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Re: Eclair ACL Battery Options
If you are going the XLR route, use an XLR4 (4 pin, not 3 pin, which is for audio) and wire the + to the #4 pin, the ? to the #1 pin. This is the standard configuration for 16mm 12v batteries and will allow you to use Arri, NPR, etc., batteries or cables should you ever need to.
firstname.lastname@example.org 11/17/01 12:32:43 PM >>>
Charge it right through the XLR.
Batteries have a + end and a - end. Wire the cells inseries, the + of one
to the - of the other. You end up with one + and one - left...at each end
of the series. Solder that to a connector of some kind, and you have a
battery. There aren't any other places to put other connectors, etc, so
your options are finite. If you want another connector, for instance,
another type of plug for some kind of accessory, just run leads off the
connector you have already installed. Since the wires are connect to an
open connection (ie, the connector when nothing's plugged in) the
electricity ignores unused connector and goes to the one which is plugged
If you plug things in to both connectors, the voltage stays the same but the
ampreage (sp) drops, so you'll get the same voltage, but less battery time
(two things use more electricity than one).
Warren Yeager, SOC
----- Original Message -----
From: "Joshua Tunick" <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, November 16, 2001 5:13 PM
Subject: RE: Eclair ACL Battery Options
This sounds way easier and cheaper than my plan. I have a question
though - I've never done anything with rechargables before, can you
charge the pack through the XLR connector or do you have to build in a
seperate socket. My electronics knowledge is pretty basic, any help you
can provide would be apprieciated, I'd like to put together a few of
> I bought 10 1.2v NiMh AA batteries (with solder tabs), soldered them
> together in series, put them in a little box, but a pigtail with an XLR
> connector on them, put a little velcro on my mags, and some on the
> batteries. I build two, and then seemed to run the camera for about one
> 400' load, so I built 2 more. Then I hit the 'recycle' button on my
> charger. Now, each battery will run the camera pretty much all day. I
> too many batteries to manage!! One went down, but I haven't fixed it
> Three batteries is plenty. I have an ACL II with the HD motor. I
> bought a
> video tap, so I'll put a connector in the battery case for that too.
> There's enought room.
> Each battery probably cost $40 or less. Alexander Battery has a really
> charger which I bought.
> PS...remember to recycle your NiMh and NiCad batteries. Any Radio Shack
> Circuit City will take them. Just ask at the cashier's desk, or look
> the Richard Karn (Al, from TV's 'Home Improvement') posters. For more
> information, log on to www.rbrc.org
> (I shot the PSA series for the Rechargeable Battery Recycling
> Warren Yeager, SOC
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Wade Ramsey" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: <EclairACL@topica.com>
> Sent: Thursday, November 15, 2001 1:42 PM
> Subject: Re: Eclair ACL Battery Options
> > Go for the 14.4v size. You'll get a lot more footage out of it.
> > Wade K. Ramsey, DP
> > Dept. of Cinema & Video Production
> > Bob Jones University
> > Greenville, SC 29614
> > >>> email@example.com 11/15/01 4:23:49 PM >>>
> > Hello everyone -
> > I just thought I'd let everyone know that I'm working on some
> > different
> > battery options for the ACL. Originally I was working on an Anton
> > Bauer
> > mount, and may end up doing it anyway, but I recently found out that
> > DeWalt cordless tool batteries would work just as well and at a
> > fraction
> > of the price. I'm going to try and make a mount for those batteries
> > and
> > see how that goes. Thay are NiCad and you can get them at 12 volts
> > and
> > at 14.4 volts. I'm going to go with 14.4 volts unless someone can
> > think
> > of any reason not to - the heavy duty motor should do fine at 14.4,
> > right?
> > I'll keep you posted...
> > Joshua
Wade K. Ramsey, DP
Dept. of Cinema & Video Production
Bob Jones University
Greenville, SC 29614
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