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Re: Eclair ACL Battery Options
NP-1's are pretty big. They're what, 8 inches long? The little batteries
you built are much like mine, only I used 10 1.2v NiMh batteries giving me
12v, you used 12 giving you 14.4v. You've got a little more juice, but mine
work fine. I also have an XLR pigtail coming off my batteries.
When I change mags, I take the batteries off the mags (they're velcroed on)
and let 'em dangle for a minute. They don't get in the way. I have a good
stress relief on the battery, and XL connectors are solid, so the pigtail
can easily take the strain of hanging for a minute. No problem, really. I
justs used some zip cord for the cable.
Warren Yeager, SOC
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, November 16, 2001 12:08 PM
Subject: RE: Eclair ACL Battery Options
Good thread! I've been trying to devise a way to mount batteries to my
ACL via the pilotone module. Both of my ACL's have one. I keep them on
the cameras because the handgrip rosette is useful, but pilotone in this
day and age is useless.
My plan was to gut the module, replace the pilotone socket with a 4pin
xlr socket, and then wire it out to the camera via a pigtail. The
reason for doing this is I picked up an Aaton handgrip cheap and I want
to wire the start/stop switch through the converted module. All this is
relatively easy. For the batteries, I bought some plastic project boxes
(like you find at Radio Shack)and installed 12 AA nimh cells with a
short 4pin xlr pigtail coming out. Now where I'm running into a problem
is mounting the cells to the pilotone module. Anyone have any
suggestions? I considered cutting keyholes into the boxes and mounting a
couple of button head screws into the back of the pilotone module that
would slip into the keyholes and hold it into place. But the plastic is
pretty soft and I don't think it will hold up very well over time. I
thought about putting velcro onto the sides of my mags but I want to
devise something that is independent and won't get in the way during mag
Julian mentioned a battery cup for NP-1 batteries. Are NP-1's the
ubiquitous camcorder batteries used with the old Panasonic VHS
camcorders? They would be an ideal battery for the ACL. Do you think
the cup would support the battery while on the camera?
As a side note, Mark at Super16ACL is working on a battery mount that
would allow camcorder batteries to be side mounted on the ACL and
provide a rosette for the handgrip. He has a pic on his website.
ps. Glad to see Perry on the List. As some of you may know, he had the
first ACL website way back in the day (1998?). Welcome Perry! I look
forward to an updated site.
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