over the weekend regarding maximum recording times with fully charged batteries of the CUE 75 and DUO 95 packs.

MASSIVE 8.4volt battery pack for the GH2 http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/10945/massive-8.4volt-battery-pack-for-the-gh2 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:54:13 -0600 spielbergo 10945@/talks/discussions how about this battery for the gh2, 18000mah at 8.4 volts.

1 - batteries are usually higher than stated, so maybe 8.8v? 2 - voltage regulator in line? 3 - dc coupler with 9v fuse? ubec at 9v


Problem with external battery in manual focus with Sanity 5.1 http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/10857/problem-with-external-battery-in-manual-focus-with-sanity-5.1 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:09:51 -0600 haribabis 10857@/talks/discussions Hello! I bought the external battery in the picture and i have a strange problem. I use @Ralph_B hack Sanity 5.1. Only in manual focus after a few seconds recording, i get the message "this battery can not be used" and GH2 is turning off. Everything is working OK with noname and original batteries inside the GH2, in auto and manual focus. I reload the original firmware and connect the external battery and there is no problem in manual focus. It appears only when i have Sanity hack, manual focus and with the external battery!

External battery options for GH4 http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/9980/external-battery-options-for-gh4 Thu, 27 Mar 2014 06:20:31 -0600 mrbill 9980@/talks/discussions I'm going to modify my GH2 external battery step up unit (to use with the powerbank batteries I've already bought) for use with my GH4 when it arrives. As the GH4 seems to use the same batteries as the GH3, can anybody confirm the voltage output of the AC adapter for the GH3? Many thanks.

usb charging Lumix G batteries http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/10676/usb-charging-lumix-g-batteries Fri, 27 Jun 2014 05:48:24 -0600 lenuisible 10676@/talks/discussions I recently bought a battery bundle on amazon (patona one) for my GX7, and I had the good surprise to discover an usb enabled charger ! The batteries are not that good (they don't last much), but the usb input on the charger is really a nice option.
I recently became fond of external usb battery (like Anker or similar ones), I can now charge my smartphone, my portable speaker and my GX7 batteries with it.

I'm pretty sure all the Patona chargers for lumix G camera have that option.

Varavon External Battery Kit http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/10645/varavon-external-battery-kit Fri, 20 Jun 2014 23:13:06 -0600 QuickHitRecord 10645@/talks/discussions image




  • Samsung SDI Battery Cell
  • Can Choose 7.4V, 8.4V, 12V Output Power / 10,400mAh High Capacity
  • Can Use Dual Voltage Outputs, 8.4V and One out of 7.4V, 8.4V and 12V at the Same Time
  • $220 shipped

Price: see above
Shipping: Includes free shipping for US/Canada/UK/Australia&NZ/Western Europe. Contact for other regions.
How to buy this thing....

Seems like a more cost-effective alternative to the Switronix PB70 for those looking to power a camera and monitor from the same source, but I haven't seen anything written about this yet. Has anyone used one?

Canon LP-E6 to F570/F770/F970 Battery Adapter http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/10081/canon-lp-e6-to-f570f770f970-battery-adapter Sun, 06 Apr 2014 07:31:24 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 10081@/talks/discussions image

Cost: $5.29 shipped


Powering GH2 http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/285/powering-gh2 Sat, 25 Jun 2011 17:01:00 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 285@/talks/discussions
Is it enough to supply 7.2V from external battery.
Or 8.4V as in original power supply is required?]]>
DIY battery pack for 3.7v Canon Point and Shoots http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/9659/diy-battery-pack-for-3.7v-canon-point-and-shoots Tue, 18 Feb 2014 15:35:33 -0700 ragnar 9659@/talks/discussions I copied someone else's plan to do this. This is my attempt. It's working for me and my Canon S100, S110 and ELPH 300HS cameras for my bird photography. With two factory batteries it supplies 4.10v, which apparently the cams don't mind as they haven't melted...yet. Anyway, I know little to nothing about electrical things and terms so if I can make it work you can too. I made a video of what I did. There are two parts. Part 1 is about 11 mins long and Part 2 about 5 mins long. I've built and tested two of these, one for the ELPH and the other for the S100 and S110. I realize that there are many other ways to do this but I liked this way because it used cheap chargers (I paid about $3 for each) and the standard batteries. I have one outside right now taking pics of winter birds. I got 4hrs and 10mins from both packs as I tested them each. That's about double the time I used to get with just one battery in the camera the normal way. Also, in hindsight, I didn't need to order Canon S100 and Canon ELPH 300HS specific chargers as the bottom line here is the 3.7v, which both NB-4L and NB-5L provide so I could've just ordered one type and went with that. Oh well, like I said, I don't know this stuff.

Part I:

Part II:

Here are two recent birdy pics using this method.

Solar power charger that works with the GH2 batteries http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/3556/solar-power-charger-that-works-with-the-gh2-batteries Tue, 12 Jun 2012 05:00:56 -0600 Mike_C 3556@/talks/discussions I wonder if anyone of you knows of a good solar powered charger (to be used while backpacking) that works (or is meant to work) with the GH2 (official and aftermarket) batteries. Thank you

Battery solution for Panasonic G6! http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/8662/battery-solution-for-panasonic-g6 Mon, 04 Nov 2013 11:56:51 -0700 kombai 8662@/talks/discussions I bough Panasonic G6 a week ago. As I am person who makes documentaries from remote areas on our planet (Papua, amazonia...) I sometimes do not have access to electricity for one or two weeks. The battery life in G6 is only 1 hour and for me it means to have about 15 batteries in my bag... So there is a battery solution for Panasonic GH2 that can make about 14 hours juice for a camera:

As the batteries are the same I made it but when turning on my G6 switches off after 3 seconds and displays "this battery is not supported" I know that there is a chip in battery and in camera but is there any way how to cope with it?

Thank you a lot!!!

GH2 battery grip for 110$ (Finally Available!) http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/1835/gh2-battery-grip-for-110-finally-available Mon, 26 Dec 2011 09:13:54 -0700 stefanos 1835@/talks/discussions
Below is the email I received where you can see company details and links. I know they have an ebay store so my guess is it will pop up there soon but I haven't seen it there yet. I haven't ordered one yet but I definitely want to get one cause I need 1) a proper + safe powering solution without hanging weird batteries and without buying absurd OEM batteries 2) sth to add more "masculinity" to the miniscule and featherweight gh2

"Dear Customer
We will tell you a good news.
About PANASONIC GH2's grip is already on the market in 2011/12/20.

On this website, you can get more product information.

On this website, you can buy products through PAYPAL (online credit card page, like EBAY)

MIG-PGH2 has four purchase specifications
(1) MIG-PGH2B = only BODY (B = BLACK)
(2) MIG-PGH2AB = BODY + MEB-03-c (A = external AA battery pack)
(3) [New specifications] MIG-PGH2RB =BODY + mini IR 2B & RHS (R = IR Remote, not the wired remote control)
(4) MIG-PGH2RAB = BODY + MEB-03-c + mini IR 2B & RHS

We recommend to buy (1) or (3).
Because AA batteries is not recommended as the main power supply that use on GH2 cameras.
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