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Broadcast Batteries - A Changing Market

The world of battery systems and mobile power is evolving rapidly.
InBroadcast highlights the progress in this market...

There are high demands
on today's batteries

By Kieron Seth
Contributing Editor

T

he consumer electronics world
seems obsessed by the running
time of each new generation of
digital device. There is usually an
expectation that it is the electronics
manufacturers and not the battery
developers who will deliver the next
breakthrough.
This feverish anticipation of
revolution in gadgetry is in marked
contrast to the resigned attitude
towards the makers of power cells
and their chemists.

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Frezzi SkyLight 2013

James Crawford, President of
Frezzi, lists a number of intriguing
technologies that may become
features of future professional
battery systems, such as halogenfree, ionic-liquid, and liquid and
polymer electrolytes. He suggests
that new flow, thin film, printed or
paper batteries are being researched,
alongside investigations into the
usefulness of graphene, silicon
and sodium, and magnesium, zinc,
manganese and vanadium. However,
the advanced solutions that the
company currently supplies, such
as their 240Wh FLB-240, are, in
many senses, based on traditional
technologies.
Graham Sharp, SVP, Products,
Anton/Bauer is not about to trumpet
any major leap in technology either.
He says: "We are keeping our eyes

IDX Endura Duo

on developments like inductive
charging and fuel cell technology,
as they have the potential to
revolutionise the market, but
we believe they are still several
years away." Are these lone,
conservative voices?
"The present trend is to attempt to
compress more and more energy
into the same battery size, rendering
the battery capable of higher current
discharge with an even longer
battery life and increased internal
safety. Every month we read new
announcements from research
centres related to the next super
battery. However maybe, not all
of these materialise or become
industrially available over time. We
have to wait and see," confirms
Doctor Pietro Vignali, BLUESHAPE.
However, while the world of
batteries may not be about to be
turned upside down in the next
12 months, this is not to say that
the market is free of innovation
and invention. IDX, for example, is
proud of its new Endura Duo range
which responds to the fact that
cameras and on-board accessories
are both dependent on a single
battery source and manufactured
with various voltage requirements.
Featuring D-Tap and USB power
connectors, the unit (available
in 146Wh and 91Wh variants) is
capable of safely powering the
camera - HD and 4K - as well as
multiple electronic peripherals.
Anton/Bauer is also aware that
users of new low-power, lightweight
7.2V camcorders and higher draw
4K cameras alike are demanding
more from their batteries. "What has
happened," continues Sharp, "is that
people are putting more accessories
around their camera, so you might
get a viewfinder, a monitor, a digital
disc recorder, lights, etc. We're now
designing battery systems with
flexible adapters that can provide
power to lots of additional auxiliary
equipment in addition to the camera."
BLUESHAPE takes a slightly
different approach, with its new
power station - PWS2, a system
that allows two hot-swappable
V-lock batteries to attach, thereby
delivering uninterrupted power
to high consumption cameras or
lighting units on location.

Beyond these important,
yet incremental changes,
PAG claims potentially more
of a substantial breakthrough in
battery technology. Steve Emmett
of PAG explains: "We believe that
PAGlink is the biggest recent leap in
battery technology. It is truly digital
and intelligent where other battery
systems are not."
With PAGlink, multiple batteries
can be linked for charge and
discharge. When connected, they
create a network which allows
communication between batteries
and provides management of their
output during discharge. This
network, they claim, determines
which batteries to bring online,
according to their charge status,
and ensures the most efficient use
of the power available. "An example
of its effectiveness", continues
Emmett, "is that two linked batteries
will provide a longer run-time than
the same two batteries used
consecutively."

Steve Emmett,
PAG

"...We believe that
PAGlink is the
biggest recent leap in
battery technology

"

PAG is also quick to point out the
ability of its products to communicate
with cameras from multiple
manufacturers. The technology,
built into PAGlink, enables users
to view battery capacity in real-time
through the viewfinder, whatever
camera system is being employed.

PAGlink
with
multiple batteries
connected - is also said to
be able to deliver current up-to 12A,
facilitating the provision of power
to high draw cameras and multiple
accessories at the same time.

PAGlink battery

So while it may appear that we
are seeing little more than gradual,
evolutionary development in the
battery market, there is some real
and significant progress in the field.
The advanced designs and functions
from many manufacturers are a
crucial factor in differentiating their
products from mere bland copies,
mass produced to last generation
specifications and designs.
Such innovations as the
intelligently linked batteries and the
multi-output units are interesting
developments and will certainly
appeal to experienced camera
crews. However, the growing
popularity in less technologically
advanced and less fully equipped
models suggests that the initial
buying price is a driving factor in
buying decisions.
One of the reasons new entrants
are able to come into the market
is that the core technology and
chemistry is, on the face of it,
available to all, on the open market.
So despite making great strides to
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InGear: NBC Olympics to Utilise Five Artemis Consoles
InGear: Sony Reduces 4K Camcorder Size
InMedia: The Connected Room 1990 – 2020 & Beyond
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