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Re: Eclair ACL Battery Options


I'm not sure the adapter cup will support the battery.  I've shaken it with
the battery in it (holding onto the cup only) though, and it seems to hold.
But the cup is small -- it's  made of spring steel and is only a couple
inches deep, so doen't support the back end of the battery well.

As Warren said, NP-1's are heavier that some other options, but considerably
lighter than the Anton-Bauer solution someone mentioned earlier.  I had a
bunch lying around, so they were a natural choice for me;  I've never used
more than two in a day, and they power video taps well, too...

If you've seen an ACL-2, the original Eclair on-board batteries mount to an
L-shaped bracket which is bolted to the camera body just to the right of the
magazine recess.  The batts stay on the camera body when you change mags.
That location might be a better one for you to consider for an onboard
battery than the pilotone module.

P.S.  Beware of how an onboard battery might change the balance of the
camera for handholding...

Best of luck to all.


From: cinesota@yahoo.com
Reply-To: EclairACL@topica.com
Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2001 20:20:39 +0000
To: EclairACL@topica.com
Subject: RE: Eclair ACL Battery Options

Thanks Julian. Do you think the adaptor cup would support the battery
while on the camera?  If it could be mounted to the back of the pilotone
module it might be a ready made mount for batteries.


Julian Williamson wrote:

NP-1's are, rather, the ubiquitous batteries that many Sony Pro
use (Sony developed this style of battery)... THey're about 2 3/4" wide
x 7"
long by 3/4" deep.  A lot of chargers, etc. have been developed for
there are even NiMH and LiIon models, as well as 12 and 13.2v nicad


From: cinesota@yahoo.com
Reply-To: EclairACL@topica.com
Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2001 20:08:35 +0000
To: EclairACL@topica.com
Subject: RE: Eclair ACL Battery Options

Hi all,
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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