May 9, 2018 | Product Brief | Core SWX has introduced the Voltbridge Fleet Battery Management Platform along with Bluetooth Low Energy enabled versions of its Quad Fleet and Quad Fleet Micro Chargers, Fleet Qi, and Fleet QMi.
This platform allows a single user to oversee dozens of professional camera battery chargers and hundreds of battery packs, all controlled and monitored by a mobile device via its dedicated app. Core SWX also announces the Fleet Qi and Fleet QMi quad chargers with built in Bluetooth capability to complement the Voltbridge system for a complete battery management solution.
“Camera battery power is the most critical part of any mobile/field production. With the Voltbridge platform and new Fleet Qi and QMi chargers, large production/broadcast houses, as well as professional video and cinema rental companies will be able to manage their battery fleet,” said Ross Kanarek, CEO, Core SWX. “This battery management system will also help to reduce the risk of potential Li-Ion battery related issues, by allowing the user to quickly determine and address any battery packs that may be of concern.”
Building upon Core SWX’s patented wireless battery communication platform, Voltbridge streamlines the process of determining what V-mount and Gold mount battery packs are viable, and which should be inspected more closely by simultaneously monitoring multiple chargers and those batteries connected to it. It also offers the ability to sort, highlight and select hundreds of connected battery packs based on a variety of smart data so users can quickly identify packs with diminished service life or cell imbalance, providing an opportunity to test and evaluate the packs through the system. Once the test and calibration is completed, the user can view or email the results of the pack, to maintain a service log.
The quicker you learn of a potential issue, the better the chance battery capacity can be restored through Core SWX’s proprietary cell balancing algorithm. This helps maximize the ROI and service life of the pack, as well as preventing a potential future battery related concern. The Voltbridge Fleet battery management system also allows users to remotely initiate Core SWX’s SafeFly mode to discharge packs to under 30 percent charge capacity, which is the current Lithium-Ion threshold for safe transport according to the FAA and IATA.
The Fleet Qi and Fleet QMi quad battery chargers support numerous battery packs, including those from Core SWX, RED, and Anton/Bauer. The chargers have four independent charge bays, allowing each bay to focus on the individual battery connected, completing a recharge on four 98 wh battery packs in 2.5 hours.