Battery Suggestions

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Battery Suggestions

Post by Wade » Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:41 pm

My old battery belt died after about 15 years of use.
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Not bad, but it was always awkward to use. Never actually used it as a belt. Just hung it on a tripod or put it on the ground. I can get it re-celled I guess.
But what are you guys using these days? It should power a Tobin motor, or an Eclair motor and such, 12 volts. Something more compact and easy to hang on a tripod.
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Re: Battery Suggestions

Post by silverhalide » Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:29 am

No such thing as a dead battery belt/pack. Just re-cell it.

These guys do great work and charge reasonable prices:

http://www.ritterbattery.com

I've sent them a gnarly Arri OBB-2 or two and their work was perfect.

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Re: Battery Suggestions

Post by Silverdream » Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:12 pm

Looks like it's shrink wrap tubing they used. If you want to do it on the cheap you could try doing it yourself. Total cost around $60. Rechargeables have certainly come down in price. Good luck.

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Re: Battery Suggestions

Post by David M. Leugers » Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:02 pm

Maybe an alternative, pretty cheap. I use one to power my Bolex EM motor and my Tobin motor I use on Bolex cameras. Toss it in some kinda bag with straps and you can easily hang it on a tripod or over your shoulder.

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Re: Battery Suggestions

Post by Wade » Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:37 pm

David M. Leugers wrote:
Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:02 pm
Maybe an alternative, pretty cheap. I use one to power my Bolex EM motor and my Tobin motor I use on Bolex cameras. Toss it in some kinda bag with straps and you can easily hang it on a tripod or over your shoulder.

How did you adapt it to an XLR plug?
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Re: Battery Suggestions

Post by David M. Leugers » Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:07 am

How did you adapt it to an XLR plug?
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Not sure how to answer that. Depends on the device you are connecting the battery to. If the motor takes a 4 pin XLR plug, then you just match up the (+) battery terminal to the correct pin on the XLR plug and the same with the (-) terminal. Different camera/motor combinations may require different setups. My 50ft magazine 16mm gun cameras that use 12 volts I have set up to attach the two leads coming from the cameras directly to the battery terminals. On my motors that use a 4 pin XLR plug, the (-) is on pin #1 and the (+) is on pin #4. The only requirement left is that there is a switch somewhere in the scheme of things to turn power on and off to the motor. The Tobin and Bolex EM motors have an on/off switch. Hope this helps.

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