Anton/Bauer, a Vitec Group brand, 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 batteries and chargers are available in Gold Mount and V-Mount options.
While providing safety, performance and reliability, Anton/Bauer’s Digital Battery is 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 90 Wh Digital Batteries, which feature balanced, high-quality cells that deliver a long cycle life.
The 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 feature a new, easy to read fuel gauge.
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 2 mm 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 5 mm 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 today’s 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 percent more efficient than traditional chargers, rendering large power supplies virtually obsolete.