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ACQUISITION The future is smaller, more powerful batteries. by Steve Emmett H igh-quality cameras are getting smaller and lighter all the time, making them suitable for new applications. Nearly every production we see today includes shots acquired by drone and gimbal mounted cameras. The batteries required to power these cameras have to meet new criteria. They must be able to withstand vibration, within a suitable form factor, without compromising on power. Cell manufacturers are now offering more powerful Li-Ion cells that make smaller batteries achievable. For example, it is now possible to create a 150 Watt-hour battery, offering a 10A current draw, that is the same size as a 100Wh battery, offering 7A, which was state-of-the art only a few years ago. PAG was contacted by one of the industry’s most respected camera manufacturers, ARRI, and asked to work in partnership on the design of a power solution for its new Alexa Mini camera. ARRI was impressed with PAG’s innovative PAGlink battery system, but required an even lighter battery, with a form-factor slimmer than anything available in the market. The battery had to be suitable for gimbal and drone mounted applications. It also had to deliver a continuous output current of 10A. 66 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 106 OCTOBER 2015 The result is the new PAG L90 Slim battery, which successfully fulfi ls ARRI’s specifi cation and is ideal for all similar small cameras, when a low-profi le form factor and a lighter V-Mount battery are required. PAG’s development team was able to source the latest high-current Li-Ion cells, from a leading cell manufacturer, which helped them achieve the battery’s slimmer format. The PAG L90 Slim is 140mm high x 85 wide x 35mm deep, and weighs only 0.5kg . It has a capacity of 90Wh (14.8V 6.1Ah), which gives it the highest energy density of any V-Mount Li-Ion battery brought to market. It has a continuous current-draw capability of 10A. PAG-designed fi rmware is incorporated, making it an intelligent battery that manages its own charge and discharge safely. It can be charged using any reputable V-Mount Li-Ion charger. Reliability, durability and longevity are integral to the battery design, providing an unbeatable return on investment.