Anton/Bauer®, a Vitec Group brand and premier provider of battery, charging and monitoring technologies for the broadcast, film and video industries, has announced that its new Digital Battery and Performance Charger Series are now available to the marketplace. The battery technology redefines the power standard for a new generation of cameras and auxiliary equipment. Both the battery and chargers are available in Gold Mount and V-Mount options, a first for Anton/Bauer, whose proprietary Gold Mount® system revolutionized battery mounts.
While providing top-tier levels of safety, performance and reliability, Anton/Bauers Digital Battery is the first battery line designed specifically to power digital production for the professional broadcast, film and pro-video sectors. It meets the power use profiles of 4K camera set-ups and other digital cameras in use today, as well as various lights, monitors, and recorders, among other accessories. The company is now shipping its 90 Wh Digital Battery, which features balanced, high-quality cells that deliver a long cycle life.
The new Digital Battery contains a proprietary digital filter that increases run-time and lengthens life cycle, eliminating the negative effects incurred when running digital technology with traditional battery circuitry. The battery utilizes constant calibration to deliver a truly accurate power status and features a new, easy to read fuel gauge.
Anton/Bauers Lithium-Ion Digital Batteries are also the safest on the market. From an electrical viewpoint, the batteries contain thermal sensors that continually monitor the battery, and if a rise in temperature is detected, a switch is opened to prevent further charge or discharge. At the same time, if any increase in current is detected, the battery switches off. From a physical perspective, their innovative design features a double skinned architecture where the cells are individually contained in an impact-resistant and flame-retardant plastic honeycomb, with a 2mm air gap between them, ensuring no cells touch and air can circulate to keep the pack cool. This entire cell pack is suspended within the stylish impact resistant outer case, maintaining a 5mm air gap around it, providing a crumple zone to prevent crushing and accidental penetration of the battery cells by a sharp object.
The Performance Charger Series utilizes new technology to deliver the fastest possible charging sequence, while exceeding the high-efficiency standards required by todays rigorous shooting schedules. Supporting the Digital Battery Series, they feature a new, efficient charging algorithm for multi-chemistry, simultaneous charging. The new algorithm ensures rapid charging of up to four batteries at a time, all while conserving energy, eliminating waste, and reducing cost of ownership. The Performance Charger series is nearly 40% more efficient than traditional chargers, rendering large power supplies virtually obsolete.
Accomplished cinematographer Doug Jensen recently tested the new batteries for his book, Doug Jensen's Guide to the Sony PMW-F55, published by Vortex Media. Since almost nothing gets plugged into the wall anymore on one of my typical shoots, my choice of batteries is very important to me, noted Jensen. With the new Anton/Bauer Digital Batteries, I can power my Sony F55 camera for almost four hours with a single 90Wh battery. The Digital Batteries also have a P-tap outlet for powering accessories, like my Litepanels LEDs, which is an advantage over other batteries. I also like that that they show the remaining run-time, in hours and minutes, right on the side of the battery in an LCD screen. The estimate is based on the current power load, and if the load changes, the battery detects it and updates the display immediately. This is particularly useful when powering lights and monitors, and I wonder know how I ever got along without it.
Jensen also beta-tested the Performance Charger Series. The Performance Chargers automatically detect which battery already has the strongest charge and prioritizes it, which is great, he said. It ensures that a fully charged battery is always available in the shortest amount of time possible. I also really like the touch-screen controls and status indicators that provide critical data about each battery I own.
The Digital Battery and Performance Charger Series are now available worldwide through Anton/Bauer dealers and rental houses.